Senior BJP leader and Gandhinagar MP L K Advani today lamented that India despite being a Hindu country the general publics connect with cultural ethos and religion was far less impressive than a taxi driver of Indonesia,a Muslim majority country.
Addressing a gathering of 1,200 delegates,including 250 NRIs,at the plenary session of a three-day community meeting held by the Sindhi Council of India at Karnavati Club,Advani stressed on preservation of their self-pride as a community.
He said no matter if Sindhi had remained only a spoken language in the changing times,but the community must stick to its roots and keep its linguistic and cultural identity to survive and live in society with head held high.
Maya Kodnani,BJP MLA and an accused in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case,said the Partition of 1947 should not be remembered by the Sindhis as a painful memory but the community must draw an inspiration from it to improve the present and build the future.
Suresh Keswani,former Rajya Sabha MP and co-founder of the Sindhi Council,said the community would not dabble in politics and believed only in minding its own business. He said he was proud of taking oath as RS member in Sindhi. He added that Sindhi civilisation was the original civilisation of India and a real example of Hindu-Muslim unity as its script in Arabic and Sanskrit showed.
Council president Amar Doltani said Chief Minister Narendra Modi was to attend the concluding function but could not make it due to prior engagements. Incidentally,Advani was to inaugurate the meet on December 16 but this was cancelled at the eleventh hour and Modi did the inauguration.
Calls for powerful Lokpal Bill
Insisting that the Lokpal Bill should be a powerful and effective legislation,senior BJP leader L K Advani today said the Bill,likely to be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday,would include the Prime Minister in its ambit but with riders. Before attending a Sindhi community meet,Advani told reporters that BJP members had pointed out certain flaws in the draft Bill,but whether they were corrected or not would be known later. On the alleged role of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G scam,he said the Centre was not able to take a decision on it,so now Parliament would pursue this matter in the House.