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Our ancestors lived in Sindh, a region that was historically part of India. Sindhi is a term used to describe someone from Sindh, much like Israeli is used to describe someone from Israel. While our membership is predominantly Hindu Sindhi, we welcome everyone who has a healthy interest in our glorious heritage.

Sindh and Sindhis have made innumerable contributions not only to India and Southeast Asia but also to all of human civilization.  Among the most significant contributions:

-Sindh is home to the Indus River Valley, which was home to the Mohenjodaro and Harrappa civilizations, both dating back roughly seven thousand years, which is prior to both the Egyptian & Greco / Roman civilizations. Interestingly enough, ours are the only two civilizations in the world where archaeological digs have not turned up any evidence of weapons!

-Beyond the lack of weaponry, the archaeological digs provide evidence of urban planning, efficient usage of water systems & sewage systems that were much advanced compared to other civilizations and communities at the same point in time.

-Sindh is where the silk trade route (China to the Middle East) intersected with the spice trade route (South East Asia to the lower Mediterranean). As a result, a lot of our ancestors were entrepreneurial in nature and travelled extensively as part of their lives, often becoming very cosmopolitan in the process. It is therefore no surprise that modern day recorded settlements of Sindhi trading families in far away places like Singapore and Curaçao date back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

-Sindhi merchants are credited with being the first to develop and institute a currency exchange system.

-Sindhi bankers are credited with being the first to develop and institute the concept of compound interest.

At the time the British terminated their occupation of India in 1947, they divided the country into Pakistan (for the Muslims) and India (for the Hindus). Sindh, which by that time had become predominantly Muslim, became part of Pakistan. The transition was brutal and violent – many Hindu Sindhis were killed, and their possessions and properties unlawfully taken. Many of our forefathers had no choice but to leave as refugees and migrate to India or other parts of the globe – the alternative was death, with the only option for survival being a forced conversion to Islam. Many more died during the move, and shortly thereafter. This migration is recorded as part of the largest mass migration in history.

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