Culture Bypass Surgery

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Culture Bypass Surgery

By Prof. Dr. Satish Rohra

Bypass Surgery is effective treatment for those who suffer from heart trouble. What do we mean by Bypass Surgery? As to avoid the heavy traffic or congestion on the main road, a bypass is constructed to divert the traffic, similarly when the blood vessels carrying the blood to the heart are choked, a bypass is made by connecting new blood vessels through which blood can easily pass.

Sometimes society, like men, needs a bypass surgery. Today Sindhi Society is passing through a crisis, which can be overcome only through a bypass surgery.

We know that language, literature and culture are inter-related. Literature, which is the manifestation of culture, is created by the language.Therefore, it is the language and literature which transmit the culture and civilisation from one generation to another. Thus the process of handing over the cultural heritage to the successive generations is by means of language to literature and from literature to culture. Due to some historical events, this normal channel of cultural transformation is blocked for Sindhi community. Today, Sindhis are scattered throughout India and all parts of the World. Everywhere Sindhis have adopted the local language. In Gujarat they speak Gujarati, in U.P they speak Hindi, and in Karnataka they speak Kannada. Because at many places they do not have the facility to learn Sindhi language in schools, majority of Sindhi children are deprived of learning their mother tongue. With the result that they have no access to Sindhi literature and no knowledge of Sindhi culture. The new generation of Sindhis, due to lack of knowledge of their language and literature, feel that Sindhis do not possess the culture of their own. These youngesters are therefore not emotionally attached to their own roots, feel shy to be recognised as Sindhis, and suffer from inferiority complex.

As this channel of access to culture through language and literature is blocked, we need bypass to reach the goal of cultural identity. This bypass can be through the process of vocal culture. Our youngesters can be linked to their cultural roots through dance, drama and music initially and imbibed with the love for language and literature later on.

This is the suggested bypass surgery for the healthy of Sindhi Community.