28th SANA Convention Strikes Communion of Sindhi Diaspora Organizations
By: Khalid Hashmani
The 28th Annual Convention of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) will be remembered for its excellent organization and for bringing many Sindhi Diaspora organizations to speak with one voice. The 3-day convention was held from June 30 to July 2, 2012 in the New York area, more precisely at the Renaissance Newark Airport hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey. As usual, there were multiple sessions including sessions on Medical Matters, Education, Financial and Estate Planning, Sindhi Poetry and Prose, Sindhi Sufi Music, Sindh's integrity, and a variety of other topics. Two separate speaker's sessions were organized to hear Sindhi scholars, researchers, and political leaders to share their views and research and build consensus on solutions to concerns of Sindhis in Sindh and North American Sindhis.
27th Annual SANA Convention (2011) – Building Sindhi
Community in North America and reaching out to others
By Khalid Hashmani
I have attended more than twenty SANA conventions out of total 27 SANA conventions held so far. The latest being the one that was held in St. Louis, Missouri. It started on Friday, July 1, 2011 (Canada Day) and concluded on Monday, July 4, 2011(American Independence Day). Although in many aspects, all conventions are the same as they attract many attendees who come from several parts of the world, each convention leaves a unique mark on the history of SANA. Like conventions of previous years, this year’s convention too had marathon debates on various topics, issues, challenges and opportunities. The uniqueness about this year’s Convention was its focus on the building of Sindhi community in North America and reaching out to other communities.
WASHINGTON DIARY: Excerpts from SANA —Dr Manzur Ejaz
I visited Thar a few years back and have seen Thardeep's innovative approaches from finding spring water in the middle of the desert to providing electricity using solar energy techniques. If I had to get involved with development work in my area in Punjab, I would adopt many models developed by Thardeep
The Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) maintained its unique distinction of being the only secular organisation of expatriates by inviting the most prominent Sindhi from India, Mr Ram Jethmalani, member of Rajya Sabha and president of the Indian Supreme Court Bar, to its annual convention, held on July 2-5, 2010 in Houston. At 87, Mr Jethmalani, vibrant and kicking, delivered one of the most enticing speeches I have heard in the last few years. In addition to Mr Jethmalani, development star from Thar, Dr Sono Khangharani, nationalist leader Dr Qadir Magsi, notable analysts Mr Zulfiqar Halepota and Jami Chandio made very enlightening presentations in various seminars.
Sindhis of North America celebrate 25th Convention with gusto and an eye on future generation
St. Louis - July 6, 2009 - The 25th convention of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) was successfully ended in St. Louis , Missouri today. It was a historic event with more than 500 registered attendees. The programs included Adabi (Literary) session, SANA Vision Brainstorming session, several medical seminars, women programs, speaker's forums, and General Body meeting of SANA members. One of the most important aspect of the convention was extra-ordinary musical, fashion, and plays organized and acted by Sindhi youth depicting conflicts and convergence of the cultures of their new country and their parents' Sindhi heritage. Indeed it was like witnessing passing of baton from the grey hair generation to the young adult generation of North American Sindhis.