The 7th Annual SANA convention, held in Chicago, Illinois, from July 5 to July 8, 20001, was a grand success. More than 350 persons of all ages joined this event of fun, music, songs, speeches, and some serious discussions. The local organizing committee consisting of Dr. Rafat Ansari, Dr. Ajaz Turk, and Dr. Ashfaq Turk had taken care of each small detail to ensure that every one had a wonderful time. The Sheraton Gateway Suites Hotel in Chicago had great rooms (actually suits) at a very reasonable rate, a beautiful dinning are, and excellent conference facilities. Indeed, this convention will go as one of the most memorable events in SANA’s history.
Mr Mazhar ul Haq (2nd L) , Director CHANGE In Education Chudhry Faisal Mushtaq, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr Javeed Laghari (3rd L) and Mr Jahangir Siddiqui (R) gather together to have a quick chat after the end of the second session at the 2nd SANA Sindh Convention that was held on January 14, 2012 at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR
SANA convention: Thinkers and doers wrestle with solutions for Sindh’s people
Posted By muhammad.azeem On Jan 15, 2012 (3:03 AM) In Sindh
Few people can remember when so many prominent Sindhis – from the politician to the poet – last gathered at one single event. By this measure, Saturday’s convention by the Sindhi Association of North America (Sana) was a grand success, full of hot-blooded debate. But by its very magnitude, the convention also automatically gave rise to the expectation that so much talk will lead to action.
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.
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.
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.
Joint Rally by North American Sindhi Organizations demanded UN intervention to assure and monitor water distribution in Pakistan.
Indus Water Rights Action - an environmental rights advocacy group formed by Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), World Sindhi Congress (WSC), The World Sindhi Institute (WSI) organized a demonstration in front of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC on May 18th, 2001 to protest over the Pakistani Government's unfair distribution of Indus water. Hundreds of social, political, environmental, and human rights activists from different parts of North America and Sindhis and Balochs around the world came to attend this historic rally. The rally was organized to protest the Pakistani Government's unfair policies for distribution of Indus water among the four supposedly autonomous provincial units of present-day Pakistan. These unfair policies exercised throughout the history of Pakistan have rendered Sindh, Balochistan and parts of Lower Punjab virtually deserted. Many towns and villages in Sindh severely lack drinking water sources bringing a heavy toll on millions of people involved in agriculture industry. If these conditions persist, a severe drought is likely to hit many areas in Sindh and Balochistan. This will trigger a mass exodus from inner Sindh to the cities of Pakistan. The Joint rally of Sindhi organizations held that the current tragedy is a logical outcome of an on-going piracy of Indus River in Pakistan. This act of aggression by the upper riparian of Punjab has deprived the lower riparian of Sindh of their due share in the water and has promoted environmental degradation in all four provinces of Pakistan. It is obvious that the Pakistani Government is quick to use current crisis to justify building yet another dam on River Indus at Kalabagh (or another site) in spite of unanimous opposition by the three affected provinces and parts of Punjab province. The speakers maintained that the fifty-four years of bad governments in Pakistan, hundreds of broken promises, frequent military takeovers, misplaced priorities in public policy, violation of many covenants and accords, and a total disregard for the individual and collective human rights, Sindhis are less likely to trust any assurances without proper process of mitigation. They demanded that the water distribution issue in Pakistan should be settled according to the Sindh-Punjab Agreement of 1945. It was also demanded that the special United Nations commission should be entrusted to monitor daily water distribution between Sindh and Punjab provinces. This rally was the best display of the grass root mobilization of Sindhi community in North America, as well as the unity of oppressed nations of Pakistan. Several Baloch, and Seraiki activists along with their families participated in this rally. IWRA representatives, Mr. Iqbal Tareen of SANA, Dr. Safdar Sarki of WSC, and Mr. Sohail Ansari of WSI presented a Memorandum of Demands to Pakistan Embassy at the end of the protest. Prominent amongst those who addressed the rally included, Mr. Khalid Hashmani, Keerat Babani of Sindhi Sabha, Sohail Ansari of WSI, Saghir Shaikh of WSC, Iqbal Tareen from SANA, Dr. Tara Chand, former minister Baluchistan Government, Wahid Baluch, former Speaker Baluchistan Assembly, Syed Ghulam Shah of JSM, Munawar Laghari of WSI and Hasan Mujtaba, who recited an inspirational Sindhi poetry eulogizing Indus Water crisis.
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