Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the Sindhi community to take steps to preserve their culture and traditions for the younger generation.
   
while inaugurating the 18th International Sindhi Sammelan here Modi said, Sindhi community has roots in the oldest human civilisations known to mankind.
   
"Look at the human civilisation and the roots of its origin... it is the same place, where your forefathers came from," the chief minister told the community which had gathered for the three-day event.
   
Hundreds of members belonging to the community from across the world gathered in the city for the international seminar to collectively work towards preserving their heritage, tradition and culture.
   
"I am pained that this culture and tradition, which is a heritage, is being lost and there is no reflection of it in younger generation," Modi said.
   
It is upon the present generation to try and preserve this rich heritage of Sindhis, Modi said.
   
"A country, which forgets its history, never creates history. Save your tradition, culture and love it. Sindhi community has a unique quality of self-respect. A Sindhi would do any work, but would never beg," he added.

The event is being organised by the Sindhi Council of India (SCI).
   
"While blazing their trail in many parts of the globe, Sindhis have lost their identity as the younger generations know very little about their roots," said SCI national president Amar Doulatani during the function.
   
The seminar is an attempt to provide platform for Sindhis from different parts of India and the world to discuss their identity and take up issues for development of the business community.
   
"The issues that we would be taking up during the three days include social welfare, education, organ donation and health care such as Thallasamia for instance which is prevalent among Sindhis," Doulatani said.
   
Chairman of Finolex group S P Hinduja who was also present on the occasion said the community was divided into various sections.
   
He said it is high time that the community looks to revive the civilisation which is synonymous with vedic, Aryan civilisation.
   
He urged the members of his community to work towards economic growth and poverty alleviation.
   
Hinduja also showered praises on Chief Minister Modi calling him a 'blessing to mankind' who works selflessly without seeking credit for his work.


He further requested Modi for land to set up a Sindhi Zone or centre which would work towards reinstating their culture and tradition and showcase them to the world.

(Agencies)