The demolitions in Ulhasnagar have started again on Friday, Dec. 23. The law is taking its course. What is disheartening for me is the media reports. Everyone seems to be reporting about it, but very few say anything about the people who will be actually suffering.
What is painful for me to read is that Sindhis are still being referred to as `refugees'. Maharashtra CM has referred to Sindhis as refugees in a media report which is here . I also noticed the same dreaded word refugees in an signed article by Sekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Express which is here . While Mr Gupta has rightly blamed the politicians for the mess, which is in Ulhasnagar and Delhi, he has very little to say about affected people.
As I understand the word refugees means "One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution" (source Yahoo Reference). It also means that one who has left one country for another in search of refuge. But in 1947 when most of the sindhi people left Sindh, it was was very much part of the undivided India. Thus, we can simply be called displaced people, but not refugees. I strongly deplore the word `refugees' for sindhis in media.
Please do read an excellent article on sindhis which is