Sindhi is an Indo-Aryan language with about 17 million speakers
in the south-eastern province of Sind in Pakistan and about 2.8 million
people in India.
The Sindhi language first appeared in writing in the 8th century AD
and a number of different scripts have been used to write it.
Sindhi literature, in particular lyric poetry, began to appear towards
the end of the 15th century.
Khudawadi (Sindhi) script
This Khudawadi script, formerly known as the Sindhi script, was decreed a
standard script for Sindhi by the Government of Bombay in 1868. It was was
developed by Narayan Jagannath Mehta, the Deputy Educational Inspector in
Sindh, and is based mainly on the old Khudawadi script, which was used in
Hyderabad. It was officially known the 'Hindi Sindhi' or 'Hindu Sindhi'
and was used in education and literature. It was eventually replaced by
the Arabic script.
The modern Sindhi abjad is used in Pakistan and is based on
the version of the Perso-Arabic script used to write Urdu.
It was adopted, under British influence, in 1852.
Corrections provided by Lateef Sagar Shaikh
Sample text in Sindhi
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with
reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Devanāgarī alphabet for Sindhi (सिन्धी अल्फ़ाबेट)
In India Sindhi is also written with a version of the Devanagari script.