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OERB will be celebrating 75 years of its establishment next year. OERB is planning to record its history in written and visual form. Many Oshwals now residing outside East Africa have their origins in East Africa. Many of them went through Oshwal Boarding and Oshwal Schools. Many lived in different centres throughout East Africa – in smaller centres in remote parts of the country. All of you therefore have a rich history to tell us.
A brief history of Halari Visa Oshwals. The video, about 6 minutes long, has been prepared by Nirali Mukesh Jayantilal Savla of Mulund, India.
The history of Halari Oshwals is approximately 500 to 600 years old. The colorful and inspiring history of the migration of Halaris was not only due to adverse financial conditions but also social and religious reasons. Our ancestors, who came from Rajasthan, embraced the path of non-violence and renunciation. While following this path they had to face many obstacles. In the early and medieval age India was not one united country, but was divided into many small kingdoms. There were feuds between the kingdoms, invasions by foreign rulers and frequent drought. Because of political and economic insecurity, Oshwals began to look for new opportunities elsewhere and fled Punjab and Sindh around tenth and eleventh centuries A.D.