Mumbai, April 14 -- The demand for a television channel in Sindhi is more than a decade old.

In November 2007, Sindhi Sangat, a cultural group, approached the Delhi high court with a petition asking that the government broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, which runs Doordarshan channels, should provide a service in their language. However, the government's response to the demand has been disappointing for the community.

In July 2017, the government told the court that Doordarshan did not have the finances, staff, or the spectrum, to start a new channel. The government also said that the last census counted around 2.5 million Sindhi speakers in the country and that a 'full time' channel will not be sustainable for a language that does not have m...