KP Meet at Lake Tahoe, Sept 2013
Previous KP Meets
2008 Big Bear Camp Feature with videos
KP National Camp 2008 (Video Slideshow)
2009 Lake Tahoe Camp Photo Feature
2009 Lake Tahoe Camp Feature video
Boat Ride at KP National Camp 2009
Fitting Finale at KP National Camp 2009
Kailash Mehra Sadhu song medley
Cultural Meet Video overview
KP Cultural Meet Report
KP Cultural Meet Photo Feature
Boat Ride- Ganimat Shame Gam
Kashmiri Comedy Skit: Dr Huttie Muttie
Kashmiri Comedy Skit: Draupadi Vastraharan
Photo Feature - KP Cultural Meet -2011
KP National Cultural Meet Day-1
Video Highlights Bus Trip to Yosemite
Kashmiri Comedy skit Ammajis 'Cultural shock'
Kashmiri Comedy Skit: "Assiv Te Lassiv"
"Gulabi Ankhen Jo Teri Dekhi"
Kashmiri Bhajan "Gantathi Myane" Sushma Kalla
Photo Feature - 5th KP Cultural Meet -2012
KP Cultural Meet 2012 Part-1
KP Cultural Meet 2012 Part-2
KP Cultural Meet 2012 Part-3
Kashmiri Folk- Wanvun Medley Song
Kashmiri Comedy Skit: College Korya
Kashmiri Comedy Skit: Call Center
Kashmiri Comedy Skit: Vasa Kakin Gasa Naav
While on Sunday 29th, Indian PM was shaking hands with the PM of Pakistan even after the terror attack in Samba/Jammu in New York, Kashmir Hindu Foundation (KHF) representatives were speaking at the same time just a few miles away with Dr. Subramanian Swamy and Baba Ram Dev about the role of Pak trained terrorists responsible for mass exodus of Kashmiri Hindus 23 years ago. How by unleashing a systematic campaign of terror, murder and arson, this community was forced to live the life of exile in their own country, away from their homeland? Islamic terrorism succeeded in cleansing the valley of Hindus. The need of creation of Homeland for Kashmiri Hindus was emphasized.
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Kashmir Hindu Foundation members meet the
First Hindu American Congresswoman
he first and the only Congress Woman in US history, the 32-year-old Tulsi Gabbard was the chief guest at a fund-raising meet in Fort Lauderdale this week-end, July 27, 2013. The venue, Palace Hotel, was packed with members of Kashmir Hindu Foundation -KHF and leaders of various Hindu organizations to welcome her and know from her what she had been doing to promote the cause of the American Hindus.
At the meet, the members of the Hindu community not only heard her but even asked questions on a few burning issues. Some of the initiatives she has supported recently include a "Signed bipartisan Congressional letter" aimed at making Religious Freedom a Top Priority in the U.S.-Pak relationship. This step addresses the concerns that the Hindu American Foundation had about the plight of Hindus in Pakistan. She supported the addition of the "anti-Hindu" category to the FBI's hate crimes data collection; she also joined the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) and is fighting for the rights of Hindus worldwide. What is more, Tulsi Gabbard has initiated a move for the release a stamp by the US Postal Service to mark the great festival of Diwali.
Several speakers at the meet lauded Tusli's efforts to promote the cause of Hindu faith. While one referred to the wide-spread misunderstanding about the Hindu Faith among the lay Americans, the other sought her help to ensure the visit to US of Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, as the entire Indian community in the States eagerly await the visit of this most popular leader in India.
At 21, Tulsi was the youngest person in the country ever elected to a State legislature when she became a member of the Hawaii State legislature in 2002. She sacrificed her state House seat in 2004 to voluntarily serve with her fellow soldiers in Iraq as a captain in the U.S. Army Hawaii National Guard and served on 2 deployments to the Middle East. She is a decorated young veteran who is seen by many in Hawaii as a role model for young men and women alike and an inspiration for all because of her commitment to social service. In 2012, while serving as a Honolulu City Council member, Tulsi won the Democratic Primary Election after a come-from-behind victory over established candidates, and then went on to win the General Election in November. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
he South Florida Kashmiri Hindu Community recently was abuzz with a lot of activity as the KP Community together with the Kashmir Hindu Foundation, Inc., and many other Indian Organizations of South Florida welcomed a “Visionary on a mission”, Dr. Subramanian Swamy in an event to celebrate our Hindu Heritage.
A dynamic and charismatic politician, and a powerful orator, Dr. Swamy, is the President of “Janata Party” and is actively involved in the Indian Political Scene advocating economic liberalization and social reforms as well as fighting against corruption in the Indian Society. He was invited to speak about the “Importance of preserving our Hindu Heritage in today’s challenging times” while addressing the Kashmiri Hindu Community at an event held at the North Dade Regional in Miami on 1st June ’2013. Making this event even more memorable was the fact that the whole program was broadcast live over the internet and reached thousands of people all over the world.
As the proud ambassadors of India’s rich culture and heritage, thousands of miles away from our homeland, and to celebrate our traditions, the KP Community members gathered enthusiastically at the venue where they were invited to savor a variety of snacks, tea and coffee as everyone awaited the arrival of the chief guest. Upon his arrival, Dr. Swamy was welcomed as per the Hindu traditional way with a tilak and aarti as he lit the symbolic diya amongst the sounds of a conch shell. Thereafter, Shri Gopinath Raina, Senior editor – Shehjar, Kashmiri online magazine, honored and presented Dr. Swamy with a traditional “Pashmina Shawl”.
As emcee of the event, I introduced Dr. Swamy as a well known Economist possessing a strong academic background earning a doctorate in Economics from Harvard University in 1964. "He has and is continuing to play a major role in the Indian National politics. Dr. Swamy is a catalyst in India’s public life. He is straight forward and outspoken about his views."
The event started with a welcome speech by the founding member of Kashmir Hindu Foundation, Mr. Deepak Ganju. Mr. Ganju is also the managing editor of a Kashmiri online magazine – Shehjar, a leading publication reaching thousands of members across the globe. In his speech in Hindi, Mr. Ganju emphasized the importance of creating awareness about preserving our identity in today’s times and thanked Dr. Swamy for his ongoing fight towards the cause and compared him to Chanakya who was an acharya as well as a politician. Chanakya is another name for courage and perseverance and so is Dr. Swamy who has committed himself to see India as one unit. Another senior member of the South Florida Community, Dr. Aggarwal, had a few other inspirational things to say about Dr. Swamy as he welcomed the Guest of Honor on behalf of the community.
Music and dance have been an integral part of our Kashmiri Hindu Culture from times immemorial. Therefore, to take the program to the next level in this celebration, a cultural show was also presented by the community. While the men of the community expressed their thoughts in words, women and kids expressed themselves through music and dance. The first item was presented by Shireen Razdan, who did a “Shiv Tandav” in her own unique way. A University of Miami student, Shireen has been learning “Kathak” for almost nine years. After her mesmerizing performance, there was a screening of a short documentary on Kashmir and as the notes of “Santoor” from the valley filled the room, the mesmerized audience drifted on a journey down the memory lane and in a short span, remembered their childhood nostalgically through the images on the screen. The film captured the beauty, traditions, lifestyle, culture and splendors of the Kashmiri Hindus in such a way that there was not a single person whose heart didn’t long and yearn to go back to their motherland – Kashmir.
Any celebration of Kashmiri culture cannot be complete without the Kashmiri folk dance called “Rouf”. So, in the next presentation, the ladies and the girls of the community in an age group of five years to young mothers and even grand- mothers danced on a foot-tapping melody sung by Arti Kaul. In the song, the poet covered a myriad of emotions such as joy, sorrow, friendship etc. and churned out a beautiful composition which was enjoyed by all. The audience cheered and applauded as some kids joined the ladies too on the dance floor marking the end of the cultural show.
The second part of the program unfolded when Dr. Swamy took center stage and addressed the community. Being the wonderful orator that he is, Dr. Swamy talked in detail about India’s glorious heritage by giving detailed examples from our past. Speaking on the issue he said that in order to preserve our Hindu heritage, it is important to preserve our identity in these challenging times. He also emphasized the need to promote Sanskrit language within our educational system also because it is the most computer compliant language in the world. He also stressed the need to nurture the unique value system derived from the “Sanatana Dharma”, which in turn can enhance our spiritual advancement and help preserve our legacy and heritage in today’s time. After his speech, there was a brief session where Dr. Swamy addressed questions raised by the members of the community on various issues floating on the Indian political scene, specially, in regards to the Kashmir issue.
The program concluded with a vote of thanks to all the sponsors of the event as everyone proceeded to take group pictures with Dr. Swamy, thus officially bringing an exceptionally eventful and informative afternoon to a close.
Call was moderated by Ankit Monga, President Kashmir Hindu Foundation and Dr. Monika Dulloo Kaul, community activist. The following panelists spoke and asked questions about the book and on topics that ranged from as to why the KP discourse has been relegated to the margin, what we lost in the exodus, the current scenario and the way to go ahead:
Journalist and Author- Our Moon has blood clots
Dr. Kuldip Thusu, CEO Universal Biopharma Institute, Clovis CA and Founding Member KHF. Chandramukhi Ganju, Author Koshur Saal. Aditya Raj Kaul, Founding Member, Roots in Kashmir, Special Correspondent - The Sunday India. Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal, International Coordinator of IAKF, Policy analyst and a commentator, member U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC). Dr. Jagan Kaul, Chairman, Diversity-USA, Retired Professor of International Law. Arun Koul, Editor - Shehjar Publications, Founder Webcontentor. Rajeev Sumbly, Past KOA Director & Chairman of KOA byelaws Committee, Founding member of KHF. Anuradha Aswini Kaul, Kashmiri community volunteer. Dr. Hira Fotedar, President- Fotedar Associates LLC, Board of Directors at American Society of Engineers. Dr. Amrit Nehru, Board of Director, Kashmir Overseas Association (KOA), Community Activist. Kulbushan Razdan, Past KOA Director, President, TechKNOW Engineering LLC. Deepak Ganju, Editor, Shehjar Publications
Miami, Florida, USA, November 17, 2012
It is historic and significant that the California State Senate has not only recognized Kailash Mehra Sadhu for her lifetime achievements and contributions to advancing Kashmiri Culture and Music, but also passed a resolution in the State Senate recognizing the fact that 500,000 Kashmiri Pandits were internally displaced and dislodged by acts of terrorism, many of whom immigrated to the united States and that majority of the Kashmiri Pandits have not, due to fear, returned to their places of birth, not even as tourists.
Dated the 29th day of June 2012
Honorable Michael J Rubio
16th senatorial District