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|Kashmir Hindu Foundation launched
Fremont, CA (USA) September 4, 2009
ashmir Hindu Foundation (KHF) has been launched today in the USA, with an ambitious plan to create a Kashmiri Cultural Center, the first such center outside India.
The Kashmiri Cultural Center will provide home to the expression of arts and culture, where the richness of Kashmiri Hindu heritage will be showcased. For all the Kashmiri Hindus in the USA and in other parts of the world, it will provide a window to the beautiful valley and through this glorious view, create a stark contrast as a reminder of their painful exodus from Kashmir. It will provide an opportunity to the world to learn and experience the culture of Kashmir, with its spiritual gurus, soulful poetry and music, Kashmir Shaivism, arts, history and the humanities. This center will house a library with potentially the largest collection of books on Kashmir.
The launch of this global Kashmir Hindu Foundation comes at an opportune time, to spotlight the interests and needs of the once glorious Kashmiri Hindu community, now dwindling and scattered around the globe. Yet, these Kashmiri Hindus add to the richness of the communities where they presently reside and organized efforts of the KHF will also help to preserve and better channel their contributions. Kashmiri Hindu Foundation will serve to:
|Mr. Ankit Monga is a transformational activist who believes Kashmiri Hindus need to transform on the inside as well as outside in order to create any meaningful change for them, culturally and politically. Pained to see the turbulent events in Kashmir in 1989, he promised to himself to do whatever he can to connect back to the roots and bring back the glory of living in Kashmir. Landed in US in early 90’s he led several events, debates, and parades for over a decade in San Francisco bay area so Kashmiri Hindu voice can be heard everywhere.
He also promotes the cultural activities in US including Kashmiri Music, Arts, literature and is a founder and Executive member of KP National Camp committee that brings several hundred Kashmiri Hindu families throughout North America at one place yearly to celebrate being Kashmiri Hindu.
Mr. Monga believes it is time for Kashmiri Hindu to introspect and do some soul searching. Focus should be on the positive energy and Big Picture. His mantra that Kashmiri Hindu power should not be power over someone, but rather power to unleash collective creativity in creating a rejuvenating Kashmiri Hindu society that commands enough respect to demand anything for them has resonated very well with young generation. Mr. Monga lives in Silicon Valley and is a High Technology professional with experience dealing with Fortune 500 companies.
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