The 1st KOA President from West Coast


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The 1st KOA President from West Coast
Englewood, CO (USA) December 02, 2010
rof. Hari K Koul Chairman, NEC declared Sh. Paviter Handoo of California elected un-opposed as the next President of the KOA. It was for the first time in 29 year history of the organization that a candidate from the West Coast of USA was elected for this position in Kashmiri Overseas Association.

Mr. Handoo has been associated with KOA during the past decade as an active and volunteering member. Currently, he is a Director on the KOA Board, from Southern California, He has organized many social and cultural events including Meet and Greet events on behalf of the organization while also performing fiduciary duties on the KOA Board.

For about 15 years, he has been managing and leading Sales & Marketing functions in the Tour & Travel industry. Presently, he is managing a chain of Indian restaurants & Motels headquartered in Los Angles, California. He has  traveled extensively, to countries all over South East Asia and to several West & East European countries.

An Activist Committed to KP Causes:

It has been his desire to serve the KP community, right from his early years; whether to rally for a cause or to participate and perform in a cultural function. He prides himself to be a dedicated and sincere worker for causes, ensuring that these are completed in a professional manner. He strongly feels that everything related to Kashmiri Pandit culture is embedded in him; be it language or culture, social skills or the typical Kashmiri wit and cheerfulness. In terms of organizational ability, he has been active in the LA KP Community organizing community actions, cultural functions, events & debates. Standouts have been a large demonstration against the visiting Pakistani President, Gen. Musharaf, widely attended community camps, musical events with performers including Kailash Mehra Ji, Rajinder Kachro Ji among others.

He is the founder and architect of the Koshur hechav- Quick Kashmiri Learning Project (QKLP), a project of Quick Kashmiri learning on-line, which already has more than 800 members. Please visit the project’s web page at:

His Philosophy and Commitment

  • Create an all-Inclusive KOA with focus on youth and geared towards learning from our combined experiences
  • Bring about the beginning of an honest, truthful and transparent administration that will regularly communicate with membership and fetch their involvement with its efforts
  • Put a stop on declining KOA membership by making the community interested and involved in its affairs
  • Learn with an open mind from our elders and seniors while also factoring the crucial requirement of youth participation. Be a person who will meet such challenges successfully
  • Be friendly and efficient and keep in regular touch with our community members
  • Be the President who will not only talk but walk the walk and be an honest unifier with his deeds and actions
  • Usher the community to a new beginning – into a new dawn in the history of our small but growing community here in USA
  • Maintain the charter and activities of KOA aimed at the welfare of our entire community worldwide

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