After many rounds of talks between the leadership of All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) and the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), we are pleased to announce that the two organizations have established a formal relationship with each other.
HAF is nearly 17-year old organization formed by Indian Hindu diaspora in America in 2002, with the objective of portraying Hinduism in media and textbooks in a correct manner and to make efforts to remove certain misgivings which have crept into the American narrative about India and Hinduism; more due to lack of awareness and less exposure to essential teachings of the Sanatana Dharma. HAF also aims at offering solutions to the contemporary problems by applying Hindu ethics, advocating religious liberty, equality, and human rights. It is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to improve the public understanding of Hinduism and Hindus and advance the well-being of all.
HAF has been actively countering the disinformation campaign indulged in by anti-India elements about Kashmir in the United States. It has also been tirelessly bringing into the public domain, in the media and among the Human Rights Advocacy groups the plight of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits and the abuse of their human rights after they were cleansed out of Kashmir in 1989-90. In fact, this year’s Advocacy Day program held on 25 June 2019, on the Capital Hill in Washington DC, had ‘Kashmir’ as its theme.
AIKS is confident that our joint efforts in various fields, particularly as these concern Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits, will be in our best national interests and both organizations will work in close cooperation in all our future endeavors. AIKS, with its wide-spread presence in India, including in Jammu and Kashmir, will serve as window to the HAF as far as issues dealing with Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits are concerned.
M K Pajan
Gen Secretary, AIKS.