Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) Observes World Refugee Day with Seminar in Midwest Print
Monday, 23 June 2008 00:00

Dr. Surinder Kaul opened the exhibition by describing the Kashmiri Hindu people. He talked about the core values of peace, benevolence, and universal brotherhood that exist with Kashmir Pandits. He also highlighted the fact that in spite of being the victims of ethnic cleansing, this community has never ever reciprocated violence with violence.

Lalit Koul, President of IAKF, presented the historical perspective and causes of the ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri Hindus. He explained in detail the atrocities inflicted by Islamic terrorists upon this peaceful community. In his presentation, he detailed the stark statistics about the degrading health conditions of Kashmiri Hindu refugees. Digging further back into history, Mr. Kaul discussed the seven major historical exoduses that Kashmiri Hindus have had to endure. The darkest night of the most recent exodus, January 19, 1990, was graphically explained with intense details. The universal apathy shown by governmental agencies, human rights organizations and the media was highlighted as well.

Mr. Koul also implored upon the visibly moved audience to speak up against the menace of global terrorism and work towards the preservation of endangered communities like Kashmiri Hindus.

Filmmaker Ashok Pandit’s documentary on Kashmiri Hindus’ ethnic cleansing, And The World Remained Silent, was also screened at the event. A photo-exhibition highlighting the ethnic cleansing was also on display. The members of the audience were deeply moved by the facts presented during the audio-visual presentation. They showed keen interest and wondered how the Indian government was so apathetic towards the community that has always been peaceful and has shown tremendous patriotism in spite of being in a very dangerous environment.

Mr. Scott Taylor, the CEO of St. Catherine Hospital, spoke about the need for global communities to understand the atrocities faced by the peaceful Kashmiri Hindu community. He implored the audience to keep Kashmiri Hindu refugees in their prayers and step up to the plate to help this community whose culture is at the verge of extinction.

Mr. David Crase, Mayor of Garden City, and Mr. Dennis Mesa from the office of Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), also attended the event. They were both visibly moved and shaken by the graphic photos exhibiting the Kashmiri Hindus’ ethnic cleansing.

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