Well Not Anymore……
In a unique show of strength ALL the leading Hindu Organisations in the UK have motivated Thousands of Hindus across the UK to join hands and observe remembrance for our Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu Brothers and Sisters in Temples, Universities and in their own homes.
Please support and join in wherever you are in the UK and across the World.
Major event taking place:
ON Sunday 18th January 2015
AT: Vishwa Hindu Kendra Temple, 2 Lady Margaret Road, Southall, UB1 2RA, UK
TIME: 11.00am til 3.00pm
Where prayers and memoriam service will be observed in the presence of exiled Kashmiri Pandits, Hindu Activists, UK Politicians and other invited guests. There will also be live screening of activities taking place in Jammu to mark the 25 years of exile and live messages from India and USA of key Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus, Religious Saints/Leaders and representative from the Indian Government. supported by: Indo European Kashmiri Forum (IEKF), Hindu Council UK (HCUK), National Council of Hindu Temples UK (NCHT), British Board of Hindu Scholars (BBHS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK (VHP), Hindu Forum of Europe (HFE), National Hindu Students Forum (NHSF), Nepalese Hindu Forum UK, Telugu NRI Forum UK, National Congress of Gujarati Organisations (NGCO), and Satkarma Humanitarian Youth Awakening Mission (SHYAM).
Simutaneously, over 200 Hindu Temples across the UK have been contacted and asked to observe the plight of Kashmiri Pandits in their Temples with prayers, havans or Yagnas involving their congregations.
In addition, the National Hindu Student Forum Chapters in Universities across the country will be holding ‘Artis’ in rememberance of the exiled Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus.
This will be a unique mark of remembrance with thousands of people in the UK joining hands to show their support for the plight of our Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters.
THIS IS NOT JUST A KASHMIRI PANDIT ISSUE……but a HINDU ISSUE !!!! – Take part and join hands wherever you are in the UK by either attending the major event above or going to your local Temple for the prayers…..
This will be one of the biggest and largest ‘social action’ initiatives involving the Hindu Community in the UK who will be simultaneously joining hands of support:
A SPECIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP WHERE TEMPLES AND GROUPS ACROSS THE UK CAN POST PHOTOGRAPHS OF PRAYERS THAT THEY HOLD:
Please use hash tag: ?#?kp25years?
THE PLIGHT OF KASHMIRI PANDITS/HINDUS:
Twenty five years ago on 19 January 1990, Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus were given 24 hours eviction notice by Islamic terrorists to leave their homes, with threats to convert, die or escape. People recall the horror of waking up to hear this command which put the fear of death into their hearts. In order to safeguard their lives they had no choice but to leave their homeland. Over half a million innocent people abandoned their homes and belongings and headed outside the Valley of Kashmir.
Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus lost their most precious possession; – they lost their homeland, the place of their birth. This day is recognized as the beginning of the process of ethnic cleansing in which Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus were massacred and hounded out of the Kashmir Valley. As a result, the rich cultural heritage of Kashmiri Pandits/ Hindus is in decline; Hindu places of worship in the Valley have been burnt down, vandalized and damaged.
Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus are among the original inhabitants of the Kashmir Valley, with a recorded history of over 5,000 years. Over the millennia, the Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu community has been integral not only to the cultural and intellectual life of this region, but the administration and economic development as well.
Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus have been the target and victim of one of the most successful, though little-known, campaigns of ethnic cleansing in the World. Similar programmes of a far lesser magnitude in other parts of the World have attracted international attention, censure and action in support of the victim communities……..but this is an insidious campaign that has passed virtually unnoticed, and on which the World remains silent!!!
Mrs Krishna Bhan
President of Indo European Kashmiri Forum (IEKF) & Director of Hindu Council UK