July-September 2002 Issue
Fusion of multi
tiny specks of Pranav which pervades the Universe in the shape of OM. A
drawing by Late Radha Krishen Kaul (Kotha), retired Asstt. Engineer of
Bal Garden, Srinagar (Originally of Rainawari). Shri Kotha passed away
in September 1994 at Delhi
From the Editor's
and again, I come to the same theme that our need is identity. Our slogan
is going back to Kashmir, but we know the odds against it. With every day
passing, the odds are increasing. Our existence outside the state is gettig
stabilized, may be gradually, may be painfully. A new equilibrium is stabilizing.
We may after some time not be ready to disturb the new found equilibrium.
But even at that stage, we will look for one thing - our identity. Previously,
identity was connected with physical identity, Kashmir. Even those living
outside its confines re-established it every time through annual visits
to their home land. Its loss has lost us an important anchor. It is therefore
necessary that we work hard to reinforce our identity - a 'Kashmiri Pandit'
The ZAAN programme run by Lalla-Ded
Educational & Welfare Trust and the Kashmiri Pandits’ Association for
over three years now, has served an important pillar for identity edifice.
The Information Digest running into three volumes, is an effort to give
our young and not-so-young members a look into what Kashmir or a Kashmiri
is. The third volume is an effort to help people read Kashmiri written
in Devanagari script. Thanks to Shri Sunil Fotedar, these books are now
available on the website.
The annual ZAAN festival with ZAAN
QUIZ has become another community event. This year it was held on 15th
September. The added attraction this time was ZAAN QUIZ for the elders,
in which 35 people, grouped into 7 teams, participated.
The level of attainment in the children
was much higher. But there was not much of an increase in numbers. Why
this? This puzzles me sometimes. We want identity. We want our children
to share our values. We want them to know more of Kashmiri and facts about
Kashmir. Yet we want these prescriptions for other children, for other
parents to follow. But not we. I still hope that Biradari members will
give it a thought and encourage their children to participate in community
events like this and connect themselves with their roots. Younger ages
are when this process is better attempted. Let us get out of the syndrome
of making suggestions for others to follow and not to be practical by ourselves.
I am sure that the compelling need of reinforcing our identity will direct
us to take practical steps towards zaan, in days to come.
Thanks - Sunil Fotedar:
Thanks to Sunil Fotedar of Texas, USA,
who, through the website www.zaan.net
and www.milchar.com has made ZAAN
and Milchar available on internet. Sunilji has done a yeoman’s job in designing,
developing and maintaining the two websites. Titled ‘The Kashmir Series’,
Shri Sunil Fotedar has also uploaded the ZAAN literature in pdf format
at the website:
Shri Sunil Fotedar deserves all kudos for