October-December 2002 issue
House Boats on Dal
Lake in Srinagar. Credit for introducing
House Boats in Kashmir goes to Pt. Narain Das, father of Swami Laxman ji.
the New General Secretary
Word of Thanks
the outset, let me extend my sincere and heartful thanks to one and all
in the Board of Trustees of Kashmiri Pandits' Association for having assigned
and entrusted me with the duties and responsibilities as 'Secretary' of
the Organisation. I wish and hope to contribute whatever little possible
within my reach and competence.
My ardent and utmost desire, wish and
ambition is to see and ensure our Association to be lively, vibrant, self-supporting
and self-generating for which unconditional and continuous effort and cooperation
from each and every member is required as a 'Must'.
I would therefore, in all earnestness,
appeal to biradari members to come forward with the slogan 'What I can
give' rather than 'What I can get' from the Association.
The Association is to be nourished and
brought up to the age and stage when it will start 'giving'.
We are abundant in 'talent' but perhaps
lack the 'will' to utilise it for the benefit of our 'less fortunate'.
We have highly qualified doctors, scientists, engineers, lawyers, specialists
and other professionals, who serve as torch-bearers to vast multitudes.
I would entreat them to spare a fraction of their expertise for the good
and well-being of our community members.
Our Association is presently housed in
a residential complex and as such it has become difficult to expand and
enlarge our field and sphere of activities as enshrined in our bye-laws.
Couldn't we think of arranging a piece of land where we could house a common
Prayer Hall - a Temple, a Community Hall, a Library, a Medical Aid Centre
and other common facility centres for the benefit of our children, aged
and the women-folk. All this entails and involves heavy funding. How many
of us have been donating/contributing for these and other such causes and
purposes for the good of our own brothers? Couldn't we voluntarily take
the challenge and rise to the occasion instead of waiting and looking over
the fence? The goal is not far, only if we make a 'determined start'.
The job of the Secretary, as I can literally
understand from the word asks for:
S: Selfless, Speedy, Satisfying
E: Earnest, Expeditious, Enthusiastic
C: Cheerful, Caring, Calm - Mood
R: Respectful, Reliable, Responsible
E: Ever-fulfilling, Eveready, Everlasting
T: Transparent, Tactful, Tearless
A: Alert, Able, Accountable - Administration
R: Realistic, Reasonable, Remarkable
Y: Yogic, Yeoman, Young - Yearning
As mentioned earlier, we have to make a
start somewhere, sooner or later to achieve the goal. It is thus with this
objective in mind, I, as a beginning, have decided and started attending
Kashyap Bhawan every Sunday between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. from Ist of