July - September 2001
Kashmiri Pandits' Association, Mumbai, India
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by J. L. Manwati
~ Tuesday, the 11th of September 2001 shall go down in the civilized society as the Darkest Tuesday which needs condemnation in most harsh words. Politics may be 'Opportunity of Suitability' which shapes the attitude of the Nations to deal with such wanton attacks differently at different times, but the fact remains, innocent civilians become victims of the senseless idiosyncracies of the perpetrators. The reflex mood of anger and revenge may have died by now in USA, but irony is that the protagonists of these even in USA, plead that innocent Afghan people should not be targeted, as if all those 7,000 odd people which included 250 Indians, who are missing and now can safely be declared dead, were not innocent. Let's not play politics. We condemn this spiteful act and pay our homage to the deceased of this ghastly tragedy.
~ 'Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody'. True to this Emerson maxim, Shri Sunil Fotedar of Texas, USA has flashed as a real hero and an oracle to us at 'Project ZAAN' through his deluge of e-mails, ever since Sunil jee came to know that we have published the book "Basic Reader for Kashmiri Language' in Devanagari, under the Project ZAAN, we understand, has been working on Kashmiri website ceaselessly for many years in USA and has created a comprehensive site http://ikashmir.net wherein all the relevant information on Kashmir is stored for curious knowledge seekers. They say, 'Man is only truly great, when he acts from the passions'. Shri Fotedar has the right passion for Kashmir and Kashmiri.
He has already put the whole Reader and the two Information Digests Volume I & II on the Web, as also other relevant information which has been disseminated so far under the Project ZAAN. Expressing 'Gratitude' would be too poor a word for the benign gesture Shri Fotedar has exhibited towards the Project ZAAN. We, at the Kashmiri Pandits' Association, Mumbai look at Shri Fotedar as the custodian of Kashmiri heritage. May his passion grow from time to time.
~ Admission to the Professional Colleges in Maharashtra State, for the current academic year have nearly concluded. Almost all the B.E. seats have now been filled in the second round of counselling held on the 22nd of September 2001. Normally the prospective candidates and their parents are accommodated in Sukhanand Ashram and Marwari Panchayat Sabha at C. P. Tank. The other place, Bal Vikas Mandir at Chembur is often preferred because of the proximity to the place of counselling. While KPA, after fixing the arrangements at C. P. Tank, leaves the incoming Biradari members to fend for themselves, the members at chembur are taken care of, day in and day out by Shri M. L. Mattoo, Vice-President, KPA. Be it late night or early morning, Shri Mattoo, even with his indisposed health was observed rendering selfless service to the community. Shri Mattoo was caught by an inquisitive press reporter of the Times of India. The reporter featured Shri. Mattoo in the Chembur-Ghatkopar edition of the Times of India dated 8th September 2001. Shri Mattoo no doubt is modest by nature and has been underplaying his service to the Biradari but the Times if India has caught him unawares.
Kashmiri Pandits' Association is proud of you. Keep it up Shri Mattoo.