“All the World is a Stage,” so said William Shakespeare in “As you like it”.
We at Shehjar want to use those words in another context from how they were used in the play. Our observation is that the displaced and dispersed Kashmiri Hindus are presently unable to make a substantive social or political impact by keeping concentration in a geographical area. However, they can make an impact and exert considerable influence on the world stage by following other considered approaches:-
1. Even as they adapt to local customs and languages, associate deeply with the communities in their present locations and become role model professionals and citizens, they could with some missionary zeal explain their status as people of Kashmiri Hindu origin
2. They could help in furthering the efforts and careers of all those community talents who have the potential to get star/ celebrity status and earn national level and even global recognition
We will expand on the suggestion at number 2.
We know that even widely known sports gain popularity when they have established stars (basketball - Michael Jordan) and movies gain recognition if they have stars in them. Stars become de-facto ambassadors of a game or a movie. Stars also have the potential to be ambassadors of a community and its causes. Even if the stars do not actively canvass for the community, positive recognition for them brings positive recognition for the community, if they are known to be associated with it. Star or celebrity status could be achieved in any discipline; be it as a professional, sportsperson, businessperson or as an artist. Artists get wider reach and win people’s hearts.
What are we getting at?
The Kashmiri Hindus have lost their home and their cause needs recognition. Their stars/ celebrities, especially people from the arts can play a vital role for the community. Let all Kashmiri Hindus get together, support their artists in their endeavors and also win them the support of many others. As much as we are proud of them, let us make them proud to be Kashmiri Hindus.
What can be done specifically at this time?
1. Priya Raina (featured in this issue) has proven potential and needs your support through votes. Voting is open for a limited time, immediately after her performance on this Saturday, August 1, 2009 between 9 P.M and 10 P.M in the India’s Got Talent Show on Colors TV Channel.
2. The Indian Ocean Band (featured in this issue), featuring Amit Kilam is on a world tour and will be in the US from August 28, 2009 till October 10, 2009. They have at least 2 performances lined up already; * Indian Ocean Live at "GLOBALQUERQUE" on 26th September 2009 at Albuquerque, New Mexico and * Indian Ocean Live at the" B B KING BLUES CLUB" on 9th October 2009,New York City. They are very good and let us support this band.
3. Sh G.L.Kaul’s poetry has been featured in several videos on Shehjar. Let us provide feedback for him and let some of our singers/ musicians among us create everlasting songs from his lyrics
4. Deepak and Chandramukhi Ganju have been creating and acting in Kashmiri plays for several years now. Let us acknowledge and appreciate their efforts. Chandra Ji has come out with her book on Kashmiri cuisine, Koshur Saal, which has won rave reviews. The book is available for sale on the Shehjar site.
5. Shehjar has previously featured Archis Tiku (Maximo Park), Amit Wanchoo (Immersion), Kailash Mehra Sadhu, Arti Kaul, Neerja Pandit, Jawahar Wattal, Veer Munshi, Gokul Dembi, Julie Shekhar Pandita among our artists and performers. Let us reach out to them and show them that we care.
6. Shehjar is your voice in the mainstream media and we request you to reach out to us and support this endeavor in any way you can; as a writer, feature editor, advertiser or donor.
Thank you to all of you for bringing Shehjar so far, into its 24th issue.
With very warm regards
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Dear Arun, Your approach is commendable and it takes all of us in varying steps of effort to help our community. Thanks again for putting Bobji's name there too.
Added By Sanjay Kaul
Shehjar is doing yoeman,s service for Kashmir Bhattas by floating big and beautiful ideas like in this write up so that a community of half a million displaced Hindus of Kashmir by Islamic terrorists could be able to shape public opinion against senseless voilence.
Added By pushkar ganjoo
The measures suggested are great.But sorry to state that we as a community are plauged by self destructive virus of non-action which does not allow us to assert even our human rights.So let us pray that good sense prevails and we follow the clues.
Added By pushkar ganjoo