Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a dedicated member of the Kashmiri-American community, Jeevan Zutshi, for his years of tireless work on behalf of Kashmir.
In 1986, Mr. Zutshi began a Kashmiri Overseas Association Chapter in California and was elected as the Association’s national Vide-President in 1989. Mr. Zutshi was instrumental in helping to initiate and organize a series of fundraisers for Kashmiri refugees immediately following the exodus of 300,000 Pandits from Kashmir in 1990, the first of which was held in his hometown of Fremont, CA.
In 1994 and 1996, Mr. Zutshi led delegations from the Federation of Indo-American Associations and the Indian American Friendship Council to Jammu camps in Kashmir. Mr.
Zutshi was the driving force behind several international symposiums on Kashmir. The symposiums, held in 1992, 2001, and 2002, brought together members of Congress,
community activists and think tank consultants. He has also organized several rallies in support of India and her interests and has led campaigns to educate the mainstream
community and media on India and Kashmir.