WELCOME TO THE INDO-AMERICAN KASHMIR FORUM
Indo-American Kashmir Forum, commonly known as IAKF, was formed in 1991. IAKF represents the socio-political voice of the Kashmiri Pandit community residing in the United States. The Kashmiri Pandits are the Hindu minority group arising from the Valley of Kashmir in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.
IAKF was formed shortly after the period when armed Islamic insurgency in the state of Jammu and Kashmir turned violent and many Kashmiri Pandits were brutally killed by Islamic fundamentalists. The torture, rape, disfigurement, and murder of the peaceful community of Pandits was exceptionally cruel, resulting in the forced exodus of over 350,000 Pandits from their ancestral land. The internally displaced Pandits represent over 95% of their original total population in the valley.
IAKF was formed to inform the world community of the oppression against Kashmiri Pandits that led to their forced exile from Kashmir and the sad plight of the community members, many of whom are still living in makeshift 'refugee' camps. The organization seeks the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Kashmir valley with guaranteed security and freedom to exercise their religious faith and cultural way of life without fear or intrusion.
IAKF works in conjunction with several different organizations abroad, including its sister organizations, Indo-Canadian Kashmir Forum (ICKF) and Indo-European Kashmir Forum (IEKF).
RECENT ARTICLE POSTS
PARLIAMENT OF INDIA REPORT ON REHABILITATION OF KASHMIRI PANDITS
After 19 long years, an official Government of India body has detailed an exhaustive report on the wrongs committed against the Kashmiri Pandits and steps required for their rehabilitation. The Rajya Sabha, which is the upper house of the Indian Parliament, presented this report on February 13, 2009. The full report can be accessed by clicking above. For a summary of their recommendations, click here.
PUBLISHED RESEARCH ON CURRENT STATUS OF KASHMIRI PANDIT NON-MIGRANTS
IAKF distributed a 2007 research report on the status of the minority Kashmiri Pandit community that is currently residing in the Valley of Kashmir. This published paper is based on first-hand research and is already proving to be a valuable tool for all those interested in the status of minorities still in Kashmir. The report can be accessed free of charge by clicking here.
STRATEGY FOR THE RETURN OF KASHMIRI PANDITS TO THE VALLEY
Drafted by All India Kashmir Samaj, AIKS, New Delhi, this document delineates the political strategy, goals, and methods by which exiled Kashmiri Pandits can be safely and securely returned to the Kashmir Valley.