Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA)
www.asiapeace.org & www.indiapakistanpeace.org
4410 Verda Lane NE , Keizer , OR 97303
March 10, 2010
It is a matter of pride for me that I have been associated with ACHA for last 5 years. In my personal capacity and as an associate of PPC (Pakistan Peace Coalition), PILER (Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research) will continue promoting the mandate of peace and harmony within and with neighbours.
January 17, 2010
I am so heartened by these reports (Peace & Harmony News from South Asia). I told friends, Pakistan will reach out to India, it was my prediction, I told this to Thomas Abraham. Now I am a political pundit and a political fortune teller.
I realize there is many a slip between a cup and a lip and yet there is a silver lining to these thick dark crowds.
I have so much respect for u Dr. Pritam Rohila. God Bless U and God Bless the region and God bless the World!
Keep up the good work!
January 18, 2010
Thnx. Visit us with good stories of hope (Peace & Harmony News from South Asia) everyday as many time as u can. Cud I do something for ur center, work, donate money, anything at all.
There is a need to help South Asia to come together for all the regions’ children's sake.
My sincere best to your organization ACHA for striving towards peace in the subcontinent. The beneficiary of your efforts is the common person of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
When business flourishes it creates jobs, enhances the standards of living, hopefully with that comes potable water, life expectancy and sanitary standards to our nations. When prosperity reaches every poor Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali and Sri Lankan, then our nations have truly achieved the pinnacle of success. Prosperity is incomplete when only a few are privileged to have the goods of life.Thanks for sharing the following information, glad to see commerce flourish between the nations of subcontinent.
May 18, 2005
What a Great effort!
First let me tell you how excited I was to see the information on your organization. Unfortunately I was totally unaware that such an organization existed. I visited your website and the affiliated links, and am all charged up.
Little bit about myself. My mother is from Lucknow and my Father from Bhopal. After partition my father's family decided to migrate to Pakistan and my Mom did not have a choice, she left her entire family in Lucknow, and they still reside in India.
I was born in Karachi and after my graduation from medical school my immediate family moved to North America. We now have distant family on both sides of Indo-Pak border.
Due to our roots in and love for both countries, my 2 brothers and I built a south Asian community center in Dallas called FunAsiA, that promotes Indo-Pak culture, friendship and serves as a showcase of our culture for the community in general. We have 47 founders for this project, that represent all south Asian religions, countries, and major organizations that play an important representative role for this community including presidents of the India, Pakistan and Bangladeshi associations, representatives of the
mosque, Gurdwara, temple, church, and prominent leaders, doctors, attorneys and
We serves as the venue for all non-profit organizations from south Asia and organizations that serve for the broader good of the community. We have theaters, performance halls, banquet space, restaurants (rated the best Indian restaurant in the city) and our own advertising media, in the form of radio and a free monthly magazine, that promotes desi businesses. We have been open for two years and have doubled in that time frame. We are proud to say that we have the strong support of all different segments of the community, and we reflect our diversity in our board, employees, events and founders.
I am very interested in finding out how to open a chapter of your organization in Dallas, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. We should try to open chapters in all major cities and celebrate the Peace day nationwide on the same date. I sit on the board of directors of Dallas peace center and DFW international and can get support from both these organizations to make this day a great success. I can also invite a few city mayors and get a good media coverage. The essay writing competition is also a great idea and I will set up a scholarship fund in my fathers name to be awarded to the winner.
I also propose that we exchange banners on our websites. We have a huge traffic flow to our website and we can direct these patrons to your site, giving broader exposure. I am open to other ideas how we can make it big. I enjoy good credibility in the community and have friends in high places both from India and Pakistan and have partnership in the desi Radio, which would help us get the word out even on short notice. FunAsiA owns the biggest mass e-mailing data base of the south Asians in the DFW metroplex and information can be sent electronically as well.
I would like to have your written permission to be able to disseminate this information from your website and letters to our community to generate their interest in opening a Dallas chapter.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please visit our website www.funasia.net
to learn about FunAsiA Project.
Farrukh Hamid MD
Professor UT Southwestern Medical Center