Houston: A delegation of the Kashmiri Pandit community met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston on Saturday and thanked him for the historic move to abrogate Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmir mein naee hava bah rahee hai (New winds are blowing in Kashmir) and we will all build a new Kashmir together that will be for everyone,” Modi told the delegation.
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“Modi Ji brought smiles to the faces of our Kashmiri Pandit delegation, by promising a new Kashmir that we will build together, for everyone,” Rajiv Pandit, who was part of the delegation, said.
He recited a religious verse (shlok) for Modi and the PM joined him by reciting its last line.
‘Our community will work with the govt to fulfill Modi’s dream for a peaceful Kashmir’: “We thanked him on behalf of the 700,000 Kashmiri Pandits all over the globe. We assured him that our community will work with the government to fulfill your dream for a Kashmir which is peaceful, full of growth where people are all happy,” Surinder Kaul, a member representing Kashmiri Pandit community, said.
“The Prime Minister told us: You’ve suffered a lot together; we’ve to build new Kashmir. We presented him with messages the community prepared for him. I presented a memorandum on behalf of the community. He gladly accepted that,” Kaul added.