It was 15 degree Fahrenheit in the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur, a truck load of 771 pounds (350Kg) of processed wheat flour and 110 Lb (50Kg) pulses and chocolate bars were distributed to Pakistani Hindu refugees who are based currently at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The dona- tion was sponsored by VHPA or Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America.

Our Hindu brothers and sisters came a long way from Pakistan escaping terrible human rights violation by Pakistani Muslims and administration. When VHPA activist , Rahul Chandra heard about this, a donation, meet up and interview event (for article publishing) was planned with local VHP unit of Jodhpur. There are around 50 women, 84 men including 76 children who are staying at this temporary camp on outskirts of Jodhpur, all having Pakistani passports and Indian tourist / religious VISA’s. The administration of Jodhpur was kind enough to help process BPL cards and provide place for dwelling. Along with moral and emotional support, a letter requesting Jodhpur district collector to provide clean drinking facility and government land was also submitted.

On asked how was their first Diwali in India ‘ the leader of that group said with tears in his eyes ‘Saab, aisa Diwali kabhi nahi dekha, baccho ne khub patake jalaye bina dar aur khaf ke, zindagi me pheli martaba” meaning ‘we have never celebrated Diwali with such vigor and happiness before in life, children busted fire crackers with much joy and w/o fear and terror in India.’ Also people were educated on VHP and VHPA projects and institutions and how Hindu dharma is being served world wide.

Contact Rahul Chandra—VHPA @ chandraarahuul@gmail.com or call 001—(713) 429 4037 for more info or to donate aid. FYI.. Approx cost ~ $150 or INR 8000 to support food for 204 people for 10 days. Web (North Houston Unit): http://northhouston.vhp-america.org Web (National): http://www.vhp-america.org/