US Indians donate to families of soldiers killed in Pulwama terrorist attack

By Manik Mehta

NEW YORK, March 11 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Emotionally stirred by the Feb 14 suicide bomb attack in Pulwama in Kashmir, several US-based Indian organisations have made generous financial donations for families of Indian security personnel killed in the attack.

Among them were American medical doctors of Indian descent from the New Jersey chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).

AAPI recently held a fund-raising event in Roselle Park, New Jersey, raising over US$50,000 for the families of the victims.

The event, which was attended by AAPI members, their families and supporters, was organised together with other India-related organisations such the India World Foundation and Federation of Indian Associations.

New York-based Indian consul general Sandeep Chakravorty, in the event’s keynote speech, praised the men and women serving in the Indian army and placing their lives at risk to protect the nation from enemies.

He added that “the message that is going out from here is that India has changed forever … (that it) will not take attacks against our sovereignty.”  

Dr Binod K. Sinha, President of the New Jersey Chapter of AAPI, said, “The attack brought about huge anguish all across the world.  We received donations of more than US$50,000 in spite of a bad snow storm in New Jersey (during the event). 

He said that the money raised would be directly transferred to the families of the victims through Bharat Ke Veer app by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.

 The AAPI, which is the umbrella organisation of Indian medical doctors’ associations, claims to be the largest ethnic medical organisation in the US, representing over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin in the US.