The following letter was presented to Mr. John Liu, Chairman, Transportation Committee, New York City at a function organized by Mr. Rajiv Gowda of Staten Island. Mr. Liu promised to do everything possible..
INDIAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS FORUM
41-67 Judge Street (5P)
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(718) 478-5735/(718) 271-0453
PRAYER ROOM FOR INDIAN (HINDU) COMMUNITY AT JFK
Councilman John Liu
New York City
December 14, 2008
Dear Mr. Liu:
In the first instance, let us congratulate you for your sincere efforts in recognizing Diwali and celebrating it in the City Hall in New York City for several years.
We Indian Americans hold you in high esteem for what you have done for our community.
As a friend of Indian community, we would like to bring to your attention the following problem which has been agitating the mind of our community for a very long time.
As you may be aware, there are more than 3 million Indians living in the USA. Most of them travel through JFK. In the tri-state area itself there are more than half a million Indians living in this area. More than 90% of these Indians are Hindus.
As you know, we Indian-Americans are very religious by nature. It is a matter of great regret and embarrassment that there is no prayer (meditation) room at JFK for Hindus.
We would be highly grateful to you if you could take up this matter with New York/New Jersey Port Authority and see that prayer facilities are provided to Indians (Hindus) also.
Arish K. Sahani