mission of the "Friends of South Asia" is to achieve a peaceful,
prosperous, and hate-free South Asia. The group works towards a
demilitarized, nuclear-free South Asia; bringing together people with
roots in various parts of South Asia, as well as other well-wishers of
promotes respect for and celebrates the diversity and plurality of
South Asia, promoting amity between countries and communities and
working towards a South Asia where the rights of all minorities are
respected and protected; regardless of religious, ethnic, sexual or
in solidarity with other like-minded organizations working on the
ground in South Asia; amongst the South Asian diaspora around the
world; as well as organizations that share our aspirations for a
peaceful world--a world in which every human being can live a full and
fruitful life without fear or hindrance.
to work through people-to-people contacts, dialog, and other
non-violent, non-exclusionary means.
IN THE BEGINNING...
FOSA was founded in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area at the
turn of 2001/2002 when tensions between the two largest countries in
South Asia threatened to break out into a nuclear conflagration.
FOSA vigils were held on the last Saturday of every month at Lytton
Plaza in Palo Alto during the period of war-like tensions between India