Jeevan Zutshi founded the Indo-American Community Federation (IACF-USA), a non-profit, in 1994 to pave the way for Indo-Americans to get involved in mainstream activities. IACF helps build Indo-U.S. relations through educating law makers, organizing international seminars and keeping an open dialogue with public officials in the U.S. and in India.
After 9/11, things changed in the United States. He created an annual Unity Dinner in association with his son, Rahul Zutshi, to help foster unity and understanding among a diverse number of community groups and leaders. The Unity Dinner has grown from a small event to a large-scale event and grabs the attention of some high profile members of Congress and the Senate as well as other government bodies.
Jeevan Zutshi’s background is as a civil engineer, a teacher and a real estate broker. This jack of all trades hails from the strife torn state of Kashmir and has fought for the human rights and rehabilitation of Kashmiris in India, who were forced to flee their homes as a result of terrorism since 1990.
“Not only did IACF-USA bring other Indo-American factions and organizations together to support mainstream involvement but also brought together other diverse community leaders and organizations along with a host of policy makers and public officials,” explains Zutshi. “I wish I could make people color blind and remove the word 'hate' from the dictionary replacing it with compassion and love.”
So it shouldn’t shock readers that these two world leaders are his biggest influences; Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Both fought for human rights and spread the message of love and harmony across the globe and have inspired Jeevan in his work.
When asked what his special skill is, Jeevan said he has an uncanny way of recognizing good people and puts his effort towards showing them their value to him. Surrounding himself with like-minded good people is one skill that everyone should learn from this grand master of diversity and community.