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|AIKS Conclave 2009
New Delhi, November 15 2009
ll India Kashmiri Samaj, an Apex organization of Kashmiri Pandits, held Conclave 2009 on 15th November, 2009 at SIRI FORT AUDITORIUM, New Delhi. Delegates from all over India and abroad participated in the event.
Shri G K Pillai, the Home Secretary, Govt. of India was the Chief Guest at the Conclave. On this occasion Shri G K Pillai released the special number of AIKS monthly journal Naad. Addressing the Conclave, the Home Secretary observed that this Conclave is being held at a time when we need to understand the problems of Kashmiri Pandits better and hoped that its message would make us wiser on the issues confronting this community. He emphasized that to imagine Kashmir without Kashmiri Pandits is just not possible. He also presented mementoes to the distinguished speakers on the dias.
In his welcome address Shri Moti Kaul said that the Conclave was taking place at a time when the realities back home were changing fast and Kashmiri Pandits had to reassert themselves to be part of any proposed initiative on Kashmir by the Government. In the light of the recurrent exoduses forced on the Community, it is imperative to politically empower them at all levels, he opined. The keynote address of Prof. K N Pandita focused on the need for the creation of reserved constituencies and reverse minority status for Kashmiri Pandits to ensure their relevance in the socio-political structure of the State. Prof. Surinder Munshi stressed on the preservation of the identity of Kashmiri Pandits. Prof. Amitabh Mattoo felt that in the proposed broader initiative on Kashmir, an all inclusive approach needed to be adopted and Kashmiri Pandits should constitute the part of that inclusiveness.
Pandit Gautam Kaul, while concluding, gave a detailed presentation of AIKS journey from its inception till date. Need for setting up an Institution of Excellence was the subject matter of the concluding session, in which Prof. Kachroo made a power point presentation blueprint for creation of such an institution for the community. The other stalwarts who spoke on the occasion included Shri Ashok Ogra, Shri M K Kaw (former President, AIKS) and Prof. B.B. Dhar. Shri M.K. Kaw gave his vital inputs regarding the logistics and important steps to be taken for its creation. Prof. B B Dhar who being an educationist talked about the finer details of the entire project. The vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Romesh Raina, General Secretary. The Conclave arrived at following conclusions:
Acutely aware of the continuing trauma faced by the Kashmiri Pandit community, even after 20 years of its displacement, leading to the erosion in their social, political and economic rights.
While appreciating the efforts made by the Central Government in providing some incremental economic relief especially in the shape of the Prime Minister’s Package, though far short of our expectations, the Conclave maintains that the survival of the community, and its eventual return to the Kashmir valley, is closely linked to its political empowerment.
It resolves that:
To harness this vast acumen and the divine grace of Devi Saraswati, this Conclave resolves the setting up of an Institution of Excellence by Kashmiri Pandits themselves. Its main objective will be to promote multi-dimensional academic, scientific and technological advancement that benefits the Community, the Nation and the World at large. The AIKS pledges to struggle for the achievement of these goals.
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