1. AIKS Trust Holds Meeting
Meeting of the Board of Trustees of AIKS,chaired by Sh. Vijay Aima, was held on 8th December 2018 at Gurugram. Those who attended the said meeting were S/Sh. Kuldeep Drabu, Ramesh Pandita, Ashok Ogra, Umesh Moza, M K Pajan, all trustees, and Col. Tej Tikoo and Rohit Dhar as special invitees.
Sh. Vijay Aima apprised the members with the activities of the Trust for past three years, and the ongoing free remedial classes being held at Govt. Secondary School, Jagati, to help students of classes 9 and 10 to improve their academic performance.
Col. Tej Tikoo, President, AIKS, was then inducted into the AIKS Trust as a Trustee of as per provisions of the constitution. Col. Tikoo accepted his induction and promised to work for the welfare of the community. The Trustees took stock of the financial position of the trust and decided to undertake new projects which will directly benefit the needy community members.
2. AIKS CWP Petition at High Court, Jammu
The case came up for review on 17th December 2018 and it was reported that no response has been received from the State Govt in response to the earlier order passed by the court. After due consideration the Registrar decided to await the Government reply till the Court reopens after the winter vacations.
3. AIKS Young Brigade Holds Meeting at Jammu
The young executive members of AIKS held a meeting at Jammu Press Club on 24th December 2018, which was attended by over 25 youth activists, experienced professionals, journalist and leaders. They deliberated on critical aspects of KP community as seen through the eyes of the youth; it was a first of its kind interaction.
Sh. Ajay Bharti, BJP State VP Complimented the organizers for the initiative to connect with the community youth. He apprised the participants with the key initiatives taken to enable the community to survive with dignity & pride, despite facing atrocities. He suggested AIKS to enroll more youth and collect all KP organization under one-fold so that our voice is heard clear and strong.
Sh. Anil Bhat, Head PTI, Jammu, sought the active participation of the youth in strengthening the pillars of democracy. He exhorted the youth to help strengthen the nation by enrolling themselves in adequate numbers in executive, legislature, judiciary and media.
Those who participated in the youth programme included Sarpach Sogam Ajay Raina, Sh. Veer Saraf, Dr. Samita Bhat, Sh Kamal Warikoo, Dr Mahesh Kaul and many more. AIKS presented their view point& perspective through achieve participation by Sh. Dalip Kaul, Vice President, AIKS and leading CA, Dr Manorma Bakshi, Social activist and Head Women’s Wing AIKS, Social activist Sanjay Sapru, Treasurer AIKS and activist Sunil Koul Secretary, AIKS.
4. AIKS holds Interactive Meeting With Community Stalwarts
A full day interactive meeting with community leaders and opinion makers was held by AIKS on 25th December 2018 at Hotel Savoy, Jammu. The meeting was presided over by Col. Tej Tikoo, President AIKS. The main purpose of the meeting was to understand the current perspective of the exited community with prominent leaders, opinion builders, jonurnalists and social workers of decades.
In his opening remarks, Col. Tej Tikoo lauded the achievements of KP community in various fields, including sports and corporate world.He talked about efforts made by him to build bridges with all sections and organizations of our community, so that our voice is heard clearly at various fora. After meeting the key leaders, he said he had come to the conclusion that KP community is largely agreed.He further said that on the majority of issues confronting the community, our view point is nearly the same. He said that each KP has a Kashmir residing inside him. He informed the audience that AIKS was keen to hear the view point of our stalwarts living in Jammu, so that we are better placed to develop future strategies accordingly.
Sh. Shiban Khaibri highlighted the absence of political parties recognizing the genocide our community faced and the need to remove the ‘migrant’ tag that we carry, as we are internally displaced community. He felt that PM-package offered to us contained draconian conditions and requested AIKS to bring all KP organizations on one platform and demand representation in State legislature and a seat in Rajya Sabha.
Sh. Ajay Bharti, VP State BJP, congratulated AIKS for hosting the interactive meet & analyze the reasons why our voice not being heard. He urged the members to undertake meaningful actions even if none of the political parties render us support. One such method is to create institutions and centers of learning so that the community is able to build pressure on government and draw their attention. He also proposed that our children must be made part of KP consciousness. MLC Surinder Ambardar called our displacement a human tragedy and spoke about disinformation created by media in voicing the right concerns of original residents of Kashmir as rightful owners of our heritage. He said that we must not lose sight of our land of birth. Mr. Ambardar reiterated the need for KP’s to create journalists, centers for coaching and help nationalist idealism as India is the sole abode of Hindus across the globe.
Dr. Usha Tickoo emphasized that all KP’s must aim to have a space in the valley and not to lose hold on Kashmir. She sought involvement of women from Jagati & resolution of growing social issues.
Dr. K L Chaudhary spoke of our fast depleting population and gave example of 18% growth witnessed by Parsi community who introduced Jio-Parsi policy to counter declining numbers. According to him our biggest challenge is existential in nature. The Parsis have introduced schemes and programmes for expanding their population and are providing funds to those needing fertility treatments. He further proposed development of institutions to help us keep our distinctive ethnicity alive.
Dr. Manorma Bakshi shared the need of connecting with NGO’s who are making dent on policies and programmes of the government.
Sh. Anil Bhat from PTI Jammu, spoke about the need of expanding presence of KP’s in Legislative, Executive, Judiciary & media so that our narrative receives support.
Advocate Kashmir Lal Bhat shared the status of AIKS PIL case which is currently being heard in the J&K High Court and where a team of Jammu-based lawyers is handling it .
Sh. P L Kaul Badgami drew attention of community to compilation of documents listing people murdered in 1990 for posterity & requested pending issues of compensation & settlement be followed up rigorously.
Dr. B L Saraf wanted the KP’s to raise issues of Human Rights violations suffered by us, sought space for KP’s in legislature and demanded protection for employees living in valley under PM-Package, apart from demanding amelioration of their living and service conditions.
Others who spoke on the occasion included S/Sh. S k Kaul, M K Jalali, J L Pandit, B L Jalali, & Bhushan lal.
AIKS office bearers present in the meeting included S/Sh. Vijay Kashkari, A K Raina, Dileep Kaul, Sanjay Sapru, Manorma Bakshi and Sunil Kaul. Proceedings of the meeting were moderated by Maharaj Pajan, General Secretary, AIKS.
In conclusion, it was resolved that with passage of time in exile, as the community narrative has changed, the various community organizations must address the new problems which have evolved during the last few years. Problems of PM package employees, over-aged youth and related issues need resolution. Voting process be made easy for participation of our voters, Temples &Shrines Bill be enacted into a law through ordinance. Return- module be discussed jointly with community & a consensus evolved. Lastly, security be provided to elected members of the community in urban local bodies.
5. Meeting with Various Organization at Jagati& Jammu
AIKS delegation led by President, Col. Tej Tikoo visited a number of social organizations at Jammu &Jagati to understand their working and find out linkages with them for improving the condition of our community children, youth & elders, particularly women.
i) The team visited Sharika Foundation at Roop Nagar and were introduced to the team of trustees operating in the fields of education, medical assistance, computer training and many other fields. The President went around their facility and highly appreciated their contribution.It was heartening to note that Sharika Foundation has handled Scholarships from two AIKS affiliate, KOA, USA and KSS Faridabad for the past two years.
ii) A short visit by President& others to Amar Balidan Trust was undertaken to study various social functions performed by them. The team was impressed with their contribution to uplifting the community.
iii) The team visited Jagati township where they visited Orzu Gym. The future plans of the gym were explained to the team members and appreciated. Thereafter, the team met members of a woman of Mahilla Mandal who have dedicated themselves to the upliftment of the women folk and their children and numerous problems faced by them were explained. AIKS members were appreciated for their efforts.
iv) On behalf of AIKS Trust, the team members visited the remedial classes being held at Govt. Senior Secondary School by the Trust for the benefit of students of class 9th& 10th. Apart from meeting the teachers assigned the task, the team interacted in the boys and girls undertaking the studies and motivated them to avail of the opportunities extended to them and improve their academic achievements so that they excel in future.
v)The President brought to their attention the fact that students of the school whose names appear on the merit board of the school have achieved marks in the range of +85% despite multitude of problem faced by them. He further suggested that these passed out students, with high academic achievements should be identified and presented as role model to the existing students whenever they visit Jagati as they will motivate them to perform better.
M K Pajan