All India Kashmiri Samaj bids Adieu t Sh. M K Kaw, Our former President
Sh. M K Kaw, former President of AIKS breathed his last at 5 P.M on 28 Oct, 2019. His sudden demise shocked the entire community.
Sh. M K Kaw did his matriculation at the age of 10 and M.A. at 18. He later passed Civil Services Examination in the very first attempt. Though he was offered the much-coveted Indian Foreign Service, Kaw Sahab opted for the Indian Administrative Service as ‘he did not want to stay away from his parents.’
Sh. Kaw Sahab retired as the Secretary to the Union Govt in the HRD Ministry in 2003. While in service, he held numerous positions in his cadre state of Himachal Pradesh at later in the Union Government where he excelled in his assignments, which he carried out with quiet efficiency, professional skill and a high degree of probity. As HRD Secretary, he instituted many measures which had far-reaching positive impact on our education system.
In 2003, after retirement, he took over as the President of All India Kashmiri Samaj from Sh. J N Kaul and continued to be in that position till 2009. During his tenure, he devoted a great part of his time to helping our community find feet while in exodus after their forced displacement from Kashmir in 1989-90. He made full use of his administrative experience to work with various states/universities in India to get them to reserve seats for our children in various professional colleges. This reservation ensured that a large number of our young boys and girls got admission into various professional colleges and thus became job-ready with the much sought after technical skill at a time when globalization of Indian economy provided huge opportunities for them to be absorbed in various fields, globally.
It was during his presidency of AIKS that a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court of India which prayed for consideration of a large number of our grievances; both, having short term consequences as also which would have long-term effects. The set of lawyers who fought this case on behalf of AIKS pro bono, was led by the late Sh. Arun Jaitley. This case was later transferred to the HC at Jammu where it is being prosecuted at a good pace in a satisfactory manner.
Kaw Sahib was an intent listener and his intervention and his views invariably carried the day as he always spoke on any subject with authority after thorough preparation. His amiable persona and dignified conduct were worthy of emulation. He contributed to the community cause in every possible manner in diverse fields. Even after relinquishing the post of President of AIKS, Kaw sahib continued to provide his wise counsel whenever we needed it. His very presence in our midst was always reassuring. We will miss him immensely. Needless to say, Kaw Sahab’s contribution to the community has been immense and unparalleled.
AIKS is extremely saddened by the sudden passing away of our former President and would like to place on record our deep sense of grief at his passing away. His loss to the community in general and to AIKS in particular is irreparable. AIKS will find it difficult to replace him.
We pray to the almighty to provide a place in Vaikunt to the departed soul and give courage to the members of the bereaved family to bear this immense loss with courage and fortitude. In this hour of grief, our heart goes out to them.
-Col. Tej K Tikoo