Hon’ble Members of General Body,
I am pleased to present the General Secretary’s report covering the period since last GBM held on 10th December 2017 for your kind consideration.
Before presenting the details, I would like to commemorate enormous contribution made by the stalwarts of AIKS to the growth and progress of the organization and consolidating its role as the apex organization of the community, across the globe.
During the period under review, the main activities of AIKS are reported as follows:
CIVIL WRIT PETITION OF AIKS
You are aware that AIKS had filed a petition against the Govt of India and others in Supreme Court of India under Article 32 of the constitution in the year 2006. The Supreme Court heard the petition on several occasion. However, the case dragged on for a decade.
In 2016, the bench consisting of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice Mrs. R. Bhanumati and Justice U.U. Lalit on 4th March, 2016 passed an order to transfer the petition to Jammu Bench of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir. The Chief Justice of the High Court was requested to create an appropriate bench so that the same is disposed of expeditiously.
To plead the case, AIKS requested prominent lawyers at Jammu to take up this case. It is heartening to state that some prominent lawyers offered their services spontaneously and voluntarily. Consequently a team of senior advocates, comprising of Sh. P.N Raina, Sh. P.N Goja, Sh. Virender Bhat and Sh. Kashmiri Lal Bhat (Nodal Officer for the case) was formed.
During the course of the hearing, the court passed an order seeking status report from J&K Govt, pertaining to the distress sale and encroachments of their properties in the Valley. During review of the case on 17th December 2018, it was reported that no response had been received from the State Govt in response to the order passed by them. On the request of the State, more time was granted for the reply. Keeping in view the callous and insensitive attitude of the Divisional Commission of Kashmir for not filing the report despite being given several opportunities, the Hon’ble Court passed an order on 06 May, 2019, with a fine of Rs. 20,000/-, giving a final chance for submission of the details.
Ultimately, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, submitted a reply in May, 2019, wherein they provided district-wise details of complaints/grievances, received and redressed, encroachments made and number of alienations that have been executed. Complete details were published in October 2019 issue of Naad.
According to the information submitted to the court, large chunks of land are lying un alienated in the names of Kashmiri Pandit owners even now.
Our lawyers are analyzing the details submitted by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to the court to decide on the future course of action.
At the same time, AIKS made efforts to compile details of properties left behind by community members during 1989-90 complying with provisions of distress sale under 1997 Act and sought such information from community members. There was positive response from community against our appeal and the information collected will be utilised at various forums in future including the court case.
I would also like to place on record the sincere efforts put in by our Vice Presidents at Jammu Sh AK Raina and Sh Vijay Kashkari maintaining close follow with our team of lawyers and providing them guidance from time to time.
REVOCATION OF ARTICLE 370 AND 35A OF CONSTITUTION
The Govt of India took the bold decision to neutralize Article 370 and article 35A of the Constitution of India, alongwith bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir State into two Union Territories, Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir (with Legislature) and Union Territory of Ladakh (without Legislature).
A number of individuals have approached the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to set aside the August 6, 2019, order of Govt of India, to nullify Article 370 & 35A of the Indian Constitution. The Apex Court has decided to refer the matter to the Constitution Bench.
AIKS has sought intervention in the matter to dismiss writ petition challenging the constitutional validity of the 2019 order and the 2019 Act. The application filed through Advocate Anatha Narain MG has been admitted in the SC, where the matter came up for hearing on 10 December, 2019. We are closely following up the matter.
IMPORTANT EVENTS HELD DURING THIS PERIOD:
- International Mother Tongue Day:
This annual event is celebrated by the Centre of Kashmiri Language, Literature and Culture (CKLLC) of AIKS on 21st February every year to coincide with the preservation of Mother Tongue celebrated world over on this day. It is pertinent to mention that the UNO decided in 1999 to celebrate IMT Day globally.
IMT Day 2018 was organised at an impressive function in Navin Public School at Nagrota, Jammu where veteran poet Sh. Prem Nath Shad was the chief guest and those who participated included Prof. AN Sadhu, Sh Santosh Shah Nadan, Sh. MK Bangroo and large number of stalwarts and number of children who were made aware of the necessity of preserving their identity through the preservation of their language and culture. On the occasion Sh. Brij Nath Betab made introductory remarks and gave detailed idea of how to preserve our mother tongue.
On 21st February 2019, the day was observed at a function at Kashyap Rishi Bhawan, Sec 34, Noida, which was attended by many writers, linguists and people keenly connected with the preservation and promotion of Kashmiri Language as our mother tongue. Speakers recalled the efforts made through publications about our displacement from Kashmir in the form of poetry, short stories, novels, biographies etc. it was also recalled that conscious effort was made by certain vested elements to marginalize the Kashmiri Language, literature and culture and promote Urdu. The efforts made by AIKS by creating CKLLC, chaired by Late. Prof Omkar Koul, were applauded and publication of VAAKH, Special Editions on “Poems of Lal Ded” and Nund Reshi” and “Kashmiri Cultural Reader” came for special mention. Dr. Mohan Lal Sar, a renowned writer was the Chief guest of the function. The famous writer, producer and broadcaster Shri. A K Rehbar was felicitated by offering shawls and bouquets by the President AIKS, Col. (Retd.) Tej K Tikoo and KMWA, Sh. Kamal Hak. The others who spoke on the occasion were Sh. Arvind Shah, Sh. Onkar Nath Shabnam, Sh. Roshan Lal Koul and Sh. B. N. Koul Deep Ji.
The second session was of poetic symposium in which poets rendered the poems in Koshur language. The poets who presented their poems included S/Sh. Sunita Kher, Narendar Safaya, Roshan Lal Roshan, BL Koul Deep and Onkar Nath Shabnam and anchored by Smt Sunita Raina Pandita. All the participants were presented with mementos by AIKS.
2. Vilay Divas 2018:
Jointly with JKVM, AIKS celebrated Vilay Divas on 26th October 2018 at Rajinder Bhawan, DDU Marg, New Delhi, to commemorate the 26th October 1947 when Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of the princely state of Jammu & Kashmir, signed the instrument of accession in the Union of India. On the occasion the public function was attended by special invitees which included the renowned Member of Rajya Sabha, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, former Rajya Sabha Member and well known columnist Sh. Balbir Punj and Kashmir’s son of soil, Lt. Gen. P S Mehta (Retd.)
3. Balidan Divas:
Kashmiri Pandits observe martyr’s day on 14th September every year globally to pay homage to those who laid their lives battling terrorism in Kashmir. This annual event was held by AIKS with other organizations in 2018 and 2019 at Shaheed Bal Krishen Ganjoo Memorial Park at New Delhi, where hundreds of community men, women & children congregated to remember the Martyr’s, security forces and civilians who laid down their lives while fighting the menace of terrorism. Children of the community sang bhajans and recited patriotic songs.
It is pertinent to mention that several affiliates of AIKS also paid homage to the martyrs in their respective states on this day. This included Mumbai, Lucknow, Ambala, Hyderabad, Pune, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Chandigarh & Faridabad.
On Balidan Divas 2019, a special edition of Naad was released by AIKS at the commemoration venue, the B K Ganjoo Park.
4. Holocaust Day 2019:
KP Community in exile observed Holocaust Day on 19th January as it was on this day in 1990 that Lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits began to leave their mother land following Jihadi onslaught on the community.
A peaceful protest was held by AIKS jointly with JKVM and RIK where a large gathering turned up at Rajghat to highlight the atrocities perpetrated on us 29 years back through placards and posters.
On the same day at AIKS Headquarter at R K Puram in a solemn function homage was paid to the martyrs who lost their lives during that period by offering prayers in front of their photos & by lighting candles.
AIKS HOLDS EXECUTIVE BODY MEETING
The meeting was held on 14th July 2018 where 24 members attended the meeting. Sh. A N Kaul ‘Sahib’ was honoured at the occasion. A memento was presented to former President Sh. Vijay Aima on the occasion. The Executive Body debated on some issues. (Details were published in Naad)
MEMBERSHIP FEE OF AFFILIATES.
The Executive Committee has approved revision in the membership fee of AIKS affiliates in their meeting held on 14 Jul 2018 at New Delhi as the rates had not been revised for long period of time. Revised rates are as follows:-
|Affiliates with membership less than 100 members||Rs 500/-|
|Membership between 101 to 200||Rs 1000/-|
|Membership between 201 to 500||Rs 2000/-|
|Membership exceeding 501||Rs 3000/-|
|Oversees affiliates||Rs 4000/-|
The revised affiliation fee is put up for approval before the general body.
AIKS DELEGATION VISITS JAMMU
A delegation led by Col. Tej K Tikoo visited Jammu during last week of December 2018 and met several organizations as listed:
- Met Trustees of Sharika Foundation Trust (SFT) at Roop Nagar where they were apprised of the work being done by them in the field of medical assistance, educational needs of children, computer training of needy students, marriage of orphan girls and provision of soft skill to young children. The team appreciated the work done by SFT who also handle distribution of scholarships for two AIKS affiliates viz. KoA, USA, who provide annual scholarship exceeding 300 students and KSS Faridabad providing 40 scholarship to the needy students on merit-cum-means basis. Both these organizations work according to a MoU executed by them with SFT.
- Visited Amar Balidan Trust to study the various social works performed by them. The team was impressed by the kind of work undertaken.
- At Jagati the team visited several centres including Orzu Gym, Mahilla Mandal, a woman group working for upliftment of woman and children and Helpline Humanity. Team also attended the remedial classes being run by AIKS Trust at Govt. Senior Secondary School premises for the benefit of students of classes 9th& 10th.
AIKS GEN NEXT 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 youth leaders. They deliberated on critical aspects of KP community as seen through vision of youth, a first of its kind interaction.
Sh. Ajay Bharti, BJP State VP suggested AIKS to enroll more youth and collect all KP organizations under one fold so that our voice is clear and strong.
Those who participated included Sarpach Sogam Ajay Raina, Sh. Veer Saraf, Dr. Samita Bhat, Sh Kamal Warikoo, Dr Mahesh Kaul and many more. AIKS presented their views & perspective through active participation of Sh. Dalip Kaul, Vice president and leading CA, Dr Manorma Bakshi Social activist and Head women wing AIKS, Social activist Sh Sanjay Sapru, Treasurer AIKS and activist Sh Sunil Koul AIKS Secretary.
PROMINENT KP’S MEETING AT JAMMU
A full-day interactive meeting with community leaders was held by AIKS on 25th December 2018, which was presided by Col. Tej K Tikoo (Retd.). This meeting with prominent leaders, opinion builders, journalists & Social workers was held to understand the prevailing perspective of the exiled community. About 50 members participated in this interactive meet. Main issues which came up for discussion included the need to create institutions, centers of learning, countering the wrong narrative relating to our exodus, rightful claim on our motherland, our dwindling population, problem faced by our youth employed in the valley under PM package, etc.
The members resolved to address problems which have cropped up as a result of changed circumstances, with the passage of time. Preservation of our culture & temples/shrines and the need to engage with community and government for our return and rehabilitation.
AIKS PRESIDENT AS COMMUNITY SPEAKER ON CHETNA DIVAS
Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust (PNBMT), which observes Chetna Divas in memory of Martyr Prem Nath Bhat on 27th December every year. On the occasion a community leader speaks about the community issues. On 27-12-2018, the community speaker was AIKS President Col. Tej K Tikoo. He spoke at length about the community issues on the occasion before a mammoth gathering.
REGISTRATION WITH REGISTRAR OF NEWSPAPERS (RNI) FOR NAAD.
We would like to report that the requisite license fee for RNI registration for Naad had not been paid from 2014 onwards and great efforts had to be made to regularize the registration. Arrears amounting to Rs 6000/- was paid for updating the registration, now valid upto 31 Dec 2021.
In the absence of RNI registration, we could not avail of the concessional postal charges and the postal authorities cancelled our postal license with effect from Apr 2018. As a result, we had to post NAAD on payment of full postal charges (Rs 9/- per issue on an average against concessional charges of less than Rs 1/-) till the postal concession was reinstated in Aug 2019, after RNI registration could be obtained.
As a consequence, we had to incur expenditure of Rs 37,500/- towards extra postal charges for the period Apr 2018 to Aug 2019.
OFFICE PREMISES SANCTIONED TO AIKS
- Sarojini Nagar:
As is well known, we had to vacate the premises at D-90 Sarojini Nagar consequent to the vacation notice received from Directorate of Estate, Ministry of Urban Development, as Sarojini Nagar was to be demolished. In lieu of this premises, the Department sanctioned us an alternative accommodation at 244, Sector-3, R K Puram from 21 Sep 2017. (As reported in last AGM)
We had to face a lot of hardship in settlement of the accounts with the concerned department for this premises on account of the following disputes:-
Reconciliation of accounts had not been done since initial allotment made on 22 Nov 1993. The staff of AIKS office (Hony. Capt V S Rawat) had to put in extra ordinary efforts for the past nine months to get entries verified, since inception. Enormous difficulty was encountered to locate old records prior to 2006, when accounts were not computerized at the bank level.
After reconciliation the outstanding payment works out to Rs 1,49,334/-. The reasons for this outstanding amount is largely as follows:-
- For period 01 July 2013 till 30 Jun 2017 we have deposited rent @ Rs 1539/- (rate prior to this date) against enhanced rent of Rs 3330/-
- For period 01 Jul 2017 till 30 Sep 2017 against we continued to deposit @ Rs 1539/- against enhanced new rate of Rs 4230/-.
- Rent levied at market rate for the excess period premises was occupied by AIKS.
(b) R K Puram: This premises was awarded to us on 21 Sep 2017, but could be physically occupied by us only on 07 Dec 2017 as the premises was under repair/maintenance with CPWD.
Rent has been paid for the period from 07 Dec 2017 till 24 May 2019 as the allotment expired on 24th May 2019.
We have made number of representations to the Ministry of Urban Development for granting us extension beyond 24th May 2019. The deptt. has not accepted rent beyond this date. Observation made by the Dept based on our representation for extension has been replied on 05 Nov 2019 and correspondence for regularization is being followed up and we hope the desired extension shall be granted. However, this may be contingent upon clearing old dues mentioned above.
For the information of members, we have a liability towards rent beyond 24 May 2019 at Rs 4230/- per month at current lease rent.
AIKS CONCLAVE HELD IN NEW DELHI
In order to assess the impact of changing situation in India, and its neighbourhood, which have a direct impact on our community, AIKS held a day long conclave at KECSS Hall on 16th March 2019 which was attended by a galaxy of participants across NCT. In the meeting, AIKS also took into consideration the past demands made to various agencies, both at state and central level, and reiterated its commitment towards the cause of the displaced community.
During the day-long conclave over 30 delegates spoke on multiple issues facing the community. The meeting ended with passage of a resolution adopted unanimously. Key points are:-
i) The Government must immediately constitute a Commission of Enquiry headed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India to probe into the circumstances and fix responsibility for ethnic cleansing of the entire Kashmiri Pandit religious minority community from the valley in early 1989-90. It must recognize the exodus and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits was Genocide.
ii) Taking into consideration the violence let loose by Pakistan-sponsored, separatists-supported and religiously motivated terrorists in the valley, the only option available/acceptable for our rehabilitation in Kashmir is to create a single unit settlement of all Kashmiri Pandits. This city should be self-sufficient in terms of overall infrastructure, economic avenues, adequate land, decent accommodation, educational institutions, medical care, recreation centers, commercial infrastructures, etc.
iii) Since political empowerment is an instrument of protecting and promoting the identity of a minority community within the body politic, a statutory provision to that effect should be institutionalized. AIKS demands adequate reservations for the community, both in the State Assembly, Parliament and in the local bodies.
iv) To preserve the ethno-religious identity of this minuscule minority, we call upon the government, both Central and the State, to initiate necessary steps to grant ‘Minority Status’ to the displaced KP’s.
v) AIKS notes with concern that the members of KP community who had braved to stay on in the Valley, have lived a miserable life under the fear of gun. Their social and economic retrieval is, therefore, integral to the restitution of the community in the entirety in Kashmir. Similarly, those of our community members who are staying in Kashmir in various camps, as part of PM Employment package, are living in very difficult conditions. Their terms and conditions of service are also draconian. AIKS demands that their living conditions be ameliorated and service conditions improved by deleting discriminatory clauses.
vi) We call upon the government to take urgent steps to protect and preserve the age-old heritage of the community handed down in the shape of temples, Shrines and all religious institutions/symbols. The bill seeking to do that remained pending in the Legislative Assembly for various reasons and subsequently lapsed. The bill will have to be re-introduced whenever the assembly is re-constituted.
vii) AIKS supports Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust (PNBMT) in its laudable efforts to have this bill passed in the Assembly despite many obstacles that the bill has encountered.
viii) Our court case (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 534 of 2006) has come up for hearing at the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India as also at the J&K State High Court. AIKS, through its dedicated & brilliant team of lawyers, will continue to fight the case with renewed vigor and determination.
MEETINGS WITH LEADERS
- Meeting with Home Minister
AIKS lead a delegation comprising members from AIKS, JKVM & RIK and affiliate units of AIKS and met Home Minister of India, Sh. Raj Nath Singh in Sept 2018, the meeting was also attended by MoS, Home Affair, Sh. Hansraj Ahir & Union Secretary, Sh. Rajiv Gamba.
A copy of the memorandum sent to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi on 14th Sept 2018, on the occasion of Balidan Divas, was presented to him.
The demands projected in the memorandum were explained in the context of genocide & subsequent exodus and the importance of ensuring that KP’s are resettled in Kashmir in an honorable manner was reiterated. In his reply Sh. Raj Nath Singh said that the government was seized of the issues raised by us and would remain in touch with the community to address them.
2. Meeting with Chief Election Commissioner
A delegation of AIKS met the members of the Election Commissioner of India on 15th March 2019, to convey the community’s concern on the voting rights in respective constituencies in Kashmir, specific issues discussed were:
- Withdrawal of Form ‘M’ as it was cumbersome.
- Relief disbursing centers in Jammu, Delhi, Udhampur etc. be designated as voting booths for registered relief holders and/or permitted to vote through secure postal
- Self attested affidavit be accepted as bonafide document for registration as a voter.
- State Election Commissioner and embassies be entrusted to enroll & casting of votes by Kashmir displaced persons.
- Special enrollment drive for persons who moved to Kashmir under PM package be
The Election Commissioner was requested to treat matter urgently so as to implement decisions before 2019 Lok Sabha Election.
3. Meeting with Interlocutor Sh. Dineshwar Sharma
AIKS delegation called on Sh. Dineshwar Sharma on 10th July 2019 at his official chambers.
The points submitted by the delegation were discussed and all enquiries raised by Interlocutor were replied to his satisfaction. Key issues for immediate action from the government are listed below:
- Safety and dignified facilities for employees under PM package.
- Passage of Temples/Shrines Bill & their restoration.
- Political empowerment to protect & preserve our identity.
- Revival of Kashmir Valley heritage centers.
- Creation of a center of Excellence at Jagti Township to mainstream our Youth.
- Rehabilitation of community in valley in “Satellite Township”
4. Meeting with Sh. Avinash Rai Khanna
AIKS delegation met Sh. Avinash Rai Khanna, National Vice President, BJP, Incharge, Jammu & Kashmir. The delegation gave a formal introduction of AIKS, presented a copy of vision document. He was apprised of various developments in J&K State and the delegation emphasized on political empowerment to protect & preserve the unique ethnic identity of the displaced community, the dignified measures to be taken for employees engaged in PM package & passage of Temple & Shrine bill.
Sh. Khanna assured the delegation that he will take our demands to the highest level in the party.
5. Meeting with Additional Secretary MHA
A joint delegation of All India Kashmiri Samaj and JKVM met Sh. Gyanesh Kumar, the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India, on 9 Oct 2019 in his office.
The meeting essentially focused on conveying our appreciation to the Union Govt for taking the bold decision on 05, Aug 2019, which rendered Art 370 & 35A in-effective.
The delegation broadly brought to the notice of the Additional Secretary our numerous concerns, including our rehabilitation in Kashmir and passage of temples & Shrines Bill, etc, etc. The Additional Secretary on his part briefed us on the changed scenarios post-5 Aug announcements.
It may be mentioned that the meeting touched a large number of issues broadly, without going into specifics.
KOA PRESIDENT VISITS AIKS
President KoA Dr. Shakun Malik, an affiliate of AIKS, met at the AIKS office on 15th Sept 2019. Both the organizations discussed the emerging geo-political situation, post the abrogation of article 370 & 35A of the Indian Constitution. Both organizations decided to strengthen their existing bonds and work together to counter the incorrect narrative regarding recent developments in India, concerning Jammu & Kashmir, and to counter the disinformation campaign launched by vested interests globally about our exodus from Kashmir in 1989-90. Further they agreed to enhance the involvement of youth & mobilize them to work for the community matter & preservation of our culture & heritage.
AIKS ESTABLISHES FORMAL RELATION WITH HAF
Hindu American Forum (HAF) formed in USA by Indian Diaspora in 2002, portrays Hinduism in the media & textbooks in correct manner to remove certain misgivings which have creep into the American narrative about India & Hinduism.
AIKS & HAF, after several meetings, announced a formal relationship with each other. With this relationship AIKS is confident that the joint efforts in various fields, particularly those concerning Kashmir & Kashmiri Pandits, will be in our best interest & both organisations will work jointly in future. AIKS, with its wide-spread presence, will serve as a window to the HAF as far as issues dealing with Kashmir & KP’s are concerned.
MEETING WITH AKPCC
An interaction was held between AIKS and KP Coordination Committee of Ghaziabad, previously called ‘Samut’ at Vaishali on 26th September 2019, where the new executive team of AKPCC team shared their views with AIKS. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere to evolve a joint working mechanism between the two organizations and more such meetings will follow.
AIKS HOLDS ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE (RTC)
A day long RTC was held on 28th September 2019 at New Delhi to formulate the community response to the Abrogation of Article 370 & 35A by the GoI on 5th August 2019.
In a largely attended meeting attended by about 60 members included community organizations, prominent community members & thinkers spread across the country. All participants agreed that GoI had taken very bold decision on August 05 this year.
A number of issues were discussed which included resettlement, our IDP status, a commission to enquire into the circumstances of our exodus, compensation for the loss that our community has suffered, implementation of PM’s package in full, enacting Temples & Shrines Bill and AIKS petition in High Court Jammu.
It was heartening to note that people had come from far off places like, Mumbai, Jammu, Vadodra, Hyderabad, apart from NCR. The meeting concluded with a resolve to continue with such consultation in smaller groups to maintain the momentum. AIKS stands taken during AIKS Conclave held were reiterated.
AIKS JOINS KSS CELEBRATIONS
i) AIKS & KSS Felicitates Sh. Jeevan Zutshi:
At a function KSS & AIKS jointly felicitated Sh. Jeevan Zutshi, a veteran community crusader and social activist from USA at Sharika Bhawan, Faridabad on 9th September 2018. Col. Tej K Tikoo in his address reiterated the commitment of the community for the rights of the diaspora living in the different parts of the world. In his address Dr. S K Handoo praised the contribution of Jeevan Ji in his running awareness campaign through his work & the film “The Last Smile” which is about the ill effects of dietary supplements sold as OTC items. The film was screened and highly appreciated by the audience. It is pertinent to mention that the film “The Last Smile” has received awards worldwide.
ii) Navreh at Hari Parvat:
The grand Navreh get together was held at Hari Parvat in Anantpur on April 7, 2019. The daylong celebration included Jhanki of Mata, hawan, cultural programmes etc. On this day a bust of Padmashri J N Kaul, Papa Ji, was unveiled in presence of Col. Tej K Tikoo, President AIKS, Dr. S K Handoo & NCR fraternity.
The dignatories unveiled the perspective picture of project SUMIRAN memorial cum Prayer Hall and first issue of Sharda Tarangini and Annual Calendar.
iii) KSS Celebrates Abrogation of Article 370 & 35 A:
Our affiliate organisation KSS, Faridabad celebrated the abrogation of Article 370 & 35 A from constitution of India at a function attended by Sh. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State, Sh. Mool Chand, MLA, State of Haryana and Prominent members, community leaders & thinkers. A large number of eminent members spoke on the occasion including Sh. Vijay Kashkari, Vice President, AIKS The audience was later enthralled by community singers Smt. Sushma Kalla, Sh. Dalip Langoo & Sh. Sanjeev Gautam Raina. Songs dedicated to the nation, in memory of martyrs and security forces were sung.
AIKS ATTENDS KPL 8 AT GURUGRAM.
Col Tej K Tikoo, President, alongwith Sh Vijay Kashkari, VP of AIKS participated in final of KPL 8 tournament organised by KKS Gurugram on 20 Oct 2019. The tournament involved huge organizational effort as the tournament extended from 18th to 20th October involving 36 teams spread over senior category, Ladies sections & Children teams including 2 teams from Valley & 6 from Jammu. Matches were played in 14 Cricket grounds and with final held at TERI ground. Alongside a cultural night was held on 19 Oct 2019 at Apparael House Gurugram so that the community remains connected to its cultural heritage.
AIKS would like to convey its deep sense of appreciation for the conduct of the tournament successfully.
AIKS DELEGATION VISITS KASHIR SABHA, AMBALA.
Kashir Sabha Ambala had invited AIKS team to their important function at Ambala on 12th January 2020 on the occasion of the foundation laying ceremony of a Dharamshala at the site owned by the Sabha.
Apart from Col Tej K Tikoo, President who was guest of honour, Sh Vijay Kashkari, Vice President AIKS attended the function.
It is pertinent to mention that Kashir Sabha, was formed by nearly 200 families who landed in Ambala at the time of exodus from Kashmir in 1990 and purchased a plot of land where they established a Mata Mrityunjey Temple. Now they have commenced construction of a Dharamshala to provide accommodation to care takers of our community folk who come to PGI Chandigarh with their patients for treatment.
Sh Anil Vij, Home Minister of Haryana, who graced the occasion and laid the foundation Stone of the Dharamshalla, donated a sum of Rs 10.00 Lakhs for the project.
AIKS PRESS RELEASES
Reacting to various developments from time to time AIKS expressed their opinion through press releases & communiqués as and when required; such releases were a natural expression from AIKS, be there in the form of protests against Pulwama attack, Banning of JKLF, Anantnag attack, Statements by Hurriyat Leadership, Abrogation of article 370 & 35A or the resounding landslide victory of BJP in General Elections.
AIKS PUBLICATION NAAD & VAAKH
The readership of AIKS Publications has been appreciative about the timely publication of both Naad & Vaakh. We would like to place on record the efforts made by the editorial board of Naad lead by former Editor-in-Chief, Col. Tej K Tikoo and the current Editor-in-Chief, Sh. Sunil Raina for Naad and Sh. Roop Krishen Bhat for Vaakh. It is pertinent to mention that Vaakh has a unique place as it is one of its kinds around the globe being published in Kashmiri Language.
Regarding Naad we would like to inform you that our subscribers were not receiving their copy of Naad due to inefficient postal service. Accordingly we were forced to send Naad through courier service and recover part of the additional cost from subscribers. Most of our subscribers agreed to such payments and we also enhanced the cost per copy from Rs. 30/- to Rs. 50/- to offset other cost increases.
We request the members of this august body to help the organisation in its effort of increasing subscriber base both for Naad & Vaakh.
NAGJEE ADMISSION ALERTS & JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Through this column in Naad and over internet, AIKS is helping students who receive academic notifications from various colleges and universities, in a timely manner. We place on record the stupendous efforts put in by Sh. Vijay Kashkari in this regard. It will be pertinent to inform that Sh. Vijay Kashkari was awarded amateur Journalist award by PNBMT for his contribution as amateur Journalist & in particular for Naad.
Before I close my presentation, I would place on record the enormous support received by me from my colleagues, Hony Capt. VS Rawat. & Ms. Bharti Kaul who helped me and other office bases in discharging our duties as best as possible.
NEW LIFE MEMBERS
The following members were added and their names are circulated for adoption:
|Sh Rattan Kumar Kaul||Sh Surinder Sadhu||Sh B L Kaul “Deep”|
|Sh Neelmani Malla||Group Captain Jatinder Kaul||Sh Puneet Dhar|
|Sh Pradeep Peshin||Sh Vikram Kaul||Sh Rajesh Raina|
|Dr Utpal Kaul||Sh Anil Kaul||Ashok Kumar Kaul|
|Sh Sumit Sapru||Sh O N Kaul||Smt Vandana Ganjoo|
|Dr S K Handoo||Sh Sudhir Shah||Sh Vijay Kumar Ganjoo|
|Sh Siban Krishan Khazanchi||Sh Vir Jee Dullu||Sh Narinder Kumar Safaya|
|Sh Kapil Bhat||Kumar M Tiku||Sh Ashok Dudha|
|Prof P N Kaul||Smt Gurpreet Sapru||Sh Rajinder Raina|
|Col Raj Kumar Mirakhur||Sh Neelu Dhar||Sh Kuldeep Drabu|
|Sh Sunil Kaul||Brig M K Ganju||Sh Rajinder Tikoo|
|Smt Meenakshi Kaul||Sh Sanjay Kaul||Sh Sanjay Dhar|
|Sh Siddharth Ganjoo||Dr Anoop Bangroo||Sh Sameer Bhat|
|Sh Anil Tikoo||Dr Vibha Zarabi||Sh Shiban Khaibri|
|Mrs Sinead Kachroo||Sh Opinder Kumar Saproo||Smt Lakshmi Kaul|
|Dr Rajinder Kachroo||Sh Surindra Munshi||Sh Virender Kumar Bhat|
|Smt Tushima Tikoo||Sh Shaan Sapru||Sh Sunil Raina|
|Sh Rajeev Raina||Dr K L Chowdhury||Brig Punam Bali|
|Sh Anil Kaw||Sh Susheel Raina||Sh Deepak Mirza|
|Sh Vimal Kaul||Sh R L Shant||Dr Etee Bahadur|
With this I conclude my report and thank you for patient hearing.
M K Pajan
General Secretary, AIKS