29 Sept 2019
AIKS organized a day-long Round Table Conference (RTC) on 28 Sept 2019 New Delhi to formulate the community’s response to the Abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A by the Govt of India on 5 Aug 2019.
The RTC, chaired by Col Tej K Tikoo (Retd), President All India Kashmiri Samaj, was attended by over 50 invitees belonging to various community organizations, as also many prominent community members spread across the country. Besides the representatives of various community organizations/ prominent community members from NCR, representatives from Jammu, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Mumbai, Amritsar….. also took part in the deliberations.
Almost all participants agreed that the Government of India had taken very bold decisions on Aug 5 this year. They further expressed the view that these are going to demolish the walls that had created psychological barriers between the people of the State and rest of the country. Everyone present complimented the government for doing away with these regressive constitutional provisions, which in any case were purely temporary and transient and should have been done away with long back.
As this was the first serious effort by the community to spell out its policy after the announcements of 5 August, 2019, made by the Govt of India, most members spoke about the changes they expected to see at the ground level in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and its effect on the displaced community. A great deal of time was spent in reassessing our community’s requirement in the changed context, particularly our demand concerning our rehabilitation in Kashmir. Divergent views were expressed on the issue. The other issues that came up for discussion included the Temples and Shrine Bill which Prem Nath Bhatt Memorial Trust is pursuing. Sh. Shiban Khaibri of the PNMBT gave a detailed briefing on the subject. Similarly, Sh. P N Goja, who is leading a battery of lawyers in pleading the AIKS PIL in the J & K High Court, gave a detailed update on case.
Many other issues, including our IDP status, a commission to inquire into the circumstances of our exodus, compensation for the loss our community has suffered, implementation of Prime Minister’s package in full, etc. too were discussed…….
It was resolved to continue with this type of intra-community dialogue in the coming few months in order to spell out our stance clearly.
The community organisations invited were; PK, KSD, JKVM, KECSS, KPS, ASKPC, RIK and PNBMT.
Amongst the important persons who attended the conference include were S/Sh Moti Kaul, Vijay Kashkari, Roop Kishen Bhat, BB Dhar, Lokesh Bhan, Shiban Khaibri, Advocate PN Goja, ML Malla, Dr. Romesh Raina, AK Raina, Sanjay Ganjoo, Manoj Bhan, Daleep Mattoo, Amit Raina, Raj Nath Bhat, CL Sadhu, Rakesh Gurkha, Dr. Umesh Moza, Nana ji Raina, Virendar Kuchroo, Major General (Retd.) Razdan, Col (Retd) RK Mirakhur, CL Gadoo, MK Pajan, Sudhir Shah, Sunil Raina Rajanaka, Ravinder Pandita, Ravinder Bhan, Arvind, MK Machama, Bansi Razdan, GL Raina, Major. Ashok Kaul Utpal Kaul and from Amritsar Rajesh Raina, from Mumbai Dr. Sanjay Dhar, from Vadodara Dr. Kalhan Ambardar & Ashwani Raina
Many youngsters from GenNext were in the conference. They included Sanjay Saproo, Sunil Kaul, Dalip K Kaul, Sunil Raina Rajanaka, Dr. Manorama Bakshi, Ms Divya Razdan and a few who represent various Sabhas of Amritsar, Mumbai and Vadodra (named above). The messages were received from Ramesh Manvati, Prof. GK Mujoo, Raj Kachroo and Prof. KN Pandita.