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Conference on the Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits|| 19th January 2021

Conference on the Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits: ‘’The Saga of Kashmiri Pandit Genocide’’

19th January 2021

The Conference was an endeavour in providing a deeper insight into the lived experiences of Kashmiri Pandits – and recounting their personal and communal history. Many eminent Dignitaries graced the platform with their recounts and reflection upon the same such as – Ms Lakshmi Kaul, Dr Sushma Shalla, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, Dr Agnishekhar, Convener, Panun Kashmir, Mr Garib Dass, IPS, and Brigadier Vijay Sagar.

The Conference was an endeavour in providing a deeper insight into the lived experiences of Kashmiri Pandits – and recounting their personal and communal history. Many eminent Dignitaries graced the platform with their recounts and reflection upon the same such as – Ms Lakshmi Kaul, Dr Sushma Shalla, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, Dr Agnishekhar, Convener, Panun Kashmir, Mr Garib Dass, IPS, and Brigadier Vijay Sagar.

The session on Return and Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits gained insights from a wide range of panellists. There were media spokespersons such as Ms Padmaja Joshi, Anchor and News Editor, Times Now, academic commentators and activists such as Madhu Kishwar, Founder of Manushi, Mr Alok Bansal, Director of India Foundation, Political analysts such as Mr Sushil Pandit, Mr Sujeet Kumar and various individuals from the defence and police forces such as Dr SP Vaid, Former DG (J&K) and Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (PVSM, UVSM, AVSM, VSM).

Session 3: “Navika Kumar in Conversation with Anupam Kher”

This session culminated as a dialogue between two eminent personalities – Mr Anupam Kher, Actor, Director, Producer & Former Chairman of FTII. and Ms Navika Kumar, Senior editor, Times Now.

Session 4: “Youth of Jammu and Kashmir on the Return and Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits”

generations of present day Kashmir attempting to understand the implications of the events of 1990s and the steps they envision moving forth.

Session 5: “Talk by Dr Shekhar Dutt”

Dr Shekhar Dutt, SM, IAS (Retd), a distinguished patron of GCTC and a former governor of the Chhattisgarh state, provided one with important information with regard to the events leading up to the Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits and the aftermath actions undertaken to rehabilitate by the state.

Session 6: “Role of Media and Social Media in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990s”

The aim of this session was to put into context the various narratives that surrounded the event of the genocide and the kind of coverage and attention it brought forth. The session was moderated by Mr Karnal Singh, IPS, Former Director of ED. The eminent speakers for the session were Lt Gen Satish Dua, Former Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and Former GOC XV Corps, Mr Manoj Pandita, IPS, Mr Vivek Agnihotri, Indian Director, Screenwrite, Author and Activist, Mr Manoj Raghuvanshi, Television Journalist, Producer and Anchor, Mr Alok Srivastava, Senior Journalist, and Mr Syed Junaid Hasmi, Managing Editor.

Session 7: “External Dimensions: Confronting Pakistan”

The session was intended for an exploration towards examining the external dimensions impacting domestic politics around Kashmir, with a special lens on Pakistan. It was chaired by Ms Suhasini Haider, Journalist and Diplomatic Affairs Editor at The Hindu. The speakers for the session were Lt Gen K.J. Singh, PVSM and Bar, Former GOC Western Command, Mr Kuldeep Khoda, IPS, Mr Madhav Nalapat, Editorial Director ITV Network, Mr Ajay Chrungoo, Chairman Panun Kashmir, and Mr Balbir Punj, former MP. Amb. TCA Raghavan, Former High Commissioner to Pakistan, joined in for concluding comments.

Session 8: “Radical Islam from JKLF to TRF”

Session was moderated by Mr Kartikeya Sharma, Senior Journalist and editor with WION. We were joined by Eminent Panellists such as Mr Nirmal Singh, Former Deputy CM of J&K, Maj General Harsha Kakar, Security Expert and member GCTC, Mr Avinash Mohanty, IPS and Former DGP of Sikkim, Mr Zafar Sareshwalla, former Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Mr Syed Junaid Hashmi, Journalist, Ms Aarti Tikoo, Foreign and Strategic Affairs editor, IANS media, and Brigadier Vijay Sagar.

Session 9: “Kashmir’s Common Heritage From Lalitaditya to Contemporary Times”

The session was chaired by Dr Shakti Bhan Khanna, and joined by eminent historian Dr Shashi Shekhar Toshkhani, Mr Tarun Vijay, Journalist and Former Rajya Sabha MP, Mr Subhash Premi, Convenor and Socio-cultural Affairs and media in charge of Kashmiri Sevak Sangh, Mr Sunil Rauba Rajanak, Editor-in-chief of NAAD and All India Kashmiri Samaj, Mr Mahesh Kaul, Post Doctoral Fellow at ICPR, Mr Ravi Khemmu, Film Director and Producer, and Mr Sudhir Kumar Sopory, Educationist and Former Vice Chancellor of JNU. Insights thus gained highlights the importance of our common heritage as well as the contradictions in History that one must pay larger attention towards.

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