Kashmiri Pandits' meet in Bangalore from tomorrow
16 December 2004
Our Special Correspondent
Bangalore: They are refugees in their own country. Now they are at a crucial juncture in the recent history of Kashmir, when the efforts by the Union Government and the Jammu and Kashmir Government are for normalisation of conditions in their own State. Against this backdrop, the All-India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) of New Delhi, the apex body of Indian and overseas Kashmiri Pandit organisations, and its Bangalore affiliate, Kashmiri Hindu Samithi (Karnataka), are holding a two-day convention here from Saturday. The AIKS has been making efforts for restoring peace in Kashmir and for a composite rehabilitation of Pandits through its 'people to people dialogue' programmes and representations to the highest authorities. Closed- door meeting On Saturday, the AIKS executive will have a closed- door meeting. The next day, a global conference of the community leaders will be held. A cultural programme is to be held at Tarlabalu Kendra auditorium in R.T. Nagar at 5 p.m. on Saturday. This is for the first time that Kashmiri artistes will be performing in an event of this kind in Bangalore. Global conference The global conference, on the theme, 'Future of Kashmiri Pandits — alternative strategies in present political scenario,' will focus on the problems of the community and deliberate on the political confabulations to resolve the Kashmir imbroglio. It will be held at the Janna Jyoti auditorium on Central College campus from 10 a.m. on Sunday. The conference is expected to be attended by 500 delegates from India and abroad. At the conference, the Pandit leadership will finalise a strategy with reference to their political, social and economic rehabilitation and their stand on returning to their homes. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, will inaugurate the conference. Invitees include the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Gulam Nabi Azad; the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Rehman Khan; and Arun Jaitley and H.N. Ananth Kumar, MPs.