Sri Sri Urges Kashmiri Pandit Community To Return To Valley

Sri Sri Urges Kashmiri Pandit Community To Return To Valley

7 January 2012
Times of India


Pune: Art of living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday urged members of the Kashmiri Pandit community to go back to Kashmir and start a new chapter to reclaim their identity. He was addressing the inaugural session of the first Kashmiri Pandit Youth Conference via video-conferencing. Organised by Youth 4 Panun Kashmir (Y4PK), under the aegis of Panun Kashmir, the conference was attended by members from the Kashmiri Pandit community. The two-day conference aims to discuss various social, cultural and political issues pertaining to them and to recognise and applaud the people who have made a difference to the community. Speaking from Germany, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar urged the community to go back to Kashmir, buy land and property to establish educational institutions to preserve their cultural heritage and save their identity. He also appealed to the Kashmiri Pandit youth to volunteer during the Amarnath Yatra and help the pilgrims, to bring together and serve their community better. Eminent Kashmiri youth icons like actors Kunal Khemu, Rahul Bhat, Sanjay Suri and Raj Zutshi, santoor player Abhay Rustom Sopory, international junior tennis player Ankit Raina, artist-painter Veerji Sumbly, cultural activist and vocalist Dalip Langoo, chief operating officer of Ten Sports, Dubai, Sanjay Raina and chief executive officer of Supermax, Dubai, were awarded the Kashmir Kirti Samman. The CD of the film 'The Great Martyr - Shri Tikalal Taploo' on the Kashmiri Pandit martyr was released on the occasion. Pancham, a Kashmiri calendar was also was also unveiled during the programme. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also promised to hold seminars, discourses and camps at Bangalore on Kashmir Shivism in future. Agnishekhar, the convenor of Panun Kashmir, spoke on a wide range of national and community-specific issues. The first day concluded with a session on the historical awareness, exile consciousness and youth mobilisation required and the exodus, its reasons, the lessons learnt from it and the preventive measures needed.