Homeland Resolution Workshop at Khasmir held on 31st December 2018.

    Homeland Resolution Workshop at Khasmir held on 31st December 2018. Picture: Participants of Homeland resolution Workshop at Khasmir, Conducted by Panun Khasmir.

    Chandan Sarkar
    Co-ordinator of  GHRD
    South Asia

    Panun Kashmir conducted a One-day Workshop of its activists at TRC complex, Mansar-Udhampur district today. S/Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President, Panun Kashmir, Virender Raina, Chariman-PAC, Upinder Kaul, General Secretary, Kamal Bagati, General Secretary (Org),  Sardar Prem Singh Raina, President-KSDF, Randhir Singh Bali,  Ashok Chrungoo, Treasurer-PK, Pramod Kumar, prominent poet Bhupinder Singh Raina, Vimla Chrungoo, Secretary-DOPK, Santosha Sharma, Saroj Kaul, Sameer Bhat, Convener-Panun Kashmir Youth, Pulkit, Archana, Abhit Bazaz, Paras, Vineet and Vikram Singh among others attended the Workshop. 

    The Workshop was conducted on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the Margdarshan Resolution of 1991 to discuss and deliberate upon the various facets of Historic Homeland Resolution, its present importance and relevance and the current political scenario in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

    The brain storming two-session workshop also passed two resolutions after discussing the issues of survival of the displaced community.

    The first resolution said that the current government at the Centre is appealed to enhance the amount of the Relief of the Relief holders to a minimum of Rs. 5,000 per person with a maximum of Rs. 20,000 per month/per family keeping in view that the cost of living index has gone up over a period of one year. Since the parliamentary elections are due in April-May 2019 and the code of conduct will be applied in a month's time, the enhancement should be considered favourably and declared on priority basis. Next, the government of India is also appealed to consider and announce a special employment package for the displaced youth of the community for the Central government jobs to the tune of 1,000 seats in the Jammu & Kashmir state in order to check the alarming dispersal of the youth from the state.

    This will be the appropriate confidence building measure for the displaced community in lieu of the upcoming elections in the state as well. Shri Kamal Bagati conducted the proceedings of the Workshop that was inaugurated and concluded with the recitation of two poems regarding the forced mass exodus, ethnic cleansing and displacement of the community by Sardar Bhupinder Singh Raina.

    Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President, Panun Kashmir said in his address that   Panun Kashmir's struggle in exile all these three decades is directly based on the firm footing of the ideology of Margdarshan Resolution. The important three facets of the Resolution comprise the Background of the situation that necessitated the passing of the resolution, the declaration of the Kashmiri Pandit community that they shall not allow themselves to be subjugated under the servitude of the Muslim State and the Historic demand of the establishment of Homeland in Kashmir with Union Territory status.

    This has emerged as the main political voice of the community throughout. It needs to be mentioned that the forced dispersal of the community after the forced exodus is tantamount to continuous genocide since dispersal leads to extinction of the indigenous people of the Kashmir valley, the Kashmiri Pandits, in part or in whole. It is serious threat to our homogeneity and cohesiveness which become major challenges to protect the thousands of years old civilization, cultural tradition and legacy of Kashmir. It needs to be made clear that the Kashmiri Sikhs are an inseparable part of our struggle and focus.

    Shri Virender Raina, Charman, PAC said that the long struggle of Panun Kashmir has a bounden duty to take various segments of the society together regardless of the generational shift. It becomes one of the important tasks of the leadership to pass on the baton of the struggle to the younger generation to carry forward the struggle in exile. In this connection, Panun Kashmir will continue to focus on various levels ie, state, national and international to keep the right momentum of the struggle going.

    Our recent presentation in the World Hindu Congress-2018 at Chicago-US, Asia-Pacific Hindu Conference at Bali-Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Summit are serious attempts to take the struggle to new and newer levels. All are invited to know the details and contribute to the  human rights continuous efforts and campaign conducted by Panun Kashmir at NHRC, UN, UNHRC, SHRC and other important levels.

    The Temples and Shrines Bill campaign is one more aspect of the overall struggle in exile and Panun Kashmir feels proud that we have been a part of it ab initio and are committed to take this aspect of the struggle to its logical conclusion in the near future. Two programmes regarding the Youth Workshop and the DOPK activities would be organised in the next couple of months at Jammu.

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