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Displacement of Hindus from Kashmir the real issue: RSS chief
New Delhi (India) February 28, 2011
Samoohik Shivratri Mahotsava 2011 was celebrated with usual enthusiasm and fervor in prestigious FICCI auditorium of New Delhi. Samoohik Mahashivratri Mahotsava is held every year in connection with Shivratri by Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch. It is one of the eagerly sought after events of the community in NCR and has helped in reinforcing cultural importance and bonding in the society.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Sh. Mohan Bhagwat was the chief guest at the occasion. Former MP/ Governor Sikkim and a KP sympathizer, Sh. Kedar Nath Sahani, Smt. Simriti Irani ( President BJP Mahila Wing), RSS stalwart Indresh Kumar where the other important persons present in the function.
Sh. T.N. Razdan, President, national JKVM welcomed the guests and asked the community to rededicate themselves to the promotion, propagation and preservation of Kashmir’s ancient culture based on the universal philosophy of Trika Shaivism. He cautioned countrymen against the mechanisations of anti-India forces in Kashmir working for disintegration of the country.
Smt. Simriti Irani clad in a typical Kashmiri Bhatni dress and attracting a curious attention from the audience spoke about the unfortunate state of affairs of the Kashmiri Hindus being refugees in their own country. She praised the courage and commitment of the community and assured all the possible help in mitigating the problems and raising the issue at appropriate forums.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), chief, Dr Mohan Rao Bhagwat assured the displaced Hindu Community of Kashmir that the entire Nation was with them and their problems where the problems of the entire Bharat. He stressed on the need to mobilize public opinion on grass root level throughout the country for resolution of all such issues in J&K. Sh. Bhagwat termed it unfortunate that the politicians are making autonomy and self-rule as issues and ignoring the problems faced by displaced community.
Complimenting the displaced community for demonstrating courage and audacity in adverse conditions, he asked them to make sure that they maintain their rich cultural and civilization identity and also pass on it to their next generations. He stressed the importance of the role of the community in mobilization of public opinion in the country. Expressing his concern over the power politics and deliberate attempt to take refugee under legal mechanism on the part of Government he said “Kashmir without Pandits can’t be even imagined”. They (displaced community) as Kashmiris have unequivocal natural right to live a protected and dignified life there. Mohan Rao Bhagwat was optimistic about the future in spite of all the negative signals emanating right now. He urged for the need of such a return policy that will ensure no further displacement in future.
Famous Kashmiri singer Sh. Vijay Malla and his group played scintillating numbers that enthralled the audience. Stage actors, Sh. Ravi Zadoo, Smt. Sushma Bhat, Smt. Lovely Wanchoo and Smt. Pammi Pandita captivated everyone with their fascinating skit on inter caste marriage “Karmleekhai Namaskar”.
In the middle of the function, scores of Kashmiri Pandits were called over the dais that blew their conches that reverberated the entre premises of the FICCI auditorium. The unique thundering effect of the blowing Shanks earned instant applause from all the participants.
In commemoration to their outstanding achievements various prominent Kashmiri Pandits where honoured with following awards.
Pt. Tika Lal Taploo Award
The award has been instituted this year by the family and extended family of the great Martyr Pt. Tika Lal Taploo particularly his wife Smt. Sarla Taploo, sons Ashutosh and Avinash. The award carries a cash prize of INR11000 besides a citation and a memento and given to a person who has done commendable work in Kashmir valley for the cause of the community. Chander Mohan Bhat was presented this award.
Chander M. Bhat Born on 20th March, 1960 in Murran a village in North Kashmir, Chander M. Bhat is presently working as an Assistant Supdt. Posts, in Department of Posts, Govt. of India. His articles regarding Posts and of non-political nature stand widely published in various papers and magazines of the country including Shehjar . A booklet “How to Collect Stamps” published by the Deptt. of Posts, has earned him genuine accolades. He worked on the project of tracing the roots of his co-villagers and of the village Murran, resulting into the culmination of a widely acclaimed book “Murran …My Village”. Man with depth, Chander M. Bhat has also another book, “Ocean by Drops” (collection of poems) in his vase having colourful poems. His book “Ancient History of Jammu and Kashmir”, confirms his researching capability. Various research papers like “The Splendor that is Amarnath” and “Vitasta…The Sacred River of Kashmir” are valuable additions to his works that has proved very fruitful and guiding force in the exile period of Kashmiri Pandits community of which the author is also a member.
Lalitaditya Shorya Puruskar
Sh. Pran Nath Tiku was an officer of J&K Police. He sacrificed his life while fighting the terrorist onslaught in Kashmir in 1990.
Pt. Krishnajoo Razdan Saraswati Puruskar
Dr. Subash Aima popularly known as Premi Romani is a noted Urdu poet and critic and has authored many books on different aspects of Urdu and Kashmiri languages and literature. He is a regular contributor of leading journals of the subcontinent besides writing for TV and Radio.
Shryabhat Kirti Puruskar
Pt. Jeevan Zutshi, a well known in the local Indian community in the Bay Area, USA. Pt. Zutshi is the founder and chairman of the Indo-American Community Federation. Pt. Zutshi has dedicated past 30 years to our community in different ways, whether it was founding Kashmiri Overseas chapter in California in 1986, or being a founding member and executive Director of Indo-American Kashmir Forum in 1990, taking 2 delegations from the U.S to Jammu camps in 1994 and 1996, holding 5 major international symposia in Washington and California on plight of KPs, or holding briefings at U.S State Department constantly since 2003. Kashmir-Interchange the largest global family of KPs binding worldwide KPs very gracefully is yet another feather in the cap of achievements of Pt Zutshi.
Sanatan Dharam Sabha Handwara, was also honoured with the same award for their commendable work in Handwara area restoration of Yatra of pilgrims, reconstruction of Mata Baderkali Asthapan with the help of Army and renovation of Mata Kheer Bhawani Asthapan Tikker Kupwara through Army under Satbhawana. Restarted annual (warshik) hawan at Sadhu Ganga Asthapan Kandi in 2010 and Mutation of about 54 kanals of shamlat land in the name of Sanatan Dharamsabha Handwara under settlement Act in 2010-11.
Arjan Nath Bhat a self disciplined social activist who has taken a particular interest in development o religious property at different places.
Kashmiri Migrant Welfare Association NOIDA also got the same award for its endeavor to preserve culture and social values of community in exile, construction work of Socio Cultural Centre “Kashyap Rishi Bhawan” at plot A-98, Sector-34, Noida
JK Vichar Munch has also pioneered in encouraging the community children in various talent competition programmes. The following children where honoured for excellent performances in various fields:
Lalita Kaul Sahib Memorial Awards
for the best three children speakers and conversationalists in Kashmiri Language:
The three best children that were awarded for their best paintings,
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