Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ensure no further exodus of KPs Governer

J&K Governor N N Vohra today said it is time to see what needs to be done to ensure that incidents like the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits during militancy does not recur.

Referring to the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley at the peak of militancy in 90’s, he said it was time for the community to go back in time and see why it happened.

"Go back in time and perhaps see why all these happened? Will it happen again and what is it we need to do to see such a huge exodus doesn’t happen again," Vohra said.

The Governor was addressing ‘Shuhul Taaph-III’ or Sweet Sunshine, a cultural gathering organised by Kashmiri Education, Culture and Science Society (KECSS) in Lalded Centre in South Delhi.

He said time is changing in India as well as in the neighbourhood. "The circumstance and the situation in the immediate neighbourhood inadvertently affects us," he said.

Commenting on the festival organised by the KECSS, he said youngsters have lost touch with their cultural moorings, language, families, soil. "Such exhibitions will help youth connect to the past," he said.

During the festival, the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was also celebrated with a discussion on the influence of Kashmir on the poet. 

Ashok Kaul, Professor of Sociology in Banaras Hindu University, spoke about the influence of Tagore’s affluent and intellectual background on his life and works.

"His life, practices and world at Shantiniketan was his analytical experimentation with revelations of knowledge, similar to Kashmiri Shaivism," Kaul said.

On the Day 2 of ‘Shuhul Taaph-3’, a 3-day cultural extravaganza showcasing several initiatives taken by the Kashmiri society to promote their culture, art, literature and language KECSS held discussion on ‘Tagore’s contribution vis-a-vis linkages with Kashmir"

Hindi writer Chaman Lal Sapru said Tagore was a universal poet whose influence on Kashmiri poets and authors is very relevant and undeniable.
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