JAMMU, Jan 8: Panun Kashmir organized Youth Workshop 2017 here today. The Youth Workshop was presided over by Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President, Panun Kashmir. Dr. Rajan Kotru, Nepal based environmentalist of international repute and an expert on skill development was the special guest who attended the workshop. Virender Raina, National spokesperson conducted the proceedings of the programme.
Kotru was specially given award of honour by the president of Panun Kashmir on the occasion. The workshop among other things decided to initiate a number of projects for the youth of the community in order to associate them with the struggle of the community in exile. Sameer Bhat, convener and Ruskin Bhat, secretary of the Panun Kashmir Youth organised the youth event. Pulkit Chrungoo, president, ABVP Jammu University also spoke on the occasion. A photo exhibition depicting the various facets of Kashmiri Pandit exodus and exile was also organised on the occasion.
Dr. Rajan Kotru while speaking on the occasion congratulated Panun Kashmir for its relentless work and deep commitment to the cause of the exiled community. He made a detailed presentation regarding the subject of capacity building and entrepreneurship development amongst the youth of the community. He said that the Pandit youth need to develop skills in order to meet the challenges of the present socio-economic environment. He impressed upon the youth to be conscious of the eco-system and accordingly prepare themselves to help the Kashmiri Pandit community in exile.
Virender Raina, National spokesperson said that Panun Kashmir is aware of its huge duties and will espouse the ideological issues pertaining to the struggle in exile in all circumstances. In this regard he said that the exiled community of the Kashmiri Pandits has shown remarkable resilience and has kept its core issues alive. There is unanimity among the rank and file of the community regarding the letter and spirit of the Homeland demand.
Ashwani Chrungoo, raised a number of social, political and human rights concerns of the displaced community. He said that the new challenges need to be met resolutely. Kashmiri Pandits have an inalienable right on the territory of Kashmir and their demand for Homeland in Kashmir has multidimensional aspects. The geo-political and human rights concerns of the victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Kashmir need to be addressed by the governments on priority. “We appeal to the Government of India to initiate a structured dialogue process with the Pandits of Kashmir forthwith to resolve their long awaited concerns.
The prominent who attended the function included Upinder Kaul, Kamal Bagati, Vijay Qazi, Surinder Kaul and Rakesh Tikoo.