JAMMU, Jan 29: The three days international seminar, organized by the Department of History, University of Jammu, in collaboration with the Voice of the Dogras, a London based organization , on “Regional Identities of Jammu and Kashmir with special reference to Dogras”, concluded here today.
The valedictory addresses were delivered by Major General Goverdhan Singh Jamwal while Prof Jigar Mohammed put forwards his reflection on the seminar. In this context he pointed out how many of the cultural and religious identities continue to be misrepresented in academic discourse on history and the seminar such as this would go a long ways in making people aware of this kind of anomalies in our historical understanding. He also stressed the need to bring many of our heroes like Brigadier Rajinder Singh to the centre stage of teaching and research.
In her observations, Manu Khajuria of the Voice of Dogras, said that the engagement with the issue of identity is important as it makes us aware of our roots and also helps us to understand why we are the way we are. She also hoped that efforts like this would become a regular feature in the time to come.
Dr Shyam Narayan Lal gave summary of all the papers, presented during the three-day. He also pointed out cumulative points generated by the debate and discussion in the course of the paper presentation.
Vote of thanks was delivered by Prof Suman Jamwal
Earlier, the day started with the academic session, presided over by Prof Jigar Muhammed, in which eleven papers were presented. Three of the papers were on different aspects of the life and achievements of Maharaja Hari Singh. Rests of the paper were on different aspects of the political and cultural life of Jammu.
Two other parallel sessions were also held in the pre lunch session. While one was chaired by Prof Jigar Muhammad, the other was chaired by Dr Sharda Sharma. About twenty two papers were presented, the hall mark of which was the thematical richness ranging from politics, religion, intercommunity relation, language and literature of Jammu and even gastronomy in Ladakh during the period of the Dogra rule.
The last session was chaired by Lt.General Anoop Singh Jamwal in which fifteen papers were presented.