Advisor Sharma for preservation, propagation of rich cultural values

Advisor to Governor, K K Sharma addressing a Herat Millan at Jammu on Saturday.
Advisor to Governor, K K Sharma addressing a Herat Millan at Jammu on Saturday.

YAIKS organises Herat Millan

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU Feb 15: Advisor to Lt Governor, K K Sharma today stressed on the need for preservation and propagation of intrinsic and positive values of Jammu and Kashmir’s rich culture for strengthening the harmonious living and mutual co-existence.
The Advisor was speaking at the “Herat Millan” organized by the Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS), here today.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Manoj Dhar, former ministers Priya Sethi; Ghulam Hassan Mir, former DGP Kuldeep Khuda; Relief Commissioner, R K Bhat, Dr K N Pandita, president Jammu Bar Association, Advocate Abhinav Sharma, senior advocate, B S Salathia, Prof P N Trisal, B L Saraf, (retd) Session Judge, S K Koul, P L Koul Badgami, K K Khosa, Dr. Sushil Wattal, Pran Pandit, Kuldep Raina and Rocky Pandita were the guests of honour besides senior politician Yudhvir Sethi scores of academicians, intellectuals, office bearers of YAIKS and people from different walks of life attended the event.
The Advisor, while referring to the rich culture of Kashmir, said that it is replete with the literature and the way of life shown by saints and seers like Lalded, Nundreshi and many others, who have immensely contributed to the concept of mutual brotherhood and co-existence throughout centuries.
While highlighting the importance of celebrating Herat (Maha Shivratri), the Advisor said that it is one of the most important religious festivals of the Valley, celebrated by all communities over the ages and forms one of the iconic parameters of its socio-cultural milieu.
Responding to the demands projected by the YAIKS, the Advisor said that same would be addressed by involving all the stakeholders to achieve an agreeable settlement.
Former Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir while speaking on rich cultural heritage of Kashmir said that Muslims had always treated the Pandits like their brothers and both lived in complete peace and harmony for centuries together. He said the Kashmir is incomplete without Pandits and they will be welcomed by majority community with open arms on their return.
BJP general secretary, Yudhvir Sethi however regretted that Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave the Valley and no body from majority community objected to the killings of this miniscule minority by terrorists. He reiterated the resolve of BJP Government led by Narendra Modi that Pandits will return with honour and dignity in accordance to their aspirations.
BJP spokesperson and former Minister, Priya Sethi also spoke on the occasion assured all support to the community on behalf of her party in getting their genuine demands resolved.
President YAIKS, R K Bhat in his address highlighted the problems being faced by the Kashmiri Pandit youth. He said that his organisation had already submitted a memorandum of demands to Lt Governor G C Murmu during their meeting with him demanding one time resettlement and rehabilitation of Pandits with restructuring of entire PM package.
A rich cultural programme was also presented on the occasion in which prominent singers Ravi Bhan and Gulzar Ganai enthralled the audience. The programme was compered by Ramesh Marhata and Menal Peer.