Kaul awarded Fellowship to study displacement impact on KPs

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 4: The expert committee constituted by the Government of India through Ministry of Culture has chosen Ashish Kaul’s research project to study the impact of terrorism on socio-cultural ecosystem of Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) post migration from Kashmir in 1990.
Kaul’s project was chosen for the prestigious award after the expert committee studied a detailed project paper over the previous year among various other projects that were submitted by national and international candidates for advanced research in various fields.
This research project will be spread over next two years under the ages of Centre for Cultural Research & Training under the Ministry of Culture.
This is the first of its kind global project that will study the impact of terrorism and forced migration on minorities, predominantly KPs in wake of surge in separatist movement in Kashmir.
Koul said that his detailed research and study will be the first ever formal, scientific, validated discourse and consultation paper encompassing the severity of extinction of KPs and multitude of steps needed at individual, social and most importantly, Government level to prevent the same.
“The study will cover not only Indian KPs but also global Diaspora,” he maintained.
Ashish Kaul is a veteran business leader, bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books on Kashmir, an advocacy columnist highlighting the economic and socio-cultural issues of J&K.
He is also the creator, director of the first ever research-based film that brought forth the forgotten legendary women of Kashmir through his film StreeDesh. His Book on Queen Didda was released by superstar Amitabh Bachchan.