July-September 2002 Issue
Fusion of multi
tiny specks of Pranav which pervades the Universe in the shape of OM. A
drawing by Late Radha Krishen Kaul (Kotha), retired Asstt. Engineer of
Bal Garden, Srinagar (Originally of Rainawari). Shri Kotha passed away
in September 1994 at Delhi
homage to Onkar Aima:
A condolence meeting of the Kashmiri Pandits'
Association was held at Kashyap Bhawan on 6th October 2002, to pay homage
to Late Onkar Aima, who died on 28th September 2002. The meeting though
called at a short notice and people contacted on telephone only, was well
In the sombre atmosphere, after observing
the customary silence and recitation of prayers by Basanti Raina, speaker
after speaker drew attention to various phases of Shri Aima's multidimensional
life. They remembered him for his days after partition, when he jumped
into active national movement to defend Kashmir against the Pakistani invaders.
His involvement in art and theatre, which made him the first hero of the
first Kashmiri film 'Maanziraat', was recalled. His courage to leave a
secure civil service job and jump into artistic pursuits was spoken of.
He endeavoured himself to the Kashmiri biradari in Mumbai after he shifted
to this place. His contribution to biradari activities, individually and
through KPA and Lalla-Ded Trust were recounted.
Those who spoke to unfold his multifarious
personality were S/Shri P.N.Wali, P.N.Takoo, Moti Kaul, Sunil Mattoo, Basanti
Raina and the President Shri J.L.Manwati.
The 3rd 'Quiz Contest' under the Project
ZAAN - a joint venture of Lalla-Ded Educational & Wlfare Trust and
Kashmiri Pandits' Association, was held on 15th of September 2002.
The most heartening feature of the 'Contest'
this year was the keen interest shown by contingent of 35 middle-age group
members who had requested to organise a crash course on the same pattern
in the ZAAN Festival for them. The Festival opened up with the event of
participation by the teenagers, which was followed by an event of elderly
participants in the post lunch session. The general feeling of the well
attended biradari members was that such events would definitely generate
interest in the youngsters as well as elders to know their roots. The organisers
felt that their mission of inculcating interest in our heritage had been
well served by such activities.
Children of Lesser Gods
Refugees in their own country by Repen Tickoo:
Shri Tickoo, an Engineer and IT Professional
has made an individual effort on how the refugees of Kashmir live, or pretend
to live after losing their home and after losing their loved ones. The
documentation is through the camps and other shelters in Jammu as they
stand to this day. It is a contemporary account and not what it has been
in all these 12 years.
Through interviews of old and young,
the poignant stories of how people have lost their dear ones to terrorism,
appear in a touching manner. The old man, who lost his son or son-in-law,
the wife who lost her husband and the young child who lost his parents,
the trauma writ large on their faces, has come out vividly in the documentary.
The tremendous effort of these people
in coping with adverse environment comes out clear. The efforts of an organisation
like the SOS looking after these forlorn children, is clear and no viewer
can fail to appreciate it.
The documentary does not cover only
the Kashmiri displaced but also those from Rajouri, Doda and other places
in Jammu province. It even includes a Muslim family which had become the
victim of terrorism.
The documentary is an excellent effort
by one who I will still call an amateur in this field. It may not touch
technical heights but does make a deep impact at the feeling level. A screening
of the documentary was done in IIT Campus Powai, where about 200 people
watched it and were moved by it. The documentary is available on VCD with
Mr. Tickoo (Mob: 9869011956) on a nominal cost. The money collected from
the sale of VCD will be sent to SOS Jammu to support the cause of rehabilitation
of the affected children.
Girija Pandit has come out as an excellent
singer, a composer of music and above all, a writer of very good bhajans.
Her bhajans had appeared in past in the print in Milchar. This time, these
are there on sound bites. The four cassettes released by her are:
The cassettes are nominally priced at Rs.
35/- each and are released by Nice Music & Venus Records.
Maa Vidyavasini Ki Amar Katha
(Singers - Survesh Misra & Girija
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
(Singers - Uday Mazumdar & Girija
Param Pad Pavoon Re
(Singers - Vinod Rathod, Sudha Sharad
& Girija Pandit)
Beda Paar Karo Jagadambe
(Singers - Suresh Wadkar, Girija
Pandit & Sudha Sharad)
Dhar Charitable Trust :
The Trust has doubled the awards given
away to meritorious students of Camp Schools at Roop Nagar (Muthi) and
Nagrota at Jammu. The awards (totalling 8 nos.) will now be given to first
rank holders passing 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th class examination in both
News from Delhi
Nandita Bhan, daughter of Smt. Neelam
& Shri Pankaj Bhan and grand-daughter of Smt. Durgesh & Shri D.P.Bhan
of Gulmohar Park New Delhi) gave a superb performance of Bharatanatyam
Arangetram, on 8th September 2002 at India International Centre auditorium,
New Delhi. Nandita is keen to explore facets of the Kashmiri Shaivite philosophical
tradition through Bharatanatyam. Shri K.Padmanabhiah & Pandit Bhajan
Sopori praised and congratulated Nandita. Pt J.N.Kaul, President AIKS blessed
the talented dancer and presented her a Ganesh Moorti.
'A Matter of Fact', the book written by
Khem Lata Wakhlu & O.N.Wakhlu has been published by Minerva Press India
(P) Ltd., New Delhi. Priced at Rs. 250.00, the book has been described
as 'A Captivating tale of intrigue and machination in the corridors of
power' by a critic.
News from Jammu
NGOs are, it is said, the concience keepers
of the government. But, the mushroom growth of NGOs in the country seem
to work more at the cross purposes rather than being complimentary to the
government. Kashmir also has its share of NGOs anmd some of them are doing
SABZAAR, the recent NGO with its
registered office at Chhani Himmat, Jammu, has undertaken to work for mitigating
the sufferings of our displaced comminity members.
To begin with, it has adopted the
Migrant Camp School with nearly 200 students, which is run by a dedicated
team of teachers on voluntary basis. SABZAAR has provided 5 computers with
a printer and a computer teacher to provide a small Computer Centre to
the School. With the help of UNICEF, SABZAAR has arranged 7 hand pumps
for the Batalbalian camp. It also has plan to offer 70 scholarships to
the needy students. Good work indeed. Sabzaar also has on its anvil to
produce documentaries on the Saints of Kashmir, Music of Kashmir and Women
of Kashmir to help preserve our legacy and cultural heritage.
SABZAAR already has held a Painting
Competition in the Camp Schools of Muthi, Purkhoo and Batabalian where
our teenagers have portrayed the pangs of their lives in the post exodus
We wish SABZAAR all the best in
their laudable endeavours.
News from Bangalore
On 27th August, 2002, a delegation of
the Kashmiri Visthapit Seva Samiti, Bangalore were privileged to meet Shri
Lal Krishen Advani, Hon'ble Deputy Prime Minister of India in Bangalore
and submitted him a Memorandum listing therein the demands/problems faced
by the community in different spheres.
Shri Advani ji gave patient hearing to
the delegation and enquired about the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits.
Kashmiri Visthapit Samiti also observed
the 13th Balidaan Divas on 14th September 2002, in memory of Late
Tika Lal Taploo, who fell to the bullets of the terrorists in Kashmir on
this day 13 years back.
Change of Telephone
Raina M.K., Pushp Vihar, Shastri Nagar,
Tel: (Res) 0250-340110, 0250-340500
Kaul S. K., JNPT, Nava Sheva, Navi Mumbai.
Tel: (Res) 7472215.
Matas Pran Nath, 302-B, Sunrise, Navghar
Road, Bhayander. Tel: 8045685.
Change of Address
Raina Dr. Avtar
Old Add: D-2, Flat 31, Greenfield's Hsg.
New Add: A-5, Flat No. 77,
Greenfield's Housing Society, Opp: Fantasy
Land, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 093. Tel: 8252281.
May Their Souls Rest in Peace
Shri D.N.Kaul (father of Sukant, Anupam &
Supragya) of Vastu Park, Off Evershine Nagar, Malad left for his heavenly
abode on 13th August 2002 at Mumbai.
Sunny, Nephew of Shri Kakaji Safaya of Nerul,
Navi Mumbai met his fatal end due to accidental electrocution on 13th August,
2002 at Jammu.
Smt. Santosh Warikoo W/o Late Rattan Lal Warikoo
(originally of Bana Mohalla, Srinagar) of Satlaj, Jangid Complex, Mira
Road (E) left for her heavenly abode on 25th August 2002 at Mumbai.
Shri Mohan Lal Tikoo, father of Shri Anil
Tikoo of Vastu Enclave, Veermata Jeejabai Road, Andheri (E) left for his
heavenly abode on 11th September 2002 at Mumbai.
Shri Onkar Aima of Rattan Priya Apts., Cadell
Road, Mahim, left for his heavenly abode on 28th September 2002 at Mumbai.
Milchar is gaining day by day both in its
volume and the content. Introduction of Children's Column is a good step.
I wish you could provide a little more space for them. Crossword, really
gives us elders a brain teaser, even though it is not meant for us.
One thing to ponder. Milchar is published
once in every three months. In today's fast changing world, this time gap
is too much. Readers completely lose track of the articles and stories
published in parts. Can't its frequency be increased? Kindly give this
issue a serious thought. Being one brought out in the metropolis of Mumbai,
Milchar could also play a big role in advertising biradari matrimonials.
This would not only help the community, but also lead to raising finance
for very survival of the magazine. And it can only be done if the magazine
is published more frequently.
Talab Tillo, Jammu
I have been reading Milchar for the last
over three decades. Over the years, there has been improvement in its presentation
and getup. Needless to say, there is noticeable improvement particularly
in the last few issues. Credit goes to the hard work and sincere effort
that is put in by the editorial team. It is also a matter of pride for
the Kashmiri Pandits' Association, to have put the entire Milchar on internet.
Articles published in Milchar are
of interest not only to us, but also to members of other communities. A
special reference may be made to one of the most informative articles 'From
the Pages of History' by Shri J.N.Kachroo in the last issue of Milchar.
This article is a piece of research conducted by the author over the years
and gives a graphic description of events with accurate dates right from
August 1947, which are milestones in the history of Kashmir.