… M.L.Mattoo, President
Biradri Members, Namaskar.
• We have now regularised 'MILCHAR', the mouth
piece of Kashmiri Pandits of Mumbai on bi-monthly basis, thanks to all
those who put their efforts into it.
• Our AGM was held on 14th September 2003, but I
am sorry to state that the required attendance was not there. Basically
this is the occasion where lot of interaction can take place and I still
emphasize that without your commitment and the participation, we cannot
carry out our programmes. Following important decisions were taken:
a) To renovate patients' flat on priority basis. It
was announced that Smt Somavati Wazir, mother of Sri Surinder Wazir would
bear the cost of this renovation in the name of her late husband Shri
Shyam Lal Wazir. The General Body expressed its thanks to Smt. Wazir for
the kind gesture.
b) The office flat renovation with the help of an
architect would be taken up in second phase.
c) As a step towards the office automation,
purchase of a PC was approved. This would enable us to mainatain all
important records at Kashyap Bhawan, and also pave way for its effective
• A week back I participated in the Executive
Body Meeting of AIKS at Jammu for two days on 20th and 21st September 2003
representing KPA Mumbai. Delegates from the affiliate units all over India
participated. Decades after, AIKS has become active under the able
Presidenship of Shri M.K.Kaw. The draft agenda on National Policies on
Kashmir, AIKS Constitution and the Social and Cultural Reforms were
discussed in the meeting and various suggestions from affiliate members
were incorporated. In addition, a Common Minimum Agenda for KPs was also
discussed so that all affiliates can work in cohesion towards a common
goal. Besides this, AIKS will constitute an expert group to draft a
suitable legislation for creation of Management Body on the pattern of
SGPC to look after the shrines, temples, cremation grounds and other
religious places of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. It was also decided to
constitute a high level committee to draft an act for the take over,
management control and protection of left over property, land, orchards
and other assets belonging to displace persons in Kashmir. A resolution
was passed for reservation of 10% quota for migrants in the State and
Central Government departments in the Valley for a period of next 10
years, as also for reserving 10% share in the jobs announced by the Prime
Minister for the State recently. All the delegates were worried over the
declining demography of Kashmiri Pandits in camps and the marriage trend,
as a good number of outside-community marriages took place after the
Adoption of Devanagri as one of the scripts for
Kashmiri Language, in addition to Nasthaliq, was strongly asserted by all
affiliate representatives. I am glad to announce that the KPA Mumbai takes
a lead in this direction by implementing the use of new Streamlined
Devanagari-Kashmiri script from this issue of Milchar.
Our Zaan programme was much appreciated in the meeting
and it was said that it is being discussed with other persons who are
working on the Kashmiri Primer all over India and abroad. The meeting
concluded with a press conference at Ambphala. An open house discussion
with local Kashmiri Pandit intelligentsia and an opinion gathering on
unity from all political parties, was also held at the Press Club, under
convenership of Shri Shyam Kaul Journalist, where a lot of emphasis was
laid on living and unemployment plight of migrants in camps. I am
personally thankful to Shri TN Khosa, President Kashmiri Sabha, Jammu, for
making elaborate arrangements for the meetings.
• A Kashmiri Language Workshop was held at
Kashyap Bhawan on 7th September 2003. This was in preparation to the 4th
Kashmiri Quiz Contest to be held at the same venue on 19th October 2003.
Though attendence at the Workshop was very thin, it is expected that the
Quiz Contest will be well attended. I request biradari members to come
forward and give this programme a boost.