22 years: A Kash­mir Story

A per­fect evening was hosted by Ratan Kaul and Shilpa Raina Wa­hal to cel­e­brate the launch of the book, 22 Years: A Kash­mir Story, au­thored by Bill K. Koul. The event saw es­teemed pan­el­lists en­grossed in a dis­cus­sion on the sub­ject ‘A Kash­mir Story’.it too

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The renowned per­son­al­i­ties who were part of the panel were Dr. Subra­ma­nian Swamy, MP Ra­jya Sabha, Dr. AK Agar­wal, Chair­man Na­tional Coun­cil on Rail Trans­port, AS­SOCHAM, Dr. K.L Ganju, Coun­sel Gen. Union of Co­moros, and Gen. JJ Singh. The guest list com­prised of am­bas­sador of Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina Dr. Sabit Suba­sic, am­bas­sador of Al­ge­ria Hamza Yahia Cherif, Tara Gandhi dancer and ac­tor Shivani Wazir Pas­rich, Dr. San­jana Jon, en­tre­pre­neur Naresh Grover, and former In­dian women cricket team cap­tain An­jum Cho­pra, to name a few.

“In my twin ca­pac­i­ties of Ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dent of Kash­miriyat Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion and Ad­vi­sor Delhi Lit Fest, it was only fit­ting that we com­mem­o­rate this black day when we Kash­miri Pan­dits (KP) had to forcibly flee our homes in the state of J&K. Bill Koul's poignant tale of a quar­ter of a cen­tury in ex­ile of the Pan­dits in their own coun­try is a mov­ing ac­count of a com­mu­nity adrift, dis­placed and alien­ated. The forced ex­ile, overnight changed the de­mo­graphic pro­file of the state - a 5,000 years un­bro­ken record of indige­nous domi­cile to­tally wiped out. Like the famed 'hangul ' of the state, the KP also veers dan­ger­ously to­wards ex­tinc­tion.the book hopes to high­light the hu­man tragedy and re­store the faith,” said Ratan.

“As some­one who is an ac­tual dis­placed per­son from my na­tive home­land J&K, I was aware of the go­ings on even as a child. Grow­ing up, sto­ries of my par­ents Kash­miri Pan­dit friends' ex­ile were part of draw­ing room con­ver­sa­tions. This is a part of our his­tory we have cho­sen to ig­nore since it's not been given the kind of at­ten­tion it de­serves! The tales in this book are hu­mane ac­counts of real peo­ple who suf­fered for no fault of theirs, and these are sto­ries that needed to be told. Bill Koul has taken up the task to do so, and I com­mend him for it. It is my priv­i­lege to be sup­port­ing the cause through the launch of this sig­nif­i­cant book,”re­marked Shilpa.

Renu Kaul, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor – Vi­tasta Pub­lish­ing main­tained, “Be­ing a Kash­miri Pan­dit my­self, I am proud to have pub­lished The Kash­mir story. The book is a com­pre­hen­sive his­tory of the State till the present. I hope this small role played by Vi­tasta helps start a di­a­logue in favour of them.”

Shilpa Raina Wa­hal, K L Ganju, Subra­ma­nian Swamy, Dr A K Agar­wal, Ratan Kaul, Bill Koul

Am­bas­sador of Al­ge­ria and Am­bas­sador of Bos­nia Naresh Grover Dr Ak­shat Wa­hal & K L Ganju

Ratan Kaul and Shilpa Raina Wa­hal Ratan Kaul with Subram­nian Swamy Ratan kaul fa­cil­i­tat­ing Dr Agar­wal K.L. Ganju, Subra­ma­niam Swami, Dr A K Agar­wal Shilpa Raina Wa­hal with Subra­ma­nian Swamy

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