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Change fighting methods: Moti Kaul to KPs
Asking Pandits not to lose their identity, he said the identity crisis has to be tackled right now and an atmosphere has to be created to apprise the new generation of KPs of their rich cultural tradition and roots
“It is time to change our fighting tools and take the world head-on even if that means coming onto the streets to achieve our goals,” the newly-elected president of All-Indian Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS), Pt Moti Kaul, has told Kashmiri Pandits. He was speaking at the function organised by RN Koul Memorial Trust to observe the 5th ‘Puniyatithi’ of eminent law luminary the late Pt RN Koul.

Delivering the presidential address, Moti Kaul said that Kashmiri Pandits must change with the times and also change their fighting tools because old tools have become obsolete in the modern times to achieve the desired goals. He said that KPs must reach a consensus on certain important issues and fight united to achieve their ends.

He said that Kashmiri Pandits have been totally denied their share in the government administration, for which individual efforts won’t work; the entire community has to present a united show to wake up the government from its deep slumber. Referring to the PM’s special package, he said that irrespective of some apparent hanky-panky in it, the community must pursue it to get what has been promised.

Assuring his full support to any community cause, Moti Kaul said that a full-fledged secretariat would be opened in Jammu itself to address the local issues of KPs for which a separate vice-president would function from Jammu. Asking Pandits not to lose their identity, he said the identity crisis has to be tackled right now and an atmosphere has to be created to apprise the new generation of KPs of their rich cultural tradition and roots.

Kaul said that Pt RN Koul was humility and compassion personified. In his key-note address, the chief guest of the function, former Director General of ITBP,  Pt Gautam Kaul (IPS), asked KPs  to wear their identity on their sleeves, literally. He said every Pandit must be proud of his identity and add Pt before his name to tell the world which famous community he belongs to. He said that KPs were an exclusive community who have proved their mettle all over the globe and reminded them of the Patels of Gujrat and Sikhs of Punjab who too kept their identity alive even in US and Canada.

Outlining the contribution of KPs towards their community, he said that despite having migrated hundreds of years back from Kashmir his father was very keen to establish industry in Kashmir and managed to set up a chemical and matchbox factory there.

He asked the Pandits to elect those leaders who can think out of the box and lead not only the community but also the rest of the people so that their voice is taken seriously in a democratic setup. AK Dewani, Chairman of Hindu Education Society Kashmir (HESK), who was a special guest on the occasion, asked KPs to create pressure groups to get their work done and added that they must fight for the safe passage of Temples and Shrines Bill in the state Assembly so that the distinct identity of KPs is protected.

Earlier, floral tributes were paid to Pt RN Koul, popularly known as 'Lalla'. On the occasion, Life Time Achievement Award was given to Pt PN Koul Sayil for his immense contribution in the field of poetry and Kashmiri Leela while Smriti Saman awards for contribution towards community were given to Dr BL Koul (posthumously) for literature and Kashmiri culture, to Dr RK Khosa, dermatologist, for medical sciences and to prof Mohan Lal Koul for education and literary works.
Smriti Saman was given to Ramesh Raina and Harish Kaila for social services while Satisar Foundation received special Smriti Saman and a cash award of Rs 11000 for its contribution in promoting the Kashmiri sanskars, culture and religious works. Pt Gautam Kaul, Pt Moti Kaul and Pt AK Dewani came down from the stage to hand over the award to the aging Pt Kashi Nath Ji, president of Satisar Foundation, as a mark of respect for his contribution towards community cause.

The programme was compered by TV personality PK Raina while Pt Avtar Koul (Trustee) presented a vote of thanks.

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