New Delhi, 21st November 2017: A Perfect evening was hosted by Ratan Kaul & Shilpa Raina to celebrate the unveiling of the book 22 Years: A Kashmir Story. The book authored by Bill K. Koul saw esteemed panellists engrossed in a discussion on the subject A Kashmir Story.The evening took place at The Imperial, Janpath.
“In my twin capacities of Executive President KASHMIRIYAT PRESERVATION FOUNDATION & Advisor DELHI LIT FEST, it was only fitting that we commemorate this black day when we Kashmiri Pandits 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 5000 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”, Says RATAN KAUL.
“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.”, Says SHILPA RAINA
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, Gen. JJ Singh wherein the guest list comprised ofAmbassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr.Sabit Subasic , Ambassador of Algeria Mr. Hamza Yahia Cherif, Dancer & Actor Shivani Wazir Pasrich, Dr. Sanjana Jon, Entrepreneur Naresh Grover, Former Indian Women Cricket Team captain Anjum Chopra to name a few.