The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) Shimla will be organising a three-day seminar on impact of conflict on the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir from Monday.
The seminar ‘Ordinary Lives in a Conflict Zone: Voices from Kashmir’ will provide a platform to common people from across religious and cultural communities to articulate their thoughts on changing contours of Kashmir conflict and its impact on the lives of people within and outside Kashmir, IIAS Shimla said in a statement.
The seminar will also witness the testimonies of the widows, half widows, migrants, youth and children who have faced the worst brunt of the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The seminar is an attempt to bring together the everyday experiences of ordinary people who have suffered since the beginning of conflict in 1989,” said an IIAS official.
“Often, in the debates on Kashmir, the ordinary people are pushed to the periphery, hence, the IIAS has taken an initiative to provide a platform to victims to express their view,” the official added.
The official said that twenty-two experts from Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country will attend the seminar and IIAS director Peter Ronald deSouza will deliver the inaugural address.
He said that the seminar aimed to bring writers, critics, psychiatrists, social activists, policy makers, academicians, journalists, students and common people together to share their post-1990 personal experiences of exile, nostalgia, social bewilderment, torture, camp experiences, suffering disappearance and oppression.
The IIAS Shimla is a prestigious research institute, located in the hill State of Himachal and it was set up by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 1964 while it was originally built as a home for Lord Dufferin, the Viceroy of India from 1884–1888.