Srinagar, July 21: A galaxy of intellectuals, scholars, and writers on Saturday participated the first Fikr-i-
Shujaat Conference: Linguistic and Literary Perspective highlights the thought and ideas of Dr. Sayed Shujat
Bukhari. The conference was organized by Literary Forum Bandipora with the sub-theme Perspectives on
Language and Literature.
Four papers were presented during the conference emphasizing Bukhari’s thought and idea. Papers were
presented by Ghulam Hassan Tair, Sufi Showkat, Gula Tanveer and Mir Tariq.
The conference was presided over by Former General Secretary AMK Muhammad Amin Bhat, while Deputy
Commissioner Bandipora Dr. Shahid Iqbal Chowdery was Chief Guest, and Nayeema Mehjoor was the guest
of honour. President AMK Farooq Rafiabadi and SSP Bandipora Zulfikar Chowdery have shared the
While presenting his paper titled Shujaat Bukhari: Ideologue par excellence, Mir Tariq said that Bukhari’s
ideology was rooted in Tradition, Goodness, and Honesty.
“Shujaat Bukhari always advocated the goodness and stressed upon the creation of literature of quality to
give a shape to the lost identity of Kashmir which is only known to the outside world by the literary and
pieces of art,” Mir Tariq said while presenting a paper.
Mir said that the Literary and Linguistic thought of Shujaat Bukhari can be established by uniting the
ideological elements of literature prevalent in the nation of unrepresented people.
“The Language and identity have its roots in literature, so Shujaat Bukhari was advocating the strengthening
and global relevance of the literature being produced in our society. He always advocated unity, quality, and
values while producing pieces of art and literature” Mir said.
Sufi Showakt who presented the paper titled ‘Shujaat Bukhari: Custodian of Kashmir culture, ethos and
values’ sad that the crux of Shujaat Bukhari’s ethics and goodness.
“The crux of Shujaat Bukari’s thought is to lay the foundation of any social, economic or political discourse
on basis of pure ethics adopted by him during his life time,” Sufi said.
“Bukhari’s ideology was based on a-priori-the good while his ideas of literature or art were rooted in
aesthetics. So to develop is though ethics, goodness, and aesthetics should be taken as base “Sufi said.
During the presidential address, Muhammad Amin Bhat said that Shujaat Bukhari was the man of facts who
always spoke truth to power.
He said that Bukhari was an intellectual par excellence who always speaks with honesty and self-created
“Bukhari was a man of facts. He had all the facts and faces on his side but was caught by the mockery and
trickery of his enemies, “Bhat said. Terming Shujaat as the public intellectual, Amin Bhat said that Bukhari
was the voice of the unrepresented who always spoke truth to power for the welfare of common good.
Chief Guest Dr. Shahid Iqbal Chowwdery said that Shujaat was a man of integrity who always remains
committed to his profession with clarity and honesty. Shahid said assured that he will always provide
assistance to make any literary event a success whenever and wherever organized in the district.
“Bandipora is the land known for scholasticism and I will always help people who will endeavor to revive
such traditional societal traits of the area, “he said.
Noted broadcaster Nayeema Ahmed Mehjoor who was guest of honor on occasion said that Shujaat was a
man with a human heart who was always worried about declining social fabric.
Recollecting her memories with Shujaat Bukhari, Nayeema Mehjoor said that Shujhat was always keen to do
something good for the Kashmir society.
“Shujaat was always concerned about the degrading social fabric and was always looking for an opening to
work for the development of social fabric,”Mehjoor said.
Terming Shujaat as the symbol of Humanism, Nayeema Mehjoor sad that he was a man of caliber who
always worked for the unrepresented people beyond his political thought.
“I have seen the first journalist who was keen to do differently in the society where people are caught in
between the devil the deep sea. He was a man with a difference with different thinking,” Mehjoor said.
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fallahi President Islamic Mission UK also spoke on the occasion while poets G N Zahid,
Mubashir Muztaris, Gulshan and G H Tair presented their poetic verses.
Among the others who participated include Vice President AMK Rashid Jawahr, Ahad Hjini, Scholar Adil
Mahudin, Mushtaq Sopori,Majeed Majazi, Shokat wani,Firdous Ahmed and other members of AMK Units.
Anjum Nissar conducted the proceedings. Mansoor Muntazir presented welcome address while Gul Tanveer
presented vote of thanks.
Investigation started in Jammu cable car incident: DRIL
Srinagar, Jan 22: The investigation regarding the death of two labourers during the mock-drill of car cable accident in Jammu is underway while as the reports added that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were not followed during the mock-drill.
Two labourers died while four others sustained injuries on Sunday evening after a rescue trolley had fallen during the mock drill near the Mahamaya temple.
Talking to a local news gathering agency, Executive Vice President of Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited (DRIL) said that the investigation into the incident is going on. “Police is investigating the matter. We cannot say anything in this regard until the investigation is completed,” he added.
However, reports informed that the SOPs were not followed while conducting the mock-drill ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for its inauguration.
It added that as per the SOPs, while performing the mock drills, the executing agency needed to inform all other agencies concerned.
“The rescue trolley involved in the incident was meant for a maximum of four people, but there were six in it. Also, all people performing the mock drill should have worn headgear and had to be hooked to the rope,” reports quoting sources said, adding that no safety guidelines were followed during the mock drill, otherwise precious lives could have been saved.
Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir: Sagar
Srinagar, Jan 22: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday paid tributes to the victims of Gawkadal massacre saying that people have not forgotten the massacre let loose on the civilians on that day.
In a statement issued here, addressing a gathering of party functionaries, and workers of Srinagar District at party headquarter Nawa –e-Subha Srinagar, party’s General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “Those who are passing the blame and shedding crocodile tears now on the plight of Kashmiris are the one who actually traded the miseries of the people for grabbing power,” adding that Mufti as home minister trusted Jagmohan on kashmir, what followed is history.
Sagar in the statement said that Mufti through his nominated Governor unleashed havoc in Kashmir and that as home minister of India Mufti presided over 18 massacres in Kashmir including Mashali Mohalla massacre, Islamia college massacre, Chara- e- Sharief massacre, Shopian massacre, Pulwama, Kulgam massacre and Habbak massacre.
“Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir, it is this camaraderie that is credited with unleashing Operation Catch and Kill, crackdowns and other human rights violations. Not just that Mufti extended draconian laws like AFSPA to Kashmir and besides that Ikhwan was also a brain child of Late Mufti Syed,” he said adding, “Continuing with their legacy of political bankruptcy Mufti’s entered into a trade policy with BJP with a sole design to destroy the respect and dignity of kashmiris.”
Sagar maintained what was left of our special status; Mufti a former lieutenant of G M Sadiq took it upon himself to destroy it. “The BJP-PDP coalition opened flood gates for all such forces as are contriving hard to harm our state’s special status.”
He said that Dr Farooq Abdullah owing to communal disposition of late Jagmohan insisted on then government at the centre not to appoint him as state’s governor. “It was late Mufti who nominated him and was instrumental in thrusting him on the state. No sooner did he become Governor, Dr. Farooq resigned as a mark of protest. What followed is written in bold red letters in the annals of history,” he said.
The meet was attended by District president Srinagar Peer Afaq, JKNC Women’s wing president Shameema Firdous, Ali Muhammad Dar, Irfan shah and others.
Sagar maintained that Mehbooba trailing her father path traded the very dignity of chief minister’s post by bald-facedly presiding over the large scale maiming, killings, blinding, nepotism, corruption, human rights violation during her stint as chief minister. “It was for the first time that people were not allowed to pray at Jamia Masid for many months altogether,” he said.
Tourism deptt organsies first road show of winter in Pune
Pune: Tourism Department in collaboration with Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners Federation (KHAROF) held an impressive Travel Show in Pune on Monday seeking the cooperation of the travel associations and the media from the city for the promotion of J&K tourism.
Over 150 leading tour operators from the city attended show who also interacted with the members from the KHAROF.
Former Union Minister and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh who attended the show said Kashmir has immense tourism potential and people are most peaceful and loving in nature.
“Everyone should visit J&K State and see the nature’s beauty. The beauty also lies in the hospitality of the people who are very warm and welcoming,” he said.
Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak shared her experience of visiting Kashmir.
She said she found it safest place for travellers especially for woman.
“Even if we travel in auto at late evening, we are safe as people of the Kashmir are very good in nature and they take care of the tourists very well,” she said.
She urged the travel agents from Pune to promote J&K in a big way so that the travellers from Maharashtra will also visit paradise on Earth.
Earlier, Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir Riyaz Shah gave a detailed presentation on the tourism products which Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh has to offer.
The seminar is a part of series of road shows the department is organizing to promote J&K for the travellers within and outside the country.
Shah said J&K state is diverse in every aspect – be it leisure, adventure, culture, handicraft, cuisine, landscape, religion, architecture.
“Whatever you name it, we have it. J&K is a complete package. For a traveller, he has everything to see in one state,” he said, adding, “We are home to many famous gardens and heritage sites like Pari Mahal, Hari Parbat fort, Burzuhama ruins over 3000 years old, Mubrak Mandi, Shankar Acharya temple (250 B.C.), one of the biggest sun temples in India Martand Sun temple which was built in the 8th century, the Nara Nag temple ruins, and also famous sufi Shrines like Char-i-Sharief, Mukhdoom Sahaib, Ashmukam, Khankah Mohallah and many more.”
Riyaz Shah said that lot of filmmakers from Bollywood and even South India are shooting in Kashmir and the department is facilitating their shooting permission through single window system.
“Even now Malaysian and Thai films are being shot in Kashmir,” he said.
He also invited corporate houses for conventions and meetings to J&K saying the state has finest properties to hold such events.
President KHAROF Abdul Wahid Malik in his welcome address offered discounted packages for the travellers from Maharashtra.
He said Kashmir has over 60000 bed capacity and KHAROF is one of the largest hotel associations catering to over 24000 bed capacity from budget to star category hotels.
He invited the travellers to visit Kashmir saying the place is not only most beautiful place on the Earth but safest also.
KHAROF also released its annual directory during the show.
Earlier, the Tourism Department and KHAROF addressed media in a separate press conference.
Former KHAROF President Javed Bashir Burza briefed the media about the overall tourism infrastructure development in Kashmir.
Sanjay Nahar, the founder of Sarhad, a social organization dedicated to work in border areas, was also present in the press conference who informed them about the safety of the travellers in Kashmir.
Dr Vishwas Kelkar, president, Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP) also spoke on the occasion.
Senior Vice President Syed Masood Ahmad Shah, Secretary General KHAROF Maqsood Misri among other office bearers also participated in the event.
Chairman Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum Nasir Shah moderated the show. Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Alliance Manzoor Pakhtoon, Patron Association of Kashmir Tour Operators Nazir A Mir also participated in the show.