ieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today released a book titled “Forgotten Kashmir: The Other Side of the Line of Control” authored by Sh. Dinkar P. Srivastava.
The Lt Governor also addressed a webinar of Vivekananda International Foundation on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor appreciated the author for unmasking Pakistan’s conspiracy over the past seven decades through his book, and creating a better understanding of Pakistan’s motivations for its policies in the region.
The book is well researched and documented , based on facts and experience of the author, bringing into light various important aspects of ‘tribal’ invasion in 1947-48, the Sudhan revolt in the 1950s, the Ayub era, the Simla Agreement, the adoption of an ‘Interim Constitution of 1974’ and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The Lt Governor commended the contributions of Dinkar P. Srivastava, who is a seasoned diplomat, on foreign diplomacy front. He also made a special mention of the author for his involvement in the Jammu and Kashmir issue at the Ministry of External Affairs, and discussions in the United Nations.
The Lt Governor also spoke on the Black Day observed on 22 October in J&K, where a two-day National Symposium and Exhibition on the “Memories of 22 October 1947”in collaboration with the National Museum of History, Art, Conservation and Museology was organized in Srinagar to educate the young generation of Jammu and Kashmir about the atrocities of Pakistan.
While speaking on the importance of empowered grass-root democratic setup, the Lt Governor said that the three-tier Panchayati Raj System was established and peaceful, violence-free and fair elections were held for the District Development Councils for the first time in J&K.
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The Lt Governor observed that the UT Government is nurturing transparency and accountability at all levels of the Administration. Issues and developmental aspirations of the people living in rural areas are one of the focus areas of the government, he added.
Reforms have been made in making public grievance redressal mechanisms more robust and responsive. LG’s Mulaqaat- Live Public Grievance Hearing is being held every month where I interact with the people and take first hand appraisal of their grievances, said the Lt Governor.
In his concluding remarks, the Lt Governor conveyed his best wishes to the author for his book.