In an interactive Q & A session with Mr. Siddharth Acharya, the students of K.P.M School of Law gained holistic insight on different angles pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir and the ongoing struggle of the Kashmiri Pandits.
Mr. Acharya has filmed the documentary, ‘The Abandoned Cranes’ on the issue of exodus of Kashmiri Pamdits in Kashmir. He shared his valuable insights along with interesting historical facts and political situations which often don’t reach the public domain of knowledge with the students.
The history of Article 370, the legal issues involved thus, the socio-political aspects and the geo-strategic interests of Kashmir were some of the topics discussed. Insights on how the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was successful in reaching out to the common Kashmiris and why his policies showed substantial response were also discussed. Furthermore, a comparison between the situation in Kashmir and the current crisis of Balauchistan was also drawn.
Amid talks on the rise of militancy, increased use of pellet gums and pro-azadi sentiments among the Kashmiri’s, Mr. Acharya referred the students to the case of V Sampat Kumar v State of Jammu and Kashmir, and the book Kashmir-the Vajpayee years by A. S. Dulat and Aditya Singh for deeper insight on the issue.
It was a pleasure to have Mr. Siddharth Acharya come and share his knowledge and experiences on the issue with us.