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IIPA starts special lecture series: “Paradise Regained: A Review of the Impact of the Big Decision”

By IndianMandarins- 27 Aug 2019


Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) started Special Lecture Series on current and relevant themes with the First Lecture on “Paradise Regained: A Review of the Impact of the Big Decision” by Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)  on August 26, 2019. The lecture was presided by T N Chaturvedi, Chairman, IIPA.  The lecture was attended by more than 100 participants who included judicial officials, government officials, defence personnel, academicians and researchers.

Speaking on the theme, Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain said that the general perception in the Indian public’s mind is that the abrogation of Articles 35A and 370 had led to a situation where the J&K issue is done and dusted. That is farthest from the truth although it is currently advantage to India, at least temporarily. While India has for the first time after 25 years aggressively opted to change the existing status quo, the triggers that it has caused have given rise to a series of fresh threats which it needs to take stock of. The decision of August 5, 2019 has to be taken to final culmination in times to come. It is right time to have a strategy for the last mile. Besides stabilizing security environment, there is need to mainstream Jammu & Kashmir to rest of India. The present time is a golden opportunity to send a message that they are our people and integrate them politically, socially, economically and psychologically with rest of India.

Former Governor of Karnataka and Kerala and the Chairman of IIPA, T N Chaturvedi in his Presidential Remarks said that the Government of India was aware of the fact that the stalemate existed this long in J&K due to the absence of strategic policy. Besides stabilizing the situation in J&K, a lot of things are required to be done, which requires a long term strategy has to be devised.  One episodic step of scrapping Articles 370 and 35A cannot be sufficient. The steps to provide solace to people of Kashmir have to be taken and the message has to percolate to the masses.

S N Tripathi, IAS (Retd.), Director IIPA was also present during the occasion.


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