Two-day national symposium on ‘Memories of 22 October 1947’ concludes


SRINAGAR, Oct 22: A two-day national symposium-cum-exhibition on "Memories of 22 October 1947" organized by the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conser-vation & Museology (NMI) of Ministry of Culture concluded here today in which speakers deliberated on various aspects & chronology of the historical event. Raghvendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Prof Manvi Seth, Dean, National Museum Institute, New Delhi were present on the occasion.
The speakers highlighted the significance of October 22 by commemorating the people who sacrificed their lives to defend Kashmir and its people. They emphasized for the need to make people aware about the actual happenings by bringing forth counter narratives.
The seminar discussed narratives peddled since last seven decades which had obfuscated the real happenings and speakers also presented firsthand stories of the survivors and the main players involved in the October 22, 1947 event. The speakers called for holding such events and seminars more often so that common people would be made aware of the glorious sacrifices given by J&K people and the army to defend Kashmir and its people. Many of the prominent speakers including leading academicians, historians, defence personnel and scholars presented their ideas and concept papers on this subject.
On the first day of the symposium of Thursday, Prof Amitabh Mattoo spoke in memory of Maqbool Sherwani who laid down his life while stalling the advance of tribal invaders to Srinagar. Other prominent speakers on first day of symposium were Sushant Sareen, Prof Kapil Kumar, Prof Raghuvendra Tanwar whereas Maroof Raza and Iqbal Chand Malhotra joined the symposium through webcast.
On the second day of symposium on Friday, some well-known speakers like Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd), Lt. General Gurmeet Singh (Retd), Lt Gen PJS Pannu (Retd), Dr Ramesh Tamiri, Dr Mukulita Vijayawargiya, Ashutosh, Prof Dipankar Sengupta, Maj Gen Devnesh Agnihotri (Retd) spoke at length while as a message written by Maj Gen SV Thapiyal (Retd) was also read on the occasion who couldn't attend the symposium.

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