“Understanding Past for a better future” is our idea behind the formation of Kashmir Research & Youth Centre (KRYC), said one of its members.

A statement from KRYC said, “the Research Center is aimed at facilitating youth of Kashmir in knowing the past, and making a better future; KRYC is a youth-led action research group formed for social change. KRYC promotes the use of action research for personal, group, and community development.”

From last Sunday (June 07), the KRYC started a series of lectures titled: “Understanding Kashmir”.

“The inaugural lecture was delivered by Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain at Hotel Grand Mumtaz Towers, Lal Chowk on 7th June, 2015,” the statement said.

The Lecture, attended by a number of people majorly research scholars “focused on the history and political dissent” in Kashmir.

The statement quoted Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain as having said that ‘the aspiration for dissent has always been there, but leaders have mostly deceived the popular movements.’

“The popular narrative of Kashmir history is full of vague arguments, which has not been challenged by the alternative narratives,” Dr Showkat said.

“The lecture series shall continue in which subject specialists, media experts and political observers will be speaking on the said topic. The aim of this lecture series is self awareness and asserting ourselves for improving policy and decision making,” the KYRC statement informed.

“On the occasion it was announced that the further series of programs will be held under the title of Guftagu which aims at introspection and better future making.”

“KRYC focuses on the exchange of practical applications of research findings for professionals working with, or for, young people throughout the state. KYRC is developing academically rigorous responses, at local, regional and national levels, to current and future issues facing the people of Kashmir, which include socio-political concerns, unemployment, environmental concerns, mental health risks, media developments, social interaction, participation and inclusion,” the statement concluded.


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