Interlocutors discuss preserving pluralism in J&K

The role of arts in preserving pluralism in J&K and mechanism to reduce impact of conflict on it was discussed by a panel of central government-appointed interlocutors during their meeting with the leaders and intellectuals here.

Jammu: The role of arts in preserving
pluralism in Jammu and Kashmir and mechanism to reduce impact
of conflict on it was on Tuesday discussed by a panel of central
government-appointed interlocutors during their meeting with
the leaders and intellectuals here.
The two-day round table conference -- kick started
yesterday by the three-member team comprising social activist
Radha Kumar, former information commissioner M M Ansari and
journalist Dilip Padgaonkar -- discussed plurality in the
state, challenges to pluralism and political dimensions of
multi-ethnicity in JK, officials present in the meeting said.

A document of recommendations based on inputs given by
the participants will be formulated and submitted to the
Centre, they said.

"We will have a document which gives a detailed account
of what can be done (in J&K). This will be in the shape of
recommendations that participants will make to the group of
interlocutors...We will in turn forward these recommendations
to the Government of India," head of the panel Dileep
Padgaonkar had said yesterday.
Over 50 people comprising eminent scholars, cultural
personalities, religious leaders, academicians, journalists
and members of civil society took part in the round table
conference (RTC), the officials said.

The outcome of the RTC was excellent. There has been wide
consensus on a large number of issues, Padgaonkar had said.

PTI

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