The Sajid Iqbal Foundation organised a panel discussion on Social Empowerment through youth action at Gandhi Bhawan, University of Kashmir today. The discussion panel consisted of youth activists, entrepreneurs, artists and journalists; basically youth involved in every aspect of civil society.
The theoretical context of socially regenerative youth action was given by Gull Mohammad Wani, senior professor in Department of Political Science, University of Kashmir. He talked about the social transformation that Kashmiri youth brought about on the past and how they need to evolve a new collective imagination. . It has also worked with riot-victims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, Uttar Pradesh as well as Rohingya refugees in Delhi. they face through discussion and a plan of action.
The discussion also included students and social activists talking about their experiences in dealing with issues that concern the Kashmiri society and their contributions in their respective fields.
The Event marked the completion of five years of the Sajid Iqbal Foundation, that was founded on 19/06/2011 after the death of human rights lawyer and activist Sajid Iqbal.
Since 2011, the Sajid Iqbal Foundation has been working in Jammu and Kashmir to undertake community initiatives under healthcare, education, legal aid, and emergency (accident) services.
for economic, social and political regeneration. Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA deliberated on the need for research-led advocacy that would lead to change in policies. Popular columnist Gowhar Geelani talked about the restrictive environment in Kashmiri society that constrains youth action and the need for universalising student politics in Kashmir valley.
Ms. Sehar Iqbal, Executive Director of the foundation further deliberated on the need for all young activists, entrepreneurs, lawyers and journalists to formulate a unified body and tackle the issues