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Experts Brainstorm 2014 Kashmir Floods at National Seminar  
 

A two day National Seminar on “Retrospective and Prospective of 2014 Kashmir Floods for Building Flood Resilient Kashmir” was held at Srinagar from 15-16 November 2014. The Seminar was organised jointly by the Dept. of Earth Sciences, Kashmir University and Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR). The experts discussed various aspects of the 2014 Kashmir floods. Seminar proceedings specifically focused on –

  • a) Genesis and magnitude of 2014 extreme flood;
  • b) Key issues related to recent Kashmir floods and
  • c) Future planning for flood risk reduction in the Jhelum basin.
  • The key technical, social, economical and institutional issues related to the recent flooding phenomena were identified and the participants of the seminar suggested a set of recommendations for addressing these key issues in order to reduce the risk of the people to flooding in future.

    Considering the fact that the development of flood control infrastructure for absolute protection from extreme flooding is a time taking process, the experts suggested phasing the intervention priorities to reduce the risk of the people and property to floods. The experts suggested that there is an immediate need to develop a comprehensive scientific understanding of the causes and consequences of the recent extreme flooding in Jhelum basin. The seminar participants deliberated threadbare on what needs to be done next in order to minimise the disastrous consequences of the extreme weather events in the mountainous Himalayan state, if and when, such an eventuality arises in future again.

    About 45 invited participants drawn from various central and state government agencies, academia and civil society attended the seminar. Dr Muzaffar Ahmad, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Mr A. B. Pandya, Chairman-Central Water Commission, Mr Wajahat Habibullah, Chairman National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, Dr Pawan Kotwal, Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Flood Control, Prof Shakil Romshoo, HOD, Earth Sciences, KU, Dr Shakeel Ahmad, Dy. Director, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, Dr G. Srinivasa, Head, Disaster Management, ISRO, Hyderabad, Dr Rakesh Kumar, Head, Water Resources Div. National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, Ms Sushobha Barve, Executive Director, Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation and a score of the Heads of the Department from State and central government agencies and a few prominent members of the civil society attended the Seminar.

 
   
Appeal to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan  

During last few weeks large scale ceasefire violations from both sides of the LOC have resulted in unprecedented causalities of civilians along with loss of property. This scenario has created severe tension, harassment and uncertainty among the border people. The normal life has been disrupted, residential houses are not safe, people are not in a position to move freely and schools have been closed due to threat of firing and shelling from across the border.

Following the ceasefire agreement of 26 November 2003, people of the border areas have enjoyed peace for the past 10 years. That has now been disturbed. We are again under the grip of warlike situation and have grave concerns over the current situation on the LOC.

In these circumstances we the people residing in the border region of Poonch in J&K State want to make an appeal to the Prime Ministers of India & Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse the situation and restore normalcy on the LOC by honouring the mutually agreed ceasefire of November 26 2003. We also demand that fresh CBM’s be taken that will lead to peace and betterment of life for people living close on either side of the LOC. We also appeal to both the countries to resolve all issues through dialogue.


  1. Iftikhar Ahmed Bazmi President Anjumune- Jaffria Poonch
  2. Jalil Ghazi TV News Caster
  3. Mohd Amin Bhatti President, Bar Association Poonch
  4. Raja Abass Khan President, Peace Committee Border Area
  5. Mohd Ikhlaq Khan President, Peace Committee Balakote, Poonch
  6. Sardar Krishan Singh General Sectary, Cross LOC Trade, Poonch
  7. Kamaljeet Singh Human Rights Activist, Poonch
  8. K. K. Kapoor Educationist & Peace Activist Poonch
  9. TazeemAkhter President, Mahila Mandal Poonch
  10. SardarHabajan Singh President, Press Club Poonch
  11. Babu Noor Mohd Gojjri & Pahari Poet
  12. Gulshan Kumar President, Swami Budha Amar Nath Trust
  13. FarooqMisbahi Imam Jamia Masjid Poonch
  14. K. D. Maini President, Heritage Stage, Poonch
  15. Musarraf Hussain Shah Vice-Principal, Govt Degree College, Poonch
 
   
Appeal for Jammu-Kashmir  
Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation has been working in Jammu Kashmir since 2000 for creating understanding among all communities within and across the LOC. This is a time of unprecedented crisis. We all have to come forward to bring succor, solace and rehabilitation to a shattered people; our sisters and brothers who have lost loved ones and their entire households in the worst catastrophe of the century. Parents looking for a dry spot to bury a newborn infant, old women sitting dead in attics, youth hauling people out of drowned houses, themselves deprived of water are images that assail us out of our comfort. We want to do our bit by appealing to friends all over India and across the world to donate essential items; not money but articles, which will mean the difference between life and death. The items you donate, can be sent to the CDR Office at: 7/10, Sarvapriya Vihar, New Delhi 110017. These will be sent on to Srinagar by air and will be stored in the National Institute of Technology at Hazratbal; the chairman of its governing body is our Board Member Wajahat Habibullah. Local youth will be mobilized for distribution among the afflicted. We are all deeply hurt by the tragedy of Kashmir but remember words of Jalauddin Rumi 'The wound is the place where the light enters you'.

 
   
   
CDR Trade Dialogue - Recommendations  
 
The Center for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) organised an India-Pakistan Trade Dialogue on 11-12 April 2014, at Amritsar. This Dialogue was the first of its kind wherein traders from India and Pakistan who are involved in trading across the Wagah-Attari border came together to discuss their common concerns. The aim was to enhance communication between traders across the border and develop recommendations that can facilitate the expansion of trade. Participants included traders of a variety of goods like gypsum, cement, vegetables etc.
 
 
INDIA PAKISTAN DIALOGUE 13–14 MARCH 2014
Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi
 
 
The fourth Delhi Dialogue concluded in New Delhi on Friday with the adoption of a joint resolution calling on both countries to make concerted efforts towards improving bilateral relations. The dialogue brought together senior journalists, policy experts, academics, advocates, former military officials, and diplomats from India and Pakistan for two days of intense deliberations to discuss a wide range of outstanding issues between both countries. Entering its fourth year, the dialogue is part of an India-Pakistan Track II diplomacy initiative by the Center for Dialogue and Reconciliation and the Jinnah Institute, which seeks to promote peace between the two countries through constructive engagement and dialogue.
 
 
India-Pakistan Water Roundtable - Joint Statement  
 
Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation’s water initiative was launched in 2010 and since then it has conducted five water roundtables. The sixth one in the series was recently held in Bangalore. Stakeholders representing the academia, civil society and other institutes from India and Pakistan met under the auspices of the Centre for Dialogue & Reconciliation and Jinnah Institute from 15-17 February 2014 in Bangalore to discuss issues related to water, climate change, the environment, transboundary aquifers, changing demographics, cooperation for joint disaster management and possible joint studies on issues of common concerns in the Indus basin.
 
 
DELHI DIALOGUE II, January 2013  
 
Delhi Dialogue comprising 30 participants from India and Pakistan deliberated on a variety of bilateral issues from 20 – 21 January, 2013. The key areas of discussion entailed review of bilateral relations, trade, extremism and terrorism, higher education and Jammu & Kashmir dispute. The group consisted of retired diplomats, academicians, civil society activists, media personnel, and business persons from both sides.
 
 
PRESS  
Need to reinforce 2003 ceasefire agreement on LoC, 2-day Indo-Pak Delhi Dialogue ends, January 26, 2013
Delhi Diaries: S Asia peace to thrive despite acrimony says Khurshid, January 22, 2013
Delhi Dialogue suggests slew of measures for Indo-Pak reconciliation Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 at 09:20
 
 
APPEAL FROM THE CIVIL SOCIETY OF POONCH  
Peace process means different things for the people living in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir. For the people residing alongside 103 km long LOC in Poonch region, ceasefire of 26 November 2003 had brought peace, security and created conducive atmosphere for development in border areas. This was important as this region and the people and their socio-economic needs had remained neglected for 58 years, due to continues firing and shelling across the LOC. These conditions had subjected people to limitless pain and sorrow, Death and injuries and filled their life with miseries and tension before ceasefire.
 
 
CONFERENCE STATEMENT
Cross-LoC Civil Society Dialogue, Jammu
16th December 2012
 
 

The cross-LoC Civil Society dialogue ended on 16th December 2012 in Jammu. There were three days of intense deliberations in which 60 people participated from both sides of the LoC. At the concluding session the conference adopted the following statement.

1. We welcome the forward movement seen in the ongoing       India-Pakistan dialogue.

 
 
Intra-Jammu and Kashmir Cross-LoC Women’s Dialogue Muzaffarabad, "We Crossed The Line"
5 - 8 November 2012
 
 

Women are moving forward, coming out of their passivity and transcending their state of helplessness

Coming back from Muzaffarabad after attending a cross-LoC women's conference, I was asked by someone: 'so what is the most important thing that you accomplished during your visit?' I answered without much thinking: ‘we crossed the Line’. This was actually the spirit which dominated the visit as well as the conference. We had crossed the line literally and also metaphorically.

 
 
LoC Trade & Regional Development: Opportunities and Challenges - Intra Kashmir Cross LoC Dialogue, Srinagar, J&K 10-11 July 2012  
 
An Intra-Kashmir Cross LoC Dialogue conference was held at the SKICC, Srinagar, on 10-11, July 2012. It was attended by 55 participants from both sides of the LoC, Delhi and Amritsar representing various Trade & Business organizations and associations. On the final day the participants were divided into different discussion groups. After detailed discussion, participants agreed on a set of recommendations that were adopted as part of the consensus statement in the last session of the conference.
 
 
Jammu & Kashmir and the Federal Models of Shared Sovereignty (16th – 17th June 2012 )  
 
A two day seminar on “Jammu and Kashmir and the Federal Models of Shared Sovereignty” was organised by Department of Political Science, University of Kashmir in collaboration with Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) on 16th and 17th June 2012 at University of Kashmir. Dr S.D. Muni, Professor, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore delivered the key note address. Prof. M.A Sofi, Acting Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir, also spoke on the occasion. Ms Sushobha Barve, Executive Director CDR, and Professor Noor Ahmed Baba, Head Department of Political Science, KU presented the introductory remarks.
 
 
First International Moot Court Competition Between India And Pakistan  
 

The first ever international Moot Court Competition between law students of India and Pakistan was organized jointly by the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) and the National Law University (NLU), Delhi. It took place at the NLU Campus in Dwarka on November 12th and 13th, 2011.

The idea was mooted a year ago, during a CDR organized conference on ‘Law and Society: Issues of Mutual Interest and Cooperation’. A number of distinguished delegates from India and Pakistan attended the conference.

 
Women’s Cross-Loc Dialogue  
Women’s Roles in Society: Issues of Mutual Concern  
CONSENSUS STATEMENT 27-30 September, 2011  
 
A two day intra-Kashmir cross-LoC women’s dialogue on ‘Women’s Roles in Society: Issues of Mutual Concern’ took place in Gulmarg from the 27th to 29th of September, 2011. Forty five women from all regions of J-K, as well as AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan participated in it. The dialogue was organized by the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), New Delhi, and Women for Peace, Srinagar.
CDR has held a series of dialogues between various stakeholders and civil society actors from the regions of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir since 2003. As a part of these efforts, CDR organised its first Intra-Kashmir women’s conference in November, 2007, which was among the first efforts to connect women across the LoC and to bridge divides.
Islamabad Dialogue :Joint Resolution 29th April, 2011  
 
We welcome the resumption of dialogue between the highest levels of leadership between the two countries and the meeting of the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers at Mohali. We are encouraged that India and Pakistan have committed themselves to discussing and resolving all outstanding issues, particularly Kashmir and terrorism.
The new environment of cooperation and mutual respect between the two countries that was reinvigorated at Mohali must now be followed up with fresh, bold and innovative measures which will ensure the permanent transformation of the relationship between India and Pakistan from an adversarial one to a partnership for regional prosperity.
Common Interests and a Common Future  
Exploring an India-Pakistan Partnership  
CONSENSUS Statement 5th -7th May 2010  
 
A group of 27 citizens from India and Pakistan who have been working for peace between the two countries met in New Delhi from 5 to 7 May under the auspices of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR). The primary purpose was to review the state of India-Pakistan relations at both the official and the people-to-people level, particularly in the context of the agreement reached by the two Prime Ministers at Thimphu to resume bilateral discussions.
The group welcomed the positive decision taken at Thimphu and expressed the hope that this new window of opportunity will be utilized by both parties to promote and give a new impetus to the achievement of their common objective of peace and good relations.
Intra-Kashmir Cross-LoC Dialogue  
Consensus Statement February - 2011  
 
The Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) has held a series of Intra-Kashmir cross LoC conferences since 2005. These conferences have provided a platform to representatives of civil society and to political groups and parties from all regions and communities on both sides of the LoC to interact and explore ways to making a difference on the ground while building wider consensus on a range of issues for a resolution of the differences surrounding the state of Jammu and Kashmir. These CDR conferences have provided useful suggestions and recommendations over the years and built civil society networks across the LoC.
   
 
IN BRIEF  
Centre for Dialogue and reconciliation or CDR is an initiative that hopes to serve as acatalyst for internal and external peace in South Asia through process of discourse and dialogue- a process that seeks to promote a peaceful approach to the resolution of conflict with justice and equity, and the eve ntual goal of reconciliation.
 
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India & Pakistan Dialogue on Regional Peace and Stability (2013-2015)  
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THE PROJECT TEAM  
• Sushobha Barve – Executive Director
• Shubhra Chaturvedi – Programme Officer
• Owais Wani – Programme Officer, Kashmir
• Deepak Bajaj – Accounts Officer
• Farnaaz Khan – Programme Officer
• Alka Oberoi – Office Assistant
 
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CDR-LUMS Project  
 

Selecting the two themes of Education and Environment from the eight topics proposed by the India-Pakistan Joint Commission, CDR in collaboration with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, has initiated a one-year pilot project on potential partnerships between India and Pakistan in the fields of education and urban environmental protection.

   
 
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