Major Kashmir symposium – A report by Aziz Haniffa of India Abroad May 10, 2001
THE Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF), a leading organization representing Kashmiri Pandits in the US, has organized a major symposium on what it called the proxy war being waged by Pakistan against India by sponsoring militant groups. “From Paradise to Ideological Battleground: A Symposium on the Kashmir Conflict,” will be held in the Northern California Bay Area on June 9 and will feature Congressional leaders, noted academics and policy wonks. Among those billed to attend are Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India, former US ambassador Teresita Schaffer, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS), Yossef Bodansky, director of the Republican Task Force on Terrorism in Congress, D.R. Sardesai, historian at the University of California and Raju Thomas of the department of political science, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Also billed to appear at the event, which is being co-sponsored by several local and national Indian American organizations, are the mayor of Fremont, Gus Morrison, and India’s Consul General in San Francisco R.M. Abhyankar.