Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Uris Hall, G08
Pervez will provide an overview of the prevailing situation in Kashmir, the stated positions of India and Pakistan and its consequent impact on the political, social and security situation in Kashmir. As a journalist who was born, brought up, educated, and worked in the conflict-ridden Kashmir, the speaker will share his experiences and understanding of the issue which is at the centre of a seven-decade conflict between nuclear rivals - India and Pakistan. The Kashmir conflict has caused colossal loss of life and property to the inhabitants, and also a psychological and emotional setback, due to the never-ending hostilities between the neighboring countries. In the larger international discourses related to the India-Pakistan acrimony, Pervez focuses on the essential issues - that the people of the disputed Kashmir tend to be ignored. In this talk we will hear from an inhabitant, who like an ordinary Kashmiri has been a sufferer of the armed conflict, and has reported it to the world as a journalist, for 12 years.
Pervez Majeed is a journalist-turned-academic from Kashmir. Presently as Assistant Professor, he teaches at a media school in Kashmir. Previously he has been a print and radio journalist for 12 years, reporting life and times of the conflict-ridden Kashmir for various local, national and international media organizations. For his journalistic work, he has received Best Humanitarian Reporting Award from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Press Institute of India (PII) in 2014. For reporting on the mental health issues of women in Kashmir, he won Mental Health Reporting Awards in 2013 constituted by the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) Chennai, India. Pervez is a 2015 alumnus of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. He has attended professional training programmes, workshops and conferences in the US, Malaysia, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over the past years, Pervez has published a series of interviews with important figures from the Kashmir conflict including former US Assistant Secretary of State Robin Raphel, Indian Foreign Secretary Salman Haidar, Research & Analysis Wing Chief A.S. Dulat, Governor of J&K Lt. Gen. S.K. Sinha, former hijacker Hashim Qureshi, Kashmir interlocutor Dr. Radha Kumar, former foreign minister of India Yashwant Sinha, and separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.