All India Level Essay Competition

Kashmir Youth Intellect

A Global academic group of young Kashmiris

'Kashmir Youth Intellect'', a global academic group of young Kashmiris, is pleased to announce an All India Level Essay Competition titled ''Locating common ground for Resolution of Kashmir: Respecting Local aspirations''. Kashmiris are also invited to participate. We have the eminent and impressive panel of Judges who are the noted Intellectuals and known widely.

They are:

1) Dr. Angana Chatterji, Professor, Social & Cultural Anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies and Co-Convener, International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir.
2) Ms. Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal, Executive editor, Kashmir Times and a peace activist.
3) Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Democratic rights activist and Editorial Consultant, Economic and Political Weekly.
4) Professor. G.R Malik, Head of Department, English, Central University, Kashmir. An eminent scholar of the sub-continent, with a profound knowledge of the history of Kashmir.
4) Ms. Rita Manchanda, Program Executive of South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Co-ordinator of women, media, peace and conflict programs of SAFHR.
5) Ms. Victoria Schofield, Internationally acclaimed author and writer on Kashmir and related topics.

Word Limit: 3000 words.

Age Limit; Open to All.

Deadline for submission: 20th July, 2011.

Prizes; There shall be a prize of US$1000, US$750 and US$500 for the First, Second and Third winners, respectively.

All Essays should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before midnight 20th July, 2011.
The candidates have to get their Valid ID card (Driver's license or Matriculation certificate or their current employer letter) scanned and then attach it with their essay.
The essay has to include the bibliography (referencing the sources) in the end.

Guidelines for the Essay;

What are possible and viable resolutions on Kashmir?
Which parties should be involved in crafting a resolution and what role should each play?
What common ground exists or can be created between the various stakeholders involved?
What are the challenges in locating common ground that respect the foremost aspirations of Kashmiris in arriving at a resolution?
What are the primary aspirations of Kashmiris?
What obstacles exist, what interim conditions are crucial, and what steps are necessary to implement a lasting and peaceful resolution that is just?
How do we acknowledge the suffering of Kashmiris?
How might public processes for mourning and reconciliation facilitate constructive dialogue toward a lasting resolution?

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President; Mehboob Makhdoomi.

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