Peace in Kashmir is proving to be an elusive objective, especially since the Modi government revoked Article 370 in August 2019.

That didn’t deter Forum Australia, however, in pursuing the possibility through it’s Searching for Peace in Kashmir forum held on Tuesday 15 October 2019.

The forum, held at Taj Agra Restaurant, in the trendy Canberra suburb of Dickson, brought together speakers of all persuasions, over a three-course dinner, to discuss this thorny issue.

Speakers included: Jack Waterford, Former Editor-at-Large, Canberra Times; Dr Tahmina Rashid, Associate Professor of International Studies, University of Canberra; Sunil Gupta, Executive, Australia India Business Council; Lee Rhiannon, Former Senator for NSW; and Dr Ejaz Qureshi, a Kashmiri, Honorary Associate Professor, ANU and a renowned Development Economist.

L to R: Lee Rhiannon (standing), Mohammed Ali (founder of Forum Australia), Jack Waterford, Sunil Gupta, Imran Ahmad (President, Forum Australia), Dr Tahmina Rashid and Dr Ejaz Qureshi.

Whilst there was a diverse set of views, the overwhelming majority of speakers and guests were of the view that until the Kashmiris themselves don’t have a say in their future, any imposed situation by any party cannot guarantee peace, freedom and prosperity.

Photos of the event can be found here.

Videos of the speakers and Q&A can be found here.