Srinagar, Mar 17: The US ambassador is scheduled to meet the representatives of an ‘unheard of’ NGO Yakjah (Together), in Srinagar Friday.
While none in Kashmir knows much about this NGO, according to its website, Yakjah Reconciliation and Development Network is a New Delhi based non-profit trust “working extensively with youth and women in Jammu and Kashmir for building human capacity and excellence, justice and reconciliation, democracy and co-existence, conflict prevention and transformation, peace and security, youth expression and leadership using dialogical and non violent methodologies.”
‘Yakjah’ is a Kashmiri word for being together, with ‘Yak’ meaning one and ‘Jah’ meaning place.
“The group is a network of people from Jammu and Kashmir, seeking to work for reconciliation and conflict transformation through dialogue and collective development efforts,” the website reads.
The founder director of Yakjah, according to the website, is Ashima Kaul. “She works as a Consultant and coordinates Athwaas – WISCOMP’s dialogue initiative in Jammu and Kashmir,” it says.
According to the website, Bilal Naqati of the National AIDS control organization, Shahnawaz Shah of Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC), Srinagar, Lavlesh Bhanot, working with an MNC, are founder trustees of Yakjah, while Wahid-ur- Rehman (journalist), Rehana, Sajjad and Rashmi Virendra are its team members.
Publish Date: 17-03-11 7:47 PM