National Symposium and Exhibition on “Memories of 22 October 1947”
- National Symposium & Exhibition on “MEMORIES OF 22 OCTOBER 1947” organised by the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation & Museology (NMI), Srinagar, was held on 22 & 23 Oct 2020.
- 22 October 1947 has marked Indian history with evidences of betrayal and a legacy of valour. On 15 August 1947, India attained Independence after being subjugated to the colonial regime for almost two hundred years.
- On 22 October, 1947 Pakistan invaded Kashmir. The invasion, ‘Operation Gulmarg’ was result of months of planning and involvement of the top most leaders of Pakistan including Pakistan’s then Prime Minister, Chief Minister of the North West Frontier, Members of Muslim League and Pakistan Army.
- The Tribal Militia invasion of Kashmir backed by Pakistan army on 22 Oct 1947 unleashed a brutal series of plunder, rape, arson, looting and killing. The invasion marks the beginning of First Indo-Pak war and set in motion a chain of events that are still affecting the country.
- On 26 Oct 1947 the State of Jammu and Kashmir formally acceded to India and on 27 Oct 1947 Indian troops were airlifted to Kashmir. From 22 Oct 1947 onwards till the intervention of the Indian Defense Forces, all days in Kashmir were blackened with the horrifying stories of mass plunder and vandalism where many lives lost to the insatiable ambition of the invading Tribal Militia.
- The evidences of the treacherous attack by Pakistan, stories of resistance and bravery of Kashmiris, narrative of Indian Army victory over the invaders need to be told to people. The two-day National Symposium on 22 & 23 Oct 2020 and the Exhibition on 22 Oct 2020 is an attempt to deliberate upon the records and history of this deceitful attack and subsequent victory of India.
- The Exhibition on the ‘Memories of 22 Oct 1947’ comprise of graphic panels and videos showcasing a chronology of events as well as prominent narratives of the invasion on 22 Oct 1947 and subsequent unfolding of actions. The exhibition panels depict – The Treaty of Lahore, The Treaty of Amritsar, The Popular Will of 1947, Economic Blockade of Kashmir, 1947- Towards Accession, The Invaders Backed by Pakistan, Pakistani Militia Leaders, Plunder in Muzaffarabad, Baramulla, The Church Attack, Maqbool Sherwani – the Hero of Baramulla, Instrument of Accession, Key Dates, The Gilgit Game, People’s Militia, etc.