Indira Gandhi national integration award to Balraj Puri
Balraj Puri is a Noted peace activist and journalist . He was conferred the 14th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration. This award was presented to him by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a function in New Delhi.
“Kashmir: Towards Insurgency” is a famous work of Puri.
- He was key in reconciling many of the differences between first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and late chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah.
- He also mediated the famous 1975 Abdullah-Indira accord.
- Puri has been a freedom fighter, journalist and human rights activist.
- He has written many books and articles on Jammu and Kashmir and the problems the state faces.
- Puri was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2005, for his contribution in the field of literature and education.
- Puri participated in the Quit India movement when he was 14.
- He organised student movements in Jammu in 1946 and later founded the Peace Volunteer Corps in 1947 to work for preventing communal riots at the time of partition. Puri has spent over 60 years in building peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
- But his work was not confined to the state only.
- His interventions in Punjab and in certain volatile parts of Uttar Pradesh have helped defuse charged communal situations and paved the way for a dialogue and non-violent conflict resolution.