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Renowned physician Dr K L Chowdhury passes away
KPs express grief over demise of Dr K.L. Chowdhary

Jammu, October 31 (Scoop News)- Dr K L Chowdhury, a renowned physician, acclaimed writer,social activist, founder member of Panun Kashmir (PK) and Shriya Bhat Medical mission passed away after a prolonged illness in USA today on Sunday.

He was 80. He is survived by his wife Dr Leela Chowdhury and two daughters.

Born in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1941 a medical graduate (MBBS) from Punjab University and postgraduate (MD) from Delhi University he did his fellowship in Neurology from London. He was son of J.L. Chowdhury an eminent criminal lawyer of his times.
He started his career as a faculty member in Medical College, Srinagar, as a clinician, teacher and researcher, rose to become a professor, and pioneered Neurology as a specialty in the Medical College.
In 1990 he moved to Jammu along with his community, and started charitable work by organizing the displaced doctors of KP Community and provided free medical care to thousands in the migrant camps. Thereafter he started Shirya Bhat Mission Hospital and Research Center which provides free multi-specialty consultation and treatment to the poor and indigent patients and conducts medical camps, surveys and research. He conducted pioneering work on the Health Trauma of the displaced populations and coined new syndromes like “Stress Diabetes”, “Psychological Syndromes of exiles”, “The 10-12 Syndrome”, “The metabolic syndrome in ‘migrant’ camp inmates” etc. and highlighted the adverse effects of stress of environmental and lifestyle changes on a displaced population. He held 123 Medical camps from 1990 to 2020 on different diseases in migrant camps and other areas of Jammu province where he provided free medical care. Even just before five days of his death he was providing the online consultation to the people.
Dr. Chowdhury was engaged in multifarious activities as a medical professional, social scientist, journalist, poet and writer. Besides, he was a political thinker who wrote “Why Homeland”. He also gave the concept of City State for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. He was a staunch believer of Homeland for KPs and was also the vice president of PK for 15 years. Besides, he was chairman of Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora and KMECT.
Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of Dr Chowdhury and termed his death a great loss to medical fraternity and people. In his condolence message to his family, he said Dr Chowdhury was a well known Physician, an author who also led for the cause of his community after his displacement in 1990. All KP organizations have also expressed profound grief over his demise.

Meanwhile Apni Party General Secretary Vijaya Bakaya has expressed grief at the sad demise of Dr K. L. Chowdhary.
He said Dr Chowdhary was a renowned medical practitioner who was also a poet, writer and social activist.
Dr Chowdhary was a familiar voice on Radio Sharda talking of common diseases and their cure.
During covid19 also, he was actively engaged in educating the masses about the protocols to be followed and precautions to be taken, said Bakaya.
He said that "He was an articulate thinker and a brilliant conversationalist."
At the time of migration of the KP community, he envisioned a dream of return to lighten up the darkness and bring hope, he recalled.
“His demise will leave a big void. May his soul rest in peace,” he said, expressing grief.

BJP general secretary (organisation) Ashok Koul expressed shock over the demise of Dr Chowdhury and recalled his service to the migrant KP community.
Koul said, “It is very painful to know about the demise of a person who worked for the community. He gave direction to the migrant community and his contribution in literature is incomparable.”
“The loss of such a personality is a big loss for the society, community and J&K as a whole,” he said. He prayed for peace to the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family.
Koul said that he wrote poetry and short stories about migration of Kashmiri Pandits. “Dr Chowdhury was the son of a famous lawyer who lived near SP College in Srinagar. After completing his medical studies, he worked in Srinagar GMC besides continuing his higher studies,” he said.
He further said that he was a great doctor who was always available for public service.

Panun Kashmir pays tribute to Dr.K.L.Chowdhry who passed away in US today and was unwell for sometime.
The meeting was attended by President Virender Raina, Kamal Bagati General Secretary, Upinder Koul General Secretary, Sameer Bhat Convenor PK youth, P.K.Bhan, Kewal Krishan, Sanjay Kaul, Sameer Mattoo, Ashok Chrungoo among others.
Two minutes silence was observed in memory of the departed soul and his contributions to the cause of the community were remembered. While recalling the towering personality of Dr.Chowdhry, Virender Raina recalled his association with Panun Kashmir. He said that the late Dr.Chowdhry was an iconic figure for the displaced community. He was an eminent physician, a poet, a writer and one of the prominent thinkers and leader of the community. His passing away has created a vacuum that can not be filled. Dr.Chowdhry was one of the pioneers of the struggle for the reclamation of the lost homeland for Kashmiri Pandits post 1990.The contribution of Dr.Chowdhry as a physician, whom the community held in great esteem are second to none.

Scoop News and its management and staff express their deep condolences to the bereaved members of Dr Choedhary's family. His greif can't be expressed in words. May Almighty God bless his soul with eternal peace and at the grant courage to his family members to bear this irreparable loss.

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