Date: 11 Dec 2006
Hari Kaul wrote:
Reflect. Resolve. React.
KASHMIRI Hindus VICTIM OF MASSACRE, GENOCIDE and ETHNIC CLEANSING
PAKISTAN-TRAINED MUSLIM FUNDAMENTALISTS & TERRORISTS
BIODATA OF KASHMIRI PANDITS
VICTIM OF MASSACRE, GENOCIDE, ETHNIC CLEANSING
PAKISTAN-TRAINED MUSLIM FUNDAMENTALISTS & TERRORISTS
NAME: KASHMIRI PANDIT
POPULATION WORLD WIDE: 700, 0000
PRESENT POPULATION IN KASHMIR 5000
POPLLATION BEFORE EXODUS 350, 000 +
MOTHER TONGUE: KASHMIRI & HINDI
LANGUAGES: KASHMIRI, HINDI, URDU, ENGLISH
AND CAN ALSO SPEAK OTHER INDIAN
DATE OF BIRTH HISTORY OF KASHMIRI PANDIT IS MORE THAN 5000 YEARS OLD. WE ARE THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF KASHMIR VALLEY.
PLACE OF BIRTH: KASHMIR, JAMMU & KASHMIR, , INDIA
PERMANENT ADDRESS: KASHMIR, JAMMU & KASHMIR, INDIA
AFTER HOLOCAST: JAMMU, OTHER PARTS OF INDIA
1. Our aim is to educate the civilized peace loving people of the WORLD about Kashmiri Pandit holocaust. The atrocities on Kashmiri Hindus and the details of how many of Kashmiri Pandit women, children and men were brutally massacred by Pakistan-trained terrorists.
2. To talk in depth about the destruction of our heritage has suffered e.g. Destruction of our homes, institutions, schools, temples, culture, heritage etc
We Kashmiri Hindus are peace loving people and civilized citizen of world. We believe in non violence and humanity. Our faith does not teach us to harbour grudges, We Kashmiri Hindus are the only original inhabitants of the Kashmir valley. Kashmir belongs to Kashmiri Hindus. It has belonged to us since its inception and will continue to belong to us. we are all Indians and Kashmir is our homeland. Where ever we are our objective is to secure and re- conquer our home land/ birth land of 700,000 Kashmiri Hindus through Gandhi ji's peaceful and non violent movement.
Panun Kashmir is an effort to save Kashmiri Pandits to save Kashmir to save India. Besides being a struggle for survival as a cultural entity and an ancient race, Panun Kashmir is a movement for the political survival of over 700,000 Kashmiri Pandits in their birthland. Panun Kashmir (meaning our own Kashmir)
Kashmir's association with Hinduism is very old. The very name Kashmir is said to be derived from Kashyapa, one of the seven Saptarishis in Hindu mythology. Kashmiri Pandits are devout Shaivites. Kashmir is home to some of the holiest shrines in Hinduism like Amarnath, Kheer Bhawani, Shrine of Sharda (in Pakistan-administer ed Kashmir), Shankaracharya Mandir, Hari Parbath, Zeethyer etc. A lot of these shrines were destroyed during and after the mass exodus of the Pandits.
Kashmir Shaivism is a school of spiritual teaching and practice that arose during the eighth century in Kashmir, India. After a period of obscurity, the tradition has experienced a renewal during the last 100 years amongst both academics and spiritual seekers. Kashmir Shaivism is a monistic tantric system of belief and practice. It says that the universe is a manifestation within the one Consciousness, and that all things are that Consciousness in essence. The fundamental statement of Kashmir Shaivism is expressed in its very first aphorism, which translates as both "The Self is Consciousness" and "The nature of reality is Consciousness" (Shiva Sutras I.I Chaitanyam Atma, Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta).
KASHMIRI PANDIT CULTURE
Kashmiri Pandit refers to a person who belongs to a sect of Hindu Pandits who ancestrally originate from the Kashmir valley. Kashmiri Pandits were gradually forced to migrate to other parts of India over the centuries due to countless muslim invasions which resulted in Kashmir becoming predominantly muslim. More recently (1990), hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits had to flee the Kashmir valley because of being targeted by islamic terrorists.
CONTRIBUTION OF KASHMIRI PANDITS TO INDIAN CIVILIZATION
Kashmiri Pundits have a long drawn tradition, which makes them so inextricably intertwined into the intricate patterns of Kashmir's cultural fabric that any reference about its once beautiful valley without their lofty tradition would prove incomplete. Having been the inhabitants of the valley of Kashmir which they called Saradapeeth or the abode of the Goddess of learning and fine arts, they made priceless contributions to Indian civilization, enriching its religion, philosophy, Sanskrit literature, medicine, history, aesthetics, etc. Charaka, aryabhatta, kalidasa, abhinavgupta, kalhana have been stalwarts in the fields of medicine, astronomy, literature, philosophy and history respectively. The sanskrit language owes it origins to Kashmir and most of its great scholars and poets (i.e. bilhana, mahimbhatta, ksemraja, vasugupta, anandvardhana, ksemendra) were Kashmiris.
NATURE AND HISTORY OF KASHMIRI PANDITS
Models of non-violence never resorting to harsh words or lethal weapons, they were an educated and educating community devoted to the study of Vedas and their allied subjects. They had a sublime spiritual tradition which they continued to preserve both in times of peace as well as turbulence under the enlightened guidance of a long chain of sages and saints who appeared at critical times of their history. Committed to preserve the cultural values down the generations, they were a group, which formed one of the spiritual repositories of India, which withstood so many cultural and political inroads into the Kashmir valley from time to time. Preferring death to change for the worse that aimed at cultural and religious demoralization, the Pundits withstood stoically their foreign masters who represented a culture totally alien and wholly contrary to theirs. Pushed back to the walls, they were often butchered like beasts and those remaining alive migrated to safer places in the different parts of India. With nobody to address their problems, they had the only alternative of meeting brutal death or migrating to elsewhere, a heavy price they paid in their earnest effort to preserve the culture of Kashmir and of India at large.
TRADITION OF KASHMIRI PANDITS
Their own tradition and beliefs hold that they were the Sarasvath Brahmins related to the ancient India's river, Sarasvathi from whose banks they migrated to other parts of India when some natural catastrophes caused the river to vanish. These Saraswaths who had already heard of the beauty and salubrious climate of Kashmir Valley from their forefathers who used to go there during the summers decided to settle permanently in the Valley and sought for the consent of Nila, the Naga Lord who okayed on the condition that they should abide by the social usages and customs of the Nagas. Tradition says, from that time onwards the Pundits lived in Kashmir, abiding by the laws of the land and adhering to the Valley's cultural values with sincerity and zeal. Living in the serenity and sublimity of their new Arcadian homeland, they loved its bee-loved glades and lush-green valleys to be in course of time an integral part Kashmir's cultural life.
KASHMIRI PANDIT STOOD ALL COERCION OF FOREIGN ELEMENTS
However the advent of new peoples and alien cultures in later times did away with the happy days of these peace loving people. Their days of sorrow began with the Thurushka inroads into Kashmir, which is vividly pictured by its Brahmana historian, Kalhana. But the committed Kashmiris that they were, the Pundits stood all coercions of the foreign elements to decline their religion, Gods and cultural values The community underwent its most tragic time during the rule of Sultan Sikander (1389-1413) and his fanatic Chief Minister Suha Bhatta, who, ironically was himself a Kashmiri Brahmin before his conversion. Persecution and forcible conversion ruled the roost. Ferista, the Muslim chronicler thus records the plight of the Kashmiri Brahmins: "Many Brahmins, rather than abandoning their religion or their country, committed suicide taking poison. Some emigrated from their native homes, while a few escaped the evil of banishment by becoming Mohammedans" . The periods of the Delhi Sultans and the Mughals proved very torturous. The days of Afghan rule (1753-1819) turned fatal when the Afghan Governor, Abdullah Khan Ishq Aqasi behaved to the Kashmiris like a brigand. Another delinquent, Karin Dad Khan, who was the Governor during 1778-83, assembled all the Kashmiri Pundits and huddled them into a cowshed, choked them almost to death with the smoke of cow-dung and extorted Rs. 50,000 as tax from them. Yet they have withstood almost five hundred years of the torturous alien rule, preferring death to change of religion.
ETHNIC CLEANSING OF KASHMIRI PANDITS
However the terrorist spree of 1990s was so ruthless that it proved beyond their all bearing. With Pakistan having embarked on the massive plan of annexing Kashmir with the support of Kashmiri terrorist outfits, how to eliminate Kashmir's Hindus, especially the Pundits, was now on Pakistan's agenda. There started a virtual war, an offensive mounted on India by the Kashmiri terrorists and Pakistani agents in full collusion.
Within no time Kashmir turned out to be the hot bed of Islamic terrorism and by the second half of January 1990 the fanatics had unleashed the forces of Jihad against the Hindus. Mosques emerged as jihadist camps. Laud-speakers, invariably from all the mosques of the valley blared with, Allah-o-Akbar, Musalmano Jago, Kafiro Bago, Jehad aa Raha hai (Allah-o-Akbar, arise and awake Muslims, buzz off infidels, Jehad is approaching) . The jihadists roared: Ganga Jamuna mein aag lagayenge (we shall destroy the civilization of Ganga Yamuna). In the ensuing clash between Hindu and Muslim civilizations the whole wrath was naturally turned against Kashmir's indigenous people, the Pundits whose families lived in isolated remotes of Kashmiri villages and some areas of Srinagar and other towns. So long as Hindu life and civilization continue to exist in Kashmir, the ISI backed militants believed, that state would remain with India. Besides, the presence of this Hindu group, the terrorists suspected, would expose their clandestine activities. The annihilation and expulsion of this Brahmin group therefore toped the list of terrorist programmes. With bloodthirsty vengeance they pounced on this tiny minority and their strategy of guerilla warfare, their programme of 'death by thousand cuts' made this most peace loving community of India flee from their settlements. Murders have become a routine affair.
HISTORY OF MASSACRE AND GENOCIDE OF KASHMIRI PANDITS
Sri. Premnath Bhat, an Advocate, Notary Public, Freelance Journalist, and leading Kashmiri Pundit, was shot dead by scooter-riding terrorists about a hundred yards from his house in Anantnag on 27 December 1989 while he was returning from the court. Organiser's Srinagar Correspondent, Bhat was noted for his scathing criticism on the growing terrorism in Kashmir. In a personal letter to the Editor of Organiser a few days before his murder, he had conveyed his apprehensions about the security of pro-India elements in Kashmir. Earlier after the February 1986 riots in Anantnag, he had planned to shift to Jammu but given up the idea for its adverse reaction on other Hindu families staying on in the valley. He wrote not only for Organiser but Muslim papers too. The sharp shafts of criticism he sent against establishment and terrorist bodies brought his name into the hit list of militants. Two of the latest stories he wrote in the Organiser were 'No one dare speak for India in Kashmir' dated 12 November' and 'Kashmir ripe for Army rule' dated 17 December 1989. Premnath's last news dispatch for Organiser before being shot dead was 'Kashmir Liberation Front's Spectacular success against India - Untold Story of Rubaiya Sayeed abduction' carried by the weekly on 7 January 1990. (Organiser, 7 January 1990)
Government reports on the dastardly murder of the Hindus are innumerable. They are as follows:
The terrorists had abducted one Brij Nath Kaul and his wife Ratna and his sister Sunitha from their house on 26 May 1990. After having stripped the women naked and molested in front of a large number of people, the terrorists took them to an isolated place and gang raped. Brij Nath was clubbed to death while the women, tied to a jeep, were dragged with high speed and killed.
On 19 March 1990 the militants barged into the house of N. K. Gangoo, a Junior Engineer in the Post and Telegraph department. It was at Chotta bazaar, Srinagar. "Ganjoo hid himself in a tin rice drum but was found out. The terrorists did not wait a second; they pumped several rounds of bullets into the drum, as his horrified wife and family watched. Then in a psychic twist, they forced his wife and his daughter to taste the blood soaked rice".
On 6 June 1990 at Trehgam, Kupwara one Girija Tickoo wife of Girdhari Lal Tickoo of Bandipura working as Laboratory Assistant in Government Girls High School, Trehgam, was abducted and gang raped for many days. She was shred into pieces on a bar and saw mill.
Terrorists abducted one Asha Kaul from her native village of Achabal, gang raped and tortured her in an abandoned Hindu house. Her dead body was later recovered decomposed.
On 11 August 1990 militants kidnapped O N Chowdhry, the manager of the Government Cement Factory at Khrew, Pulwama from the factory premises. His dead body was traced three days later with marks of torture including crushed bones of lower limbs, burn injuries on chest and back and fingers pulled out. (Profile of Terrorist Violence - in Jammu and Kashmir, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, January 1996)
These are but only a few among the long chain of massacre and mass rape the vandals unleashed against the helpless Hindu population of the Valley. The rest would suffice compiling volumes on the history of man's inhumanity to man. A look into how Jagmohan the former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir recalls the plight of Kashmiri Pundits during this time would bring out the gravity of these crimes:
PLIGHT OF KASHMIRI PANDITS
When viewed in all its dimensions, the current phase of Kashmiri Pundits' misfortune is the most calamitous. The grim tragedy is compounded by the equally grim irony that one of the most, intelligent, subtle, versatile and proud community of the country is being virtually reduced to extinction in free India. It is suffering not under the fanatic zeal of medieval Sultans like Sikander or under the tyrannical regime of the Afghan Governors, but under the supposedly secular rule of Rajiv Gandhi, V P Singh and the like whose unabashed search for personal and political power is symbolized by the callous and calculated disregard of the Kashmiri migrants' current miserable plight and the terrible future that stares them in the face. And to fill up their cup of sorrow, there are bodies like the 'Committee for initiative on Kashmir', which are overanxious and overactive to rub salt into their wounds.
Surrounded by an overwhelming Muslim majority brandishing Kalashnikovs around, the horror stricken minority had no other alternative than mass exodus. Many of them had escaped beyond the Jammu and crossed over to various places of India. The number of the migrant Pundit families registered in different places of India by December 1988 amounted to 29,074 in Jammu, 19,338 in Delhi and 2,743 in other parts of the country, and the number of migrant camps to 15 in Jammu with 4,676 families and 14 in Delhi, accommodating 240 families. There were many who lived in private houses.
No sooner had the Brahmin households been left by their inmates than they became the target of loot and arson. 'More than 30000 houses belonging to Kashmiri Pundits, hundreds of their business establishments, educational institutions, cultural and religious institutions have been destroyed or burnt with the objective of decimating all traces of 5000 years old history and culture of this non-Muslim minority in Kashmir". (Warikoo, K, 'Islamist Mercenaries and Terrorism in Kashmir', Himalayan andCentral Studies, New Delhi, April-June, 1998, p. 57). The Muslim militants went on with ravaging the temples in the remote areas of Kashmir with ferocity amounting almost to the kind Sewel describes in context of the orgy of violent outburst after the battle of Thalikkotta.
STATE AND CENTRAL GOVENMENT APATHY TOWARDS KASHMIRI PANDITS
But more pathetic and pitiable than the plight of the Kashmiri Pundits were the attitudes of the State and Central Governments and the hypocrisies of certain organizations, which styled as protectors of Human Rights in Kashmir. Indeed the National Front Government, which was in power for a long time turned only a blind eye to the sad state of affairs. Before the power politics collusion between the State and Center, both of which wanted to see themselves in the safe saddles of power, the cry of the Kashmir's Brahmin minority continued to be in the wilderness. There was none to attend to the question of protecting them. The findings of the committees set up to enquire into the Pundits' were equally amusing. They went up to the audacious extent of pointing to the "inducements of trucks that have impelled the Kashmiris to abandon their homes and hearths in the cool and crisp valley and to move to the hot and inhospitable camps of Jammu" rather that pointing to the grave realities that forced them off the Valley. Interestingly as Jagmohan rightly points out there were judicial attributes of ex-High Court Judges who allow their names to be stamped on such propositions! Unfortunately, as he laments, it has been the curse of our nation that these types of 'judicial luminaries' could throng the state's highest courts at some point of time or other! The reports of the committee called 'Initiative on Kashmir' and the People's Union of Civil Liberties' Group presented only the travesty of truth. They butchered the basic human rights of a fragile and helpless people. Thus having been brushed aside from all corners like masterless cattle, the Pundits' chances of survival as a distinct community, as Jagmohan points out, are next to nothing.
Yet it is with great enthusiasm that the Pundits still remember their long lost moorings and participate in the cultural fete associated with their tradition. The recent reports abound in regard to the Kashmiri Pundits attending the celebrations in connection with the occasion of Mela Kir Bhavani. Thousands of Pundit pilgrims visited the holy shrine of Maharagya Devi at Tulmulla in Ganderbal pocket of Srinagar. These pilgrims, hailing from Jammu, Udhampur, Kuthua, Delhi, Mumbai and other places came around 25000 in number. ( The Pioneer, 16 June 2005) It is true that this festival, as reports say, has opened a window for the displaced Pundits. But these types of minor developments cannot wipe the tears of a community who has been put to indescribable sufferings and whose cause has been long neglected by the authorities who should have addressed to their problems in their hour of need. Their recent appeal to the Pakistani administration to declare the Saradapeeth as their pilgrim center is of much contextual significance. They applied to the Pakistan President that they be allowed to visit Saradapeeth once every year. But it may not easily be construed that an administration, which continued to whip up the Kashmir issue and used all the terrorist machineries to massacre the Pundits, would concede this request. After all, the Pundits are not a pugnacious group to fight for their rights. The recent call of the Hurriyat to hold talks with Pundits was of course welcome. Asserting that it was keen on the return of Pundits to the valley, the Hurriyat Conference on 24 April 2005 said it would invite representatives of the displaced community shortly to discuss the issue. "Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmiri Pundits and the present Kashmiri leadership is trying to fill this gap", Mr. Syed Salim Geelani, President of J and K Freedom Party told the press. "As Kashmiri Muslims miss their Pundit brethren in the valley on every occasion, so do Pundits feel nostalgic about their motherland", he said. But responding to the demand for separate homeland by the few Pundit organizations, he said, "homeland should be in the hearts and minds of Muslims in Valley for their Pundit brethren". Did this mean that if the Pundits would not be able to find a place in the good books of the Muslims in the Valley they would continue to remain ill-fated or that their safe future in Kashmir is dependent on how much place they find in the minds and hearts of the Muslims there? And if such a finding of place in the Muslim minds would cost them too much including their cultural identity, values of life, their Gods and religion it would be the expression of Muslim intolerance and fanaticism rather than brotherhood. Did the Hurriyat expect the return of Pundits-turned- Muslims to the Valley? Indeed the question continues to remain unanswered. For almost 15 years since they were forced out of the Valley hundreds of them died in exile in the scorching heat and humid climes of Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and New Delhi and their wish to return to their homes was consigned to flames along with their mortal remains. Despite the "serious" efforts from different quarters including the government not even a single displaced Pundit family has returned to the Valley, say the official sources.
It might be a positive development that on 19 July 2005 the moderate faction of the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Mirwaiz Omar Farooq organized an interactive session with the Pundit intellectuals and leaders. And if it was to iron out all the Pundit-Muslim differences and to find out means for their early and safe return, it was laudable. But it was boycotted by the prominent Pundit organizations like 'Panun Kashmir', which demanded a separate homeland for the Pundits within the Valley, and the 'Kashmir Samiti'. But according to some its significance might not be underestimated, it having had been attended by 47 Pundit scholars who exchanged their views. However this is to be seriously viewed in the light of the statements of some commentators that the Hurriyat took this decision when only it got the tacit support of the Pakistan Government during its maiden visit to POK and Pakistan in June 2005. And one would naturally doubt whether the Hurriyat would have objected to the Pundits' return to the Valley had the Pak decision on the matter been negative. In such a precarious situation wherein the Kashmiri affaires are being decided by the whims and fancies of the enemy country it is not unnatural that no Pundit would turn up to Hurriyat's invitation for return whatever attractive scheme might be in the Government pipeline for their resettlement.
It is true that the Kashmir State Government have initiated projects incurring Crores of Rupees, which is consistent with the Hurriyat's efforts to rehabilitate the Pundits. The Rs. 2003 project to construct a township for the Pundits at Sheikpora took off during the chief ministership of Mr. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to rehabilitate at least 200 willing Pundit families. This project, which is nearing completion, is followed by minor projects at Mattan in South Kashmir and at Tulmulla expecting to house another 118 families. And if the Sheikpora sort of "laboratory" would turn out into a successful "experiment" the Kashmir Government is expected to construct other clusters at Harnag (Anantnag), Sheeri (Baramulla), Handwara (Kupwara) and Shivpora (Srinagar) to bring back all the Pundit families living outside the Valley. Bt that mere construction of separate townships and housing complexes would not be sufficient for their return has been born out by the concerns regarding the lapse of security. The joint statement issued after the meeting between Hurriyat leaders and Pundit intellectuals at Srinagar pointed out that a "favourable environment" is required for the Pundits to "return to the Valley with a deeper sense of security and dignity". And as the meeting ended with no strings of security guarantee attached, needless to say no Pundit family would decide to return to see the gruesome incidents of 1990 repeated. In addition to the Srinagar meeting's silence about the security measures is the threat of the militant outfits. Farzandan-e- millat, Save Kashmir Movement, Al Arifin and Al Nasirin have released a statement on 22 July 2005, warning Pundits against returning to the Valley. The outfits, which have attempted to do away with the Srinagar-Muzaffarab ad bus service, is strongly out with the programme of the total annihilation of the Pundits who would return to the Valley. These outfits want the Kashmiri Pundits to apologise for leaving Kashmir "at the behest of the then Governor Jagmohan", subscribe to the view that Kashmir is not a part of India and to identify themselves with the Muslims in the "ongoing freedom movement". (Khursheed Wani, "How green was this Valley?" The Sunday Pioneer, 24 July 2005). In fact it was a demand to accept terrorism which the terrorist Muslim outfits openly wanted from the Pundits. Predictably, the Pundits with their long drawn adherence to their Hindu moorings would only be averse to such a proposition. Besides, even if they come back to the Valley they should live in an entirely different condition from what they enjoyed before their exodus in the 1990s. Most of their land and properties have either been unlawfully occupied or looted and whatever little immovable property they had in the Valley they sold at available prices in their years of exile. "Even if Pundits return, they would be asked to settle in ghettos like the one coming up at Sheikpora. This is not the solution to the problem", opines the noted writer and broadcaster, Satish Vimal. In such circumstances the fate of this fragile community is highly unlikely to be different from the sad plight they were undergoing for the last one and a half decades.
KASHMIRI PANDIT ARE SCARED
The usual run of Pundits was sacred of the imminent danger hidden in the new sweet schemes of the Hurriyat and the Kashmir State Government. Also they didn't have confidence in the self styled Pundit leaders who negotiated for their return to the Valley. Mrs. Usha Dutta, a worst affected victim of the terrorist sadism, had no good opinion about these peace brokers. She said: "These are paid agents and have very little to do with the real sufferers". They were, she said, people who did not have the conscience even to visit the migrant camps. Many thought that the talks between the Hurriyat and the so-called representatives of the Pundits would only turn fruitless. This was how Mr. Maharaj Krishnan who ran a photo studio from his one-room-accommodat ion in the Muthi migrant camp commented on the matter: "None of the so-called representatives of Kashmiri Pundits who stood alongside Hurriyat leaders, had ever visited our camps or listened to our plight. Now if they say they had the mandate to speak on our behalf, it is up to them to decide on what basis they are making such statements and misleading the community" (Mohit Kandari, "No Plaudits from Pandits", Sunday Pioneer, 31 July 2005) The opinion of Rajinder Kaul, an army officer did not differ. (Belonging to the family of Brijinath Kaul who was cut to pieces by militants at Kulgam, Rajinder found his father too missing from Jammu in 1977 and his mother dead of shock after waiting for him for one year.) To him the plan for rehabilitating the Pundits in their native places is "like giving us slow poison". He said, "Both the State and Centre are misleading the people. Militancy has gone up ever since the clamour for peace talks had gained momentum" and he disparaged the peace brokers as people "acting as agents and minting money from various agencies without improving our conditions". In fact no Pundit family would be willing to return to the Valley where they would again be left unguarded to the terrorist orgy. And if the Pundits would take the new move for rehabilitation as a wily tactics to woo and subject them to a final massacre, none could find fault with them.
KASHMIR PANDIT VICTIM OF POLITICS
Again it is to be noticed that though there were many moves to settle the Kashmir issue and many negotiating counters were opened to this end they did not even skirt the issue of the Pundits; they were not called to attend any of the conferences relating to the Kashmir issue. It is as if the Pundits are not Kashmiris and that the principles of fundamental rights, democracy and secularism enshrined in the Indian Constitution are irrelevant in their case! Even the lately held meet in September 2005 between Gen. Pervez and Dr. Manmohan Singh, which though was only a 'side show' of the UN meet, never even touched the problem of the Pundits. This as Sunil Shakdher, President of the Kashmir Samity, observed, is part of the campaign to remove all vestiges of the existence of the Pundits from Kashmir. It may be interesting to note that even the BJP Government about which the Hindus harboured much expectation did little to the Pundits' cause, leave alone the Sonia-led Congress Government.
KASHMIR PANDIT TODAY FEELS ALL ALONE AND HOPELESS
As Jagmohan points out the Pundits today stand all alone, "looking hopelessly at a leaking rudderless boat at their feet and an extremely rough and tumultuous sea to face before they can reach a safe shore across to plant their feet firmly on an assured future". Then who would take them towards the safe future? The vultures' outfits, which wiped them off the Valley or the pseudo secularists and human right activists or the power hungry politicians of India who, for coming to power, are used to disown their brethren? When would arrive that ancient ferryman to row this fragile community across the turbulent sea and save them from becoming another set of dodos?
Islamic Terrorism and Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits
Genocide in Kashmir
a.. 350,000 Kashmiri Pandits, constituting 99% of the total population of Hindus living in Muslim majority area of the Kashmir Valley, were forcibly pushed out of the Valley by Muslim terrorists, trained in Pakistan, since the end of 1989. They have been forced to live the life of exiles in their own country, outside their homeland, by unleashing a systematic campaign of terror, murder, loot and arson.
b.. Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits has reached its climax with Muslim terrorism succeeding in 'CLEANSING' the valley of this ancient ethno-religious community.
c.. With the completion of SIXTEENTH year of their forced exile, this peace loving, culturally rich community with a history of more than 5000 years, is fighting a grim battle to save itself from becoming extinct as a distinct race and culture.
Main Camp Sites in Jammu
a.. Muthi Camp, Jammu
b.. Transport Nagar, Jammu
c.. Purkhoo Camp, Jammu
d.. Stadium Camp, Jammu
e.. Jhiri Camp, Jammu
f.. Nagrota Camp, Jammu
g.. Mishriwala Camp, Jammu
h.. Battalbalian Camp, Udhampur
Main Camp Sites in Delhi
b.. Sultanpuri, Kailash Colony
c.. Maviya Nagar
d.. South Extension
e.. Palika Dham
f.. Lajpat Nagar
h.. Bapu Dham
i.. Amar Colony
j.. Mangol Puri
k.. Patel Nagar
m.. Moti Nagar
Kashmiri Pandits in Exile
Terrorist Violence against Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir - Role of Pakistan
a.. Terrorism in Kashmir is an ideological struggle with specified political commitments which are fundamentalist and communal in character.
b.. Terrorist violence is aimed at achieving the disengagement of the state of Jammu and Kashmir from India and its annexation to Pakistan. It is, the continuation of the Islamic fundamentalist struggle for the homeland of Pakistan which claims Jammu and Kashmir state on account of its Muslim majority character.
c.. The major dimension of the terrorist violence in Kashmir is the terrorists' commitment to the extermination and subjugation of the Hindus in the state because Hindus do not subscribe to the idea of separation from India, nor do they expect to be governed by the authority of the state which derives its sanction from the law and precedent of Islam. Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) have always been in the forefront of the struggle against secessionism, communalism and fundamentalism. Hence this peace loving minority with a modern outlook became the main victim of terrorist violence. The strategies involved in the terrorists' operation against the Hindus in Kashmir include:
a.. The extermination of Hindus
b.. Subjecting Hindus to brutal torture to instill fear among them in order to achieve their submission.
c.. To engineer a forced mass exodus of Hindus from the land of their ancestors and birth by way of issuing threatening letters, kidnappings and torture deaths on non-compllance of the terrorists' dictates and ensure the destruction of the secular and pluralistic character of the socio-political fabric of the Kashmiri Society.
d.. Attacks, molestations, kidnappings, gang rapes of the women folk of the Hindus in order to instil fear and humiliation in them.
e.. Destruction and burning of the residential houses of the Hindus who leave their homes in look out for safety. Looting of their properties and appropriation of their business establishments to ensure that they do not return.
f.. Attachment of their landed property.
g.. Destruction of the social base of the Hindus by the desecration and destruction of their places of worship.
h.. Appropriation of the property of the Hindu shrines and its attachment to Muslim religious endowments.
Fact sheet Of Atrocities On Kashmiri Pandits
Educational Institutions burnt, damaged forcefully occupied : 105
Religious & Cultural Institutions Destroyed/burnt, damaged : 103
Shops, Factories looted/burnt/ occupied : 14,430
Agriculture dependent families deprived of their land and source of income : 20,000
Horticulture dependent families deprived of their resource : 12,500
Houses Burnt : more than 20,000
Houses looted : 95%
Torture killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley : more than 1,100
Religious Sadism At Its Peak
a.. Killing of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists clearly depicts extreme sadism. All victims have been subjected to extreme torture and terror.
b.. Torture deaths have been brought about by such inhuman practices as:
a.. Strangulation by using steel wires
d.. Branding with hot irons
e.. Burning alive
g.. Bleeding to death
h.. Gouging out of vital organs
i.. Dismemberment of Human bodies
j.. Drowning alive.
c.. Terrorists have frequently indulged in barbaric acts like performing 'death dances' after killing their target.
d.. Many a time, dead bodies were not even allowed to be properly cremated.
Failure of Government of India:
a.. The Jammu and Kashmir Government and Government of India have failed squarely to protect the Kashmiri Pandits against Islamic terrorism.
b.. Jammu and Kashmir being the only Muslim majority state in whole of India, the protection of minorities and their living peacefully, in their homeland, is crucial for India to remain as a Secular Democratic State.
c.. Ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) from Kashmir valley is the crucial failure of Indian state to uphold its commitments to people of India as enshrined in Indian constitution which provides right to live with dignity and honour to every citizen irrespective of caste, creed, religion or colour.
Failure of Human Rights Organisations:
a.. Leading International Human Rights Organisations like Amnesty International, Asia Watch and others have yet to take proper cognisance of the genocide perpetrated on Kashmiri Pandits.
b.. Their representatives have so far failed to visit the camps in Jammu, Delhi and other parts of India were thousands of families are puting up for the last five years.
c.. Gradual extinction of a civilised community with an ancient culture is yet to shake the conscience of the world.
After The Exodus
a.. More than 5000 persons have died in camps and elsewhere after their forced exodus from the valley. They died of sunstrokes (more than 1000) as most of them were used to cold climate of Kashmir and could not acclimitize to extremely hot temperatures in rest of India.
b.. Heart attacks and accidents which have been mainly attributed to extreme psychological trau ma and mental pressures by the doctors.
c.. Gastroentritis and typhoid epidemics, snake bites etc.
d.. The cohesiveness of the displaced families has broken as they were to undergo diaspora for finding livelihood in various parts of country.
e.. Cultural Dilution - The whole displaced community with a distinct culture is facing the threat of extinction after loosing its natural habitat
The blood and gore seem to be out of place with a boy who is merely learning to lend voice to his expressions. The stars on his sweater, the playful colours of his joy, his voice, his zeal for life and his playfulness were silenced by a terrorist's gun...It looks, any moment he would get up and play with the clowns on his sweater under the merry umbrella of his fathers shadow.but that's all but a mirage.that he and his father are killed by militants, is the stark truth that stares us in our face and reminds us of how we have failed to bring these perpetrators of violence, darkness, murders, loot and plunder to justice
Hindu scriptures written in Sharda script burnt by religious zealots for whom ethnic cleansing wont be complete just by forcing Hindus out of the valley but by destruction of the last vestiges of the glorious era of Kashmir.
The wolf of Pan-Islamic expansion is known to consume whatever it finds antagonistic to its fascist faith .Be it Buddhas of Bamiyan or temples of Kashmir, destruction of everything else which does not fit into the narrow fundamentalist ideology of Islam is a vice that terrorists have stuck to religiously.
Broken Gods.Ruins of an ancient temple at Sangrampora . This was desecrated and destroyed by pakistan sponsored relegious fanatics in 2001
This is what Islamic fundamentalists have left of what were once the prosperous neighbourhoods of the Kashmiri Pandits. Having finished the pious work of throwing the infidels out the valley, terrorists and their supporters looted at will from the abandoned houses of those who were once their neighbours. Looted houses were set to fire so that lands of the infidels could be grabbed and the fresh edifice of "peace loving Islam" could be established under the nose of the supposed secular Indian Government.
A burnt house of an unfortunate victim of state sponsored pseudo-secularism. .
More than 4 lac Kashmiri Pandits were thrown out of their homes by Islamic fundamentalists when 6 lac Indian troops kept guard in the valley. More than 50,000 people are still living under sub-human conditions in various refugee camps across the country for more than 17 years now. It is no less than a paradox that in a hindu majority and a supposedly secular nation people of its majority community are living as refugees with an uncertain future
Had this tragedy occurred elsewhere in Hindu majority India, and had the victims been Muslims, we would have described it as 'ethnic cleansing' and 'genocide.' We would have made films with horror-inducing titles. We would have filed cases in the Supreme Court of India. Our media would have marshalled remarkable rage in reporting the smallest detail. But, this tragedy has occurred in Muslim majority Kashmir valley, and the victims are all Hindus, that too Pandits. What has been lost is part of India's Hindu culture, what has been erased is integral to India's Hindu civilisation.
Reflect. Resolve. React.
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