what happened in kashmir

Date: 29/08/2020

Would Kamala Harris say that as Muslims’ demography changes in US states such as Minnesota, that they have right to drive away all non-Muslims from the state, and while Muslims in Minnesota have the right to buy land anywhere in America, Americans outside Minnesota have no right to buy land or even settle in Minnesota? Worse, what would Harris say if the law stipulated that if a Muslim woman in Minnesota marries an American outside Minnesota, she will stand to lose her rights in the state!

I will explain what happened, what I personally experienced, which Kamala Harris chooses to completely ignore. More than 30 years ago, in 1989, half a million Kashmiri Hindus were ethnically cleansed and driven away from Kashmir by Kashmiri Muslims supported by Pakistan, solely because they were not Muslim. I heard the blares of the mosques across Kashmir, asking Hindu men to leave the state and leave our women behind. I vividly remember coming home from work when I heard that a Kashmiri Hindu leader Tikalal TapLoo was murdered outside his home in broad daylight, just blocks away from my own home. Another victim, Sarla Bhat, was kidnapped and later gang-raped and killed. A schoolteacher, Girja Tickoo, was abducted and raped, and her body was cut apart on a bandsaw machine while she was still alive. Information director Poshkar Nath Handoo was sprayed with bullets outside his home while leaving for work. Sarwanand Kaul Premi and his 27-year-old son were taken away from their home; Sarwanand Kaul Premi was later found with his forehead pierced by an iron rod and his skin peeled off. These are just a few examples. Many such brutal killings terrorized the entire population of my community and forced us to abandon our homes.

For the last 31 years, not even one of us could go back to our ancestral home in Kashmir, our home for thousands of generations. Our temples were systematically destroyed, our homes occupied. Even the street names were changed, to wipe away any traces of our existence. We had been refugees in our own country. Some lived on the charity of relatives. Many are still living in squalid camps or overcrowded rooms (sometimes 8 to 10 people in one room). Thousands died just from snake bites in the camps. Many died due to the stress of living in cramped places after being uprooted from their homes. We have many such stories to tell, if someone cares to listen. But Kamala Harris does not believe that our human rights are being violated. Perhaps she would not even acknowledge us as human beings.

And what does Kamala Harris have to say about the small attempt by the Indian government to correct these injustices? She said, “And part of our value is that we speak out about human rights abuses and where appropriate, we intervene. So that is how I would lead as a commander in chief, with that as a value, that would be an important value with which I would lead and immediately restock the State Department.” Driven by blind ambition for power, sold to certain interests, she has lost her moral compass (or, perhaps, she never had one) to the point of threatening the Indian government for daring to attempt to redress these injustices.

I am an Indian American who made this country home for the past 20+ years, and I believe that Kamala Harris is an opportunist and a hypocrite, just another pawn running on the agenda of Marxist socialism and Islamism. She represents a political party that has been radicalized and taken over by anarchists with an anti-American agenda. As a senior journalist rightly said, the radical elements in the Democratic Party want Stalin’s ghost brought back from the dead. It couldn’t be worse.

Deepak Ganju is a displaced Kashmiri Hindu, founding Director of the Kashmir Hindu Foundation, and managing Editor of the monthly online Shehjar magazine, a leading publication reaching over ten thousand readers. An engineer by training and an entrepreneur by profession, Ganju and his family were forced to leave their home and hearth in Kashmir in the wake of an Islamic terrorist onslaught from across the border. Deepak has undergone the traumatic experience of being a refugee from Kashmir, and is now settled in the US.


posted 30 August 2020