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"Don,t make fun of Kashmiri Pandit community"
Kundan Kashmiri9/19/2017 11:14:38 PM
It is very disgusting to see that despite of having twenty eight years gone to painful displacement of KP community, scattered in various parts of the country in a miserable conditions, rolling from one place to another, struggling for their basic and genuine rights and demands , the politicians and political parties in helm of affairs, running the polity of the day at center and state are still calling the various groups of displaced community of their choice to know their problems in causal and non-- serious way to fulfill their formalities, while knowing the facts that during these record twenty eight years of displacement thousand of memorandums,mercy appeals and petitions, high lighting in detail their vows, problems and aspirations were already submitted to all politicians and political parties which include nine Prime Ministers of the country,namely V.P. Singh, Chander Shaker, PV Narasimha Roa, HD Deve Gawda,IK Gujral, A.B. Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh, Narendra Modi and four Chief Ministers of J&K state, namely Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mufti Mohd. Sayeed and Mehabooba Mufti,who ruled since 1989--90 till date and to some Presidents of India as well.The fact of the matter is that they have forgotten their promises and failed to fulfill the genuine demands of displaced people and to formulate a clear--cut road map for their return as per their aspirations and settle them permanently in the Kashmir valley.
If these politicians and political parties in helm of affairs, are still having any doubt, or lack of knowledge about the real aspirations of KP.community and their views about their return to Kashmir valley, I as a victim, well--wisher of the community, as well as President of KPC, like to explain it again as under.
"The most important hurdle related to their return to valley is security as displaced KP's in general do not feel secure to live in the valley. It is not only physical security that is at stack, the important fact is adjustment in the new neighborhood and with new generation which is brought up under gun culture and to whom they (KP's ) are not introduced at all, after their scary exodus more than two and a half decade back. There also lacks honest willingness of majority community of the valley to welcome KP's back, cutting across all shades of political & social opinions & threat of gun., though separatists and Hurriyat ask KP,s to return un-conditionally but on their conditions just to use them as a shield and political tool to achieve their objective.Besides, it is very difficult for them to live in the atmosphere of anti national demonstrations, violences & hartals going on regularly on the call of pro-Pak & separatist forces as a part of their nefarious designs to separate Kashmir from India. Killing of civilians, cross border infiltration, disturbances in day to day life and shut down of schools etc. is a regular affair,which can not be compromised by the community, in particular by their youths. Unjustified demands of separatist & so-called secularists of the valley like autonomy, self rule & Azadi which take Kashmir away from India and to which KP's don't subscribe is a bone of contention and main reason of differences between the two communities. No doubt by virtue of KP's return to Kashmir Valley two communities (Kashmiri Muslim and Kashmiri Hindus) could come physically close with each other, but mentally they would continue different ideologies as far as the Kashmir is concerned. KP's have left the Kashmir as they did not like to join the ranks & files of separatist against India and would not like to go back till the situation & atmosphere is totally indianized, anti Indian & pro-Pak virus is killed. KP's want to return valley in indianized atmosphere, having complete writ of Indian constitution. The forcible return of meek displaced KP's in Pro-Pak atmosphere would prove disastrous and succumbing of KP's, in particular their youths to join the separatists so-called moment under gimmicks or compiling circumstances cannot be ruled out.
Another reason for unwillingness of KP's return is 85% of distress sale of their property, forcible occupation of their movable & im-movable properties. In previous time slogans in the valley like Hindu Muslim- Sikh-itihad was back bone of the communal harmony, but now present scenario is totally different. Even nomenclature of religious places, like Shankra-Charya, Hariparbat, Anantnag & Srinagar and many other places got changed into Muslim names like Sulieman Teing, Kohimaran, Islamabad, Shar--e- Khas and so on. KP's have been marginalized, isolate and ignored on all four fronts of political, economical, social and religious, when they have been law abiding citizens, not took law and order in their hands, not damaged govt. property or adopted any other violent means as compared youths in the valley. All though they (KP,s) have solid reason and logic to come on out roads and streets as they lost their homes, brothers, sisters and leaders who were brutally killed in the valley for having no fault of their,s and no action has been taken against their killers so for.
KP's have also been totally ignored politically by delimitation of constituencies and refusal to their re-presentation in the state assembly, cabinet and in the parliament of India. They have been constantly less or more voting for all the MLA's as well as parliament members of the valley, but none representing them in the assembly and in the parliament as well. That was reason KP's demanded at least three constituencies in exile and one seat in Raj Sabha to represent themselves there, till they would be rehabilitated in the valley as per their wishes and aspirations. Their temple and shrine bill for enactment of law to protect KP's religious property is refused or lingering on in the state Assembly since long.
Another most important reason for denial to return valley by KP,s is that covert & overt dialogue is going on between India, Pakistan, separatists and semi--separatists over Kashmir. All are expecting unique solution would come out from the dialogue. If so, then what is hurry for return and advisability for displaced KP's community is to wait for the outcome of the said dialogue. Out of this dialogue if concession like autonomy, self rule or any other concession is granted to the people of the valley. Which will take Kashmir away, from India, then there is no logic for the KP's community to return to the valley. The Agenda of Alliance between BJPand PDP also further confused the community.
Besides above, another vital demand of Kashmiri Pandits is abrogation of Articles 370 for which they have firm opinion that this Article was brought in force temporarily in the state of J&K, hence special status of J&K state was also temporary.
. The in-depth perusal of Article 370, clearly indicates that there are no limitations in terms of amending it and there is no hurdle in abrogation of the act, if the Indian parliament so desires. This Article 370 is responsible for insulating the state of J&K from the nation mainstream. It has become hurdle for private entrepreneurs & others of outside J&K state for industrialization & other development. . It is strange case in the Indian constitutional history that weak Article has been given teeth by out of context connotations that are now posing challenge to J&K state to have in integral part of India. Kashmiri separatists & so called mainstream in the valley are using article 370 as a tool to propagate their communal agenda & subjecting non-Muslim minorities into servitude of the communal politics. The result has been demographic change in the entire state with the internal displacement of religious minorities, like Kashmiri pundits i 1989-90 & the consolidation of majoritarian communal pockets that fuel separatism. If the said Article would not have been in force in the state of J&K, the Hindus of the valley could not have been forced out of their homes & hearths as it happened because of being in minority.
The KP,s return at one place at the "land of Kashyap" in Kashmir Valley and abrogation of the Article 370 is only viable solution of KP's resettlement which could also prove helpful in solving the so-called Kashmir issue.
Hence, KP,s in general and KPC(Kashmiri Pandit Conference ) in particular categorically demand and declare that carving out a separate Kashyap Bhoomi with writ of Indian constitution and abrogation of Article 370 is pre-condition for KP,s return to the valley for which sincere efforts needs to be taken by the Govt. and comprehensive dialogue to be hold with the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community.
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