Kashmiri Pandits to intensify struggle for separate homeland
23 December 2007
The Indian Express
Jammu: This year end, Kashmiri Pandits from various parts of the country will meet in New Delhi to intensify their struggle for a separate homeland in the Valley, according to Panun Kashmir, an organisation of the exiled community. Kamal Wangnoo, Secretary, Panun Kashmir, told The Indian Express that his organisation had passed a Margadarshan Resolution in Jammu on December 29, 1991, resolving to fight for the creation of a separate homeland in the Valley. He said delegates from different parts of the country, will come to New Delhi on December 29 and pledge to work for the realisation of a separate homeland for the community. “We want to make it clear that ultimately only a separate homeland will ensure a safe and dignified rehabilitation of the exiled Kashmiri Pandits. We understand that it is the youth who will have to finally shoulder the responsibility of fighting for the cause. If they don’t come forward or we fail to communicate to them, then homeland will be difficult to achieve,” Wangoo added. He said that leaders of political parties, political analysts and others will speak on the 16th anniversary of the Margdarshan Resolution. “Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, former Ambassador to Pakistan G Parthasarthy, Govindacharya, Panun Kashmir leaders Ajay Chrungoo, Kuldeep Raina and Shakti Bhan will speak on the occasion,” he said. Noted personalities will be felicitated on the occasion, he said. They include film personality Kiran Jeevan Dhar, Cricketer Suresh Raina, CNBC Political Editor Sheeren Bhan, eminent Vedic Scholar C V Gopinath, eminent artist Veer Munshi and Santoor Maestro Abhay Sopori.