'Take Kashmiri Society Into Confidence Over Return Of Pandits'19 November 2010
The Indian Express
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government should take several confidence building measures including taking the civilian society into confidence before rehabilitating displaced Kashmiri Hindus in the Valley, an organisation of Kashmiri Pandits has said. 'The Government should take several confidence building measures before rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, the most important measure being taking into confidence civil society of Kashmir before rehabilitation of 70,000 displaced people there,' Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Nationalist Movement (JKNM) K N Pandita said here on Friday. There is a natural instinct in people of the Kashmir Valley to return to their land with honour and dignity, he said while releasing a 20-page booklet released by the group on confidence building measures that the state government should take. According to the booklet, the module for rehabilitation of the community in the Valley must ensure its participation in decision making mechanisms while safeguarding the peoples' political, economic, religious and cultural interests. The onus of creating a conducive environment for return of the displaced pandits lies essentially with Kashmir's civil society and all initiatives in this direction need to be facilitated by the state government, it said. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is being requested to take initiatives to address the concerns of the displaced community regarding its rehabilitation in the Valley and also to facilitate deliberations between the Prime Minister and representatives of the community, JKNM said in its booklet. The organisation demanded constitution of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to find the exact reasons of displacement, fix responsibility, bridge the gulf between the two communities of the Valley and also lay down the roadmap for return of all displaced persons, it said. The booklet also said that there should be enrolment of migrant voters and census of the displaced community members at the earliest for complete update of records.