January 2018 News
Displaced Kashmiri Pandits Observe 'Holocaust Day'19 January 2018
Jammu: Notwithstanding political incoherence and discord between various community organizations, displaced Kashmiri Pandits have failed to present their legitimate cause forcefully to galvanize the corridors of power in their favour. Contrary to their predecessors, the new generation is, however, keeping the flame alive of their forced expulsion from their native land by the gun totting terrorists nearly three decades ago. They are using the social media effectively to highlight the dire strains of their community and in countering the Kashmiri separatist description of their mass exodus. On the eve of January 19th, termed as a 'holocaust day' by the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community, the new generation, who are well ensconced and comfortably placed in various multinational companies across the globe, have been circulating messages on the social media about their plight and urging the community members to muster courage by assembling at various designated places to lodge a protest and commit themselves to fight for their rights. In one of the posts on social media a message was circulated appealing the community members in Gurugram to assemble at Leisure Valley Park for holding a silent sit in protest and candle vigil on January 19th evening. 'The night of January 19th was the unfortunate day, when hordes of Islamist jihadis flooded the streets of Kashmir and terrorized- traumatized the minorities in Kashmir. The night became the turning point in the history of Kashmir but also in the history of our great nation India and triggered seventh (documented in history from 14th century onwards) forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, who were original inhibitors of this great land of Rishi's named after Kashyap Reshi. Though the voices of the Kashmiri Pandit community (miniscule as we are) remain largely unheard, we take the opportunity of this every year to not share our despair of not being able to live in the land of our forefathers without fear of being killed and brutalized, with our nation and the international community, but also to keep the light of hope alive that one day and sooner than later community will be able to return to this great land in large numbers,' said a message circulated on the social media. 'We have to fight to seek justice for ourselves as no political party is concerned about us. We have lost everything as we have been uprooted from our moorings nearly three decades ago,' said Ranjan Safapori. 'We lost our land, houses and orchards and we live as refugees in our own country,' he said adding 'our land has been encroached upon, houses set ablaze and agriculture and horticulture produce being taken away,' he added. Prior to 1990 AD, the cultural diversity and interfaith bonhomie was the strength of the people in the valley and when this very edifice was demolished during post 90's, the miniscule Kashmiri Pandit community was left with no alternative except to leave the place, said Monica Razdan, who is serving as a senior executive in a multinational company.