Exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from their homeland is Independent India’s one of the blackest chapters

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IT  was indeed a black day in the history of  Independent India when 30 years ago on January 19, 1990   an estimated four lakh Hindus called Pandits were forced to leave their homeland Kashmir following genocidal campaign launched by terrorists. Over 300 Hindus were killed between 1989-90. The massacre continued even after 1990. On January 26, 1998, 23 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in Wandhama area of Ganderbal district. Even after 30 years of the Kashmiri Pandits’ exodus, no action has been taken. Police didn’t even register FIRs in several cases. After exodus, Kashmiri Pandits’ homes were allegedly robbed. Many houses were set ablaze. No FIRs were registered. Justice Neelkanth Ganjoo, telecom engineer Balkrishna Ganjoo, Doordarshan Director Lassa Kaul , Justice Neelkanth Ganjoo, telecom engineer Balkrishna Ganjoo, Doordarshan Director Lassa Kaul and political leader Tikalal Taploo, among others were brutally killed. Girija Ganjoo and Sarla Bhat were allegedly abducted, gang-raped and then murdered. Justice has not yet been delivered in several such cases. Kashmiri political leaders such as Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti or the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed never talked about atrocities against the Kashmiri Hindus. No leader made attempts to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley. When Kashmiri Pandits were attacked, Farooq Abdullah was Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister, while Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the Union Home Minister..It’s unfortunate that no judicial inquiry commission or SIT was formed or an inquiry could be launched in such cases. Kashmiri Pandits are still awaiting for justice, says India TV. Hindu community were attacked and countless   Hindu temples were discredited and several of these had been destroyed. Kidnappings and there was incidents of stone pelting at homes of the Hindu community with the law enforcers and then state government headed by Faooq Abdullah looking the other way. No human right activist shed tears for the persecuted humanity. It alleged at the hospitals, Hindu patients were not taken care of because of their faith. In schools, colleges and offices, the minorities were targeted, threatened and tortured mentally and physically. The Asian Age says had the then Governor Jagmohan not called the Army to the valley on January 19, 1990, the Kashmiri Pandits would have been massacred by terrorists. The Kashmiri Hindus in such a scenario had no other alternative but to move to other cities including Jammu, New Delhi .Then Central government failed to help them out. Police didn’t register FIRs in several cases. After exodus, Kashmiri Pandits’ homes were allegedly robbed. Many houses were set ablaze. Some distraught Pandits allege local influential political leaders such as Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who was then Union Home Minster had never ever empathized with the Kashmiri Hindus. They headed Jammu & Kashmir governments. They must refute the allegation as to why no judicial inquiry commission or SIT was formed to investigate the horrendous torture of the minority community living under their jurisdiction. Have any right to speak about human and constitutional rights of the minority elsewhere in India? asked one of the displaced Pandits anonymously.   #HumWapasAayenge began trending on Twitter as more and more Kashmiri Pandits joined in the campaign to narrate the “Hum Aayenge Apne Watan” dialogue and a pledge to return to their homes, reports The Firstpost. Sunanda Vashisht has tweeted a throwback image of herself and said that resolve to go back home has strengthened more.”I don’t have many pictures left of my childhood. Choosing between life and family albums is really no choice at all. When lives were rescued, family albums got left behind. 30 years have passed. Resolve to go back home has only strengthened. #HumWapasAayenge,” she tweeted. In July last year, Home Minister Amit Shah said in the Rajya Sabha that the central government is committed to bringing Kashmiri Pandits and Sufis back to the Valley saying a time will come when they will offer prayers at the famous Kheer Bhawani temple. Let’s hope all communities including Muslims and Hindus will live peacefully and promote brotherhood in the Kashmir Valley. (Edited by PK Chakravarty with courtesy for the image to Swaraja)

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