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The Exile Continues!

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21 years ago, on 19th January 1990 started the biggest exodus since partition.  About half a million Kashmiri Hindus, facing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism left their homeland. Every year since that day Kashmiri Pandits observe 19 January as Kashmiri Pandit Holocaust/Exodus Day, hoping to go back to their homes one day.

Why did it happen? Every stakeholder has their own version.  Muslims in Kashmir blame then governor Jagmohan but Pandits seem to have not forgotten the events that took place before the fateful night of January 19, 1990. 

Warnings were shouted from mosques against KAFIRs, threat letters posted on walls of Pandit houses, often processions would shout slogans like Hum Kya Chahte, Azaadi (We want freedom), Yahan Kya Chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa (What will have sway here – Prophet’s governance) etc. Killing of Pandits had become a regular affair. 

Well Pandits, who were a miniscule minority, thought that the situation in valley will improve in few months. They left for the land unknown, hoping that one day when the normalcy returns, they will come back HOME!

What remains an irony is that there was no judicial enquiry for genocide in the valley till date. There are enquiries, probes, commissions for 1993 Mumbai Blasts, Gujarat Riots, Babri Mosque Demolition, 26/11 Mumbai Attack but no fair enquiry as such on exodus of minorities from Kashmir.  The killer of Pandits – Bitta Karate, who claimed to have killed 22 Pandits in an interview, was let go because of lack of evidence!

Who is responsible for Kashmiri Pandit Exile? Well I would say everyone from the terror mastermind sitting across the border to the elected leaders of this country.

Our neighbours from the majority community did nothing to stop our selective murders.  In fact, most of them were driven towards the Azaadi sentiment and openly supported it.  Pandits were detested and many a time the local would turn an informer for the terrorist organization looking for a Kashmiri Pandit.  In 22 years, not a single protest was held to protest against injustice done to Kashmir Pandits. In fact, when killers like Karate were released they were given a HERO’s welcome.

Indian government remained and remains a mute spectator to the exodus. Spokespersons of the political party in power have often ridiculed Kashmiri Pandit cause to attract voters of a particular sect.  The small community of Kashmiri Pandits definitely doesn’t interest the vote-hungry politicians of this country. Today a NATIONALIST community is on verge of extinction and seems no-one cares! The people responsible for the exodus have now become power brokers in Kashmir. Our Government hold parleys with them.

This article is neither for the government nor for our neighbours, because enough has been said to them. But, it’s for the common man of India; please awake before it’s too late.  Kashmir is about to fall and you never know what will be next!

Kashmiri Pandits will keep fighting for their right over their motherland and they will sure return on their own terms!

“If I die in exile, think this of me. There is a corner out there in Kashmir where my soul will come to rest.”

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Written by Varad Sharma

January 19, 2011 at 12:30 am

Politics over Tricolour

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Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah recent warning to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over flag hoisting at Lal Chowk (Srinagar) has created a furore. Omar’s statements have not gone well with nationalists. Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has organized “Rashtriya Ekta Yatra” which begins from Kolkata on 12th January and end up at Kashmir on 26th January. The rally will pass from 11 states covering distance of 3002.54 kilometres. BJP has launched this rally as part of national sovereignty campaign.

Omar Abdullah didn’t issue any warnings when some fundamentalists have hoisted Pakistani flag at Lal Chowk, Srinagar last summer during Intifada. The hoisting of Pakistani flag is not new in Kashmir. The supporters of Independent Kashmir ‘Azaadiwaalahs’ and those who support Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan, have waved Pakistani flag during their protest against Indian State. Nobody has ever questioned such incidents of waving of Pakistani flag. The Indian Government as well as J&K State Government has always kept silence over such anti-nationalistic activities.

We can’t ignore BJP’s political motive behind such rally. BJP is using nationalism as a political tool to evolve as strong political party at the central level. Same is the case with Omar Abdullah who is heading coalition government of National Conference & Indian National Congress. The basis behind Omar Abdullah’s remarks may be to keep the vote-bank intact in the Kashmir valley. The reason of security concerns is an excuse made by Omar.

The hoisting of national tricolour at historic Lal Chowk will give strong message to communal separatist forces in the valley that are always busy in keeping Kashmir on edge. If Omar Abdullah wants to defeat separatist elements, he must ensure that Indian flag be hoisted at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. Also, J&K Government must provide security cover to all those people who are coming to hoist the flag so as to prevent any unwanted activity.

It seems that majority people of Kashmir have some problem with national tricolour or maybe they are scared of it. This ‘tricolour phobia’ needs to be removed in Kashmir.
And irony is that hoisting of flag has now become an issue in India. Our national flag is caught in between dirty politics.

I wish national tricolour is hoisted in every hook and corner of Kashmir Valley on 61st Republic Day!

Written by Varad Sharma

January 7, 2011 at 1:00 am

Youth in Politics: Need of the Hour

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India is the largest democracy in the world. At present, around 46% of our nation’s population comprises of youth. Youth is full of energy and enthusiasm. Youth can do wonders. The power of Indian Youth is well acknowledged by sociologists, political analysts and commentators, economists etc.

Every young individual should be conscious politically. Young people should take active participation in our nation’s politics at every level especially grass-root. A common perception about ‘politics’ is something related to wrongful activities; even the usage of word ‘politics’ has something to do with negation. Generally that’s the reason of indifference towards ‘politics’. This attitude needs to be changed. ‘Politics’ means power; power to work for the betterment of the society, power for empowering the people, power to eradicate the evils of the society.

Usually, in India, the elected representatives (whether an MLA or a MP) are senior/aged individuals who cannot look after their constituencies very well due to one reason or the other. So there arises need of youth people in politics. It does not mean that senior ones should retire but they should always be there for the help of young ones. They should be like ‘Guru Dronacharya of Mahabharata’. Our nation should develop fast if we hand over the command to youth. If there are some wrong things happening in our system, it is our duty to clean up the mess so that we can make better future for ourselves and also for upcoming generations. Only complaining about the system prevalent in India is not the way. We are part of the system, so it is our duty to resolve the problems of our society. We, the youth of India, should fight against the unfair system by entering in the system. Youth has the ability to lead our nation.

Wish more people would pay attention to their country’s politics than films on it. Even the most educated proudly proclaim they are ‘not interested in politics’. It means that they are not interested in having rights or duties and in effect, being civilised. It means they are not interested in the prosperity of their nation.

The apathy towards politics amounts to saying that what happens to the country is not my business. It amounts to abdicating responsibility which leads to saying ‘politics’ is bad and politicians are bad. We are so holy and pure that we want to stay away, as if politics and governance are going to be any good by the abdication of responsibility for it. But the same people keep complaining about governance and politics.      

We have to be in the system to fight against the system. I quote father of the nation- “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Let us hope with the advent of 2011, more and more youth will take interest in politics if they are curious for change. Otherwise it will be presumed that they are satisfied with the prevalent system.

Written by Varad Sharma

January 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

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