What is secularism ? It is a pertinent question and I am asking it in all my seriousness. For some it is standing up and speaking for Muslims and for some it is speaking up and standing for Hindus. For some secularism means that if you are a Hindu and you stand up and speak for a Muslim cause, you are a true secular. And for another one it means that if you are a Muslim and you speak up and stand for a Hindu cause, you are a true secular. Let us converge on this point and start thinking about the true definition of secularism. For me secularism means equidistant from all the religions and standing up and speaking for all the just causes of all the communities of India ; whether Hindu or Muslim or Christian or Jews. But in our country a distorted version of secularism is in vogue. People remember and protest on December 06, which is the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Mosque. People remember and protest on the anniversary of Gujarat riots also, but today, on the 22nd anniversary of the exile of the Kashmiri Hindus, all the intelligentsia, all the jhola chhap , pig-headed journalists and all the self-proclaimed nationalist anchors of various channels are keeping an intriguing silence. There is no word of support, no coverage on news channels and no media discussion is planned.
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What is the reason of such a deafening silence on this anniversary. Why barring few known supporters of Panun Kashmir movement, every individual, every news paper, every news channel is silent. vociferous twitter world is also silent. I thought about this and since 140 letter restriction is too prohibitive, I thought of writing a blog and post it today, so that the whole world should know my true feelings. I am taking the obvious risk of being called a communal for supporting a Hindu cause. But think for a while. Are Kashmiri Pandits not entitled to their home-land ? Are their just causes and grievances shouldnt be looked into and should be taken care off ? It is communal to voice your views on this topic ? In this country, if you can voice your view about Babri Demolition, if you can give vent to your anger on Gujarat Riots, then surely you can raise your voice also for Kashmiri Pandits and for their Home-Land.
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It is so painful and traumatic to be a refugee in your own country, and that too for 22 long years. Government of India is silent. Government of Jammu & Kashmir is silent. Whole world is keeping a callous silence and in these 22 years a whole new generation of Kashmiri Pandits are born and brought up in the shanties and refugee-camps of various neglected corners of this nation called India. I am pained, ashamed and disgusted. Since few million Pandits can’t get them votes in large chunks, so every politician is silent. Since talking about then can be considered communal, no news channel and anchor is interested. Only Kanchan Gupta of Pioneer tweeted about the plight .Instead of writing any thing else it is better to re-produce some pertinent tweets of Kashmiri Pandits. Please go through these emotional tweets and the photo of a refugee Hindu girl :
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wont care abt you, bcoz for her only muslims are eligible kashmiris.. that’s how all her programme projects..
Stringing random incidents & naming it saffron terror is secular. Ignoring Pandits & their saffron fields is secular 2 @BDUTT
Despite being kashmiri, you think she cares! Don’t waste breath friend! She’s busy stringing ppl for cab reshuffle! 🙂
We have to shame mainstream media. They can’t get away with their criminal silence (Kashmiri Pandits) #kp #kpexile
What fun is it covering law abiding citizens who don’t turn violent ever. Stone pelters far more interesting story.
Mainstream media 2 busy reporting who Veena Malik slept with. Meanwhile Kashmiri Pandits enter 22nd year of their exile. #kp #kpexile
[ Jammu & Kashmir is the only state of India, which has its own Constitution , Insignia and Flag. It has special powers under Article 370. Its identity is secured. ]
When yaseen mallik killer of pandits fasts Indian PM intervenes. PM doesn’t say a word to thousands of pandits languishing in exile#KP
India’s secularism is a farce, when #Kashmir
Pandits live in refugee camps, kicked out of their 5000yr old home. #KP
No less tragic is the strange blindness that afflicts Indians who too have forsaken Kashmiri Pandits. Mere words of sympathy are irrelevant
Congress has failed to stand by Pandits, so too BJP when it was in power. Tragically, both believe this will placate Islamists. It won’t.
New Delhi’s intellectually bankrupt commentariat, bogus intellectuals and frauds with jholas have arm-twisted Govt to abandon Pandits.
It’s a mocking shame that Left-libbers who control public discourse from TV studios have erased plight of Pandits from nation’s memory.
I Don’t CARE. I am observing my 22nd year in exile….Hell with cabinet reshuffle. .Doesn’t change anything for me and my community.
21 years ago on 19th Jan 1990 I was hidden inside a cloth by my mother to leave the valley under the threat of gun! I live in exile since.
What an irony the PM of this country, a refugee himself, fails to understand the plight of #KP
Yes Media Yes, we understand #KP
exile is a stale news it happened 22 years ago and cabinet reshuffle is breaking!
man don’t tell me.. i m a real short investor.. my short is six months 😉
& kashmiri pandits are TRENDING -and this is one input our MEDIA(TORS) is ignoring shamelessly…bury ur already dead credibility MSM !!
That Jagmohan must have been a superman. He “single handedly” caused the largest exodus in independent India! @rahulbagati #KP
For some Gujarat is genocide and what happened to Kashmiri Pandits is leaving for better opportunities.
-atleast today, for mere tokenism of being married to a #KP
– you can tweet about KP’s in Exile. Aah! buts that communal
I hope BJP does remember its the 22nd exodus of #KP
Afterall you claim to be closest to the solution!
#1901990: Late night we were watching footing of Romanian revoultion and its Prez Ceauşescu ,Suddenly mosques ordered us to leave #KP
Grand 22nd rerun in ‘secular’ theaters: “No One kicked out Kashmiri Pandits”
Thank you tweeple both #KP
and ” Kashmiri Pandit ” r top most trending , though non in media has so far discussed it#KPExile22Years
Omar Abdullah outside #MHA
says ‘we are incomplete without Pandits’ – Give him a nobel for talking! When will he probe our exodus? #Kashmir
1st kicked out of Hindu Kush, then (Pak) Punjab, Sindh, most of Bengal.. then Kashmiri Pandits story. The sorry tale of Hindu ‘shrinkage’
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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
- Kashmir Pandit leaders slam Omar’s statements (topinews.com)
- Kashmiri Hindus protest against Geelani, Arundhati at seminar (topinews.com)
- Please also read my another blog ——” My Views on jammu & Kashmir ” : Posted on September 22 , 2010 in the same Cetegory
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