Secularism & Kashmiri Pandits


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.

Rear View of the Babri Mosque.

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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 :

Refugee Retreat

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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

The night from hell, 20 years later http://goo.gl/Vx0Dx [Kashmiri Pandits Ethnic Cleansing] #kp #kpexile #panunkashmir
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

Mr Prime Minister, please walk the talk http://im.rediff.com/news/2003/apr/08guest.htm [Kashmiri Pandits] @kp #kpexile
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senthil
nativethoughts senthil 

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@Sharnarthee @BDUTT wont care abt you, bcoz for her only muslims are eligible kashmiris.. that’s how all her programme projects..
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Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

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@ashithakur try http://www.ikashmir.net @Sharnarthee would help … I dont have a search engine working here …behind firewall
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Bhargav
debe0 Bhargav 

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@Sharnarthee Stringing random incidents & naming it saffron terror is secular. Ignoring Pandits & their saffron fields is secular 2 @BDUTT
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

@bdutt @sardesairajdeep @vikramchandra When U r done lobbying, chk out @rahulbagati ‘s story of survival & report Kashmiri Pandits exodus
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

Recognize, Remember and Revere Kashmiri Pandits Martyrs http://www.kashmiri-pandit.org/projectr3/index1.php @kp @kpexile @panunkashmir
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Praveen Pandey
praveen30 Praveen Pandey 

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@Sharnarthee @sardesairajdeep @vikramchandra @BDUTT @sagarikaghose @rahulkanwal @newsx Is holocaust against Kashmiri Pandits is Kashmiriyat?
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Right_Wingdian
Right_Wingdian Right_Wingdian 

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@Sharnarthee @BDUTT Despite being kashmiri, you think she cares! Don’t waste breath friend! She’s busy stringing ppl for cab reshuffle! 🙂
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sukanya Devi
sukanyadevi sukanya Devi 

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@Sharnarthee these dolts only entertain ‘civilized’ stone pelters @sardesairajdeep @vikramchandra @BDUTT @sagarikaghose @rahulkanwal #KP
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

@sardesairajdeep @vikramchandra @BDUTT @sagarikaghose @rahulkanwal Ur silence about Kashmiri Pandits ethnic cleansing is CRIMINAL. #kp
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Refugeeblues
RefugeeBlues Refugeeblues 

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@Sharnarthee @sardesairajdeep @vikramchandra after that Mr Digvijay is important not hapless 1 Million kashmiri refugees. We r Indian Dogs.
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

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@sunandavashisht We have to shame mainstream media. They can’t get away with their criminal silence (Kashmiri Pandits) #kp #kpexile
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

@sardesairajdeep @vikramchandra When ur channels r done reporting who Rakhi Sawant is marrying next, do report Kashmiri Pandits’ exodus #kp
@Sharnarthee What fun is it covering law abiding citizens who don’t turn violent ever. Stone pelters far more interesting story.
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

@bdutt @sagarikaghose @rahulkanwal When ur channels r done reporting robbing of SBI ATM, do report who robbed Kashmiri Pandits of their home
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

Mainstream media 2 busy reporting who Veena Malik slept with. Meanwhile Kashmiri Pandits enter 22nd year of their exile. #kp #kpexile @bdutt
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

Daddy, why can’t we go to Kashmir? http://www.kashmirherald.com/featuredarticle/whycantwegotokashmir.html (Kashmiri Pandits)
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

RT @Sharnarthee: Mr PM, spare a moment for Kashmiri Hindushttp://bit.ly/ha6nPf #kashmiripandit
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Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

 

Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

RT @Sharnarthee: Mr PM, spare a moment for Kashmiri Hindushttp://bit.ly/ha6nPf #kashmiripandit
Sunanda Vashisht
sunandavashisht Sunanda Vashisht 

by Sharnarthee
When yaseen mallik killer of pandits fasts Indian PM intervenes. PM doesn’t say a word to thousands of pandits languishing in exile#KP
Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

Kiran Kumar S
KiranKS Kiran Kumar S 

by Sharnarthee
India’s secularism is a farce, when #Kashmir Pandits live in refugee camps, kicked out of their 5000yr old home. #KP
Kanchan Gupta
KanchanGupta Kanchan Gupta 

by Sharnarthee
No less tragic is the strange blindness that afflicts Indians who too have forsaken Kashmiri Pandits. Mere words of sympathy are irrelevant
Kanchan Gupta
KanchanGupta Kanchan Gupta 

by Sharnarthee
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.
Kanchan Gupta
KanchanGupta Kanchan Gupta 

by Sharnarthee
New Delhi’s intellectually bankrupt commentariat, bogus intellectuals and frauds with jholas have arm-twisted Govt to abandon Pandits.
Kanchan Gupta
KanchanGupta Kanchan Gupta 

by Sharnarthee
It’s a mocking shame that Left-libbers who control public discourse from TV studios have erased plight of Pandits from nation’s memory.
Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

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@centerofright Thank You very much for sharing our pain. #kp#kpexile #KashmiriPandits #KashmiriHindus #PanunKashmir
Sharnarthee
Sharnarthee Sharnarthee 

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@BDUTT 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.
Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

by rahulbagati
Advt of JK Govt had placed rehablitation of Kashmiri Pandits under the topic of Animal Husbandry http://twitpic.com/3rdt76 #KP
Abi Shaw
Abi_2 Abi Shaw 

by rahulbagati
Video of Ethnic Cleaning of Kashmiri Panditshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCRFWStxV_4 #KP#roguemedia
Aditya Raj Kaul
AdityaRajKaul Aditya Raj Kaul 

by rahulbagati
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.
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

What an irony the PM of this country, a refugee himself, fails to understand the plight of #KP
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

Yes Media Yes, we understand #KP exile is a stale news it happened 22 years ago and cabinet reshuffle is breaking!
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

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@Mahesh_Kelkar man don’t tell me.. i m a real short investor.. my short is six months 😉
Shailesh Pandey
shaileshkpandey Shailesh Pandey 

by rahulbagati
#kp & kashmiri pandits are TRENDING -and this is one input our MEDIA(TORS) is ignoring shamelessly…bury ur already dead credibility MSM !!
Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

by rahulbagati
NewsX is doing a 30 minute special on Kashmiri Pandits tonight .#KP #KPExile22Years
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

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@Mahesh_Kelkar buy if you plan to stay for really long period
Kunal Majumder
kunalmajumder Kunal Majumder 

by rahulbagati 

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@mujtaba_s @gsurya @mspointofview the argument that Jagmohan or the govt threw the Kashmiri Pandits is heavily flawed.
Kunal Majumder
kunalmajumder Kunal Majumder 

by rahulbagati 

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@mujtaba_s @gsurya @mspointofview A prosperous community like Kashmiri Pandits cant be thrown out just by the wims of a govt or a person
Kiran Kumar S
KiranKS Kiran Kumar S 

by rahulbagati 

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@soulinexile That Jagmohan must have been a superman. He “single handedly” caused the largest exodus in independent India! @rahulbagati #KP
piyush bakshi
neophyteblogger piyush bakshi 

by rahulbagati
For some Gujarat is genocide and what happened to Kashmiri Pandits is leaving for better opportunities.
Soul in Exile
soulinexile Soul in Exile 

by rahulbagati
Dear @ShashiTharoor -atleast today, for mere tokenism of being married to a #KP – you can tweet about KP’s in Exile. Aah! buts that communal
Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

by rahulbagati
Kashmiri Pandits – The Last Journey From Sarda http://bit.ly/i8cley#KP #KPExile22Years
Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

by rahulbagati
The threats havent stopped yet ! http://bit.ly/el9lWp #KP Kashmiri Pandits #KPExile22Years
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

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@SushmaSwarajBJP I hope BJP does remember its the 22nd exodus of #KP Afterall you claim to be closest to the solution!
Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

by rahulbagati
#1901990: Late night we were watching footing of Romanian revoultion and its Prez Ceauşescu ,Suddenly mosques ordered us to leave #KP
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

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@soulinexile plz use #kp hastag
Kiran Kumar S
KiranKS Kiran Kumar S 

by rahulbagati
Grand 22nd rerun in ‘secular’ theaters: “No One kicked out Kashmiri Pandits”
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

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@pawandurani she hasnt replied only.. chup ho gayee after my second question..@biorahul
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

Look what I found – Ex. CM G.N.Azad had assured return to #KPwithin 3 years in 2006, its the 5th yr nw http://bit.ly/h16K7h #kashmir
Varad Varenya
VaradVarenya Varad Varenya 

by rahulbagati
@abdullah_omar Today #Pandits have entered in 22nd Year of#Exile. And no convictions/probes/enquiries on #Exodus. Any reason dear CM ? #KP
himanshu
himanshujmohan himanshu 

by rahulbagati
Butcher of Pandits was freed during 2006 by secular govthttp://bit.ly/eiV2Ej #KP The garland picture
Soul in Exile
soulinexile Soul in Exile 

by rahulbagati 

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@AdityaRajKaul Probe for what? Reports were submitted by Benazir long ago – it says Jagmohan Jagmohan Jagmohan#Kashmir @abdullah_omar
Aditya Raj Kaul
AdityaRajKaul Aditya Raj Kaul 

by rahulbagati 

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@abdullah_omar When do you plan to probe forced exodus of half a million Kashmiri Pandits ? #Kashmir
Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

by rahulbagati
Thank you tweeple both #KP and ” Kashmiri Pandit ” r top most trending , though non in media has so far discussed it#KPExile22Years
Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

by rahulbagati
RT @scamsutrahttp://bit.ly/gQpFBF Deathly Silence #KP Kashmiri Pandits #KPExile22Years
Aditya Raj Kaul
AdityaRajKaul Aditya Raj Kaul 

by rahulbagati
Omar Abdullah outside #MHA says ‘we are incomplete without Pandits’ – Give him a nobel for talking! When will he probe our exodus? #Kashmir
Rahul B
rahulbagati Rahul B 

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@pawandurani leave Agnishekar we can hav Ajayji, T.N.Razdan, R.L.Bhat any one @biorahul
Kiran Kumar S
KiranKS Kiran Kumar S 

by rahulbagati
1st kicked out of Hindu Kush, then (Pak) Punjab, Sindh, most of Bengal.. then Kashmiri Pandits story. The sorry tale of Hindu ‘shrinkage’
Pawan Durani
pawandurani Pawan Durani 

by rahulbagati
Kashmiri Hindus enter 22nd Year of Exile: wp.me/pvyy0-hu via @ZoomIndianMedia #KP Kashmiri Pandits

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My Views on Jammu & Kashmir


I know this is going to be my most controversial blog. But when the valley is burning and there are more than 100 deaths, how can I keep quiet ? Let us admit that there are so many people in India, who are biased against muslims. I personally don’t like the generalization : every muslim is not a terrorist but every terrorist is muslim. This notion is wrong. Such kind of sweeping remarks humiliate the community. It instills a kind of inferiority complex and a sense of insecurity in the psyche of the general Muslim. In my opinion, people are more concerned about their bread and butter, if they can afford that, rather than supporting a jehadi outfit. They are also a helpless spectator like us when an organization like Al-Qaeda strikes somewhere. What we expect from the muslim community in such a scenario? Do we really expect that an ordinary muslim should take a gun and start fighting a jehadi or a terrorist ? Look at the photo below. These poor fellows could also be an easy target.

Let me take you to the days of Hitler. He was a democratically elected and legitimate ruler of Germany. But later on he became an autocrat and in the worst holocaust , murdered millions. German nation endured it with helpless silence. But they didn’t support Hitler. In the same way, all the muslims are not the supporters of Al-Qaeda, but they too are helpless spectators. They are too feeble to stand and fight Al-Qaeda. Moreover if the might of the world is unable to contain Al-Qaeda, then how can we expect that muslim masses should stand and oppose them ?

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JAMMU & KASHMIR : Geographical Position : So if we start with the fact that all muslims are not supporters of the jehadi group, then we can view Jammu & Kashmir crisis in right perspective. To say that whole of the province is in turmoil ,is wrong. Geography of the province is unique. Jammu is Hindu majority part of the province and they are not spearheading an agitation for cessation. They are happy to be Indian. Laddakh part of the province is Buddhist majority and they also don’t have anti-India feelings. They are contented as Indians. Northern Areas of the province known as Gilgit, Hunza ( Baltit ) and Skardu are under Pakistan’s control. And Aksai Chin part of Laddakh is under Chinese control. So you have to divide the state of Jammu & Kashmir into 4 different parts : Jammu, Laddakh , the Kashmir Valley and the Northern Areas { Gilgit, Hunza ( Baltit ) & Skardu }.

KASHMIRIAT : People of earlier generation used to take pride in Kashmiriat. according to them, the state of Jammu & kashmir is a testimony or a fine example of secularism. Let us agree that this culture of Kashmiriat is dead. Jammu has no love for the Valley and the feeling in the Valley is reciprocated. During the recent floods of Leh, people from every corner of the country rushed to help, but there was no voice of concern from the leaders of the Valley. And I am not pointing fingers only at separatists. People like Mehbooba Mufti, her father, who was once the Home Minister of India, were not concerned at all. So why we are trying to keep a facade of so-called Kashmiriat alive. Kashmiriat died with the death of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

SOLUTION : According to me , state of Jammu & Kashmir should be trifurcated .

1 – Hindu majority Jammu should be made a separate and 29th province of India.

2 – Buddhist majority Laddakh should be made the 7th Union Territory of India.

3 – Northern Areas, as and when taken back from Pakistan, should be christened ” Seemant Pradesh “ and should be made the 8th Union Territory of The Nation. No need of saying that Aksai Chin , when liberated, will be with Laddakh.

4 – Now comes the question of The Valley a. k. a. kashmir. First of all we have to make a conducive and congenial atmosphere for the return of the Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland. Every leader of Kashmir have said that Kashmiri Pandits are the part and parcel of our culture. So they should be settled in The Valley and ” Panun kashmir “ should be made as their homeland. It could be like the National Capital Region of Delhi. Almost every party have rejected ” Panun Kashmir “. They say that it would not be a viable entity. But if ” Dadra & Nagar Haveli ” or a tiny ” Diu ” could be a Union Territory then why not ” Panun Kashmir ” ?

Now the question comes about the rest of Kashmir .

1 – We must acknowledge that there are real and genuine grievances of the people. And the central government should address it on the priority basis. It should be addressed as Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee famously said , ” everything will be done insaniyat ke dayere men.”

2 – Loss of life is not acceptable under any circumstances. Trigger happy cops should be restrained and duly punished , if found guilty.

3 – AFSPA ( Armed Forces Special Powers Act ) can also be withdrawn as a test case. It could again be used if need arises or situation gets out of control.

4  – I also endorse of the steps taken by All Party Delegation. There is nothing wrong in going to the house of Syed Ali Shah Geelani or meeting Mirwaiz  Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik. There should never be a protocol coming in the way of meeting our own people.

5 – Kashmir has article 370 in the Indian Constitution to protect her interest. Kashmir has a separate constitution and a separate flag also. [ Only Indian State to have it ] So if the people want some more power, it could be talked. There is no harm in reaching to the people.

6 – If people of the Valley is not satisfied with Omar Abdullah, he should resign. Congress, in order to have a government in the province, should not support him.

7 – National media, specially Barkha Dutt is widely criticized for her reporting, but she has a point. We should understand that.

6 – Terrorism is a worldwide phenomenon. People of kashmir should not be held responsible for this scourge.

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