'We're coming back home': Kashmiri Pandits roar at Jantar Mantar


New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS): Determined to reach back to their homeland, Kashmiri Pandits from across the city gathered at Jantar Mantar on Sunday to protest against the exudos of the community from Kashmir valley 30 years ago.

Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits including children gathered for a silent sit-in at Jantar Mantar to commemorate the black day of the community's forceful eviction from the valley 30 years ago.

Led by Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM), Kashmir Samiti Delhi, Roots in Kashmir (RIK) and Panun Kashmir, the protesters demanded that their human rights be restored as they have faced discrimination over the years and are given step-motherly treatment.

"We have been made a forgotten community. Our entire culture is fading. Our existence is under threat," said Anoop Bhat, Coordinator, Roots in Kashmir.

The community has been organising similar protests for many years now, but recent developments in their home state have given a boost to the morale of the community which was evident in the slogans raised during the protest.

"Hum aa rahe hain" (We are coming back), "Aaenge wo bhi apni sharton par" (We will return and that too on our terms)

Expalining the slogans, Vijay Tikko, who is Vice-Chairman of Panun Kashmir said, "Time has changed, no one would have thought the government will remove Article 370, but its done and soon we will also return. Wait for the right time to come."

Sumeer Chrungoo, from Kashmir Samiti Delhi said "That dreaded night was possibly the longest night of our lives. Mobs from all over the valley had occupied every single road in Kashmir. They shouted slogans against Pandits asking us to join them or perish or leave the valley."

Demanding a concrete effort by the government to rehabilitate the people and restore their dignity, Mona Pandita, a protester, said: "No single conviction has taken place against the people who have widely admitted that they were a part of the killings."

The event ended with a silent protest and lighting of lamps in memory of all those who gave their lives to preserve the unity and integrity of India in Kashmir.

 

  

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  • Shilpa, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    Don't dig your own grave. Be happy wherever you are. Kashmir will never be a peaceful place to live.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    Have fun with Unemployment & Inflation ...

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    Modi govt came to power only with fake promises . Nothing has done for Kashmiri bandits.

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  • G Veer S, Nagpur

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    30 years back when Kashmiri Padits were driven out of thier homeland BJP was ruling in the centre with alliance its other parties as NDA from 1999- 2004.

    Article 370 would have given a special status to Kashmiri Padits too but now if they return back to Kashmir it is living hell.

    They are better off wherever they are living than going back to Kashmir. This politically backed rally is another BJP gimmick to fool people.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 19 2020

    A majority of Indian would say in one resounding vice 'WELCOME BACK TO JAMMU & KASHMIR"

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 19 2020

    These Pundits, who were displaced, forcefully driven out from Kashmir valley, waited for so many years, systematically created / mobilized political will for their cause are now returning back to their roots!
    Every action has a reaction; it's a matter of time! Patience pays!
    Word of God, Love thy neighbour as yourself is very meaningful for peace and harmony!

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 19 2020

    JNU thugs are tight lipped or their lips are stitched in this matter !!!

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  • Hariprasad Hegde, Mangalore/Udupi

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    You mean to say Bloddy ABVP JNU thugs? who attacked students wearing bloody dog mask. I guess you are one of them.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    prasada,
    I mean to say bloody left minded anti National thugs of your own clan who is enjoying the subsidized education, boarding and rioting in our tax paid money. Soon this will be stopped.

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