Destruction and Injustice
TheTribulations Of Kashmiri Pandits
The Seventh Exodus
This article is an abridged version of the chapter “The Seventh Exodus” from
Prof. Bhan’s book “
wounds inflicted on the Kashmiri Hindus in the 1986 disturbances were not
allowed to heal. Looking back now the episode looks like a mild arm twisting of
the State administration and that of the so-called mighty
Dr. Farooq Abdullah saddled himself in power by allegedly rigged elections in
1987, the power had, as a matter of fact, slipped from his hands. The Muslim
United Front, a new fangled Muslim outfit owing political allegiance to
entered Gen. Zia-UI-Haq into theKashmir
arena. Addressing a top secret meeting in April, 1988 at Islamabad
he said, "Gentlemen, let there be no mistake, however, that our aim
remains quite clear and firm the liberation of the
speech of Gen. Zia-UI-Haq speaks volumes for the ongoing insurgency and
This immediate goal with far reaching consequences had been dinned into the ears of the rank and file of Kashmiri Muslims by all from within and without the State in unmistakable terms. The Allah-Wallahs rode rough shod on idol worshipping Hindus and openly exhorted and urged their mammoth congregations to concentrate all their attention and efforts for the establishment of Nizame Mustafa. The KPs scanned the public mood, the collaborative nuances of the government and the trends of the future. They became wary but did not lose faith in the saner leadership among the worked up Muslims and the capability of the Central Government to act to shield its cherished values of secularism, religious freedom, pluralism, national integrity and solidarity. It proved a highly mistaken conviction that got shattered more easily than most brittle glass at one jolt.
Days went by and each day saw the floating of a new terrorist and militant outfit. Their number went on swelling steadily but surely. JKLF had been there in the vanguard. Among others that crept up were AI-Jehad, Dukhtarane Milat, Muslim Janbaz force, Ikhwan-ul-Muslameen, Allah Tigers, Hizbul-Mujahideen and many more by scores. Hindu temples, shrines and their properties came to be attacked, looted and damaged or torched, not to speak of Hindu houses. This after all, did not augur well for the KPs. All was not well for them. The rot had set at work, the canker had eaten into the entrails of communal harmony. The Islamic bigots and frenzied zealots gone crazy were prowling about drawing up their lines for wholesale onslaught. The air, the mist, the sunshine, the good earth, the whole environment tingled and vibrated with threats of danger in security, instability and gory days ahead. There was no lull, a storm was brewing.
Pigeons that was what the KPs felt like. This feeling was not anything new to
the KPs. History bears eloquent testimony to the fact that since the coming of
Muslim rule till today Kashmiri Pandits have been the worst victims of terrorist
violence. The recent trouble in the Valley started in 1989 when some miscreants
masquerading as followers of Islam began to frighten the Kashmiri Hindu
Community and others by resorting to violence. "Within a span of a few
years not less than 300,000 members of the Hindu minority had to leave their
hearths and home, they are now leading a miserable life in the camps atJammu
to the passing away of the great son and iron man of
free democratic, socialistic and secular
Who are these fanatics and the fundamentalists? They are not the descendents of the alien rulers like the Chaks, the Afghans and the Mughals, etc. They are none other than our foster brothers, born and brought up in the Muslim culture and tradition. Gen. Zia-ul-Haq would call them Brahman Zadas. But I fail to understand their psychological standard, which is still poor, deficient, crude and coarse. Professing to be more loyal than the King, they typify the proverbial convert's zeal. When Z.A. Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, gave up his ghost at the gallows, following the Machiavellian machinations of his patronized Gen. Ziaul-Haq, they burnt effigies of Zia and his stooges in the Jamat-e-Islami.. They blocked roads with uprooted trees and smashed electric and telegraph posts. The KPs, the ever frightened pigeons, remained imprisoned within their houses for many a day without water, vegetables and essential commodities because the entire Muslim community was in mourning since their liberator had been mercilessly killed by his own creation.
Now see the other side of the picture. When on17th August 1988 Pak President Zia-ul-Haq was killed and torn into shreds in a plane crash, the Brahman Zadas repeated the mourning cry "Yeh matam hai koi tamasha nahin" as they moved in procession through lanes and by lanes and Hindu localities in particular. They coerced the KPs to switch off the lights and virtually imposed civil curfew on the bewildered and dazed KPs, the Muslim women pounded their chests and beat their breasts with closed fists and the Muslims on the whole behaved as if some dearest members of their families had died.
his "Op Topac" aiming at the liberation of the
path to 'azadi' began to be paved with the blood of the KPs. All Kashmiri
Muslims of all shades and hues, of all denominations and nomenclatures,
converged and united, rising above their divergent conflicting beliefs and
convictions, in the unholy mission of raising the edifice of 'azadi' with the
bricks and mortar of the bodies and blood of KPs. The names of KPs, young and
old, wanted to be sacrificed in the service of Islam came to be pasted, as
public posters, at the entrances of mosques in the localities where. the innocents
doomed to death had been living for generations in peace and amity. The lists
appeared at regular intervals and were there for anyone to see. The names of the
condemned stood in a sort of rank and merit or order of priority. They were
dubbed as 'mukhbirs', spies working for interests of
There was a mushroom growth of militant and terrorist outfits. Trained in the use of deadly sophisticated weapons and armed to teeth by Pakistan, they multiplied in scores, all moving ahead concertedly with the plan of striking terror, all pervasive terror, before embarking on a spree of preplanned murders.
news papers published from
The terrorists were emboldened beyond their expectations when almost half a dozen hardcore terrorist were released in exchange for kidnapped Rubia, daughter of the Union Home Minister Mufti Mohd. Syed. By abjectly surrendering to the demand of the terrorists the Central and State Governments licked the dust and acquiesced in the wide spread belief that the terrorists were a power to reckon with. The follies galore of the two Governments boosted up the morale of the militants and terrorists tremendously.
marched on making one inroad after another. Suddenly mosques boomed and zoomed
day in and day out with pro-jehad and anti-India and anti-Kaffir (anti-Hindu)
slogans, speeches, sermons and discourses. No relevant superlative can
convey the degree of venomous and provocative propaganda blared at maximum
pitch from the mosques. At night they beat empty tin cans and tin roofs to
inject terror into the mind of KPs. Several shocks had already been given to
them including a sizeable warning and threats in black and white through some
dailies that the KPs must quit the Valley within 48 hours or overstay on pain of
death. The ‘Alsafa’ edited by Mohd. Shaban Vakil was in the vanguard
publishing these gory threats. This paper virtually became the mouthpiece of the
terrorists and played a capital role in fanning its flames and carrying them to
remote corners of the Valley. Ironically Mohd. Shaban Vakil was gunned down in
his office in April 1991 for having criticized a militant group. But by then he
had been instrumental more than anybody else in inflicting maximum damage to the
KPs in his vocal advocacy of the terrorist cause. 'Aftab' and 'Azaan' joined in
the choice songs in praise of the mujahids. And incidentally now 'Ahadnama
night ofJanuary 19, 1990
will remain the most unforgettable one in the memory of every Kashmiri Pandit
child who had attained age of consciousness of surroundings and grownup men and
women. That night stands singled out as the harbinger of the terrible
catastrophe which before long engulfed the panic-stricken unfortunate community.
That night flood gates broke open and the world resounded with war cries
inciting the Muslims that it was time they came out into the streets breaking
the chains of slumber, to welcome the ringing of the dawn of a new and Islamic
order. That night seemed to be fated to ring out the life of every Kashmiri
Pandit child, man and woman. That night signaled that all was over with them.
That night tolled the knell of what Kashmir
and oft-quoted Kashmiriat symbolized. No male Muslim man or child stayed back
in doors but streamed out to swell the crowds whose shouts of 'death to
implementation of the policy began with extinguishing the beacon lights among
the KPs comprising intelligentsia, the political workers, professors, lawyers,
teachers, engineers, well placed officers in the State and Central Governments
and others. The stale and hackneyed accusation or charge in every act of murder
was that they had indulged in anti-azadi activities. There was not to reason
why? There was not to ask why? The terrorists had their own interrogation
centers and courts awarding penalties and death sentences. Very few KPs were
afforded opportunity to explain their position or prove their innocence. There
was the Jamate-Islami injunction and commandment: "Bahas mubahasa se perhez
karen" (shun argumentation). So the allegedly unwanted and undesirable
persons were killed summarily and point blank in lanes and by lanes, streets,
thoroughfares, in offices, at homes, anywhere the choice was that of the killer,
who more often than not made a show of his chivalry in the Islamic tradition by
gunning down a poor KP in full public view so as to earn the appellation and
applause for being a mujahid. Kill an unarmed, defenseless person caught
unawares and become a mujahid. JKLF drew first blood with the pre-planned murder
of Shri Tika Lal Taploo, an advocate and prominent and vocal member of the
provincial wing of BJP. He fell to terrorists bullets quite near his house. He
had always helped and served the Muslims of his locality without any
compensation and was very popular with them. The Muslims of his locality mourned
his death and joined the mammoth funeral procession. His death sent a powerful
tremor down the spine of the KP community and caused real tangible concern. The
ground had been broken for the vicious process to gather momentum. As days
passed the heads of prominent KPs rolled down. No day passed without registering
the murder of an innocent KP here and there. Shri N.K. Ganjoo, a retired Judge
was gunned down at an arms length in broad day light in
It became a common place to hear Kashmiri Muslims greeting one another with the gleeful news of the fall of a KP. The day augered well if the day dawned with fresh warm blood of a KP. A medieval tribal trait still alive in Kashmiri Muslim mind despite the gloss of advancement in its modern sense.
Those who know Shri P.N. Bhat, a front rank advocate practicing at Anantnag, will vouchsafe how much popular he was with Muslims in his town. His skull was shattered with a volley of bullets. No Muslim uttered a word of condolence for him; why should they? It had brought glory to Muslim zealots.
Lassa Koul, Director, Doordarshan Kendra,
R.N. Handoo, P.A. to Governor, was killed outside the gate of his house at
Narsinghgarh, just as he was entering the official vehicle to take him to his
office. The next day, in its early hours, witnessed the merciless and brutal
killing of Shri B.K. Ganju, a young budding and extraordinarily intelligent
and efficient Telecom Engineer, within his home at Chotta Bazar,
following day heralded the murder of Shri A.K. Raina, Deputy Director, Food
Prof. Nila Kanth Lala, MA (Political Science, History and Education), extensively read and informed person, with a gift of gab, in fact an institution in himself, was done to death by his own Muslim taught of his own area. After his retirement from Government service he had been serving in Islamic Higher Secondary School; What a reward?
Prof. K.L. Ganjoo, an agricultural scientist at Sheri Kashmir University of Agriculture Science & Technology at Wodhura, Sopore (his home town), was kidnapped and tortured by his own Muslim students and friends before he was shot dead while wading the Jehlum under dictation from the terrorists. His wife Prana Ganjoo was kidnapped and gang raped and then dismembered. Her body was not returned to her relatives.
followers of Nizam-e-Mustafa revived the medieval barbaric age when Shri Brij
Nath Kaul, a driver in SKUAST, Shalimar campus,
D.N. Mujoo had done a lot for educating the Muslim youth of his area, Fateh
Sarvanand Koul 'Premi' truly brimmed with love for all. A distinguished poet in
Kashmiri he contributed much to enrich the Kashmiri literature. He translated
the Bhagavad Geeta into Kashmiri verse. He had a copy of the Holy Quran besides
the Hindu scriptures in his library. Destroying the library was not enough. The
terrorist hounds led Premi and his son Virender some distance away from his
house. His forehead was nailed at the tilakmark, his eyes were carved out, his
limbs and bones were broken; his body was aced and then butchered in the same
manner. What impressive examples of Islamic tolerance!
Sarla Bhat, a nurse in SKIMS,
Smt. Girja, a school teacher in Bandipora, had gone to school to collect her salary and called on a friendly Muslim colleague. The architects of Nizama-e-Mustafa kidnapped her from there with the Muslim lady restraining herself from interceding and thwarting the evil designs of the Islamic zealots. The possession of her body was “halal,” according to religious injection. They gang raped her, ripped open her abdomen, placed her on band saw and sawed her into two halves.
Kumari Babli and her mother Smt. Roopwati of Pulwama met a horrible end at the hands of terrorist brutes.
Shri Balkrishen Tutoo, an officer in agriculture department became the victim of callous bloodthirsty militants who barged into his house to abduct and kill his brother. Tutoo pleaded for mercy and resisted, he was fired and critically wounded. He was rushed to the hospital where the doctors on duty allegedly completed rest of the work.
Latram for whose release the AI-Faran outfit wants release of the four foreign
hostages was allegedly involved in the gruesome murder of four members of a
family at Mallapora, Habbakadal,
Koul was abducted from Achabal, Anantnag. She was taken to a KP migrant’s
abandoned house in
Babli Raina, resident of Sopore, a teacher, was gang raped in her house in presence of her family members on13th August 1990, before she was killed, an act we have never heard or read in the recent history of any civilized country. There are many more reported and unreported cases of brutal and hair-raising treatment meted out to women as memorable examples of Islamic gallantry.
religion enjoins upon its followers such inhuman, cruel and unnatural acts. And
the Muslims more educated in number than the uneducated ones, hailing from
well to do homes, indoctrinated and motivated by Pakistan Government backed ISI,
prowled about like man eaters looking for KP victims. Killings were carried on
unabated in ever new devised forms that beat all past records of cruelty and
ferocity during the 500 years of Muslim rule in Kashmir. The KPs went or receiving threatening letters, death warrants and highly
disturbing telephone calls not in-joke but in real meaningfulness. For paucity
of space I cannot give in comprehensive details the brutal and ruthless murders
of hundreds of Rainas, Ganjoos, Tikoos, Kouls, Mujus, Tutoos and so on. Hundreds
of KP martyrs who fell at the altar of Indian secularism and the splendid
KPs remained at the receiving end, the terrorists were ruling the roost as the
gun had given them unfettered liberty and power to kill, where and when they
chose. Even teenagers and boys under ten could be seen openly carrying lethal
weapons slinging down their shoulders under their pherens. The unrestrained
hunting of the cream of the KPs became as much a pastime as it was a well
planned and calculated design to achieve ethnic cleansing with the ulterior
aim to establish Islamic way of life and governance and merge the Valley with
No saner voice rose from among the enlightened literate Muslims of Kashmir. They sealed their lips, curbed their conscience and smothered their soul in astonishingly mysterious silence. Muslim ladies proved more ferocious and furious than men. Humanity and humanism in Kashmir vis-à-vis KPs were dead and cold and buried. Gods and Rishis seemed to have fled the valley leaving the dumbfounded and bewildered KPs. Fanatics’ and fundamentalists’ writ prevailed. There was in fact one exception: late Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq, who did not toe the line of the terrorists. He had the temerity to declare that all that was un-Islamic. His voice was a cry in the wilderness and the Mujahids professing to be impassioned followers of Islam too silenced it for its nonconformity. Did the Prophet preach intolerance towards adherents of other faiths? Is this the path to peace? In his write up 'Tolerance is key to peace' the eminent Islamic scholar and authority on Islamic scripture Maulana Wahid-ud-Din Khan writes: 'Tolerance is not an act of compulsion. It is a positive principle of life expressing a noble side of a man's character. The existence of tolerant human beings in a society is just like blooming of flowers in a garden.'
So far as Islam is concerned it is an entirely tolerant religion. Islam desires peace to prevail in the world. The Quran calls the way of Islam the path of peace, the state of peace can never prevail in a society if a tolerant attitude is "lacking in the people...." (Excelsior 2.9.95) What a sublime ideal, theoretically! But what an agonizing gulf between the ideal and the ground reality, between theory and practice of Islam as is expounded by the Maulana.
Now, when the entire Kashmiri Muslim populace was up in arms yelling out in bass and treble disaster and death to the Kafirs, meaning thereby clearly and explicitly the KPs whom they, without any valid justification, alleged to be a major stumbling block and obstacle in their illusory dream of “azadi” and integration with Pakistan; when the Muslim leaders like Ali Shah Geelani, Qazi Nissar, Abdul Gani Lone, Prof. Saifu-Din Soz, and their ilk by their well guarded muteness concurred with the acts of loot, plunder, vandalism, arson, murder and desecration of temples and shrines; when acquaintances, neighbors, friends, colleagues and co-workers bore daggers in their eyes and spat fire in their speech; when none in the majority community deemed the KP minority as God's trust with them and therefore imperative to be protected; when the KPs encountered hostility and strangulating atmosphere of insecurity within and without their homes and places of work; when their women folk were ridiculed, humiliated, physically and sexually harassed and terrorized; when their political and religious freedoms were snatched from them; when their basic rights of life, property and freedom were trampled; when discussion, dissent and disagreement become a crime and irrationality and obscurantism, fanaticism and fascism became the order of the day; when the KPs were given a bad name and all sorts of notorious accusations leveled against them adding up to their being black sheep and traitors and above all when the barrels of Klashnikoves and AK-47s were vomiting bullets freely at them and respect for age and dignity of womanhood was no consideration; when in nutshell the Kashmiri Muslims, on the whole, became brutalized and impervious to the fundamentals of Kashmiri culture and heritage, the KPs pondered to retrieve themselves from the traumatic and bleak situation.
What could they do? How could they pull themselves out of morass of depression and mounting tension eating into their entrails and sapping their vitality? How could they manage to pull on when life became intolerable and they became prisoners feeling choked in foul contaminated air? How could this essentially peace loving, non-violent, non-aggressive, liberal, secular community of 4%, completely unarmed, choose to go on warpath against the majority of 96%, armed to the teeth and financed by a hostile neighboring power? How could they bear with the indignity and insult, which their womenfolk were subjected to? Could they forget their racial memories of their faith and honor during the repressive rule of the Sultans, the Chaks and the Afghans? History was repeating itself and they had to rise to the occasion which was clearly on the cards of the terrorists who had sold their souls to Satan. The seventh exodus was forced on the KPs and the most regrettable thing about is that it happened in secular India that claims J&K to be an integral and inalienable part of the Republic, the most precious jewel in the crown of India, whose President and the Prime Minister are both Hindus.
insurrection of the Kashmiri Muslims could, for the sake of argument, be
defended were it directed against injustices and lapses, omissions and
commissions of the Central and the State Governments from time to time or that
it was the outcome of economic and educational neglect of the Kashmiri Muslim
alone. They are more affluent than the other segments of population in the
whole J&K state and many other states in
insurgency in Kashmir by the Kashmiri Muslims erupted at the behest and
the Islamic zealots and mujahids fired cannon shots at secularism and
coexistence and Indian nationalism and buried them alive hundred fathoms deep,
In this context what could the KPs do? To whom could they look up to for a healing balm to their bruised hearts? Their leadership, if any, was in disarray. They did not need any guide or leader to give them a green signal to pack up and quit, highly literate sagacious and impregnated with sense of history as they are now. Everyone unto himself. It is travesty of truth to put the former governor Jaghmohan in the dock for having induced the KPs to flee because he had some specific, drastic, line of action up his sleeve to deal with the Kashmiri Muslims up in arms and teach them a lesson, leaving the KPs untouched and unscathed. It is a myth, a farce, and a figment of prejudiced Muslim imagination.
The position and state of KPs in the post independent Kashmir was like that of the sacrificial lamb bedecked with garlands of flowers, vermilion, bandanvar and other tokens, and of having gone through the ritualistic operation and ready to be led to the altar for the offering and in innocence licking the knife of the butcher,
The Muslim and Sikh taxi drivers and truck drivers came handy and with broken bruised heart and tears streaming from his eyes a KP bade adieu to his home and hearth. Up to the moment he took leave of his Muslim neighbors and actually departed from his door, he waited and waited for Samaritans to come and assuage his agony. But the security collapse was so total that no neighbor could come forward with any degree of assurance of safety. In explicit terms they conveyed their utter helplessness even against the gun wielding fundamentalists of their mohallas, not to speak of any power and strength to prevail over the Muslim bigots from other mohallas to spare the helpless KPs from becoming their fair game. When all avenues and prospects of safety and security of life over and above all things were tapped and found to be unreliable and treacherous and no guarantee of life, the KPs could not be naive to take chances and meet their doom wittingly. Embracing the lot of a refugee was the last and the only resort and recourse for him to take. When the air was resonant with shouts of Muslim bigots crying extermination of the kafirs. The takeover of Kashmir by the Muslim terrorists in the name of Jehad woke the KPs up to the fact that they had very little time while the terrorist's mounting capacity to destroy was keeping abreast.
that we had a Khushwant Singh to document the aftermath of migration, nay
fleeing of the KPs from their paradise to the plains at the time of the year
when it is virtual hell on this side of Patnitop. It was falling from frying pan
into fire. Caravans of buses, trucks and taxies with puzzled and anguished men,
women and children huddled in them looked like sheep being taken to the
slaughter house. Searching questions seemed writ large all over the faces. What
had they done to deserve such severe inhuman punishment? Why this banishment?
Where was the protective umbrella of the State Authority? The Kashmiri Muslim
intelligentsia, the Muslim press dancing to the tune of the ISI commands,
terrorists belonging to numerous outfits and the Kashimiri Muslim political
leaders taking oaths of loyalty to the Indian Constitution but in the depth of
the heart owing allegiance to anti-India subversive force spread the canard that
the Kashmiri Pandits left Kashmir on their own in search for greener pastures
and that nobody compelled and coerced them to quit their homes and hearths.
Living in the most advanced epoch of the 20th century and thriving on the spoils
of Indian secularism and tolerance these philistines retain characteristic
traits of tribal culture of the middle age. How much truth and fact their
propaganda contains is for anybody to see and verify by himself. You can
scarcely imagine a more shameless, blunt and deliberately concocted white lie
than this. No doubt, the highly qualified and educated youth among the KPs
deprived of opportunities and jobs in the State did reluctantly migrate to
destinations outside the State in the search of pastures. But why would the
entire minority community migrate? Were they like lemmings that periodically
rush to the sea and drown themselves? The heard instinct along the KPs is not so
pronounced and dominant as it is among the Kashmiri Muslims. Who will be so
idiotic as to call Migrant camps at Nagrota, Muthi, Purkoo. Mishriwalla and
other localities at Udhampur, Kathua,
We have no count how many KPs young and old men and women, gave up their ghosts in the refugee camps because of sun strokes, snake bites, cardiac breakdown and other unnatural causes of death unknown in the Valley. What a plight the KPs braved through, my countrymen, in unfriendly, hostile climate! It left one dazed, stupefied and infuriated to see the "Kings" of yesterday turned into "Paupers" of today looking up for succor, accepting charity that they dispensed so freely in their own homes. Thousands of KPs are even today in the ninth year of the exodus languishing and decaying in the pigeon holes, stables and cells that the built up quarters are, as they are counting their days in the torn tattered tents that fall with stormy winds and are swept away by heavy rains and rise again with fair weather.
Consider the fall out of the forced migration of the KPs from their paradise. Families have become disjointed and fallen apart. Father has parted from his sons, brother from brother. For a pretty good time people did not know where their kith and kin had taken refuge, in what city or town or village. They lost all track and there is a shocking communication gap particularly on occasions of sadness and sorrow in a family. Wedded partners have got dispersed with distances of a thousand kilometers separating the two. They have a reunion once in a blue moon. This has adversely affected their children.
The growth rate of widows and widowers has amazingly increased. Those in the evening of life rendered lonely feel terribly deprived and alienated not having their children around them to depend on in their distress.
one notable segment of KP refugees is that of the school and college going
youth, the latter particularly. Their normal process and plans of education have
been totally unhinged and ruptured. Suddenly they found that neither the present
nor the future held any hope or promise for them. Their admission to local
centers of learning was and is still vehemently opposed. Against their will
they are knotted to the
The civic amenities at the refugee camps are conspicuously non-existent. The inhabitants of these camps and their spokesmen and leaders frequently complain through the press of the lack of hygienic conditions. It is a cry in the wilderness. Nobody is interested in heeding to them. It does not pay to do so, for the helpless KPs have no mischief value. They are a spent force left to their lot to rot in sun and shower.
Meanwhile, the Islamic fundamentalists have consolidated the gain accruing from pushing and hunting out the KPs. They have seen to it that no chance and scope is left for the return of the native KPs. They have left no stone unturned for making a frontal and all out assault to destroy all symbols, tokens and traces of their culture, their practices, traditions and heritage. Uprooting the KPs is not enough, their existence in the valley in the past and in the present must be wiped out root and branch so as to make it appear that KPs never belonged to the valley. They would rewrite the history of Kashmir in the Islamic way.
an eye on this the fundamentalists went on a free for all spree of loot,
plunder, spoil and arson. Village after village comprising of KP settlements
have been razed to ashes; KP localities in towns and cities have been torched
and gutted either completely or partially in such a manner that the vagaries of
weather in a couple of winters will complete the unfinished agenda of the Muslim
bigots who aim at ground and leaving no evidence of their having lived there.
The looted booty ornamented their houses and halls and what was unwanted was
disposed off in Sunday markets. Following the Islamic traditions private
libraries of the KPs containing priceless manuscripts and rare books on
philosophy, world religions, Hindu scriptures, literature, art, law, humanities
etc. were plundered, torn to bits, burnt or sold to street hawkers what they
were worth as radii or junk, good for a retailer to sell groceries in. Islam
enjoins upon its followers to venture going to far away China
in pursuit of knowledge and here in Kashmir
you get a fine specimen of reverence for knowledge. The ineradicable, the
incurable, intolerance towards followers of the other faiths. Knowledge too is
Muslim and non-Muslim. What a perversion and decadence of mind and spirit. It
does not matter in the least that pages of the religious books and Holy
scripture of the KPs litter the lanes and bylanes. float in the gutter and are
trampled upon because they sing hymns of God who is not Muslim. What hullabaloo
would have followed if a page from any other religious book had been shown
scanty respect in this manner? The progeny of those who burnt the legendary
But racial traits die hard or seldom.
the ethnic cleansing of KPs by the Muslim fundamentalists in Kashmir Mr.
Wimmer, a member of the German Parliament and Vice President OSCE asserted that
they are against ethnic and religious cleansing and the way the KPs were forced
to migrate from Kashmir, the land of their ancestors.
is worst, lamentable and deplorable is the neglect of the ruling party of
That the fear of the gun is entrenched in every mind and that there is resultant sense of insecurity pervading all around is vindicated by the civil curfew and total bandh with which the Election Commissioner of India Dr. M.S. Gill was greeted in the valley on his three day visit to the state to assess the situation for taking the decision on holding elections in the state. The outlaws however, small their number be have to rued the Valley and Doda district into a veritable hell. In spite of tall, but in reality hollow claims of the State Administration to the contrary they count the shots and their writ prevails.
Four KP families forty in all counted were forced to flee from their houses at Wanpoh after abduction and murder of one of their family members, Piyare Lal Raina on the night of September, 1995. The deceased was an ex-service man. His son Vinod Kumar Raina claimed that the killing had been carried out to coerce the remaining Kashmiri Pandits to flee the valley. But the government claims that the situation is fast returning to normalcy in the valley. The prominent militant outfits are unanimous on the stand that the war will continue, that they are least bothered as to who gets killed in this war; that by carrying out the attacks they aim to highlight their agenda of national freedom and nobody will be allowed to reach an agreement on this issue. "So the gun will continue to play its role not to allow the government to hold the elections and keep the cauldron of Kashmir as a disputed territory ever boiling and adding new ingredients of subversion"..
While the Islamization program in the KashmirValley is being carried on unabated the KPs have a history of over 500 years of Muslim rule in Kashmir to draw lessons from; History has repeated itself too many times for them. To obliterate the deep scars it has left on their life, work and vision. The dreaded Khokhas and Bombas of the yore have reemerged with doubly redoubled demoniac vengeance and wrath to exterminate the minority community of the KPs. They seem to be kinder and less cruel as contrasted with their present day descendents with all the sobering and civilizing and humanizing influences of education and material prosperity and numerous advantages of science. That many civilizations in the history of Europe were destroyed by onslaughts of barbaric hordes of tribals has been proved true in Kashmir in our own day. Slogans like " La Sharqiya' lagharbia, Islamia Islamis" still ring in our ears and serve as index of the ethos of the Kashmiri Muslims in the living present and the future to be. It is as plain as it is day that this exclusive cry is unquestionably inimical to making any compromise with the Eastern or the Western cultures that today rest on tolerance, compassion, humanism, liberalism respect for basic human rights as recognized in the charter of human rights, secularism and democratic temper. It entertains no scope for modification and adjustment and believes in superimposing a particular outdated fanatical view of religion and life on others whether they subscribe to it or not. There is not to reason why.
back in 1989 wall posters in fairly large letters proclaiming Kashmir as
"Islamic Republic of Kashmir" were a common sight in Srinagar. Since
then a lot of pioneering work has been done by every Kashmiri Muslim,
irrespective of his rank and standing, to make Kashmir
the land of 'Militant Islam'. The so called struggle for freedom began rallying
round the pivot of total Islamization of Kashmir and despite
is for this reason that Kashmiri Muslims, including the so called leaders of any
political denomination have kept absolutely mum and dared not utter a word
against the Islamization campaign in Kashmir. No intellectuals among them have raised even any weak voice of protest to
religious intolerance. In fact the Kashmiri Muslims are loath to the return at
the entire displaced refugee Kashmiri Pandits who are looked upon as the enemies
of their movement. They are no longer needed there and are clearly told to
forget that they ever belonged to the Valley. The foundation stone of the Muslim
of Kashmir was laid right at the time of India
's partition and now the free Islamic