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The truth and the reality about the kashmir

The country today needs to know the truth and the reality about the kashmir. And the reality is :

– That Kashmir is an integral part has never been an issue. Even
the separate constitution that the state of Jammu & Kashmir has by virtue of Art. 370, unequivocally state under section (3), “*The State of Jammu and Kashmir is and shall be an integral part of the Union of India.”*

– Also, in an unanimous resolution on J& K adopted by both the
Houses in 1994, the Parliament affirmed: “*The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and shall be an integral part of India and any attempts to separate it from the rest of the country will be resisted by all necessary means”*. It goes on to state : “Pakistan must vacate the area of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, which they have occupied by aggression”.

– That despite Parliament’s resolution, we have done nothing to assert
this right. Even when there has been widespread unrest in Gilgit-Baltistan in POK, we did not even express sympathy for the agitators who are legally Indian citizens. We let the Srinagar-Muzaffrabad road open but not Kargil-Skardu road.

– That the Kashmir conundrum could have been resolved easily at the
time of Independence and many times in later years.

– That on 14 November 1947 when the enemy was in full flight, the Army
had reached Uri but was stopped from advancing to Muzaffrabad and diverted to Poonch by the then government.

– That when we launched our offensive on 22 May 1948 and by 1 June
1948, we liberated Tithwal, we were tantalizingly close to Muzaffrabad. The operation was again called off. Similarly, in December 1948 after our resounding success in Ladakh and Poonch, we were well poised to liberate Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, but we agreed to a Cease Fire.

– That after the 1965 war, we handed over the strategic Hajipir Pass,
won at great cost, on a platter to Pakistan at Tashkent. And again in 1972, we were outwitted at Shimla when we surrendered our gains [90,000 POWs] without settling the Kashmir issue. The war won by our great soldiers was decisively lost by the then government on the negotiation table.

– That article 370 had its basis in Muslim majority in state of J&K is
a complete lie. It was only an interim arrangement enacted in view of Pakistanis aggression and the UN dimension which was brought upon due to follies committed by the then PM, Nehru.

– That Nehru himself promised its gradual erosion.

– That the nationalist Muslims considered it as an act of
discrimination. Maulana Hasrat Mohani asked for the abrogation of article 370 as it isolated the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Justice M. C. Chhagla demanded its abrogation way back in 1964. But 46 yrs on, it’s still there.

– That the majority of Kashmiris toe the separatists’ line is also a
hogwash. Not many know that the Kashmiri Muslims amongst whom the separatist sentiment and mob violence is largely confined, are in a minority. The non-Kashmiri Muslims like Gujjars, bakharwals and Kargil shias alongwith Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists together constitute 60% of the state’s population.

– That an opinion poll conducted in 2002 under the patronage of Lord
Avebury, a known British protagonist of Pakistan, found that only 6% Kashmiris wanted to join Pakistan. 61% wanted to remain with India.

– That, more recently, in May 2010, Kings college of London University
carried out a similar survey in Kashmir, at the instance of the Saif al Islam, the son of the Col Gaddafi of Libya. The survey results were startling. It was found that only 2% of the people of Kashmir wanted to join Pakistan !!

– That separatist leader Gilani has demanded the release of Parliament
attack convict Afzal Guru, who is perpetually awaiting a death penalty. *Can there be a better proof than this of him being a Pakistani agent ?*

– That the stone-pelters in Kashmir were paid goons. Its officially
established now that the goons were paid Rs 400 to pelt stones and to perpetrate mob violence.

– That there exists a nexus between state govt officials, Hurriyat,
HuM and stone pelters. Gilani and his agents in state government collected money from fruit sellers in Sopore to pay the goons every Friday. This has been confirmed by the Imam of Jama masjid in Sopore, Abdul Latif Lone.

– That the separatists have adopted an alternative strategy. In the
face of declining efficacy of terror and its global unacceptability, they have decided to resort to mob violence rather than indulge in stray acts of terror.

– That from young school children to women and elders – all are being
incited to throw stones at security forces and governmental buildings in order to provoke the security forces so that they are forced to resort to defensive action.

– That in the name of freedom of the Press, we allow the Valley Press
and the so-called secular, progressive media to constantly carry out anti-India false propaganda. The law on sedition does not seem to apply to them.

– That the govt of India pumps in thousands of crores rupees as an aid
to state government without assigning much responsibility. A good chunk of this money goes to buy the peace with trouble makers [read separatists]. The government spends money in the garb of govt jobs that need no office presence, construction contracts to build bridges to nowhere and to provide z plus security to separatists leaders. From the big trouble makers, the money goes down to finance mob violence and stone-pelting.

– That Indian citizens from other states can not buy land or property
in J & K while most of J&K businessmen and leaders including Omar Abdullah, own prime properties in Delhi, Bangalore and elsewhere.

– That the children of almost all of these leaders live outside
Kashmir and get modern education, travel the globe and live well. The jihadi life-style has been reserved only for the youth and the common men of Kashmir.

– That the propaganda against the security forces under the garb of
human rights’ violation is also untrue. The truth is that right from 1947, when Pakistan first attacked J&K, it is the Armed Forces which have had to make the maximum sacrifices to protect this inalienable part of Indian territory.

– That today, our brave soldiers are being unabashedly demonized. The
picture below tells whose human rights are being violated : [image: kashmir]

– That the biggest human rights violation in history has been that of
Kashmiri pundits. Descendents of Hindu priests with a recorded history of over 5,000 years, these original inhabitants of the Kashmir Valley were forcefully and brutally driven out of their homes. Nearly half-a- million pundits – 99% of their population in the valley had to leave their homes and property under one of history’s worse ethnic cleansing.

– That majority of these people – called migrants in their own country
– still live in squalid camps with spiralling health and economic problems.
Approximately 2,25,000 Pandits live in abysmal conditions in Jammu alone with families of five to six people often huddled into a small room. More than 5000 persons have died in these camps so far.

– That nearly 95% houses belonging to Pundits were looted. 20,000
houses were burnt, 14,430 factories were looted/ burnt/ occupied and hundreds of schools and temples were destroyed. Leading International Human Rights Organisations like Amnesty International, Asia Watch and others have yet to take proper cognizance of the genocide perpetrated on Kashmiri Pandits.

Gradual extinction of a civilised community with an ancient culture is yet to shake the conscience of the world. For our so-called secular media/human rights organisations, this barbaric ethnic cleansing does not fall under the purview of human rights violations. The so-called cultural celebrities have time to spend in Maoist terrorists camps but they have yet to visit the camps inhabited by Kashmiri Pundits and see their plight !

Its time the youth and the people of this country understood these realities and acted before it’s too late. We must not succumb to the acceptance of separatists’ demands and we must call their bluff.

In 1953, the national tricolour was hoisted for the first time after Dr *Syama Prasad Mookerji*, entered Kashmir defying the permit system and launched the slogan – *Ek desh mein Do vidhan, do pradhan, do nishan – nahin chalenge, nahin chalenge. *(We cannot have two constitutions, two presidents, two flags, in a single country).

Dr. Mookerji’s martyrdom in Kashmir led to achievement of two of the three goals identified in this slogan. But the third one – separate constitution under article 370 has remained till date.

*Anupam Trivedi*,
Convener,
Communication Cell, BJP

Deportation of a nation

URL: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indus-calling/entry/deportation-of-a-nation

Deportation of a nation
Tarun Vijay, 16 January 2010, 11:00 PM IST
Nineteen always comes before twenty-six. But here, in our gloriously decorated centres of governance, we celebrate January 26 with a blank look at our republic’s bruised soul showcased through January 19, considered the day when the biggest forced exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the valley was accelerated.

A republic is merely a signature of the Constitution adopted for governing a people, who, in turn, constitute a nation. That nation actually represents the continuity of the civilisational flow of the land and its inhabitants. Ironically, in our case the republic, instead of nurturing those roots, is trying to overwhelm the memories of the soul of this nation with decorated mass annihilators. It’s like putting more earth on the debris to stifle any voices of the living underneath it instead of unearthing and safeguarding the life underneath.

Kashmir, one of the fountainheads of Indian civilisational memories and a symbol of the highest achievements in the scholarship that made India a centre of universal acclaim, is one such example. Everything about its relation with the rest of the Indian nation’s body is sought to be deleted as if a nation is a computer storage you can add to or delete from at your whim.

Mercifully, these neo-state-owners are not gods. Hence, the debris, even when put under mounds of earth, show the facts, however unpalatable they might be to the Wahhabi variety of secularism. The truth about Kashmir comes out in a miraculous demonstration of life. The memory of Rishi Kashyap, whose name Kashmir wears, the history contained in “Raj Tarangini” and the valour of the citizen King Lalitaditya, the sacred bareness of Kashmir’s Meera Lal Dyad, the spiritualism of Muslim fakir Rishi Nund, victory campaigns of Zoravar Singh, the region’s defining glory in Amarnath, Shankaracharya’s Hill and Mata Vaishno Devi, and Vivekananda’s unique realisation at Kheer Bhawani. The age-old fountainhead of Hindu wisdom reflected in Sharada Peeth and the origin of Shri Vidya, Shaiv traditions and the Wazvan, Samovar amalgamation that looked once inseparable.

Can there be a Kashmir without these? What happened on January 19 is part of the efforts to erase all that.

On that day 20 years ago, one of the largest and most painful exoduses of a community took place. Although, agreeably, it’s tough in such circumstances to pinpoint a single date, this has come to be registered as one such day of mass escape of the Hindus from the assaults of jihadis in the valley. This was the day when the mosques blared out a message from their loudspeakers: Pundits leave the valley, leaving behind your women. We want Pakistan, without Pundits.

The killings were brutal. Famous philosopher-poet Sarvanand Premi and his son. Their eyes were gouged out before they were killed. Sarla Bhatt. A nurse in a Srinagar hospital. Mass-raped and killed. Tika Lala Taplu, Lassa Kaul. Prem Nath Bhatt. H L Khera and Mushirul Haq (their killers were acquitted recently after a 19-year-long trial). Those were the days when such killings did make some news in Delhi.

It’s amazing to find a studied silence in the Indian and the foreign media on an exodus that made the valley‘s cultural vibgyor vanish. It’s shocking to see a secular tribe in the national capital too hospitable to patriotic Indians’ slayers like Musharraf and Yasin Malik, the former being the instigator of the Kargil war and the latter facing cases of murders including those of Indian Air Force officers. Google and find out about him. He was the guest of honour at a recently concluded India-Pakistan dialogue for peace which was conducted without a single participation from refugee Kashmiri Hindus.

We are about to celebrate yet another day of the republic without willing to see that this republic hasn’t been able to assure safety to the patriotic people of Kashmir and has stage-managed an autonomy report that is widely seen as a document of separation mocking at the resolution of Parliament swearing to guard India’s integrity and take back the land illegally occupied by Pakistan and China.

A resolution passed in December 2009 by Panun Kashmir, an organisation of Kashmiri Hindus said: “It is a matter of extreme apathy that the exiled Kashmiri Pandits are forced to live in subhuman conditions and subsistence in so-called migrant camps in Jammu and elsewhere for the last 20 years. There is no policy for reversing the genocide and rehabilitating the community in its homeland and the governments of India as well as the J&K state have treated the holocaust with bizarre inaptitude and abandonment. In the last 20 years the government has made empty announcements and piecemeal return formulae, only to further compound the plight of the community.”

When a people are uprooted, not just the bodies that consume food and procreate are transferred from one station to another. It’s an entire life cycle and the reservoirs of collective memory that get dehydrated. It affects and destroys a language, traditions that weave the fabric of a societal dynamic, songs and beliefs, religious rituals and places of worship, behaviour and protocols that were created and nurtured by the elders as far back as a thousand years, oral history and the patterns of living including homes, food, utensils, methods to greet and calls to organise for a resistance. It affects the attire, the way children are reared, marriages solemnised and the dead cremated.

An entire world is lost.

A single citizen of the republic contains in him the entire fabric of the nationhood as much as a drop of the ocean carries the ocean in itself. Kashmiri Hindus deported from the valley is like the Indian nation deported from this region. Mere geography doesn’t constitute nationhood.

Afghanistan was Gandhar. We lost it. We lost Taxila, Bappa Rawal’s Rawalpindi, Dahar and Jhoolelal’s Sind and Dhakeshwari’s Dhaka with the Ramana Kali temple, destroyed by Pakistanis in 1971 yet to be rebuilt, as neither Mujib nor Hasina’s government, so lovingly described as “friendly” allowed its reconstruction. When the people, representing the spirit of a nation are deported, the nation’s cultural ethos too gets fragile and finally eliminated. The memory, once a living life force, gets museum-ised.

Imagine how this will sound: Once upon a time, Kashmiri Hindus lived in the valley.

Now we have our own kith and kin, in our independent republic living as refugees for the ‘crime’ of being Hindus and loyal to the Indian nationhood, who refused to side with the pro-Pakistan separatists.

We in our entirety share the sin of forgetting our soul. Our sin is we loved to dine with the killers.