Please refer to the letter published in your paper on the editorial page on April 7,2018 where in the author namely Kudan Kashmiri narrated the awesome tale of Kashmiri Pandits.It also prompted me to express my own views and experience on the subject.
The author has expressed that the more than three lakh and fifty thousand Kashmiri Pandits were badly forced by the orthodox Kashmiri Muslim to leave the Valley with tears. As per the author, none of their Muslim brothers did bother to help them.I do agree with the author that the Kashmiri Pandits had to move out of the Valley due to threats and attacks of militants who were none else than Kashmiri and Pakistani Muslims, but it doesn’t mean that all Kashmiri Muslim are alike.There are also Kashmiri Muslims who are well civilised and very good human beings, but they can’t do anything for the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits.I have a good number of Kashmiri Muslim friends who are well wishers of Kashmiri Pandits.But they are as good as any other person and can do nothing for the Kashmiri Pandits.
It is a matter of fact that our government could do nothing for the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits.Instead of doing something for the rehabilitation of the poor Kashmiri Pandits, our government seems to be more worried about the rehabilitation of Kashmiri and Pakistani militants who have turned the Valley and other parts of our State into hell. It is shocking to note that nothing is being done for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.It is also a matter of shame for all of us that we hate people on the basis of caste,creed and relegion.
However,it is never too late to mend.We must initiate rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits on priority basis so that the Pandit community may not loose its identity.
O. P Sharma (AMO Rtd)
Social Worker, Bagnoti (Nowshera)
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