Kashmir has been bitterly fought-over for decades by India and Pakistan - and it's taking its toll on thousands of Hindus who're being forced from their homeland. Those who stay behind, face continued persecution, but they are determined to stick it out and encourage those who fled to return. Russia Today's Priya Sridhar has the story.
Ashok Pandit's Documentary on the Plight of the Kashmiri Pandits:
Victim of violenceFilmmaker Ashok Pandit, a Kashmiri Hindu himself, directs this documentary, detailing the plight of the Kashmiri Hindus from their 'paradise on earth' to their life in the slums of the refugee camps of Jammu [edited with permission by IAKF, 8.5 minutes].
Interview With A Terrorist: A television interview conducted with Bitta Karate, former captured terrorist working with Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), who admits to killing many Kashmiri Pandits, and talks of how violence was the wrong path [approx. 13 minutes].
Interview with IAKF President Lalit Koul on Dallas-based Sanatana Dharma Foundation Radio reveals the history and facts behind the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board decision to allocate land to Hindu pilgrims visiting the holy Amarnath shrine in Kashmir. Lalit discusses how the issue has been politicized by power-hungry politicians and communalized by separatist and terrorist Kashmiri muslim leaders and groups.
Usman Majid (also spelled Usman Majeed), Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly, and member of the Cabinet of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in mid-November, 2005. Rahul Pandit, M.D., interviewed Mr. Majid two months prior to this public attempt on his life. In this hour-long revealing interview about his personal involvement in the rise of terrorism, he gives reasons for the subsequent loss of influence of fundamentalist Islam in the Vale of Kashmir. Details of his own involvement in the militant movement of the early 1990s reveal the global and fundamentalist influences that gave rise to the current Kashmir situation.
This interview on the Human Rights Show, Pacifica Radio, WKPFT in Houston, organized by members of Houston's chapter of Amnesty International, briefly discusses the background of the Kashmir struggle, and focusses on the human rights violations of the Kashmiri Pandit minority. Dr. Pandit discusses elements of the sectarian struggle from the minority Pandit standpoint, and is followed by Dr. Joseph Schwartzburg, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota, who is a member of the Kashmir Study Group (KSG) headed by Farooq Katwari.
Rahul Pandit's Interviews on Open Forum, Houston, TX
Open Forum, a nationally syndicated radio program featuring issues of importance to the Indo-American community (http://www.openforumusa.com/), based out of Houston, conducted a series of interviews with Dr. Pandit to inform the community about the Kashmir problem and the ignorance of the Pandit minority perspective.