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Charter of Demands for Relief, Rehabilitation and Return of Kashmiri Pandits PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:00

AIKS: All India Kashmir Samaj

1. White Paper on Exodus: Today, most people in the country are neither aware of the forced displacement of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir in 1989-90, nor are they aware of the circumstances that led to this displacement. As a matter of fact, the previous governments deliberately gave credence to the disinformation campaign launched by both the separatists as also by the main stream political parties of the state, in order to appease their vote banks. The biggest casualty of this policy was the truth behind our exodus. It is, therefore, of utmost importance that the Central Government constitutes a Commission, headed by a serving/retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India, to probe into the circumstances that led to the ethnic cleansing of the entire Kashmiri Hindu religious minority, generally called Kashmiri Pandits the world over, from Kashmir in 1989-1990. The Commission must have the following terms of reference:-

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Turning Off Shankaracharya’s Beacon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rakesh Kaul   
Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

[From Indian Express and IndianEye.net]: Around 800 AD a young monk came on a visit to Kashmir. Kashmiri historians who were overly preoccupied with the machinations of the ruling class did not notice him. However, the visit proved to be a transformational one. There was a glorious sangam of Advaita Vedanta with Kashmir Shaivism within the young monk. He rose in his transformation and the Kashmirians saw his ascent spiritually and physically when he entered the Southern facing door of the Sharadapeeth temple, a door which until then had never been opened. The monk honored the Kashmiri puranvasis by becoming a lifelong devotee of Sharada and Sri Chakra. In his ecstatic descriptions of the Devi he sang about the dancing ear rings or tatankas which only married Kashmiri pandit women wear, in lieu of the mangalasutra worn by sumangalis, as an outward symbol of their marriage.

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Kashmiri Hindu history: 24 years of ignominy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lalit Koul   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 00:00

[From Niti-Central]: 24 long years! Yes, 24 years of longing for roots; 24 years of longing for knocking those heavy wooden doors with very long and heavy iron latches that open up into my very own small foyer (vuz); 24 years of longing to quickly run up those soil-painted circular stairs to my very own little attic (kane’) with its exclusive balcony (dub); 24 years of longing to wash my hands with freezing water dripping slowly slowly out of that one popular faucet in the front yard; 24 years of longing to breath in that heavenly and intoxicating breeze; 24 years of longing to walk in those narrow Habba Kadal lanes while relishing delicious Nadur-Churma (Lotus roots fries) and not worrying about what might be dropped on my head from the windows above; 24 years of longing to kiss my homeland.

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A Way Forward PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

[As published in Outlook India, based on a presentation at a meeting chaired by Rt Hon Marcus Jones, who is a member of the British Parliamentary Committe on Kashmir on September 11, 2013.]

It is easy to forget that September 11 is the anniversary of a “game changing” event that happened in America 12 years ago. And, sadly, the first person who made a prophetic statement warning of such evil also did so on 11 September 1893, exactly 120 years ago. It was the great sage, Swami Vivekanand, speaking at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago:

“Sectarianism, bigotry, and its descendent, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these demons, human society would be more advanced than it is now.”

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Kashmir's first all-girl rock group forced to cancel their show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky Evans   
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 00:00

[From the Daily Mail, UK] Kashmir's first all-girl rock group forced to cancel their show after extremists posted rape and death threats on Facebook.

The first all-girl rock band to come out of Kashmir has been forced to cancel their live shows after receiving rape and death threats on Facebook. Award-winning Pragaash, which means light, have been targeted since December when they won a prize at their first public performance. Following the concert, comments appeared on Facebook from extremists who said the teenage girls should be raped and then drowned.

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