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3 satellite cities being planned for re-settlement of Kashmiri Pandits PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

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Time for BJP to Settle J&K Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Susheel Pandit   
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

[From India Today]: India in a decisive stage to solve the Kashmir dispute

Ever since the expulsion from the Kashmir Valley of almost all the Hindus, also called the Kashmiri Pandits (KPs), who constituted less than five per cent of the state's population, the expulsion itself has come to define the problem. When, in this day and age, over half a million are exiled within their own country, merely for their faith, it must overshadow every other issue that may have defined the problem in the past.

 

Add to that the facts that KPs perhaps are a rare community, with 100 per cent literacy, 0 per cent crime, no record of agitation, disruption, violence or even of retaliation to grave provocations. And yet, they were subjected to a campaign of targeted assassinations, rape, terror and hate. It was such unprovoked brutalisation of a peaceful people that made the atrocity so foul and its context, whatever its rationale, utterly untenable. Almost a quarter of a century later, this religio-ethnic cleansing has become an indelible mark of illegitimacy that brands not just the separatists pretending hard to look like freedom fighters or the majority Muslims who were often complicit when not indifferent bystanders but also the then governments and political formations who, hemmed in by their 'secular' pretensions, allowed the perpetrators a free run for much too long.

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Work on safe return of Kashmiri Pandits: Rajnath Singh to officials PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bharti Jain   
Saturday, 14 June 2014 19:16

[From TOI]: NEW DELHI: Close on the heels of President Pranab Mukherjee outlining the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley as a priority of the NDA government, Union home minister Rajnath Singh instructed his ministry officials to take Kashmiri migrants into confidence and work on a roadmap for their safe return to the Valley.

 

Soon after taking a detailed briefing from officials of the Jammu & Kashmir division of the home ministry, Singh set two specific goals for them: strengthen measures to curb infiltration from across the Indo-Pakistan border and come up with steps to engage the Kashmiri pandits and plan their return to the Valley. 

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Kashmiri Pandits' threaten to launch fast-unto-death unless temple and shrine bill is passed in J-K PDF Print E-mail
Written by Naseer Ganai   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

[From India Today]: Srinager: Kashmiri Pandits on Wednesday staged a protest at Srinagar's Lal Chowk and threatened to launch fast-unto-death sit-ins if the Kashmir Temples and Shrines Bill was not passed in the J&K Assembly. The Bill is pending for the past five years.

Apart from the Temples and Shrines Bill, Kashmiri Pandits asked the state government to investigate the multi-crore temple land encroachment in Kashmir, initiate dialogue with Pakistan for facilitating visit to Shardha Peeth temple in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, establish Shardha Peeth University in J&K, one-time compensation for the over-aged unemployed Kashmiri Hindus and a special employment package for Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley.

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Kashmiri Pandits stage protest march in Srinagar PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

[From Greater Kashmir]: Two Kashmiri Pandit organisations held a protest march here Wednesday and threatened to launch fast-unto-death stir if their demands, including redrafting and passing of Kashmir Temples and Shrines Bill in the Legislative Assembly, are not met.

Members of All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) and Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS) jointly staged a protest march in support of their demands.

"If the government does not act on its promises made to us and start a final and fruitful dialogue on six-point charter of demands, we will be forced to go for fast-unto-death," APMCC and KPSS said in a joint statement issued here today.

The charter of demands include re-drafting and passing of the pending Kashmir Temples and Shrines Bill in the state assembly and probe into the alleged temple and shrines land encroachment in Kashmir.

They also demanded the government to initiate a dialogue with Pakistan for facilitating visit to Shardha Peeth Temple in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, establishment of Shardha Peeth University in the state, one-time compensation for over-aged Kashmiri Hindu youths living outside the Valley and special employment package for Hindus living in the Valley.

The protestors demanded minority status for the community and removal of nomenclature like migrants or non-migrants from official communication.

 
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