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Insurgency wrecks the lives of Kashmiri Pandits

Introduction
Insurgency wrecks the lives of Kashmiri Pandits
  • When insurgency erupted in the Kashmir valley in the 1990s, thousands of Pandit families left the valley intimidated by the militants whose threats forced them to abandon their homes.
  • Overnight the families were displaced faced with only two options: either to convert to Islam or flee.
  • Since then, Pandits have been living in miserable conditions of deprivation in camps or some moved to Jammu.

Unofficial statistics claim 1- 1.9 lakh people fled

Fact
Information

Different accounts give different statistics of the total number of Kashmiri Pandits who fled in the1990s ranging between 100,000-190,000.

Kashmir Pandits mark 25th anniversary of exodus

19 Jan 2016
Kashmir Pandits mark 25th anniversary of exodus
  • Marking 25 years since 1990 when Kashmiri Pandits left the valley in droves, the Kashmiri Pandits held a protest sit-in outside the Raj Bhavan in Jammu.
  • The protesters termed it as the 'holocaust day', and submitted a memorandum demanding a judicial probe into the community's exodus to the governor NN Vohra.
  • They said that the names of those responsible should be made public.

Voices heard for the return of Pandits

Details
Voices heard for the return of Pandits
  • On the occasion of 25th Anniversary of Kashmiri Pandit exodus, several leaders spoke on the issue.
  • Omar Abdullah said that enough had not been done by the government to get the Kashmiri Pandits back to the valley.
  • Actor Anupam Kher also spoke on the issue and said that Kashmiri Pandits should be rehabilitated and given their homes back.

Farooq Abdullah says 'no one will beg' Pandits

Abdullah's stand
Farooq Abdullah says 'no one will beg' Pandits
  • J&K's former CM Farooq Abdullah stirred a controversy by remarking that the "onus is on the Pandits" to make a comeback.
  • He said that no one will go begging to the Pandits to return saying 'come and stay with us' but they have to make the move themselves.
  • He said all steps by the governments to get them back had failed.

Farooq Abdullah's comments face criticism

Criticism
Farooq Abdullah's comments face criticism
  • Farooq Abdullah's remarks provoked an onslaught of sharp and angry protests.
  • Neeru Kaul, a Kashmiri Pandit, and writer, lashed out at the National Conference leader, asking him, "Are we, the Pandits, like cattle for you?"
  • Retired General Syed Ata Hasnain who served in the valley and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor too disagreed with Mr. Abdullah's views.

Hizbul Mujahideen invites Kashmiri Pandits back

20 Oct 2016
Hizbul Mujahideen invites Kashmiri Pandits back
  • The Hizbul Mujahideen has invited the Kashmiri Pandits back to the valley, years after they were displaced after the exodus of the 1990s.
  • In an officials statement, the group said, "We request Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homes. We take responsibility of their safety."
  • The group added that they were recruiting Sikh youths into the organization.

Kashmiri Pandits begin chain hunger strike

28 Oct 2016
Kashmiri Pandits begin chain hunger strike
  • Protesting against the lack of adequate security measures for them, Kashmiri Pandit government employees have refused to return to work unless security is improved.
  • Their transit camps were allegedly attacked by stone pelting mobs, leading to the indefinite protest.
  • Also protesting their withheld salaries, All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee chairman, Vinod Pandit said they would "fast unto death if our demands are not met."