Condemn atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits
2 May 2002
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
MUMBAI: Panun Kashmir has appealed to all those protesting the violence against minorities in Gujarat to also condemn the atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits. Panun Kashmir spokesperson Ashok Pandit said there could be no justification whatsoever for the atrocities committed on the minority community in Gujarat. ''But the plight of Kashmiri Pandits is no better. About 10,000 of them have been shot dead by the Muslim fundamentalists and 3.50 lakhs have been thrown out of the state. The only crime of the Pandits was that they were Hindus.'' ''If the secular forces had acted decisively against these fundamentalists, then the secular foundation of India would not have been as weak as it is today.The failure of the secular elements to come to the aid of Kashmiri Pandits has effectively helped Hindu fundamentalists to whip up emotions. It is high time secularists adopted an even-handed approach towards violence against any community. Double standards actually help the fundamentalists on either side of the communal divide,'' Mr Pandit observed statement on Thursday. While endorsing the demand the removal of Narendra Modi, Pandit said those opposing Gujarat chief minister should insist on the removal of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah. He said an important point in the agenda of secular forces should be that all Pandits who are languishing in refugee camps should be helped to return to their homes in the Valley.