‘Kashmiri Hindus Have Become Refugees In Their Own Country’

29 May 2009
The Indian Express

Pune: The Pune chapter of Panun Kashmir, an organisation of Kashmiri Pandits, recently organised a meeting at Shaniwarwada, which aimed at creating awareness about the ethnic cleaning, cultural genocide and mass exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the Valley, a press note said. Ashwani Chrungoo, co-founder of Panun Kashmir, said the Union Government has been a mute spectator to the woes and agony of Kashmiri Hindus, who he said have “become refugees in their own country.” He stressed the unity of purpose and strategy on the part of all national elements for eradicating terrorism and all activities that undermine the national sprit. “The only cure for the Kashmir problem is a homeland for patriotic elements,” he said. Amar Malmohi said, “The great Maratha warriors have inspired us to start this campaign of awareness from Pune, which has a history of many successful struggles.” Agnishekar discussed the various dimensions of Kashmir politics with a nationalistic point of view. He stressed the need for formation of a separate Union Territory for the Kashmiri Hindus under the central administration. The politics of separatist and the so-called mainstream leaders in Kashmir is similar in essence and different only in style and expression, he said. “These elements either want an independent Kashmir or annexation to Pakistan or an autonomous Kashmir, all of which are against the very sprit of the Constitution,” he said. Other speakers included BMM College principal Aniruddha Deshpande, president of the Maharashtra Warkari Mahamandal Hariprabhubhakt Rameshwar Maharaj Shastri and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, Maharashtra spokesperson Ramesh Shinde, among others.