Terrorism Cause Of Pandits' Migration From Valley: Congress27 January 2010
Times of India
New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday ascribed the migration of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley to a long spell of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The reiteration of the party position on the sensitive issue came after a group of Kashmiri Pandits staged an angry demonstration outside the Congress headquarters protesting the alleged remarks by a party leader that the 'fear psychosis' created by Jagmohan as governor in the 1990s was also one of the reasons for the exodus. During the course of a television debate, party spokesman and MP Manish Tiwari had said that Jagmohan's role was one of the factors behind the migration of the community from Kashmir Valley. Incensed by his remarks, the demonstrators burnt Tiwari's effigy outside the AICC office deploring his views. Later, another party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters that the remarks had been torn out of context. 'One cannot pluck out one phrase from a 45-minute discussion without context,' Singhvi explained. He said Congress had always held that terrorism was one of the reasons for the departure of the Pandits from the Valley. Referring to Tiwari's remarks, he said, 'He certainly never suggested that terrorism was not the cause of the Pandits' exodus.' When contacted Tiwari said it was not his intention to suggest that the terrorists and separatists did not create the condition compelling the migration of the Pandits from the Valley in 1990-91. 'Being a victim of terror myself, I fully understand and identify with their anguish,' he said referring to his father's killing by the Punjab militants.