Seminar In Delhi Focuses On Plight Of Exiled Kashmiri Hindus

Seminar In Delhi Focuses On Plight Of Exiled Kashmiri Hindus

4 March 2013
Niti Central


New Delhi: In an attempt to give justice to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and secure viable rehabilitation of exiled Hindus of Kashmir in their homeland, a seminar was held at the India International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi on Sunday. The seminar on ‘Political Reorganisation of Jammu & Kashmir State – A way Forward’ was held by Panun Kashmir, a frontline organisation of Internally Displaced Kashmiri Hindus. The main objective of the seminar was to present before the opinion makers in Delhi an imperative need to recognise the political aspirations of Jammu, Ladakh and Hindus of Kashmir. The seminar also included Panun Kashmir’s demand for a homeland for the Kashmiri Pandits across the political spectrum in New Delhi. The seminar sought ways to deal with problems relating to Pakistan and Muslim identity in politics. It also stressed on the issue of secular nation building in Jammu and Kashmir region. Speakers at the seminar criticised and lambasted the Government for causing problems in Jammu & Kashmir. Professor Bhim Singh criticized the approach of the Indian state towards Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, terming it as ‘timid and biased’. He also described the formation of the State of Jammu & Kashmir as unnatural. Singh dismissed the present dispensation in Jammu & Kashmir as anti-national and a threat to the national unity, integrity and constitutional framework. He shared the agony of the refugees, including the West Pakistan refugees of 1947, and the recently displaced Hindus from Kashmir Valley and demanded a permanent settlement of the issues confronting them. Panun Kashmir chairman Ajay Chrungoo stated that the problem of the internally displaced Hindus of Kashmir is basically the problem of reversing a genocide unleashed by the forces who not only have international support structures, but also the patronage of certain entrenched forces within the Indian state. He bemoaned that India has been entertaining and engaging with all variants of separatism formally without any reservation, proclaiming it a search for peace. “India has ruthlessly avoided engagement with all such opinion which are nationalist and explore peace within framework of Indian integrity and sovereignty,” Chrungoo said. “When we talk about the reorganisation of the State, we are actually confronting a compromise which the Indian state has brokered with communal, separatist politics. This compromise needs to be challenged and deprived of its legitimacy in the name of strategy,” he added. The plight and voice of internally displaced Kashmiri Hindus was equally and forceful echoed through the presentations made by the organisers of the seminar. Ladakh leaders who were present in the seminar also raised their voice for the Union territory of Ladakh so that the Government does not ignore the demands and aspirations of the people in that region. BJP chief spokesperson and former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, senior BJP leader and former MP and patron of Union Territory for Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang, former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Jagmohan, Senior Supreme Court advocate Professor Bhim Singh, former Union Minister of State P Namgayal, former Congress MLA from Ladakh, T Samhe were some of the prominent speakers at the seminar.