Srinagar, Jan 19: On 19 January, 1990, there was a black day for Kashmiri Pandit community as they remember it as a day of Exodus. And after that the Kashmiri Pandits became refugees in different parts of country.
The hope of Kashmiri Pandit community back to their motherland is still high. One can call it big tragedy without doubt.
Kusum Kaul, a Media professional and entrepreneur living In Western state of Gujarat and Prominent face of Pandit community states -” Humans survive on hope, so are Kashmiri Pandits. I feel some day we will return to the valley, provided support from Pakistan state stops completely, in terms of finance, brainwashing young Kashmiri Muslims and luring them in the garb of religion . Local Kashmiri Muslims have to built bridges for pundits and vice versa from pundit community also . Indian govt has to change its approach towards Kashmir and involve local intellect in the peace process. The action has to be taken at all levels, then only I see return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley , who have been wandering homeless since 28 years.”
A prominent Kashmiri youth, Muzamil Maqbool, Consultant World Bank Bangladesh states -“First of all, On behalf of myself and my community, I apologize for what so ever happened. The incident was shameful and even can’t be described. We all share same culture, ethnicity, backgrounds and diversity of thousands of years. In Kashmir, We coexist. We are one. There should not be any Kp or Km. We should be known to the entire world as Kashmiris.
I am sure it would add essence to the brotherhood in Kashmir if they will return back. We can’t change the unfortunate past, Whatever happened back in 90’s, I feel sorry for that and I even can’t fit in the shoes of those who suffered and politics divided us further. The gap is huge and I totally understand but I must say, Let us begin the new journey together of love, Peace, Happiness and Coexistence. Let’s be one again. Let’s erase our bitter past and write our new future together.”
Meanwhile on the 28th anniversary of Kashmiri Pandith communities migration from Kashmir Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq once again appealed to them to return to their roots , their homeland Kashmir. Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir will welcome them with warmth and open arms. (KNB)