By Col Tej K Tikoo
Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir in 1989, used to be their 7th such exodus because the arrival of Islam in Kashmir, within the fourteenth century. This used to be induced through the outbreak of Pakistan-sponsored insurgency throughout Kashmir Valley in 1989. the unconventional Islamists exact Pandits - a minuscule neighborhood in Muslim ruled society, developing huge, immense worry, panic and grave feel of lack of confidence. within the face of ruthless atrocities inflicted on them, the Pandits’ sole hindrance used to be making sure their very own actual defense and their get to the bottom of to not convert to Islam.
Over 350,000 Kashmiri Pandits have been compelled to escape en masse leaving their domestic and fireside. This was once the one biggest compelled displacement of individuals of a selected ethnicity after partition of India.
Pandits’ travails didn't finish with the exodus. The obstructive and intimidating perspective of the country management in the direction of the Pandit refugees, made their post-exodus lifestyles much more depressing. the govt on the Centre too remained detached to their plight.
This ebook strains the Pandits’ monetary and political marginalization within the nation over the last six a long time and covers intimately the occasions that ended in their eventual exodus.
In the sunshine of ethnic detoxification of Pandits from the Valley, the ebook additionally examines a few severe matters so the most important to India’s survival as a multi-cultural, liberal and secular democracy
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Lalitaditya also built the town of Phalpura and Parontsa; the former is today a village near Shadipur in Kashmir and the latter, the present day Poonch. He is also credited with having built the towns of Lalitapura (modern Latapur), Lokpunya (modern Lukbhavan). He patronised and encouraged great scholars of his time, like Bhavabhuti, Manorath, Sakhdanta, Damodar Gupta and Udhata Bhata. This bears testimony to the fact that he was great patron of art and literature. His death is shrouded in mystery.
Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gives the State a special status, prevented its total constitutional merger and created a permanent psychological barrier between the people of the State and the rest of India. In the long run, it provided an ideal breeding ground for the radical elements to strengthen themselves. The demand for preserving Muslim identity of the State, which Article 370 recognized, metamorphosed into the demand for autonomy; then it took the shape of demand for independence; and finally into a crusade for turning it into an Islamic State, to be governed by Sharia.
Taking the case to the United Nations (UN) by India ensured that the geo-political realities created by the Cold War proved decisive to finally seal this stalemate. India contributed in no small measure in complicating the issue. It was then that the seeds of the conflict which would eventually allow radical Islam to claim Kashmiri Pandits as its victims, were sown. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gives the State a special status, prevented its total constitutional merger and created a permanent psychological barrier between the people of the State and the rest of India.
Kashmir: Its Aborigines and Their Exodus by Col Tej K Tikoo