Islamic Terrorism and Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits


Genocide in Kashmir

  • 400,000 Kashmiri Pandits, constituting 99% of the total population of Hindus living in Muslim majority area of the Kashmir Valley, were forcibly pushed out of the Valley by Muslim terrorists, trained in Pakistan, since the end of 1989. They have been forced to live the life of exiles in their own country, outside their homeland, by unleashing a systematic campaign of terror, murder, loot and arson.
  • Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits has reached its climax with Muslim terrorism succeeding in ‘CLEANSING’ the valley of this ancient ethno-religious community.
  • With the completion of 11th year of their forced exile, this peace loving, culturally rich community with a history of more than 5000 years, is fighting a grim battle to save itself from becoming extinct as a distinct race and culture.

Main Camp Sites in Jammu

  • Muthi Camp, Jammu
  • Transport Nagar, Jammu
  • Purkhoo Camp, Jammu
  • Stadium Camp, Jammu
  • Jhiri Camp, Jammu
  • Nagrota Camp, Jammu
  • Mishriwala Camp, Jammu
  • Battalbalian Camp, Udhampur

Main Camp Sites in Delhi

  • Nandnagri
  • Sultanpuri, Kailash Colony
  • Maviya Nagar
  • South Extension
  • Palika Dham
  • Lajpat Nagar
  • Aliganj
  • Bapu Dham
  • Amar Colony
  • Mangol Puri
  • Patel Nagar
  • Sultanpuri
  • Moti Nagar
  • Begampura

Kashmiri Pandits in Exile

 

 


Terrorist Violence against Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir – Role of Pakistan

  • Terrorism in Kashmir is an ideological struggle with specified political commitments which are fundamentalist and communal in character.

  • Terrorist violence is aimed at achieving the disengagement of the state of Jammu and Kashmir from India and its annexation to Pakistan. It is, the continuation of the Islamic fundamentalist struggle for the homeland of Pakistan which claims Jammu and Kashmir state on account of its Muslim majority character. 

  • The major dimension of the terrorist violence in Kashmir is the terrorists’ commitment to the extermination and subjugation of the Hindus in the state because Hindus do not subscribe to the idea of separation from India, nor do they expect to be governed by the authority of the state which derives its sanction from the law and precedent of Islam. Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) have always been in the forefront of the struggle against secessionism, communalism and fundamentalism. Hence this peace loving minority with a modern outlook became the main victim of terrorist violence. The strategies involved in the terrorists’ operation against the Hindus in Kashmir include:

    • The extermination of Hindus

    • Subjecting Hindus to brutal torture to instill fear among them in order to achieve their submission.

    • To engineer a forced mass exodus of Hindus from the land of their ancestors and birth by way of issuing threatening letters, kidnappings and torture deaths on non-compllance of the terrorists’ dictates and ensure the destruction of the secular and pluralistic character of the socio-political fabric of the Kashmiri Society.

    • Attacks, molestations, kidnappings, gang rapes of the women folk of the Hindus in order to instil fear and humiliation in them.

    • Destruction and burning of the residential houses of the Hindus who leave their homes in look out for safety. Looting of their properties and appropriation of their business establishments to ensure that they do not return.

    • Attachment of their landed property.

    • Destruction of the social base of the Hindus by the desecration and destruction of their places of worship.

    • Appropriation of the property of the Hindu shrines and its attachment to Muslim religious endowments.

Fact sheet Of Atrocities On Kashmiri Pandits

Educational Institutions burnt, damaged forcefully occupied : 105 

Religious & Cultural Institutions Destroyed/burnt, damaged : 103 

Shops, Factories looted/burnt/occupied : 14,430 

Agriculture dependent families deprived of their land and source of income : 20,000 

Horticulture dependent families deprived of their resource : 12,500 

Houses Burnt : more than 20,000

Houses looted : 95%

Torture killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley : more than 1,100

Religious Sadism At Its Peak

  • Killing of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists clearly depicts extreme sadism. All victims have been subjected to extreme torture and terror.

  • Torture deaths have been brought about by such inhuman practices as:

    • Strangulation by using steel wires

    • Hanging

    • Impailing

    • Branding with hot irons

    • Burning alive

    • Lynching

    • Bleeding to death

    • Gouging out of vital organs

    • Dismemberment of Human bodies

    • Drowning alive.

  • Terrorists have frequently indulged in barbaric acts like performing ‘death dances’ after killing their target.

  • Many a time, dead bodies were not even allowed to be properly cremated.

Universal Apathy

Failure of Government of India:

  • The Jammu and Kashmir Government and Government of India have failed squarely to protect the Kashmiri Pandits against Islamic terrorism.

  • Jammu and Kashmir being the only Muslim majority state in whole of India, the protection of minorities and their living peacefully, in their homeland, is crucial for India to remain as a Secular Democratic State.

  • Ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) from Kashmir valley is the crucial failure of Indian state to uphold its commitments to people of India as enshrined in Indian constitution which provides right to live with dignity and honour to every citizen irrespective of caste, creed, religion or colour.

Failure of Human Rights Organisations:

  • Leading International Human Rights Organisations like Amnesty International, Asia Watch and others have yet to take proper cognisance of the genocide perpetrated on Kashmiri Pandits.

  • Their representatives have so far failed to visit the camps in Jammu, Delhi and other parts of India were thousands of families are puting up for the last five years.

  • Gradual extinction of a civilised community with an ancient culture is yet to shake the conscience of the world.

After The Exodus

  • More than 5000 persons have died in camps and elsewhere after their forced exodus from the valley. They died of sunstrokes (more than 1000) as most of them were used to cold climate of Kashmir and could not acclimitize to extremely hot temperatures in rest of India.

  • Heart attacks and accidents which have been mainly attributed to extreme psychological trau ma and mental pressures by the doctors.

  • Gastroentritis and typhoid epidemics, snake bites etc. 

  • The cohesiveness of the displaced families has broken as they were to undergo diaspora for finding livelihood in various parts of country.

  • Cultural Dilution – The whole displaced community with a distinct culture is facing the threat of extinction after loosing its natural habitat.

Kashmiri Pandits

– Representatives of Glorious Heritage And Legacy of Kashmir

– Symbols of Brotherhood and Peace

  • Kashmiri Pandits have always been devoted to spritual and academic pursuits. 

  • They have during their history of more than 5000 years nurtured values of peace, co-existence and tolerance.

  • They are the original inhabitants of Kashmir. 

  • Kashmiri Pandits are progenitors of Kashmir Shaivism the philosophy of oneness of mankind.

  • Hinyan and Sarvastivadin sects of Budhism found highest expression in Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits spread their message to China and Central Asia. 

  • Kashmiri Pandits have contributed immensely to the evolution of human thought by contributing to almost all fields of creative human endeavour like literature (mainly Sanskrit), language, science and philosophy from times immemorial.

  • Since the advent of Islam in 14th century, Kashmiri Hindus have been subjected to extreme persecution. To escape religious fanaticism in the form of forced conversions to Islam they had either to embrace death or leave Kashmir more than once during the last six hundred years.

  • Present exodus of Kashmiri Pandits is fourth mass exodus in the history of Kashmir since the advent of Islam in this part.

Kashmiri Pandit: A Rare Pocket Of Tolerance

  • Inspite of repeated rejection of co-existence and pluralism by Muslim society for the last six hundred years, Kashmiri Pandit has not given up his faith in these values.

  • He has not reciprocated fanaticism with fanaticism and violence with violence.

  • In a world threatened with ethnic and religious strifes where various parties have invariably resorted to violence and force, to further their claims, Kashmiri Pandit isthe only example who has totally rejected the violence as a means to fulfill socio-political aspirations.

World therefore has a stake in protecting this culturally rich, educated and peace loving community, from becoming extinct, if it has to move towards a Modern World Order of Peace and Universal brotherhood. 

Terrorist violence cannot be justified on the ground of its political and ideological motivations or value basis. Terrorist violence in the valley is not a Freedom Struggle at all. Cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir is a clear testimony of this fact. There is no freedom which impringes upon freedom. There can be no equality which leads to inequality.

Killings of Kashmiri Pandits


Mrs. Ganju – Banamohalla, Srinagar


Prem Nath Bhat – Anantnag


Sushil Kotru – Rainawari, Srinagar


Mrs. Roopawati – Pulwama

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7 Responses to Islamic Terrorism and Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits

  1. akhter says:

    having a few thousand displaced may be , but over 80000 dead is another thing

    From Mukhtar Ahmad
    CNN
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    SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) — Two Indian soldiers were killed and three others were wounded Friday when suspected militants threw a grenade into the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Mehama, police said.

    Mehama is located about 45 miles (70 km) south of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir

    In an earlier attack, at least 16 Indian soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded next to their convoy in central Srinagar early Friday, a senior police official said.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    The attack took place outside the prestigious Girls Presentation Convent High School in the Rajbagh section of the capital, although classes were not yet in session. Authorities closed the school for the day.

    Just a day earlier, three Indian paramilitary troops were wounded in another roadside bombing in the northern Kashmiri town of Sopore.

    Militants fighting for Kashmir’s separation from India have been carrying out attacks against the Indian security forces in Kashmir for 18 years.

    While Kashmiri authorities estimate that 42,000 people have died during the separatist violence, various human rights groups and other organizations have put the number at over 80,000.

  2. kashmirihindu says:

    @Akhtar,

    My Point is why ethnic cleansing in kashmir was it not preplaneded By the kashmiri muslims.What you mentioned is that it means seperatist are also terriorist who shed blood of kashmiri peoples weather it is hindu or muslim.Who is the root cause of killings in kashmir it is millitants and terriorist.If you could be true muslim and kashmir you would have not mentioned the figures it shows how frustrated are you.Who so supporst terriorism is considered to be cause of killing by security forces as they have to maintain law and order.Few lacks cannot ask for Azadi.Jammu kashmir problem has to debated as partial methods not on religious factions.Did you have taken in confidance of shia community in kashmir and what will happen to tibetian muslims in kashmir are they allowed to vote for pelbistie.Isn’t it you are desperat to make it muslim place no other community to live over there.Why did the jammu and kashm,ir muslim govt allowed buddhist of tibet allowed to live in kashmir why only tibetian muslims………….why.

    So brother freedom struggle is not considered by this way………….You have to be partial and no ethnic cleansing…….this will never in this world help you………
    Also consider POK<GILGIT<BALWARISTAN<SAKSHAM<AKSAI CHIN<And J&K

  3. KP, I have never really looked at the Pakistand/India situation, although I have been periferraly aware that the area has been sadly troubled for many years. You have prompted me to look a little more closely, and find out more. I will put a permanent link on my blog calling for an end to atrocities. Can you give me a link where I can get an appropriate banner as I have done with Tibet and Burma? I would appreciate it very much. You may reply to my email if you wish to expedite matters.

    AV
    http://netherregionoftheearthii.blogspot.com/
    http://tomusarcanum.blogspot.com/

  4. WARSHOCK says:

    reading your blog friend makes me want to find out more. i agree that there are deeply seated conflicts, but still atrocities and atrocities, and killings are killings, and more families grieving for their losses.

  5. 19 years to the 19th day of 1990: Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits

    -By Aditya Raj Kaul

    Visit the link – http://kashmiris-in-exile.blogspot.com/2009/01/19-years-to-19th-day-of-1990-exodus-of.html

    I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day

    What hours, O what black hours we have spent…

    – Gerard Manley Hopkins

    19th January 1990. Kashmir was breathing still; Kashmiri Pandits lay hidden like frightened pigeons in their own nest. Today on behalf of my fellow brothers and sisters, I wish to revisit the pain of my separation from my own home 19 years ago, when the cruel hands of Allah-Wallahs butchered members of my community for being idol worshipers, for rejecting the call for unholy jihad and for siding with their own nation India. The Islamic murderers played dire warnings from their Mosques which pierced each nerve of anybody who held a Hindu name. As the sun turned pale, exhortations became louder, and three taped slogans repeatedly played their terror: ‘Kashmir mei agar rehna hai, Allah-O-Akbar kehna hai’ (If you want to stay in Kashmir, you have to say Allah is great); ‘Yahan kya chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa’ (What do we want here? Rule of Shariah); ‘Asi gachchi Pakistan, Batao roas te Batanev san’ (We want Pakistan along with Hindu women but without their men).

    The roots of this unparalleled tragedy are immersed in 1986 with a well-planned strategy to execute Hindus from the valley. By 1990, the population saw their age old temples turned to ruins and lives at risk. As Pakistan stepped up their campaign against India, new Islamic terror outfits suddenly mushroomed in the state. As Jamait-e-Islami financed all madarsas to poison them against the minority Hindus and India, Pakistan further dictated youth to launch Jihad against India. A terror strike so meticulously planned that its unprecedented display was terrifying. As camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) began to provide training to innumerable Muslim men, India witnessed the emergence of the bloodiest Kalashnikov culture in the valley. The victims- innocent and non-violent minority- the Kashmiri Pandits.

    The Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, abandoned his responsibilities and the administration, the state and people lay like cattle on an open road. The hidden fact of rigged elections in 1987 had by then become a lucid statement. Today 22 years later, Omar Abdullah takes position of the same majestic throne, though I wonder how efficiently he would carry forward the state of affairs. Will he like his father ruin the backbone of the state and leave the minority Hindus helpless as always, or will he rise above politics, religion to create space for Pandits in their valley? The unanswered question lingers on.

    When Farooq Abdullah escaped underground, Jagmohan took reigns as the governor of the state. Though not very competent to handle an already ruined socio-political situation, he as a mark of remarkable leadership helped Kashmiri Pandits receive safe shelter. Jagmohan charted out an exceptional strategy to counter Islamic fanatics and also opened his Durbar (Office) to public irrespective of time. He visited families of the martyred Hindus. About one such meeting with the family of Satish Tickoo, murdered by communal JKLF goon Bitta Karate , he wrote an outstanding excerpt in his book, ‘My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir’- “In Habba-Kadal, except for the long row of our vehicles, nothing was seen on the streets. The afternoon rain appeared to have soaked the houses with depression. The few windows that were open were without even the usual dim light. The dark clouds overhead completed the picture of gloom… The house of Tickoo was like a shattered nest. Everything lay scattered. The grim atmosphere around told the tale more vividly…”

    He further wrote, “As I was about to leave, Satish’s uncle who was a bit vociferous and assertive, insisted that I should go upstairs and see the family deity. I agreed. A calm majestic figure was soon visible. It looked so imposing even in the darkness… With tears in their eyes, the family members thanked me and the accompanying officers. We were all moved over the sad plight of the family”.

    However one excerpt that mirrored my anxiety of 19 years was composed in words by Jagmohan, “Looking at the compact and enmeshed houses, and the by-lanes which acted like fine threads of a well-knit fabric, I wondered how these families, who had all their Gods and Goddesses here, and had deep roots in the soil, could leave and settle in distant and unfamiliar lands. Sometimes life is unaccountably cruel. And we human beings have, perhaps, no option but to suffer – suffer in silence, or wail”.

    Satish Tickoo was not the lone martyr who fell to the bullets of so-called revolutionaries. Tika lal Taploo, Nilkanth Ganjoo, Sarla Bhat, and countless others followed the target list of JKLF and other Islamic Terror outfits backed by Pakistan financially, psychologically and politically. An absent government, collapsed administration, and a petrified community saw despondency set in. As the moonlight of January 19, 1990 wore itself out, despondency gave way to desperation. Tens of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits across the valley decided to take an agonizing decision, to flee their homeland and save their lives and religion from rabid Jihadis…

    …Thus took place a 20th century Exodus.

    Pandits left the valley, with an approximate statistics of more than three lakh and fifty thousand. Almost a thousand Pandit men, women and children were slaughtered to death in 1990 alone by these revolutionaries of Islam. Surprisingly on paper, official figures clogged at only 209 killed! Alas! Soon the J&K government shall disown the whole Pandit community as aborigines of Kashmir.

    In this 19th year, a few hundred frightened Pandits still live scattered across the valley in far flung areas hoping against hope for peace and their brethren to step on the snow once again.

    This 19th year embarks upon a history of bullets to makeshift camps in Jammu with torturous summer heat to snake and scorpion bites and finally dreadful diseases. Seven camps in Jammu are an uninhabitable asylum for around 50,000 Kashmiri Pandits. The only perceptible change is an upgradation of some to permanent structures.

    My heart bleeds when I watch communal turned pseudo-secular Kashmiri separatists grab the headlines while the plight of the Pandits remains a non-issue. It isn’t the so-called Azaadi that the people of Kashmir desire. They long for an immediate crackdown on terrorists, an end to the separatist elements and those unbearable puppets in the Valley- all for normalcy to return. Though sidelined for now, the political patronage they enjoy could soon take the voices from the Hurriyat and JKLF spreading propaganda of terror and hatred to the frontlines of politics.

    An entire community uprooted from the land of their ancestors is today struggling for its identity. The weak-kneed Indian state shamelessly panders to Islamic terrorists and separatists who claim they are the final arbiters of Jammu and Kashmir’s destiny. A part of India’s cultural heritage is destroyed; a chapter of India’s civilization has been erased. And, our jhola-wallah brigade of ‘secular’ activists unabashedly turns their back to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. To them I believe, ‘Hindu sorrow, inflicted by Islamic terror’ is a truth perhaps too harsh to accept. Thereby hangs a tragic tale that is completely wiped out from public memory.

    I am reminded of a stanza by a Jewish poet: ‘…without identity in a street nameless to me, I am a stranger: I am longings, I am fears. I am child longing to belong to his lost childhood and not be outside the present, always withdrawn, apart…’

    I’m as old as the terrorism in the Valley. In these 19 years, the only time I felt the breeze of my land was through the closed windows of my airplane. She beckons me and I am too desperate now to grab its serene quilt. My mother nature has summoned me, and I shall answer her call soon, very soon.

    Till then, in this 19th year of exile like the unanswered questions of our human rights …my struggle for existence also continues.

  6. ajaz says:

    To Mr Aditya Raj kaul

    You are welcome boss,Just buy an air ticket,flight is some 1.15 hours from Delhi to Srinagar and you are back in your home land.very simple.you need some courage and nothing more.nobody will touch you therethese are only rumors that kashmiri muslims are killing kashmiri pandits.what happend in 1989,it was bad luck for both of us,JAB BI BAAD AATI HEI-TO NA MUHAMMED KA GHAR DIKHTA HEI AUR NA RAM KA.

    God bless you my brother

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