JAMMU, Apr 11: Terming the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Valley as painful, the speakers in 3rd Kashmiri Pandit World Conference turned tables on Government for watching this tragedy as a mute spectator.
While renowned film star Anupam Kher who was the chief guest in the first session of the conference urged the members of Kashmiri Pandit community that instead of holding seminars and debates, it is now time to do something practical for solving their problems.
He urged the community to fight the problem on political front by participating in elections while expressing his concern that not a single Kashmiri Pandit has won the election. “It is important to have your say in politics to fight the system,” he added. Mr Kher, while expressing his grave concern and anguish over the plight of the Pandits said “let us become warriors instead of worriers.”He, while complimenting Jammu people for adopting the displaced Pandits said the community should be ready for an “Andolan” now as nothing has emerged from our long patience of 20 years.
He asked the KPs to launch a decisive struggle by remembering the Mantra that “any thing can happen at any time”.
He also urged the displaced community to join hands for fulfilling the dreams and said that he was pained to see the house in which he used to spend two months in Summer at Karannagar, Srinagar 20 years back has been in possession of CRPF and the houses of Kashmir Pandits on Pahalgam route deserted during his last yearâ€™s visit to Srinagar.
Parliament Member and veteran journalist, Chandan Mitra, said the nation has not forgotten the sufferings and pain of KPs.
He said “till Pandits donâ€™t return with security and honour we have no right to call our selves as Indian”. The Pandits are fighting a war for self-esteem and respect and they have become refugees in their own country but till date justice has not been dispensated to them. “It is our duty to find a solution to their problems”, he added.
He urged the community to continue to raise their voice so that the next Government keeps their permanent rehabilitation in its agenda.
He said hounding out KPs from Valley was the first attack to dismember India and it is also a conspiracy to grab Indian territory.
Former D G BSF, Prakash Singh said that four blunders done by India are responsible for present turmoil. First in 1962 when China annexed Indian territory and “we accepted the control of China over Tibet,” second in 1971 after liberation of Bangladesh, India failed to resolve Kashmir, third was 1984 anti Sikh riots and fourth was KPs exodus in 1989-90.
He accused the media and mainstream political parties for playing negative role on this issue. “We have all resources at our disposal for a powerful nation but the reins of Government are in weak hands”,he added.
Congress leader Ashok Bhan said KPs have faced atrocities since 1931 when first uprising took place in Kashmir. He said the community which has 5000 year old history should have slogan “awake, arise and strike to go to homeland”.
He said if the community fails to achieve this goal “our next generation will continue strike for the same”.
Vivek Kumar an educationist from HP lamented on pitible conditions of India which was once Vishaw Guru . He, while asking people to fight out the nationâ€™s detractors who are hell bent to bleed India, warned that next generations will not spare us if we fail to strike back.
Raj Kumar Tyagi, president Akhil Bharatiya Bram Rishi Maha Sangh, said it is not a battle of Kashmiri Pandits alone but of entire nation.
He stressed on taking to arms against the enemies of nation and justified it.
In his key note address Dr Agnishekhar highlighted the plight of displaced KPs and gave a background of holding this conference.
Earlier, ASKPC chief A N Vaishnavi, Mohinder Singh Bitta, B L Bhat representative KOA,T N Ganjoo and T N Tickoo were given away the Sharda Samman. The awards were presented to them by Nirmala Pandit a spiritual saint. Besides J N Koul was also given this award posthumously. Gokal Dembiâ€™s paintings on three KP icons Shriya Bhat, Kripa Ram and Birbal Dhar were released. In addition to this a cassette of Deepali Wattal, Kuldeep Sapru and Vishal Gupta â€”â€”a tribute to Amarnath martyrs was also released.
A film by J K Bezan and Asha Zaroo on language of Satisar, calendar of Shivlingam by Navreh Foundation, P K calendar and book of Dr Ved Kumari Ghai was also released.
A special session was held on discrimination to which Jammu and Ladakh regions have been subjected to. The speakers in this session were Dr Jitendra Singh, renowned diabetologist, Ram Sahai, president Chamber of Commerce, B S Slathia ex president of Bar Association, Raj Kumar Dogra a famous musician and K K Pangotra.