We will one day regain homeland: Kashmiri Pandits

We will one day regain homeland: Kashmiri Pandits
Jammu, April 12
The Kashmiri Pandit (KP) community in exile for the past 19 years today adopted a declaration seeking dignified return and “Union territory of Panun Kashmir” within the Kashmir division at the 3rd World Kashmiri Pandit conference, which came to a close at Jammu University today.

“Today, tomorrow, someday, we shall regain homeland one day,” this was the optimism exhibited by the community, especially youths. The KPs assembled at the jam-packed Zorawar Singh Auditorium showered praise upon people of Jammu for giving them “shelter” after their mass exodus from the valley.

“Vitasta (Jehlum river) flows in the valley of our souls, in our sub-conscious mind, we see the splendor of Shankaracharya temples in the reflection of Dal Lake, writers like Habba Khatoon and Rehmaan Rahi keep on haunting us….in our dreams we revisit the lanes and bylanes of the ruined cultural civilisation,” said head of Hindi department, MS University, Baroda, Shailja Bhardwaj.

Dr Shailja was speaking during the first session; KP Women: Challenges in Exile.

Coming down heavily upon extremists in the valley, she asked the Muslim youth not to fall prey to evil designs of separatists. She urged them to redirect their minds towards the era of modernisation from religious bigotry.

Sikh cleric, Sant Mehar Singh and MLA, Ashok Khajuria in their formal addresses extended all support to the community.

Younger generation presented cultural extravaganza on the occasion. The youth also shared their experiences of being away from their roots, collective problems and viable solutions in the second session: KP Youth in Exile- Challenges Galore.

In the third session a documentary film, “Journey to homeland” by Roots in Kashmir was screened.

Ashutosh Sharma
Tribune News Service

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