Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits – A Critical Review
The night of 19th January , 1990 is said to have seen a demented assault on Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley.
Screaming from loud speakers and crowded streets was a message for the Sikhs and Hindus living in Kashmir - to flee their
homeland, convert or die. Islamists, who had stage-managed the whole event with great care; choosing its timing and the
slogans to be used. A host of highly provocative, communal and threatening slogans, interspersed with martial songs, incited
the Muslims to come out on the streets and break the chains of 'slavery'. These exhortations urged the faithful to give a final
push to the Kafir in order to ring in the true Islamic order.
After 26 year the same day, i.e. 0n 19th January, 2017, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly passed a resolution
calling for a return of migrant Pandits and other communities displaced by the militancy to the Valley. The same day,
Panun Kashmir (‘My Kashmir’), a frontline organisation of the internally-displaced Kashmiri Hindus, adopted two
resolutions urging the Union government to declare 19 January as “National Holocaust Day” and create a separate
“homeland in Kashmir North-East of River Jhelum invested with Union Territory status where Indian Constitution flows
Keywords - Kashmir Valley, Militancy, Homeland, Kashmiri Pandits, Islamists, Exodus, Panun Kashmir(My Kashmir),
National Holocaust Day,