#Nohomeforpandits: 26 years after, nostalgic Kashmiri Pandits await return to their homeland
Questions like these are pouring in at Twitter as Kashmiri Pandits mark Exodus Day. Twenty six ago in 1990, more than 300,000 Kashmiri Pandits, or Kashmiri Hindus, had fled the Valley, during insurgency, with a hope that peace will restore and they will return back.
More than two decades have passed and the successive governments have failed to ensure normalcy for Kashmiri Pandits. While recounting stories during insurgency, Kashmiri Pandits say their homes were burnt and lands were grabbed. The community says they fear the same as the talks have largely remained on papers.
However, an RTI states the opposite.
Mail Today, which had access to an RTI filed by a member of Roots in Kashmir Rasnik Kher, reported that things are at a standstill even after one and a half years.
Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has been active on this issue, raising his voice against the unfair treatment.
Today, my fellow Indians i urge you on behalf of lakhs of #KashmiriPanditRefugees to fight 4 us. Don't pity us. Show us tat you care & love.— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 19, 2016
Even Twitter is abuzz with photos and comments on the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley.
Half a million Indians competing 26 yrs of exile in their own country. Yes 26 yrs, no action, no justice not even a enquiry. #KPExodusDay— Amal Magazine (@amalmagazine) January 18, 2016
It is one of d most unfortunate, silent & generally ignored tragedies of contemporary times #KPExodusDay— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) January 18, 2016
A lesson every minority community should learn from #KpExodusDay --> Become a votebank somehow. If not, you are extinct.— Soul in Exile (@SoulInExile) January 18, 2013
Experts say this is an issue of grave seriousness and the governments, both Centre and state, should take quick steps to ensure rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.
Only time will tell, if the apathy will continue.
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