New Delhi, Jan 19: Kashmiri Pandits on Saturday observed a silent protest at Raj Ghat commemorating the 29th year of their forced exodus from their homeland, and said that the Narendra Modi government has failed to fulfill the promise of rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.
Protest at the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi attaches huge significance as the Bhartiya Janata Party wrote in its 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto stated that the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the land of their ancestors with full dignity, security and assured livelihood” was BJP’s first priority but Modi government has forgotten its completely.
They took an oath to return to Kashmir Valley and appealed to the government to fulfil its duty by facilitating their return and demanded creation of a separate township in the valley for them.
They commemorated Kashmiri Pandit Exodus Day, the organisers said in a statement.
On this day in 1990 hundreds of thousands of protesters, along with armed militants, occupied streets of Kashmir shouting slogans against the minority community which eventually led to their exodus from the valley.
Around 1.5 lakh Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to flee from
Kashmir by terrorists and Islamic fanatics in 1990 during a high tide of militancy in the region. Most of the displaced took refuge in Jammu where they lived in camps and many came to the national capital.
Kashmiri Pandits demanded that the exodus be recognised as a genocide, an ethnic cleansing, and a Special Investigation Team be formed to look into the killings.