Kashmiri Christians & lessons we can learn from Kashmiri Pandits. The Church & community needs to act

Moti Kaul president, AIKS
Moti Kaul president, AIKS

Jammu & Kashmir, March 4, 2012: A global meet for a satellite township for Kashmiri Pandits is being planned. As the government has failed to come out with a return module for Kashmiri Pandits (KP) to the Valley, leaders of various organizations at a KP global meet in Jammu declared that they have prepared one such module of their own for the return and rehabilitation of the displaced Pandit community in Valley.

The Government till date has failed to take an initiative on its own and prepare a road map regarding the honorable and dignified return of the community to Valley and the KP organizations during their one day global meet held under the aegis of All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) have framed one such module on their own, Moti Kaul president, AIKS told reporters after the conclusion of the meet.

He said a resolution on seven points was also passed with voice vote during the meet.

Mr. Kaul who was flanked by K N Pandita convener JKNM, K K Khosa, senior vice president KP Sabha, B L Sadhu, chairman KMECT, Gautam Kaul senior vice president AIKS, A K Dewani, president JKNUF, R K Raina, senior vice president, ASKPC, H N Jatoo, president AIKPC and others said the global meet resolved that the only justifiable option for the return of displaced Pandits is a satellite city in Kashmir Valley. The city should be self sufficient in terms of overall infrastructure, economic avenues, adequate land, decent accommodation, educational institutions, medical care, recreation centers and commercial infrastructures etc.

Giving further details, he said the KP organizations during the meet demanded immediate Constitution of Commission of Enquiry headed by a sitting judge of Supreme Court of India to probe circumstances and fix responsibility of ethnic cleansing of the entire religious minority community of Pandits from Valley in 1989-90.

Mr Kaul said that members were unanimous on political empowerment of the community and demanded adequate reservations both in the Assembly, the Parliament and local bodies, grant of minority status to the community to preserve the ethno-religious identity of this minuscule minority, economic retrieval of the Pandits who are still putting up in Valley and passage of Shrines and Temples Bill to preserve the age old heritage of the community.

He said, the K P global meet was attended by the elected representatives of Pandit bodies all over India including those from Kashmir Valley and Jammu. Besides there was representation of the community from abroad, he added.

Others who were present in the meeting include Ravinder Bhan from Middle East, Ajay Bharti president JKVM, NCR, P N Goja, of Anantnag Prabandhak Committee, Sham Kaul senior journalist, Bushan Lal Bhat president Vichar Manch J&K , Veer Ji Saraf, convener RIK, Prof G K Muju, convener JK Minorities Writers Forum and delegates drawn from other parts of the country.

– fwd: Predhuman Joseph K. Dhar

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