What is my greatest problem in the
"When you kill one person, you go to the
prison. When you kill one hundred persons, you are a hero. And when you are
responsible for the killings of hundreds of persons you are invited to peace
My father a petty shopkeeper was picked up from our
home, within minutes hanged to death in the precincts of our house in presence
of my mother, sister and brother with no charge, rhyme or reason.
Neighbouring elderly Muslim women came to console
us. Some of them said that it was God's will. Not an insect can be killed unless
Allah wills. There were tears in the eyes of a few girls, my class mates, but
when one of them told me to forget the dark past and rejoice in the new faith I
was greatly hurt. She told me this while the dead body was still hanging from
our walnut tree in front of our house. I was shown a Muslim neighbour elder to
me 10 or 15 years to be my husband.
BSF by chance suspected something wrong as they saw
hundreds of men, women and children running to our house. BSF helped us to move
to Jammu. In Jammu I pin-pointed names of all those who mercilessly eliminated
my dearest father but all in vain. Kashmir is 100% Islamised now. If I return to
my home in the valley someday, how shall I feel when I face the same people who
proved so cruel and barbaric and easily escaped any punishment even the
formality of being questioned.
Miss ........ Name withheld, Resident of district
No change of heart as regards exiled Hindus. Allow
KPs to refuse to return the valley till Kashmir welcomes genuine secularism:
I belong to downtown Srinagar. During 1987-88
I spent Rs. 80,000 of my life savings to renovate my house. The lure of property
kept me in my home till August,1990 while my Hindu neighbours fled from Jan,
1990. But I had to pay Rs. 300 per month from March to July 1990 for being
allowed to stay back in my house towards donation to the so-called freedom
In mid August, 1990 militants from some far of
place in Srinagar came with arms. They packed up all our valuables, beat us
mercilessly and asked us to flee. No neighbour even whispered in our favour, not
even those who recovered the monthly Jiziya from us.
Now six long years have elapsed. Our house in
Srinagar has become residence of a militant family. Here in Jammu I pay Rs. 1200
monthly as rent without getting even a penny from the one who occupied my house.
I am not an exception. Same is true with many many families in exile. For the
Central Govtt. things have improved. There is a change in Muslim hearts. For me
it is a blatant lie and bluff of the nincompoop rulers ignorant of ground
(Sirname withheld upon request)
Mother of one Dilip Kumar, B.A. (aged 24 years) S/o
of Late Mohan Lal R/O village Mujamarg, Tehsil Shopiyan, District Pulwama
presently in Muthi Refugee Camp, Jammu, relates the following harrowing tale.
My son Dilip was promised a job by one Habib Rishi
of Reshipora Zanipora a local Congress leader. He assured us of all protection
being head of a militant outfit in the area. It was 1990. He directed some
militants to help us to do our normal business (looking after our orchards and
agricultural land). As insurgency escalated, Habib asked for money to be paid to
some Govtt. authority for issuing appointment order to Dilip. We had no money.
"Sell your land whicf after sometime will be usurped by the militants and
you will have neither land nor job" he repeatedly said. Dilip sold a
portion of land. Habib borrowed spray machine and other Agro-equipments (costing
Rs. 50,000). In all he made Rs. 70,000 from us. But as no orders were received.
Dilip asked for return of the money. This annoyed Habib who had obtained money
to the tune of Rs 70,000 - including cost of agricultural equipment with the
promise of returning the equipment back costing about Rs. 50,000. Dilip was
mercilessly beaten by Unidentified militants and his body badly mutilated thrown
on a street. Dilip's Grandmother, Mother (both widows), sister and unemployed
younger brother were brought to Jammu with the help of security forces. The
Grandmother passed away with a heat stroke. Rest of the destitute family, all
females, are in the Muthi camp today.
Kashmiri Hindu the acid test for secularism in
You can retain the land called Kashmir but can you
give a place of honour and dignity to the exiled Kashmiri Hindu when he returns
back to his 10,000 year old homeland ? The future of Kashmiri Hindu is the acid
test for secularism in India.
How was it that every Muslim contributed to the
hounding out of Kashmiri Hindu from the valley from 1947-90. Now when the dream
of gifting away the land to Pakistan became impossible they purchase immovable
property of Hindus on throw away prices. Day in and day out you see Kashmiri
Muslims in refugee camps in Jammu, Delhi and elsewhere they are erstwhile
neighbours urging ailing patients, starving inhabitants, parents with grown up
girls with no means for their weddings to sell their property in Kashmir. They
did so in 1992-93 in a different way. Then terrorists openly threatened them
that their houses would be set ablaze if not sold. In many cases Insurance
Companies refused to entertain the insurance proposals of the exiled Hindus.
Only one option was left to the Secularist pro-Indian Hindu that was to sell his
house under duress. Will anybody believe that a house built at the cost of 15
lakhs in 1983 fetched Rs. 2 lakhs to a family when one of their members became
victim of kidney failure ?
in exile in Mishriwalla Refugee Camp
Unless those who are responsible are called to
account publicly for their involvement and are compelled to take the
consequences, the seeds for new conflict are sown as a result of such
Appeasing terrorists by calling them militants or
misguided youth or declaring general amnesty is cowardice and denial of Justice
not befitting a civilized government. Such measures do not necessarily bring
about a long lasting peace.
Justice would demand that those who looted their
neighbours property may be made responsible to make the loss good not the public
The Kashmiri Hindu Community is disintegrating
under Diaspora and the death rate of its members is alarming. The birth rate has
come to a staggering nil. Nearly 3.5 lakh Pandits are living under sub-human
conditions whether in refugee camps or rented houses. The government of India
has floated many schemes to uplift the poor and needy but Kashmiri Hindu is not
a beneficiary of even one such schemes
- Sunita Raina
of Jammu Kashmir, June-July
1996, No. 14