Carnage: All human beings would condemn the inhuman ‘Godra Kand’ and its
reprehensible aftermath. The apparent lack of effectiveness in handling
the situation in Gujarat has raised many a eyebrows.
happened in Godra may have pre-planned or may have flared up instantaneously,
but what followed was definitely senseless revengeful reaction in which
the very fibre of our so-called secularism was torn to shreds.
‘tandav of destruction’ scores of people have been burnt alive, it is immaterial
to which faith they belonged to, hundreds of houses have been burnt, thousands
of shops have been looted and ransacked and Gujarat is still smouldering.
The shell shocked terror stricken persons have left their homes and hearths
for safer places - Camps / Ashrams to escape the communal onslaught. Now
commissions shall be set up to find out the reason for this carnage, yet
the truth may never unfold. The lip sympathy of the Government shall fade
away and what shall remain would be scars of ‘tented colonies’ which shall
shame India for years to come.
has happened to Gujarat today has happened to Kashmir viz-a-viz Pandits
twelve years ago. The Kashmiri Pandit knows the pangs of this brutal trauma.
He has had to leave his native place under the grave threat to the security
of his life. He has been living in abject sub-human condition in the camps
and tents in Jammu. He is well aware of the lip sympathy of the Government.
It appears government has become immune to suffering of the human beings.
It is time that people wake up, reject vote bank politics, respect one
another’s faith, shun the religious animosity and spread message of peace
and harmony and thus isolate selfish and self serving politician.
Events: The flagship events of the Kashmiri Pandits’ Association - the
annual Hawan and Annual Cultural Program went off very well this year too.
More than 800 Biradari members partook naveed in most devout and disciplined
manner. It is a matter of gratification that for some years now our Biradari
members have been donating generously for the Hawan, which not only reinforces
our faith in our religious beliefs but it also keeps our traditions alive.
Program wherein Shri Rajinder Kachroo from Delhi was the main performer
went off in a dignified and poised manner. We, at the Kashmiri Pandits’
Association, were sceptical about the fund raising this year because of
peculiar political circumstances but we were proved wrong. Our indefatigable
squad of fund raisers rose to the occasion and achieved the impossible.
Kashmiri Pandits’ Association is grateful to all of them.
lifeline of communication of Kashmiri Pandits’ Association - the Milchar,
we are constrained to inform our Biradari shall now onwards be sent to
only such members who subscribe to this periodical. Much though we would
like to keep up the tradition of sending Milchar to all the members of
the community but the cost escalation including the postage has compelled
us to suspend dispatch of Milchar to non-subscribers. We hope and pray
that members would appreciate our constraint.
J. L. Manwati