II: Chapter 11
LOOT AND BURNING
as a nursery of learning and religion has to its credit multi-dimensional
and multi-faceted contributions to the mainstream culture and civilisation
of India. There is no segment of human learning and abstract thought which
intellectuals and thinkers of Kashmir have not nourished and enriched with
loftiness of their thought and sublimity of their expression. The prolific
faculties that they were endowed with have found remarkable expression
in the annals of philosophy, aesthetics, poetics, sculpture and architecture
and more than most in mathematics, astronomy and astrology. Kashmir as
is universally recognised vitas a pivotal centre of Sanskrit learning and
erudition and as such had been a locus of attraction for a galaxy of scholars
and savants with urges to satiate their thirst for knowledge and up-date
their learning levels and scales. Kalhan, Jonraj, Srivar, Abhinavgupta, Somanand,
Utpaldev, Somdev, Kshemendra
et al transformed Kashmir
into an intellectual centre of tremendous reputation through their scholarly
attainments and this was how on the basis of trendsetting contributions
to the total canvas of learning and scholarship Kashmir earned the honoured
appellation of "Sharda Peeth", a hallowed centre of learning.
like an avalanche upon Kashmir was ruthless in the destruction of "Sharda
Peeth", its heritage, value-structure and usages. The Muslim anxiety religious
in nature to destruct and root out the past of Kashmir (and as is well
- known past lies buried in books) generated an unabated fury to tear,
mutilate and burn the treasure-trove of books that reflected like a mirror
the 5000-year old cultural and civilisational history from the seminal
promptings to the stages of full flowering. As the ruling cliques of Muslims
sharing their ethos of intolerance, strife and disorder with their co-religionists
inhabiting various regions and belts of territory were in pursuit of the
malignant objective of genocide of Kashmiri Pandits, it would have remained
an unfinished task of a set agenda had they not burnt their books on a
stunning scale. As is amply testified by historical evidences the Buddhist,
Shaivite and Vaishnavite places of worship littering over the land of Kashmir
were not only cultural and religious symbols but receptacles of learning
and centres of golden light of enlightenment dispelling mental obscurities
and intellectual cobwebs through rare books and tomes orchestrating an
ethos that surmounted the crude and un-seemly antagonism and strife generated
in the name of religion. The destruction of books and libraries involved
the same parameters of religious zeal and fanaticism with which destructive
proselytisation was pursued and realised.
of Kashmiri Pandits owing its perception and motivation to the Sayyids
was translated into actual praxis by Sikander, the book burner, who executed
interalia the deliberate plan of destruction and decimation of Hindu knowledge
and learning with the objective of promoting the Islamic brand of theology
and learning with alien origins. As a psychopath with theo-fascist traits
and proclivities he added new chapters to the Muslim history that is replete
with instances of burning of books and libraries. The books as cultural
objects dilating on Hindu learning, philosophy and theology were savagely
fed to the kitchen fires and bath-room boilers of Sayyids who have been
acclaimed as the harbingers of Islamic faith in Kashmir. The libraries
which were set on fire with impunity went on burning and smouldering for
months on end. Not only did the psycopath impose punitive levies and cesses
on the Pandits but also destructed their faith and its reflections and
explanations in books with the vicious objective of causing a hiatus in
the history of culture and civilisation that the Pandits of Kashmir had
actively shaped and were a heir to.
Records Srivar, "Sikander under the inspiration of yavanas (Muslims) burnt books,
(saklan pustakan) the same way as fire burns hay."
Being an erudite
scholar of Sanskrit Srivar has deliberately taken to the plank of wrong
grammar to focus, stress and disseminate Sikander's heinous crime of destructing
books on an unimaginable scale.
Again he records,
"All the scintillating works faced destruction in the same manner that
lotus flowers face with the onset of frosty winter."
As an inveterate
enemy of human knowlege and learning Sikander replicated the Muslim history
of burning libraries that were bedecked with precious books on all segments
of human learning and creative impulses. The Kashmiri Pandits vexed and
mortified at whole-sale despoliation of their precious heritage and cultural
objects fled with a portion of their book-treasure to the mountainous regions
and inaccessible forest areas where they could be safe and secure from
the Muslim philistines. Some Pandits extra-keen to save their tomes and
manuscripts from the Muslim destructionists crossed the mountain ramparts
girting the valley to the plains of India.
"The erudites of that period witnessing the en masse destruction
of books by Muslims fled their land with some books through mountain routes."
state machinery to get the houses of Pandits ransacked and looted and the
choicest books thus got were consigned to the flowing currents of rivers,
oozing waters of lakes and wells and hurled into deep ditches and ravines.
Lawrence, " All books of Hindu Learning which he (Sikander) could find
were sunk in the legal lake and after some time Sikander flattered himself
that he had extirpated Hinduism from the valley."
A Muslim historian
Hassan also writes, " All the Hindu books of learning were collected and
thrown into Dal Lake and were buried beneath stones and earth."
On the total
destruction of treasure-trove of books in the times of Muslim vandals led
by Sikander, Jia Lal Kilam records, "Even in their miserable plight they (Pandits) did not forget their rich treasures which linked them with their
past. They felt that they were custodians of their past cultural heritage-the
illuminating treatises on the stupendous Shaiva philosophy and other great
works on literature, art, music, grammar, and medicine-works which have
excited the wonder of an admiring world and wherever they went they carried
these treasures with themselves. Judging from the depth of thought displayed
in these works that have been preserved, their high literary merit, their
insight into the depth of nature, their poetical flights, their emotional
Devour coupled with an incisive logical treatment of the subjects dealt
with in them, one can easily imagine the colossal loss the world has been
subjected to by the acts of vandalism which resulted in the destruction
of hundreds of works which contained the labours of more than two thousand
of books as leitmotifs of Hindu worldview, Hindu philosophical probes into
supra-sensible realms, Hindu historiography, Hindu aesthetics did not diminish
in its fury even in the comparatively peaceful times of Zain-ul-Abidin
popularly known as Budshah. It is surprising that before his conversion
to Shriya Bhat he is said to have constructed a cause-way from Naidkhai
to Sopore with the temple stones and pillars along with invaluable stock
of books that were looted from the temples, libraries and Pandit houses.
He is the same king that rehabilitated the Pandits after their first forcible
and massive exodus from their natural homes to unknown destinations.
and high calibre Kashmiri pandit scholars and intellectuals having scaled
heights in creative drinking based on an all-embracing outlook and psychical
diversity w ere reviled, humiliated and tortured to death. Bhuvaneshwar
who had tremendous reputation all over the country for his amazing levels
of scholarship in Vedic lore and learning was harassed and put to an orgy
of plunder and loot (lotri-dand). Ultimately under motivations of infinite
bigotry he was butchered in a merciless Muslim manner. His severed head
smeared with tilak as a caste-mark was hurled away on a road-side with
a view to instilling fear and trepidation among the intellectuals who had
not renounced their religion and continued contributing to the indigenous
expressions of learning and scholarship. All the Brahmans who were learned
and had mastery over theology were exterminated. The fanatical intolerance
and inveterate hatred that was exhibited against Hindu lore and learning
and especially scholars irrigating them led to the demise of an ethos that
had fostered plenitude and plenteousness of scholarship and learning.
Nona Dev, Jaya
and Bhima Brahman with their depth of knowledge and breadth of vision were
forced to commit suicide by leaping into the rivers. The Kashmiri Pandit
scholars who were highly venerated for their varied contributions to learning
and aesthetics were subjected to the mutilation of body-parts and gruesome
killings. Nirmal Kanth who had mobilised resistance against Muslim holocaust
was physically eliminated not for encouraging apostasy but for his attainments
in the annals of learning and scholarship. Men of letters were put to a
whole-sale massacre and the books which they had authored were looted,
torn and burnt.
Records Shuka, "Khwaja Mir Mohammad on the other hand induced Kak Chakra
(Kaji Chak) who
was alarmed at the work of Nirmal Kanth and others to give him permission
to act against them, and actuated by malice caused them to be killed."
laments, "O Brah,nans, where in this Kali Yug are your Brahmanical spirit
and practice? It was for want of these that the sorrowful and the affrighted
Nirmal Kanth and others were killed. The oppression of the Mausalas (Muslims)
which began in the times of Saidas (Sayyids) was perfected by Kaka Chakra (Kaji
To push out
Sanskrit from the Muslim courts and relegate it into an oblivion Persian
was introduced and patronised by Muslims strutting the corridors of power.
It was a big conspiracy to wean the Pandits away from Sanskrit language
which had been the fountain-head of their lore and learning and was spoken
even by women. The position of Kashmir in the domain of Sanskrit was so
preeminent that it came to be regarded not only as the abode of Goddess
of Learning, Shardapeeth, but also as the Sarvajnapith (abode of all forms
of learning). Without being prolific on the significance of Sanskrit it
can be said that Sanskrit is even now the foundation of the Kashmiri cultural
heritage. Banishment of Sanskrit and its replacement by an alien language
was an onslaught on the essence of Kashmiri identity. What would accrue
from the language policy of the Muslim rulers was to deprive the Pandits
of their sustenance by keeping them away from the administrative apparatus.
But, to the shock and dismay of the fanatics, Kashmiri Pandits with an
ardour for learning and scholarship took to the learning of Persian and
made amazing and breath-taking contributions to the realms of Persian poesy
and prose. But, Hazar Khan, the Pathan surrogate, did not take it lying
down and issued orders banning the learning of Persian by the Pandits.
If a Pandit flouted the flat, he as always was straightaway to be butchered.
Lal Kilam, "The Pandits were strictly forbidden to read Persian and the
penalty for the infringement was certain death. The degrading and unwholesome
consequences of this order can well be understood when we bear in mind
that the Persian was then the court language and the affairs of the state
were conducted in this language. It is a known fact that the Kashmiri Pandits'
mastery over the Persian language was second only to the Persians. The
result was that they secured an entrance into the administration of the
country. But Mir Hazar wanted them to be ousted for all time from the administrative
machinery and this he could achieve with ease if no Persian knowing Pandit
forces in Kashmir that were in the processes of spreading their tentacles
opened their agenda with the declaration of war on books that were not
of Islamic brand and hue. Darwin was the first target as his Theory of
Evolution does not conform to the Islamic tenets. The Jammaat-i-Islami
as the rabid fundamentalist organisation launched a campaign to ransack
libraries in the educational institutions and flared ban on books which
did not correspond to their fake knowledge about man, world and God. The
Kashmir university funded by the University Grants Commission and headed
by the Governor of the state was denuded of two thousand books including
the works of Milton, G.B. Shaw, Shakespeare, H.G. Wells and tomes on Hindu
Philosphy in a Nazi style. The book-shop vending works of Marx, Engels,
Lenin, Morris Cornforth, Winwood Read et al was looted in broad
daylight at Batamaloo, Srinagar. The library of the Information Centre
run by Government of India was looted by the progeny of Halaku Khan and
set on fire. The book titled as "Pachan" authored by a Kashmiri literattuer
was torn and burnt on the streets of Baramulla and the author was imprisoned
for no fault of his for months on end. A Muslim progressive accused of
heresy for having books of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao et al was harassed
by instituting cases against him and with the onset of Muslim terrorism
he was cruelly squirted with bullets and killed.
As is well-known
the Muslim insurgency backed up by the militarised Islamic forces opened
its ruinous agenda in 1988 and touched a crescendo in 1989. The Muslim
marauders could not but suppress their innate urge and proclivity to loot,
plunder and arson the properties and estates left behind by the fleeing Pandits. They desecrated and destructed their temples, harvested their
crops and annexed their lands and to cap it all looted and burnt their
books as repositories of learning and knowledge. Targetting each Kashmiri
Pandit house for loot and ravage as per the delineated plans the ruthless
marauders acting in the name of Islam destroyed paintings in oils or in
water colours and sketches of inestimable value and images of gods and
goddesses and human figures sculpted out of bronze and other materials
to quench their savage thirst for the annihilation of their religious foes.
The Muslim destructionists chasing the grand plan of ethnic cleansing have
been following to a dot the objective of uprooting and destructing the
indigenous patterns of culture which are embedded and enshrined in books
in the native language. Books in the words of Jean Paul Sartre are "Culture
objects" replete with value-based conceptualizations about the inter-action
that humanity in general had between itself and the surrounding milieu.
Books are a sure key to self-discovery and also provide a safe corridor
to the past. Books establish the continuity and coherence of a civilization.
As the Muslim revanchists in their designs are out to destroy the community
of Pandits, numerically a minority, they are destroying their books to
give a hiatus to their 5000-year old cultural and civilisational process
and also break their un-interrupted tryst with the goddess of learning.
There is much of pith in the statement "If you want to destroy a community,
burn its books."
Man can beget
sons but he cannot beget books. As a commonsense stuff it can be understood
that a man impelled by his natural instincts and drives can procreate but
he is absolutely incapable of procreating a book symbolising his culture
as an accumulated store-house of values, traditions, customs and mental
patterns. A book invests a man with self-articulation. It gives him a definition
and invests him with a high sense of pride. The Muslim marauders with five
hundred years of history in Kashmir have been chasing Islamisation with
a view to rendering the Kashmiri Pandits as "Cultural destitutes" by destroying
their "Cultural autonomy" which they presume is the prelude to their
assimilation and final decimation without any resistance. With the motive
of destroying Sanskrit learning and its vestiges in Kashmir the invaluable
treasure of Sanskrit manuscripts in Sharda script that was preserved in
the Research Library, Srinagar was shifted to the Department of Central
Asian Studies where it is said to have been dumped in gunny bags left to
the care of hostile moths. The manuscripts are a veritable treasuretrove
dilating on mind-body disciplines, recondite philosophical doctrines, arcane
fortune telling systems, integrated theoretical systems from aesthetics
to rhetoric and complexities of language nuances.
The books looted
from Pandit clusters prior to their total decimation have been contemptuously
torn, mutilated and scattered over the interiors of the houses. There are
marauders who have collected numerous books on varied subjects, and have
been selling them by weight. There is a special class of Muslim marauders
who have dumped a huge stock of invaluable books in their residential quarters
and have been selling them to retailers who in turn tear them page by page
and convert them into cones and other geometrical shapes to vend off their
retail items like tea, sugar, salt, spices et al. There are Muslim fanatics
of the Jammaat-i-Islami breed who make a pile of the looted books in the
isolated corner of a lane and set it afire chanting "death to Pandit Kaisers."
A few more cunning among them harness the services of Kashmiri Pandit hostages
staffing back in the valley and despatch them to Jammu and other metropolises
to mobilise the sale of old manuscripts in Shardascript at a lucrative
price. The horoscopes looted from Kashmiri Pandit houses are also a saleable
item with the looters.
in the state government, a literattucr by all standards, at the time of
"office move" from Jammu to Srinagar way back in 1992, was shocked and
dismayed to learn about the sale of the looted books at a particular shop
in a down-town locality. Camouflaging his real identity he made a foray
into the Muslim den and succeeded in locating the shop. While accosting
to the Muslim shopkeeper putting on a well-cut beard he was plainly informed
that he had been selling books looted from the houses of Pandit Kafirs
who had fled the land thus rendering a damage to the on-going movement.
On enquiry he was told that he himself had been looting books from the
Pandit houses and then he had contacts who have been pursuing it as a profession
at the behest of respectable Muslims. "Who are the persons at whose behest
they pursue it as a profession?" asked the officer. "That I cannot tell",
was the reply. Ultimately the officer was led into the interior of the
shop where he purchased 5 kgs of books for fifty rupees. When back home
he was surprised and vexed to find that the books he had purchased included
Stein's Rajtarangini and two volumes of Nilmat Puran. On perusal he discovered
that all the books he had fetched home bore the signatures of the Pandits
who had purchased them with the moneys that they had earned with the sweat
of their brow. For the officer it was a shock, but for the Muslim looter
it vas a religious act as he was vending off booty legitimised by the Textual
sources say has emerged very lately as the active disposal market of loot
from the Kashmiri Pandit houses. Old hand-written manuscripts in Sharda
studded with miniature paintings on their margins and books on varied segments
of human learning are said to be openly being marketed. One such looted
manuscript has been acquired by an Institute pursuing research in the culture
of Kashmir at Delhi. Gangs of cloth and textile peddlers mostly from the
Punjab and Delhi have been thronging the city of Srinagar and have been
operating as conduits for the disposal of knowledge and culture looted
from the Kashmiri Pandits houses.
There is a
definite and pin-pointed information about some Muslims who have piled
up incredible stocks of looted books and manuscripts and other antiques
in their houses and have been desperately searching for touts throughout
the country to dispose of their booty for hefty sums. Some such touts have
already made their presence felt in Jammu. People interested in the history
of Kashmir are fully aware of the fact that a cause-way in the Anchar Lake
was built with the books of Hindu lore and learning, but they will have
to up-date their knowledge by the Muslim act of setting up a business in
the area of looted books and manuscripts.
insurgents with religious motivations have ethnically cleansed Kashmir
of its original natives and there is a consistent drive to destroy their
cultural and religious heritage thereby robbing them of the characteristics
of a religious minority with a deep-seated consciousness of its distinctive
identity. Books as a vehicle and source of heritage have been under the
Muslim onslaught and this is what prompted the author to probe the grievous
losses by way of books that the Kashmiri Pandits have suffered. Ten prominent
Kashmiri Pandit artists, twenty professors, thirty-five teachers, ten political
workers of long standing and eighteen farmers were contacted and their
book losses recorded. Some cases are highlighted to focus on the cultural
genocide of the Kashmiri Pandits in their native lanc1 which political
myopics still consider a tranquil secular oasis.
P. N. Kachru
is a graduate from the Punjab University. He kept terms in Post-graduation
in English Literature, 1945-46, in the same university. He earned a Diploma
in Fine Arts (Painting) in 1944. He has been the founder member of the
National Cultural Front established in November, 1947 to combat the tribal
storm-troopers who invaded Kashmir in October, 1947. He has also been the
founder member of Progressive Artists Association, The National Cultural
Congress, J&K State Cultural Congress, the J&K Artists Association
and the visionaries. He has held numerous exhibitions of his paintings
at various art centres in Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow and Srinagar. He has also
participated in numerous national exhibitions held by Lalit Kala Academy,
New Delhi, Hyderabad Art Society, Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta, Bombay
Art Sociery et al.
He shot up
in the art scenario of the country when he earned a number of awards from
Hyderabad Art Societal and Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, J&K
State. In 1988 he was invested with "the Veteran Artists" Award by AIFACS,
no fewer than four thousand books which have been looted by the Islamic
looters. In fact, his house was the first to be looted when the loot, plunder
find arson of Pandit houses gained the fury of a campaign. The looters
were gage with the enormous booty that they got from the house. His writings
and his treasure of paintings as his life-time achievements have also been
looted. The losses are inestimable not only to the person of Kachru but
to the entire cultural history of India.
books he had and stand looted are as under:
a) A rare collection
of Agama Tantras of Kashmir
b) Books on
Kashmir Philosophy of Shaivism
c) Books on Kashmir History (Kalhan to modern)
d) General History including Toyenbee
e) Books (rare) on Kashmir Buddhism
f) Books on the Indian and European Philosophies
g) Valuable fabulous volume (illustrated) publication of Time -
Life series on: Mathematics, space-time, Astronomy, Space Research and
h) Encyclopacdia of World Art (running in volumes)
Fabulous books on art movements like Gandhara, Mathura, Gupta, Byzantine,
Renaissance, Impressionist and Post - Impressionist Art.
by and on Sartre, Heideggaar, Kierkegaard and Neitschzhe
k) Volumes on English Literature
numerous collected research documents and Indian medieval Paintings.
is a graduate from the Punjab University. He Kept terms in Post-graduation
in Mathematics, 1944-45, in the same university. His artistic impulses
led him to Baroda for the systematic training as an artist and he stayed
there for nearly five years and earned a degree in Fine Arts. He has been
the founder member of the Progressive Artists Association and Kashmir Artists
Association and numerous other organizations which he has not been able
to name as all his relevant records and documents which he had with him
when back at home but now have been looted by the Islamic looters. Along
with Santosh and Kachru he has been the life-breath of the art movement
in Kashmir about which Herman Goetz remarked, "It seems to be bridging
the gulf of 600 artless years of Kashmir". he has also been a founder of
the Baroda Art Group alongwith the well-reputed artists like Bendre, Shanti
Dave, Jyot Bhat and Ghulam Rasool Santosh. When asked about the losses
he has suffered by way of loss of his books and paintings, he made a telling
reply, "As if I was not born at all. As if I have done nothing in my life.
I have not lived and struggled. I was not educated at all and I never painted.
I have no family and no background." He felt very much vexed about the
loss of his painting "How Green was my Valley" signifying a land-mark in
his career as an artist.
is a name in Indian painting and has held numerous exhibitions at Delhi,
Bombay, Hyderabad, Calcutta et al. He is known for his commitment
to art. He has earned multiple awards establishing his distinction as an
artist from the Bombay Art Society, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society,
Academy of Arts Amritsar and numerous First Prizes from the Academy of
Art, Culture and Languages, J&K State, et al. Very lately he has been
honoured with "Sharda Saman" instituted by the Panun Kashmir
All art works of personal collection numbering one hundred and fifty (mostly
oil paintings on canvas)
b) Paintings three in number purchased from Jatin Das
c) Pen-portrait of Koul drawn by Jatin Oas
A portrait of Koul's sister delineated bv S.H.Raza in 1948
e ) Paintings
gifted to him by Kachru, Santosh, S.N. Bhat (Late), Kishori Koul.
f) A painting gifted to him by Solegoankar.
A painting purchased from S.N.Bhat when he was at the peak of his creativity.
Koul had thousands
of books on varied subjects. The principal authors who were on his shelves
A. Huxley 2. Voltaire 3. Aristotle 4. Cllellani 5. Homer 6. Shakespeare
7. Plato 8. Bacon 9. Neitschtze 10. Boswell 11. Darwin 12. Franz Kafka
13. Books on Picasso 14. The Book of Art (Vol.9 is saved from the cruel
marauderes) 15. K.C.Pandoy, an expert on Indian aesthetics 16. Bharat as
the author of Natyasastra.
Dr. Kashi Nath Pandita, a Scholar
Dr. Kashi Nath
Pandita is a known scholar of Perisan. He retired as the Director of Central
Asian Studies, University of Kashmir. He has authored a number of books.
During debasing exile he has highlighted the human rights violations of
Kashmiri Pandits at various national and international fore. In this connection
he has toured nearly fifty countries crusading for the restoration of home-land
to the Pandits that the Muslim fundamentalists have robbed them of. The
losses that he has suffered by way of books are described by him as under:
"As a scholar
and lover of Persian Literature I considered myself very fortunate to have
got an opportunity at an early stage of my career to study at the highest
Institute in Iran, the University of Tehran (1959-62). During my four years
stay I saved each penny to purchase valuable books. On my return (I came
by a ship) I carried back 5 big wooden containers filled with books.
all printed works of immense value-classics. In all these numbered 2500
big and small works.
Prior to that
and after that I went on adding to my fund till my exile in 1989-90. I
had collected nearly 120 manuscripts in Persian including about 60 manuscripts
I had inherited from my ancestors. These included rare specimens of Persian
calligraphy like illustrated Shahnama, Diwan of Hafiz, illustrated Rubai's
of Khayyam. I had obtained other rare printed books like Persian-French
Dictionary in 5 volumes, literary history of Persia in 4 volumes, Persian
Dictionary in 4 volumes and a large number of works on Iranian history
and civilisation. In particular the fund contained books on Zoroastrianism,
Avest and Pahalvi which were my special study in the domain of linguistics.
My father had
also nearly 300 books on history, Geography and general knowledge which
had come to me as a bequest.
were volumes of class lecture notes of immense value.
All this fund
has been taken away and perhaps destroyed as the entire house has been
destroyed and turned into a public latrine in my absence on exile."
Nath Drabu graduated from the Punjab University and took his masters Degree
in History from the same university. He is a Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University.
He started his teaching career as a lecturer of History in D.A.V. College,
Hoshiarpur and later joined the Govt. Degree College, Baramulla in 1963
as Professor of History. His book "Kashmir Polity" is his doctoral thesis
which won him the Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Academy Award in 1988. He
has earned acclaim as a scholar of depth and understanding through the
research papers which have been published in various research journals
of the country. He has worked on the Lok Prakasa of Ksemendra which has
been listed for publication by the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
His stupendous work "Saivagamas" has won him accolades from intellectual
circles in the country. He is at present working on the Art and Archaeology
Dr. Drabu when
pushed out of Kashmir under a Muslim fundamentalist conspiracy started
living in a camp at Muthi in Jammu. He has lost everything by way of material
goods. He had one thousand books which he had purchased from his meagre
incomes as a professor. Some valuable books he has lost are as under:
a) Books on
Ancient Indian History and Culture
b) Books on
general History of India from medieval period to modern times.
c) Books on
Political Science which included Lasky and Sabine
d) A rare collection
of Kashmir Shaivagamas
e) All Rajtaranginis
from Kalhan to Shuka
f) A rare collection
of art books which included a) Gupta Art by Harley b) Gupta Art by Jonathan
Williams c) Gandhara Art in Pakistan by Ingolt d) History of Indian Art
by Hutchinson e) Art in Central Asia by Rowlinson
g) He had procured
a catalogue of Pehsawar Museum from Dacca in Bangladesh
of Kashmir by P. Paul
i) Art and
Architecture of Kashmir by P. Paul
Monuments of Kashmir by R.C. Kak
k) Early Sculpture
of Art of Kashmir By Paul
l) A Handbook
of Sri Partap Museum by R.C. Kak
m) His daughter,
a medical doctor, had more than one hundred books on various topics of
medical science which also have been looted.
"I have lived
my life. What even if they kill me and what will they gain by killing me?"
These are the words of a saintly son of Saraswati, Pt. Dina Nath Multi,
who was robbed of his life at mid-night by the Muslim killers. Was this
eighty-year old man really a threat to their plans of establishing an Islamic
state? The day he was ruthlessly killed the Pakistan media blared out that
a patron of Indian informers was exterminated. And the progeny of so-called
Rishis believed in what was drummed into their ears.
Nath was a real Pandit. He would be busy reading and writing with his back
erect till late in the midnight. His study stacked and stuffed with books
on variegated branches of learning, from historic to philosophy, from J.
Krishnamurti to Vivekanand, from Socrates to Democritus conveyed all about
the man. He has written innumerable articles which are mostly un-published
and his son, Dr. G.K. Muju, is collecting them to give them a book form.
He had a distinct style of his own and his exposition was lucid and expressive.
His essay on "Spanda" (what it means) has won him acclaim from the American
scholars working on Kashmir Shaivism. "Shine ever more llrightlv" is his
essay which he starts, "Today all of us have electric light in our houses.
The light in our room shines through a bulb. If there is no bulb there
is no light and the light cannot shine without the bulb. But the bulb itself
cannot give us the light. There must be current of light flowing into it."
Pt. Dina Nath
Muju had nearly five thousand books which the Muslim looters have looted.
His treasure of books included
a ) Valuable
manuscripts in Sharda (pothies)
b) All works
and lectures of J. Krishnamurti
c) All studies
on J. Krishnamurti
d) "Song of
Life" as a rare collection of poems by J. Krishnamurti
file of "Theosophist"
g) Nearly two
dozen old Kashmiri Paintings
h) All works
on Kashmir Shaivism from Vasugupta to Abhinavgupta
i) All studies
on Kashmir Shaivism
j) Rare works
on Indian Philosophy especially Vendanta
k) His own
writings on various topics are lost
l) A 200-paged
book "Kashmiri Language and Grammar" in Devnagri script was authored by
him and was ready for publication. If it is retrieved or was looted as
booty is yet to be confirmed.
Ji Razdan of chowgam Noms a saintly person. A reputed saint, Divakak Ji
lived at his place for a considerable period of time. It was at his initiation
that Anand Ji chose and vowed to be a celibate. He would spend most of
his time in worship and finally took to meditation. His fame as a saint
spread througth most of the villages wherefrom devotees would throng his
house for blessings. He was in close contact with Gasha Kak Ji and Sarwanand
Ji who were acknowledged as reputed saints with achievements in mystical
Ji had lots of books mostly devotional in contents which he had stuffed
in fifteen wooden boxes. He had some original manuscripts on Kashmiri Shaiva
saints including Siddha Sri Kanth who was the celebrated preceptor of Lal
Ded the mystical lark of Kashmir. He was a poet and wrote religious hymns.
Some of them were printed also and were made available to his devotees.
He in his ecstasy would sing the hymns he himself had written.
All his poems,
books and manuscripts are looted by the Muslim looters.
Pandita - a lawyer
Kanya Lal Pandita
is law graduate from the University of Kashmir. He has been a practicing
lawyer and in the wake of Muslim terrorism he like majority of his co-religionists
tied his native land to a secure zone in Jammu. He owned three houses which
have been burnt by the Muslim arsonists. He had a well-equipped library
of law-books and reporters which catered to his requirements as a practitioner
of lava. The books that he had gone in for with his hard earned money were
either looted or fed to the fire. With the grievous loss of his books he
belt crippled as a lawyer and had to refurbish his library with new tomes.
The losses he has suffered are:
a) All India
Reporter 1950 (12 parts )
b) All India
Reporter 1951 (full set)
c) All India
Reporter (full sets) 1952 to 1961
d) Civil Procedure
Code (3 Vols)
e) All India
Service Reporter (1950 to 1989),
g) Law of Writs
Law Reporter (1970 to 1989)
i) Mitra Limitation
j ) Medical
k) Six versions
of Quran in English gifted to him by a Muslim separatist now abroad namely
Mohammad Ayub Thakur
Version of Bhagavatgita written by Pt. Tara Chand, a scholarly person
of Kashmiri Pandits after 1947 in manuscript form written by Prakash Ram
n) Bible and
Guru Granth Sahib
Kokiloo is a scholar of Sanskrit and an expert on Kashmir Shaivism. He
has personal achievements both in the fields of learning and spirituality.
He belongs to the legendary family of Kokiloos who have made positive contributions
to the culture and tradition of Kashmiri Pandits. His house at Banamohalla
is burnt by Muslim marauders. He had nearly three thousand books including
some rare manuscripts of immense cultural value which have been looted
and burnt. He regrets the loss of a book " Shivaratri Puja Padati" which
dilated on the worship of lord Shiva on the festival of Shiva-ratri. He
equally mourns the loss of "Jwala Puja Padati" which as a manuscript was
written by an unmarried daughter of the family with a deep spiritual bent.
The Kokiloos have been an epi-centre of the Kashmiri Pandit learning and
scholarship. An ancestor of the family has authored a work on Sanskrit
grammar which even stein has made a mention of. He possessed rare manuscripts
of the works of Kashmir Shaivism and all versions of Rajtaranginis.
Nissar is a reputed poet, author and journJlist. He is the president of
All India Sahitaya Sadan (Regd) J&K, Gehwara-e-Adab (Read) Haryana
and "Sapan Mala" Memorial Committee, Jammu. He is the patron of Panjabi
Adbi Sangam (Regd), J&K and Farawani-e-Adab, Hissar, Haryana. He is
also the life-member of Bazm-i-Bekhud (Regd) Delhi and Kashmiri Pandit
Sabha (Regd) Jammu. He is the editor of the Kashyapvani, Jammu.
About the books
which he has lost and valued them more than gold he writes:
of collection of books, besides my own authored ones, Urdu, Hindi, Sanskrit,
Arabic and Panjabi, was learnt to have been looted and burnt in Srinagar
from my ancestral house at Purushayar, Habbakadal, II Bridge much before
our house was set ablaze on 11.6.1996 by the Kashmiri fundamentalists,
extremists and Muslim neighbours. Some detail of books is as under:
Urdu translation in verse and explanation Ganesh Stotra (75-year old)
Sahastranam with Hindu/Urdu translation and "Namavali" - (100
old manuscript in English
sizes and shades)
(4 series) Hindi
Dictionary (4 Nos)
Aij az-i-Islam, Guldastani- i -Islam
Sukhan wari, Asasa, Ashkbari
( Prose )
Kul Kul Masnavi Zahar-i-Ishk
Khusroo Masnavi Khanjar-i-Ishk
Naseen (Majaz Licknavi)
Ji Ki Yatra
(Pt. D.N. Warikoo)
Indian Penal Code
Ranbir Penal Code
Hoon Main Galib Ka (Hialal Chugatai)
be more books, besides Dharmic literature. I had packed all the books in
4 boxes for their transfer to Jammu in the wake of a new house that I built
in Jammu. But soon Kashmir was engulfed in terrorist fires and I could
never return to my land to retrieve my books which loss has rendered me
an orphan and destitute in the field of literature.
Chrangoo is a retired principal of a Higher Secondary School. He is a post-graduate
in Economics and is known for his progressive views on politics and national
reconstruction. He in collaboration with a journalist yet on the threshold
of his career conducted a survey on the rise and growth of Jamaat-i-Islami
in Kashmir which was well appreciated by the circles that had organised
the survey. He divas a lover of books and continues to be so despite economic
hardship and indigence. On the losses that he suffered by way of books
he puts as under :
Jehad of Muslim fundamentalists in full cry in Kashmir smacks of barbarity,
communal frenzy scant consideration for civilised demeanour and above all
disgust for realms of gold. They have made bold to exhibit their contempt
for learning and knowledge beyond the ambit of Quranic revelations. Motivated
by the same creed of hatred of varied forms of knowledge other than Islamic
they went whole-hog in torching of books enshrining indigenous form of
knowledge. It is nothing but fanatic madness .
a seminary of knowledge and literary expressions has given to the world
a treasure-trove of books which can be treasured by people of any faith
but the Muslims. It is apt to put that books have not been destroyed and
decimated now but Muslims have a history of destroying books either by
putting them to fire or hurling them into the lake waters or burying them
underground. It was done to uproot the indigenous culture forms to promote
an alien, a foster culture form that these daunts is given currency as "Kashmiriyat".
I had a collection
of five hundred books that I had gone in for from my hard earned incomes
from time to time. As a precous prized treasure I valued it more than anything
else. The collection had books on History like Tovnbee's 5 volumes, H.G.
Well's World History, Majumdar's Ancient History of India, V.P. Menon's
Integration of India States, Nehru's Discovery of India, Stein's Rajtarangini,
and J.C. Dutt's four Rajtaranginis. It also included books on Economics
which was my subject in post-graduation. Piago, Mill, Reicardo, Marshall,
Malthus, Schumpeter as names in the domain of economic theorisarions urged
one to bus books on the subject by the Indian authors as well.
On the side
of literature Hardy, Dickens, WordsNN~ortll, Dostovcisky, Tolstoy, Shakespeare
and modern-day essavists and playwrights filled the shelves and lent a
new meaning to my life.
I also had
a good number of books authored by progressive and Marxist scholars and
theoreticians, Marx, Engels, Lenin,Trotsky, Dange, Maurice Cornforth, Rajoi
Palme Dutt, D.D. Kalusambi, and others shaped my views on broad matters
of politics. Among modern day sociologists and philosophers I had a prized
collection of Eric Fromme and trilogy of Alvin Towel. I also possessed
the Bagvatgita translated and commented upon by Dr. Radha Krishnan and
And it was
a great shock to me when I heard that all the books except one were thrown
out of a dis-shaped hole where once stood a window and its fixture and
collected in one heap on one side of the compound of my house and a bonfire
made of them all by sprinkling of kerosine oil. Halaku had done the same."
R. K. Sher
graduated from the Panjab University in 1942. He joined the government
service as a "peshi clerk" in the year 1944. He retired as an office superintendent
when his juniors who were Muslims retired as commissioner-cumsecretaries,
Additional secretaries or Deputy Commission.ers. R.K. Sher is forthright
in blaming the governments that came to power after 1947 which consistently
pursued communal policies with a view to edging out Kashmiri Pandits. He
was superseded fifty-three times with the result he could not scale the
ladder of promotions which his Junior Muslims could with governments pursuing
communal discrimination. After exodus R.K. Sher is a house-hold name as
he has been hoghlighting the fate of Kashmiri pandits in exile and also
fighting disinformation that has been unleashed against the community.
There is hardly a day when a letter from Sher does not appear in the local
and national press.
R.K. Sher is
a voracious reader. He had his own collection of books which he had purchased
from his meagre incomes. The losses that he has suffered alongwith the
experiences of terrorism engulfing Kashmir arc put by him as under:
always leered at me, I was perpetually deep in troubled waters particularly
during the ten years of the Sultanate of Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad. The then
Chief Secretary to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Ghulam Ahmad
Shoonthu (Amma Shunth in Kashmiri parlance) was the most incompetent officer
holding such a vital position. He was ridden with arrogance and fits of
hypocristy blended with communal persuasions in consequence whereof many
Kashmiri Hindus particularly myself were main target of his craze and vanity.
My straightforward bent of mind did not suit his style of functioning resulting
in my getting superseded so blatantly that I lost the very taste and purpose
of life in the prime of mv hfe.
Be that as
it may, I did not care as much fair such aft inhuman treatment for the
fact that I looked at it as perversion of luck which as a staunch Hindu
I believed in, as I felt dazed and rather bewildered at the incidence of
terrorism in my lovable homeland, where I had settled permanently after
serving the State Government for 32 years. My newly raised small dwelling
at Rawalpora quite opposite to the High School on the other side of the
road received a terrible innuendo that some-thing unusual was in the offing.
It was 7.55 AM my sleep which is usually sweet in the morning was disturbed
by gun-shots. It was January 25,1990. I left the bed-room shell-shocked
and saw people gathered around the dead bodies of four Air Force men on
the road. Incidentally an army truck passed by and lilted the bodies. I
feel that instead of lifting the dead bodies so quickly, had these army
men given a chase to the killers they could have caught hold of them. On
my return I welt to the toilet where I felt that somebody was hiding at
the hind side of my house. Had I opened the rear door of the toilet the
killer youth might have forced his entry into my house at gun point. But
fortunately I did not do so and the killer crossed over my compound wall
and save himself in the fore-ground of Mr. Koul my neighbour opened Koul's
gate and reached a bye-lane and disappeared from the public view. It was
the first shot that terrorists had attempted to usher in Nizam-e-Mustafa
in the once Hindu dominated Kashmir.
job of killing unsuspecting human beings was the most heinous in the present
civilised world one feels that these terrorists deserve a word of praise
for keeping their designs close to their chest. Not a wink of impending
disaster could be perceived by the whole community. Once a neighbour asked
my wife as to why she did not go to Jammu as usual. The poor illiterate
woman could not smell a rat in the suggestion of Manzoor Ahmad. When things
surpassed our imagination and my brother from Jammu pressed me to leave
the valley I resisted because I had built a small dwelling alter having
lived 32 years of my life as a nomad.
After my retirement
my delightful hobby was to write extensively about the wrongs done to the
community during Bakshi's Sultanate though there were many who prospered
through his favours. With a view to supplementing my writing abilities
I ventured to purchase about five hundred books out of my meagre pensionary
emoluments on subjects like History politics and spiritualism. The Bhagvatyita
the Quran the Bible and the Granth Sahib were the first books I went in
for. Late Lala Durga Dass's compiled letters of Sardar Patel and Churchill's
volumes on Second World War also adored my tiny but beautiful library.
When I would be in my study with books near line and books on the shelves
to look at I felt that I had all the riches and wealth of the world. I
have no agony on account of the loss of my movable property but I feel
terrible cheated by Providence which did not allow me a chance to bundle
these books alongwith me to lend me support and succour in my prolonged
exile. It is the greatest misfortune that could have befallen me. I sadly
learn that many of these books have been torn into pieces and many arc
sold as scrap. The Muslim looters did not only rob us of what we had by
way of material goods but they robbed us of books which are the objects
of culture and value systems."
is a retired lecturer in History. He served the State Department of Education
for nearly thirty-six Years with zeal and dedication. History was his special
subject. He had collected lot many books with savings from his petty incomes.
About his losses by way of books he puts as under :
"I owe inheritance
to a family that was dedicated to Education Department with the exception
of my father who had found a job in the Revenue Department. My uncle known
as Master Subhershan Vishan was a contemporary of two famous teacher-scholars
Pt. Zinda Total and Pt. Shocker Pandit. He worked as a teacher in the Mission
School established by Tyndal Biscoe way back in 1888. He was a complete
man with high and lofty ideals. A trained graduate of those days he had
earned tremendous reputation not only as a teacher but also as a voracious
reader. Unfortunately he died prematurely and that was the reason he could
not hold the same status in the scholarly circles as Master Ice and Shanker
Pandit held. It was me uncle who inspired me to read books and collect
books. As I had a special taste for history I took to reading books on
history. I joined the Department of Education as a teacher in 1956 and
whatever savings I had I would go in for books that met my intellectual
and spiritual yearnings.
I had collected
a small library of six hundred books on different subjects. This habit
of mine continued with me till I was forced to abandon my sweet home as
a result of militarised Islam. The fate of my house at Banamohalla cannot
be in any way different from the houses of my co-religionists. It is looted,
plundered and nearly destroyed. The books as I learn have been looted,
burnt and some sold to retailers as scrap. Those who could burn the library
in Alexandria could not spare my tiny collection of books.
The books I
had included the following:
1. Great Men
Lotus Eater of Kashmir by D.F. Kraka
of Vitasta by P.N. Bazaz
4. My years
with Nehru by B.M. Malik
5. A Study
of Nehru by Rafiquc Zakaria
6. Neta Ji
Subash Chander Bose by Chaman Lal Razaz
7. Curzon to
Nehru by Druga Dass
to Lahsa by Younghusband
9. Sardar Patel
correspondence Vol I to X by Durga Dass
10. Gulab Singh-the
founder of J&K State by K.M. Panikar
11. Raj Tarangini-Vol.
I, II, III by M.A. Stein
by Ranjit Pandit
13. Birds of
Kashmir by Ruthbrook
14. The History
of Kashmiri Pandit by Jia Lal Kilam,
15. A History
of Kashmir by P.N. Bazaz
16. Roses in
December by M.C. Chagla
Monuments of Kashmir bv R.C. Kak
of Kashmir by Walter Lawrence
and His Times (2 Vols) bv J.N. Sarkar
of Indian States by V.P.S. Menon
Dr. S. L. Kachru
is a post-graduate in surgery. His efficiency and calibre as a surgeon
was throughly known to the people of Anantnag where he was posted in the
District Hospital. As Muslim terrorism was fast gaining momentum there
were massive anti-India and anti-Kashmiri Pandit demonstrations throughout
the district. In one such demonstration Ghulam Mohammad Shah, old and ailing,
also participated and among others he was arrested and detained in the
police station where he breathed his last. The dead body was sent to the
District Hospital for postmortem and Dr. Kachru on duty declared the death
as natural. The issuance of such a certificate by the expert doctor triggered
the wrath of Muslim insurgents and threatening letters started pouring
in to the address of the doctor.
letter in Urdu dated. 30.10.1989 signed by the commander of JKLF, Pulwama
reads as under:
your sinful act you have not only hurt our sentiments but posed a challenge
to our prowess and through it you have invited your death. You have no
right to serve on such a post. Resign your post within 15 days failing
which you will meet the fate of the police officer of Wagura. "
It was followed
by a report in the "Alsafa" date-lined 29 Nov., 1989 with the screeching
issuing fraululent Death Certificate absconding. His abandoned car recorvered
from Noorpora, Tral."
The rest of
the news item reads
"It is reliably
learnt that a surgeon specialist has been absconding for some days. According
to K.N.B, the doctor had declared the death of Ghulam Mohammad Shah, F/o
Shabir Ahmad Shah as natural though the deceased had fallen a prey to police
excesses. After the happening the doctor had started receiving threatenting
letters accusing him of mix-using his position just to earn favours from
the government In view of threats to his life he had managed his transfer
to Pulwama and was running his private practice at Awantipora. But now
he has been absconding for some days. As per available information his
abandoned car was found at Noorpora, Tral. It cannot be said with definiteness
whether he has been abducted or he has gone underground."
Dr. Shadi Lal
Kachru fled the scene to a place of safety. He lost all by way of material
goods but his losses in books are enormous. The books numbering a thousand
including journals and magazines stolen from his residence have been mutilated
or sold as scrap. Some of the books which he has lost are as under :
1. Short practice
of Surgery-Love and Bailey
Text Book of Internal Medicine
Methods in Surgery-K. Dass
Clinical Methods in Medicine
6. Text book
of obstetrics-C.S. Dawn
7. Shaw's Text-book
8. Text book
of Paediatrics-O.P. Ghai
text-book of Forensic Medicine and Jurisprudence
S. N. Zadoo (Suman)
passed his graduation in 1944 from S.P. College, Srinagar. He took his
Masters Degree in Sanskrit from Lahore in 1946. After having earned Diploma
in Library Science he joined services in 1947 as assistant librartian in
J&K High Court. He passed Honours in Hindi from Kashmir University
in 1958 in first division. In 1978-80 he did L.L.B from Jammu University
through correspondence. He retired as Deputy Registrar from J&K High
S. N. Zadoo
is a poet who writes under the pen-name of "Suman". He is well-versed in
Kashmir Shaivism and is recognised as an erudite scholar on the subject.
In recognition of his scholarship he was awarded a prize containing seventy-eight
volumes on various facets of Kashmir Shaivism by the Government of Jammu
and Kashmir in 1966. For preparing a big-data of Master Zinda Koul he was
awarded a prize by the Cultural Academy.
He has contributed
numerous articles on Kashmir lore and learning to various magazines and
journals. He also translated fore-most works of Shaivism into Hindi and
written commentaries on them in Sanskrit.
About the losses
that he has suffered by way of books he writes: -
"I belong to
a family where Sanskrit learing is valued as an asset. My father, Pandit
R.N. Zadoo, was a great scholar of Sanskrit and worked as editor, Sanskrit
Section, in the Research Department. He had a number of rare manuscripts
on Kashmir philosophy of Shaivism which I received as a precious bequest
from him. The same I am dismayed to convey have been looted and must have
been torn, mutilated or burnt.
I had may own
books on Sanskrit poetics, Sanskrit drama and Sanskrit poetry. The number
was more than a thousand which I had purchased from my meagre earnings.
I had made additions to the works on Kashmir Shaivism which were bequeathed
to me by my father. K.C. Pandoy's monumental work on Abhinavgupta, Jaidev's
translations of Shiva Sutra and other works on Spanda and Pandey's translation
of "Bhaskari" adored my small library. All the seventy-eight volumes that
were given to me by the state government in appreciation of my Sanskrit
learning have also been looted and I am told that these works of tremendous
cultural value have been sold to retailers by weight who tear their pages
to convert them into cones for selling their groceries.
I have lost
my own writings which were published in journals and magazines. With their
loss I feel as if I had never been put to learning institutions where I
learnt to think creatively and write creatively. I had translated Tantrasar
of Bhagwan Abbinavgupta into Hindi which I have lost and its loss is shocking.
I had also translated Siddhitrayi of Utpaldev into Hindi which also is
lost in the loot. I had some rare works of Sanskrit aesthetics and astrology.
The same were in Sharda Script. The margins of the works contained miniature
paintings which if enlarged would have blossomed out into full fledged
The loss of
books which I valued so much has turned me depressive."
Dr. K.L. Chowdhary
is a reputed physician and neurologist. He did his M.D.(medicine) from
Delhi Universitv and earned a fellowship in Neurology from London . Despite
his brilliance as a physician he was superseded many a time by the Muslimised
governments of Jammu and Kashmir. When he got displaced from his native
place he was the Professor of Medicine in Medical College, Srinagar. Dr.
Chowdhary is the life-breath of the movement that the Kashmiri Pandits
have launched for homeland of which they stand bereft and deprived. Though
a doctor by profession he has established his standing as a theoretician
of depth and understanding. His assessments about the developments in Kashmir
as published in local and national press are read with bated breath. He
has also suffered losses by way of books and he writes:
did I leave Kashmir on 1st May, 1990 on an indefinite period of exile than
I realized that, besides being forced to foresake my motherland, I was
leaving behind a legacy and a treasure spanning four generations and collected
over nearly 100 years by my grand parents, parents, my wife, my children
and my books, journals, encyclopaedias and reference manuals. Yes, we left
behind books on art and craft, literature and language, science and religion,
psychology and philosophy, classics and some rare manuscripts, books in
English, Urdu, Hindi, Kashmiri, Sanskrit and Persian and translations of
great works of art from one language into another. I don't know the exact
count but the whole collection would not be fewer than five thousand. All
that I carried with me was the Bhagvat-Gita, Gitanjali, complete works
of shakespeare, Glimpses of world History by Nehru, the Rubayaat of Omerkhayaam
and the latest text-book of Medicine by Harrison. I wish I had carried
more and stuffed them into the suit-case which I carried along in place
of the clothes I retrieved in haste.
I left behind
a 50-year collection of my father's law books and library at his house
at Barbarshah-SP College Lane Srinagar-spanning his professional career
from 1935 to 1988 which included all the All India Reporters, books on
constitutional and criminal law, other law manuals and reference books
on legal procedure and civil law-all told nearly a thousand books. He had
willed to donate the whole collection to the High Court Library of Srinagar
and though I got lucrative offers for the lot I would not betray my father's
command. Various people who occupied the house from time to time without
my permission but within my knowledge offered to safe-keep the books but
I hear that the collection is slowly dissolving and all that is left now
is in a bad shape.
at my house in Indira Nagar, Srinagar included the following:
1. Text Medical
books on various disciplines of Medicine, viz; general medicine, neurology,
cardiology, psychiatry, nephrology, tropical medicine, gynaecology and
journals spanning our career from 1967 in Medicine
a) Indian Heart
Journal - Year 1978 to 1990
India - Year 1974 to 1990
of Indian Medicinal Association - Year 1968 to 1990
Association Physicians of India. - Year 1968 to 1990
Medical Journal - Year 1972 to 1982
f) Annals of
Internal Medicine - Year 1976 to 1984
g) Indian Journal
of obstetrics and gynaecology. - Year 1969 to 1990
Geographic - Year 1980 to 1990
Digest - Year 1940 to 1990
Readers Digest - Year 1962 to 1978
Novels, Poetry by all time greats in English language representing the
various continents where the language is spoken - numbering nearly 1500
5. Hindi Books
novels, short-stories and the great epics, nearly 250.
6. Urdu Books
by great urdu poets, Nearly 50.
and Persian books at least 10 including some old manuscripts.
were a number of Atlases, books of general information, three English dictionaries,
one dictionary each in Hindi and Urdu and numerous other common journals
like the Illustrated Weekly of India, India Today, Time Magazine, Sarita
etc. for which we were regular subscribers for more than three decades.
What I miss
most in exile is the company of the great men and women who have immortalized
themselves through their written works. I feel intellectually crippled.
The books call me to my homeland as much as the roots and the history of