The Kashmir

November 10, 2015

A Note For Mr @narendramodi

Filed under: Uncategorized — TheKashmir @ 6:55 am

“When you win, you don’t examine it very much, except to congratulate yourself. You easily, and wrongly, assume it has something to do with your rare qualities as a person. But winning only measures how hard you’ve worked and how physically talented you are; it doesn’t particularly define you beyond those characteristics.

Losing on the other hand, really does say something about who you are. Among other things it measures are: do you blame others, or do you own the loss? Do you analyze your failure, or just complain about bad luck?

If you’re willing to examine failure, and to look not just at your outward physical performance, but your internal workings, too, losing can be valuable. How you behave in those moments can perhaps be more self-defining than winning could ever be. Sometimes losing shows you for who you really are.”
― Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

Bihar election result must have been a rude awakening for Mr Narendera Modi , as after all this election too turned out be his as much a personal defeat as 2014 national election was his personal win .  It is time Mr Modi along with his party would analyse the reason for the biggest loss they have made in past few years .

2014 national elections gave Mr Modi & BJP a clear mandate , and the mandate was for development , the mandate was against corruption , against price rise , against dynastic politics . Mr Modi started of well connecting with the media & the masses , after all who doesn’t remember when Mr Modi bowed at the steps of Indian Parliament or got chocked in emotions after getting sworn in as Prime Minister of India.

Many promises were made , immediately media started reporting that ministers have started visiting offices to check if employees come on time and checks put in place to control corruption . We saw on television Mr Modi taking report from ministers on completion of 100 days and progress made so far . It gave us all a ray of hope that change has started to come .

And then the news stopped coming in . Ministers became difficult to approach . Seemed like the previous Govt ,they too have finally found their ivory towers . Common man has no knowledge what the Govt is doing . All common man heard was that the rate of pulses have become more expensive than the price of chicken . Rupee has become all time weaker against US Dollar .All actions against Mr Vadra , Mr Modi had promised , in all his pre election speeches are being recalled . Information & Braodcasting ministry didnt seem to communicate the facts .

Groups which have traditionally been considered anti Mr Modi were waiting for this weak moment and they started re grouping . Many of The NGO’s who were accused of working at behest of some foreign groups to influence Indian politics along with some media houses , known editors , TV anchors & editors grew bolder and bolder to spread disinformation against the Govt & hitting out at Mr Modi’s Govt .

To discredit Mr Modi , it all started with propaganda of so called ” attacks on churches ” in NCR of Delhi . For days & weeks together we saw most of newspapers & TV channels busy with this debate that minority religious places are being targeted in the capital region .  Modi Govt failed to get the narrative corrected . It was later found that in most of the cases , those who vandalised had got nothing to do with any organisation and in some case it was a jilted lover who did this .  However non of editors in print of television tried to share the information with their readers / viewers .  Mr Modi govt became as helpless , as helpless as a Yazidi in Syria .

Media & anti Mr Modi group had just tasted blood , and when they became bolder they started selling stories about beefban in Jammu & Kashmir . Surprisingly , not one person from Mr Modi’s Govt came forward to tell the media that nothing was new regarding selling of beef as illegal in Jammu & Kashmir as the law under Ranbir Penal Code banning sale of bovine exists in the state even before the state acceded to India .  The story kept on selling in media houses , and again Mr Modi Govt appeared like those Indian spectators who used to go & watch India vs Pakistan cricket in Sharjah.

Even in case of some murders of individuals in state being governed by Congress or Samajwadi Party , all media houses instead of targeting those Govt;s started targeting Mr Modi instead . Mr Modi became their favourite punching bag. Even a shoddy performance by a constable in Delhi is now linked to performance of Prime Minister of India.

Information & Broadcasting ministry in Mr Modi’s Govt just did not fail . They found 10,000 ways that dont work to control falsehood being spread against Mr Modi”s Govt .

Not only this , one must accept that the Modi Govt’s disconnect with the masses and its understanding about what is happening at ground zero in each state started growing . All of a sudden we saw emergence of Hardik Patel in Mr Modi’s own state bringing Ahmedabad to complete halt . How is it that Mr Modi was unaware and allowed such a situation to be built ?

Mr Modi should realise that one of the most hard core supporters of him are the Kashmiri Pandits , who continue to support him , even though being disillusioned . Not once in last 18 months has Mr Modi tried to visit a migrant camp in Jammu .  While Mr Modi has time to attend marriage functions in Yadav family or Harbhajan’s marriage reception  [ nothing against that ] , Mr Modi could not get an hour spare to visit the refugee camp of Kashmiri Pandit community .  Not only that , even though knowing that the true representatives of Kashmiri Pandits are Panun Kashmir , elements from BJP have been trying to ignore & discredit Panun Kashmir .  As a prime minister you owe responsibility to visit Kashmir during or after the flood and even extend help to the muslim brethren , but remember Kashmiri Pandits cntinue to be supporters who had expectations from you . And the feeling within the community is that you have completely ignored them .

You have a plan for Kashmiri Pandits , but what good is the plan if you wish to implement if that goes against the wishes of majority in this community . That would be called treachery . This community trusts you like they trust God.

Remember, To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved

Jammu which gave a clean sweep to BJP , has no super speciality hospital . Despite being promised AIIMS , the region continues to be neglected and AIIMS was sanctioned to Kashmir which already has a super speciality hospital and gave BJP zero seats in assembly . No wonder , Congress is actively regrouping back in Jammu & if things move like they are now , Congress is likely to replace BJP as the second largest party in the state .

Many people wonder what and who drives BJP . On one hand is the trusted partner of 26 years in Maharshtra , relationship with whom are at verge of collapse and on the other hand is a partner like PDP , which most of us know will eventually betray BJP .

Punjab elections are not that far away . BJP here too appears to be disconnected . Even a child born on valentine day of 2015 would be that much aware as how big liability Akali Dal has become . It actually surprises people that BJP is still happy carrying forward with the liability knowing very well that they stand no chance. This was the time they could have built their party , created a strong local leader . The chance that BJP gave away has been taken gladly by AAP in Punjab and they appear to be the favorite for next election . Writings on the wall are clear . Common BJP supporters had wished that Navjot Sidhu should have been given a chance to lead , but that too seems to be difficult . Loyal to the party , Mr Sidhu stands ignored as Akali’s dont have a liking for him . BJP sacrificed it ‘Senapati’ in Punjab to please a party which is most hated in Punjab these days. Not sure if you have realised that, despite giving OROP , the protest is continuing and would culminate after Punjab elections .

In Delhi , BJP seems to nowhere , whereas Mr Ajay Maken & Congress are taking fight against AAP to streets.

The gains in West Bengal & Assam seem to be reversing . A strong local face needs to be in place .

Not all Amitabh Bachchan movies were super hit . Who could forget Toofan & Jaadugar

The choice of spokespersons on TV is less said the better . It only reminds us of Congress strategy . BJP has done best to follow that .  BJP has poor party’s  many Sanjay Jha all across TV .  I dont find a spokesperson in India’s biggest political party capable of having a public meeting of just 1,000 people and making these 1000 listen . If the face you present to the nation everyday are like these , do remember the benches opposite you in the parliament.

Like all politicians who try to exhaust a tricky subject, your spokespersons have started  exhausting the listeners.

It is time some corrections are made , and getting connected to masses by all BJP leaders , irrespective of elections is one important initiative which should be driven .

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January 9, 2013

An open letter to BJP leadership | @bjp4India

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — TheKashmir @ 5:07 am

Dear Gadkari Ji ,

 

Last few weeks Indians across the country have voiced their opinion in demanding safety and respect to women.  That BJP has been in forefront to demand the same and that is well appreciated. The world has an eye on us.

 

It was around 20th December that Congress spokesperson Mr Sanjay Nirupam , during a TV debate allegedly used many derogatory remarks on Ms Smriti Irani which insinuated on her character and even on her marriage, which is completely unacceptable by entire nation.

 

We in the social media took cognizance of the matter and took up the issue and objected to Mr. Sanjay Nirupam’s behavior  also made sure that he was exposed. Many across party lines and religious divide chose not to ignore the comments and expressed their displeasure in public.  Very promptly senior BJP leader and National spokesperson Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad addressed a press conference and announced BJP’s official boycott of Nirupam until he apologies and no BJP leader or spokesperson shall not appear on TV Panel Debates where, Nirupam is another panellist. This was well appreciated by all.

 

However yesterday, it was shocking to see Mr. Venkaiyah Naidu debate on the same panel as Mr. Sanjay Nirupam on NDTV 24×7.  As a normal TV viewer BJP seemed to have compromised on its resolve and the dignity of its own leader. It appeared as a party that didn’t keep to its own  words or a faction of it didn’t care about the rest.

 

As BJP sympathisers, we felt deceived by the leadership and seemed as if we simply don’t understand what the party stands for. As a citizen we felt that respect for women wasn’t important. It seemed like a casual attitude towards abusers. For BJP debating for party seemed to hold more value than anything else.

 

Gandhi Ji had said – I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.

 

Sir, we wish to know & understand

 

1. Does the BJP leadership not know of the public announcement made ?

 

2. Someone suggested that Mr Venkiah Naidu was not informed about presence of Mr Nirupam on the panel. So when Mr Naidu became aware of Mr Nirupam’s presence , Why didn’t he walk out ? This would have conveyed a strong message  .

 

3. It is also suggested that Mr. Venkaiyah Naidu did protest in the break time. If he indeed did so, do we infer that the channel gave no value to his protest and everybody continued debating? Is that how they treat BJP leaders?

 

4. What action has party taken to convey the message to the channel?

 

5. Considering Mr. Nirupam  is a member of LokSabha and Mrs Smriti Irani a Rajya Sabha Member, has the party sent letter to speakers of both the houses over ‘these remarks’ ? If yes, can it be made public?

 

6. Has the defamation case been filed?

 

We in the social media are fiercely independent and committed to the cause thus we cannot close our eyes to errors such as these. We wish to see our leaders take a strong stand for them and for the ideology with effective media management. We wish the party reciprocates the sentiment and takes adequate measures that would assure us of the same.

 

Thanks and regards

 

May 8, 2012

Kidnapped , raped , converted ~ Rinkle Kumari | #Rinkle

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — TheKashmir @ 10:02 am

Exclusive picture of Rinkle Kumari ~ taken two weeks before she was kidnapped , raped and forcibly married . You may never see her smiling again .  Just in case she is still alive .

From Friday Times ~

Malalai Yusafzai, the brilliant Pakistani girl who defied Taliban’s dictation and stood firm on getting educated and persuaded her peers to do so, is a face of Pakistan that we all want to see. More and more. With pride and denial. We like to see Malalai in denial of Rinkle. Rinkle Kumari, the 19 years old Sindhi Hindu girl who was kidnapped and allegedly forcibly converted to Islam before coercively marrying her to a Muslim Naveed Shah. The ones who show this uncomfortable face of Pakistan are condemned to be the ‘traitors’ and ‘Pakistan-haters’. If trying to correct these painful imperfections of our society is treason, let me commit it for once. Rinkle’s story needs to be told loudly and to everyone.

Rinkle was kidnapped on February 24 by Naveed Shah and four other people. Police refused to lodge an FIR and to include the names of the influential Mian Aslam, Mian Rafique and their father Mian Mithu. She was produced in the court of Civil Judge Ghotki where she insisted on going to her family but the judge illegally sent her to the police custody in Sukkur Women’s Police Station.

Read the complete story HERE 

January 1, 2012

2011 in review

Filed under: Uncategorized — TheKashmir @ 7:37 am

2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

June 22, 2011

43,460 killed in Kashmir during last two decades . Nearly half of them were militants. | #Kashmir

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — TheKashmir @ 11:10 am

Exposing the propaganda of separatists organizations , and Pakistan media in particular , Randeep Singh Nundal has cared to explain how falsehood is being unleashed by separatist politics.

 Here’s what the data says. In the last 21 years, 43,460 people have been killed in the Kashmir insurgency. Of these, 21,323 are militants, 13,226 civilians killed by militants, 3,642 civilians killed by security forces, and 5,369 policemen killed by militants. The 21,323 militants were killed in operations by security forces and include both Kashmiri and foreign militants. And of the 5,369 members of the security forces, around 1,500 are Kashmiri policemen. ….

The records also show another slaughter that has gone on ceaselessly since 1990, a slaughter that nobody comments on, nobody laments: of Kashmiris killed by militants since 1990. Of the 13,226 civilians killed by militants, 11,461 were shot and 1,765 died in grenade blasts and explosions. 

These deaths are the ugly truth that Kashmir has learnt to ignore. The civilians killed fall into a black hole that Kashmiri society never discusses, remembers or protests against. They include two young sisters, Arifa (16) and Akhtara (18), who on January 31, 2011, were dragged out of their one-room house in downtown Sopore and killed. Akhtara took four wounds on her face and Arifa was shot in the chest. They were accused of being “immoral.”

Read the complete article HERE

April 8, 2010

99.14% Kashmiri Pandits forced to migrate out of Kashmir

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — TheKashmir @ 12:27 pm


KASHMIRI PANDIT SANGARASH SAMITI

Sathu Barbar Shah, Srinagar, Kashmir (J&K) – 190001

email: kpss.kashmir@gmail.com

 

 

Ref. No: …………………       Date: 07.04.2010

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

(State Government is now fiddling with the Kashmiri Pandits Data,

false reports submitted in the State Assembly)

 

The recent statements given by the representative of the ruling government on the floor of house has put us in a great shock. We never expected that the State Government will even fiddle with the data related to the Kashmiri Pandit Community. As we can understand that if they do so in respect of the Majority Community to satisfy their bosses in New Delhi, but to whom the State Government want to satisfy that they concealed the gave the distorted the facts and figures related to the Kashmiri Pandit Community.

 

In the year 2008 KPSS initiated a Independent Census Program of the Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley and visited every nook and corner of the State to collect the data related to the Kashmiri Pandits viz-a-viz population (pre 1990 upto 31.03.2008), Killings, temples, health, jobs, financial status and other important factors.

 

Population (Pre 1989 upto 31.03.2008) / Migration

 

Sr. No. Time Period Kashmiri Pandit Population
In Kashmir Valley (families) Migration (families) %age
1 Till 01.01.1990 75,343
2 01.01.1990 – 31.08.1990 40,741 34,602 45.93
3 01.09.1990 – 31.03.1992 6,460 34,281 84.14
4 01.04.1992 – 31.03.1998 3,773 2,687 41.59
5 01.04.1998 – 31.03.2008 651 3,122 82.74
Total 74,692 99.14

These figures reveal that out of 75,343 (3,67,289 souls) families; 74,692 (3,64.130 souls i.e. 99.14%) families of Kashmiri Pandits living in Valley opted for migration from time to time. These figures also reveal that the KP population in the Valley is still draining out and obviously, it is not the security reason. This clearly indicates that the State and Central Government have failed in restoring their faith in the Community and nothing positive has been done to stop this effectively.

What about those who didn’t got themselves as registered with the State / Central Government and were also forced to leave the valley from time to time. That means that the State Government is not going to own them back if the normalcy prevails in this part of the World.

Presently the Census done by the KPSS reveals that there are 651 families at 104 places living in the Valley having than 2756 souls by the end of March, 2008.

On the contrary Government claims that 808 Kashmiri Pandit families are still in Valley.

Kashmiri Pandit Killing

 

As per the report of the Government 219* Kashmiri Pandits have been killed during the past 20 years by the militants.

 

But as per the information so accured by the KPSS, hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits were killed during the past 20 years and the first list of 403** persons has been identified those who have been killed by the militants.

 

Even the cases related to the massacres have been closed by the State Government on the want of evidence. For which KPSS has already filed a compliant before State Human Rights Commission.

 

Temples

 

As per the State Government report only 170 out of 430 temples have been damaged in the militancy related incidents in Kashmir Valley past 20 years. It also said that out of 170 temples 90 have been renovated with costs Rs.33.00 lacs to the State Government.

 

But, as on 31.03.2008, during the census programme KPSS came across 665 temples which have been damaged due to the militancy related incidents during past 20 years. And we ask State Government to just publish the list of temples that they claim to have been renovated during the past 20 years alongwith the cost incurred on each temple.

All the figures so given by the State Government representative on the floor of House is very un-realistic and smells some conspiracy against the Kashmiri Pandit Community.

KPSS is going to organize a series of seminars on these issues in the coming days against the false propaganda of State / Central Government so that the world community can understand the malafide intentions of State / Central Government against this miniscule Community.

Sanjay K. Tickoo

President

+91-9906564741

* The so called official figures of number of pandits killed is dsiputed and have not accepted by Pandit community. The community feels the figures are not correct .

February 12, 2010

India Media – Are they to be trusted ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — TheKashmir @ 10:33 am

As you must be aware about the controversy going around “My Name Is Khan” , Indian media houses like NDTV , CNN-IBN is busy promoting this movie and all other news seem to have be censored. One of the reason may be to somehow and prove that a pro Hindu Party [ Shiv Sena ] is defeated.

The websites of these two channels have a headline that all shows in Mumbai are going housefull for the day.

It made an interesting reading and i thought about checking the availability, though i would surely not be watching this movie. I checked the availability status for today at “bookmychow.com” for a 7 PM show for today at CineMax , which is one of the most popular Cinema in Western Line of Mumbai.

Attach below is the status at 3:30 PM . As you could see almost 80% seats are still open to be booked and rest i presume would be booked by Congress activists.

Why does our media have to stoop so low so as to lie to ensure someone is to be defeated.

Sick!!!

MNIK BOOKING_SCREENSHOT _CINEMAX_:#)PM

September 7, 2009

Comments !!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — TheKashmir @ 11:34 am

Pls do not post any inappropiate comment .

If you find any comment which hurts the relegious sentiment of any community or relegion, kindly brining to the notice at vicharnaag@gmail.com

Debates have to be won by discussions and not name calling.

I hope the readers would cooperate , else I may have to bring down the blog

January 24, 2009

Omar Abdullah & Kashmiri Pandits

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — TheKashmir @ 8:47 am

While as past has no reasons for Kashmiri Pandist to keep hoping for good , neverthless the ‘endangered race’ of Kashmiri pandits still keep on hoping that justice would be delivered.

Omars party did not field any Kashmiri pandit for the elections , however one of the first promise Omar made was that a Kashmiri pandit would be made a minister in his cabinet.
Till date with around a month of having sworn in, the promise seems to have taken a back seat.
No policy has been announced for how Kashmiri Pandits would be delivered Justice….Killers like Yasin malik and Bitta Karate are still free…
Is it business as usual ?

August 31, 2008

Comments & the Conspiracy

Filed under: Uncategorized — TheKashmir @ 5:24 am

As this blog had been rallying point in the cyber world during the last 62 days of struggle the people of Jammu have started against the communal and discriminative attitude of Islamic fundamentalists based out of Kashmir Valley, attempts are being made to bring this blog down.

People are being prompted to use abusive language in the comment section so as to bring down the reputation of this blog.

Many people have started to write inappropriate language in the comment section,which is not moderated.I try to delete many and many may have skipped my sight.

I appeal to all well wishers to please let this blog survive and not fall prey to the conspiracy. Webistes like “Wular” have been prompting people to use abusive language in our blog.

I appeal everyone to kindly discuss and argue with rationality and logic. Let us not be abusive . 

August 10, 2008

Gautam Navlakha , how does the Hurriyat coffee smell ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — TheKashmir @ 6:31 am

Psuedo secular and anti hindu activist Gautam Navlakha , as expected was furios on national TV (NDTV) yesterday and asked why the killings of Kashmii Hindus are being discussed every-time the Kashmir issue is being discussed.

Guatam Navlakha further said that as appeared in some news media that only 209 Kashmiri hindus were killed in Kashmir ,though the news was never backed up by any official , Gautam Navlakha prefers to hang out to this news to rescue the communal and separatist who have been resonsible for crimes against the minorty.

Gautam Navlakha should rather read the official statement of IGP Police , Mr Sahay in Sakaal Times where he quotes 

We have not prepared any such report and don’t know what these media reports are alluding to.

This proves completely how Gautam Navlakha and his ilk try to hold on to the fabricated media news.

This is not surprising from Gautam Navlakha, who also happens to be the signatory of an appeal which supports that Afzal Guru should be set free and that Afzal Guru represents the aspirations of people of Kashmir.Afzal Guru as you know has been convicted in parliament attack case and has been sentenced to death.

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October 25, 2006

Bitta Karate – Ravana Of Kashmir


Interview of mass killer
If a killer like Bitta Karate, who has confessed to having killed more than 22 Kashmiri Hindus, is released, it will be a SHAME. If Government of India does not seek death sentence for people like Bitta Karate, then they should release all terrorists and killers. A TADA court in
Jammu has fixed October 15 as the date of hearing for the bail application for Farooq Ahmad Dar, alias Bitta Karate. Last month, Supreme Court of India dismissed Public Safety Act charges against Dar, and issued orders for his release. Again a politician, Bhim Singh of the Panthers Party is pleading Dar’s case.Watch Bitta Karate’s full interview at:



Following is the transcript of the interview of Bitta Karate (Farooq Dar) with NewsTrack.

NewsTrack – NT
Farooq Dar alais “Bitta Karate” – BK

NT: Why did he become a terrorist?
BK: Local administration troubled us a lot. And therefore after getting frustrated, I joined militancy.
NT: So you became
India‘s enemy?
BK: Yes.
NT: So local administration did not take proper care of you and thus you became

India‘s enemy?
BK: Yes.
NT: And you started killing innocent people?
BK: Where did I kill innocent lives? I used to get orders from higher-ups?
NT: Who used to give you orders?
BK: Ishfaq Majid Wani.
[Kashmir Liberation Front Area Commander Ishfaq Majid Wani took willing Bitta Karate across the line of actual control to POK for 32 days training. The Pakistanis didn’t trust anyone. They blind-folded them each time they moved to a different location.]

NT: So those people who don’t even trust you….they blind-fold you wherever they move you…
BK: They were taking everybody..
NT: Yes…And for those people you are ready to give up your life…
BK: No. What we had in our minds back then was….that we will separate

Kashmir…liberate
Kashmir…That is what they used to teach us…
NT: Whenever you used to murder someone, was it always Ishfaq’s Ahmad Wani’s order or did you kill people on your own as well?
BK: No. I never used to kill anybody on my own. We used to get orders from higher up. Leader used to give orders.
NT: So you used to get orders to kill anybody and you used to kill them?
BK: Yes.
NT: Whosoever it would be?
BK: Yes. Whosoever it would be.
NT: Even if he would have asked you to kill your real brother?
BK: Yes. I would have killed.
NT: Even if he would have asked you to kill your own mother?
BK: Yes I would have killed.
NT: So this was worst than slavery. Wasn’t it?
BK: No, where was the slavery? As I said whenever someone (a boy) joins, they would ask them to take an oath. They would tell that these are the following tasks. And if someone did not want to do those tasks, then he could go.
[Working for the KLF, Bitta Karate was so completely blinded by his anti-national sentiments that he had no hesitation in killing absolutely innocent people.]
BK: No. There were no innocents. They would never kill innocents.
NT: But you don’t know whether that particular person is innocent or not.
BK: No. I didn’t know.
NT: You were given orders to kill and you killed?
BK: Yes.
[JNSaxena (DGP Police): “Bitta Karate was not a dreaded terrorist but he was a compulsive killer. And we were after him for a long time because he committed some very gruesome murders in front of women and children and things like that.”]
NT: Okay. How many people did you kill?
BK: I don’t remember.
NT: So you killed so many people that you don’t even remember?
BK: 10-12..I must have killed…
NT: 10-12 or 20?
BK: You can say 20..
NT: Were all these Kashmiri Pandits or were there some Muslims as well?
BK: There were some Muslims as well?
NT: How many Muslims and how many Kashmiri Pandits?
Silence…
NT: Were there more Kashmiri Pandits?
BK: Yes.
NT: Why? Why was it so?
BK: We were ordered like that.
NT: Well. Who was the first person you killed?
Silence…Pause….
NT: When did you commit your first murder?
BK: Let me think. First murder I committed was of Satish…
NT: Satish who?
BK: Satish Kumar Tikku.
NT: Satish Kumar Tiku. Who was he?
BK: I got the order from higher up to hit him and I did that.
NT: Who was he?
BK: A Pandit boy.
NT: Was it just because he was a Pandit boy?
BK: No. He probably belonged to RSS.
NT: So what? Is belonging to RSS a crime? Does it mean that if someone belongs to RSS you will kill that person?
BK: As I told you, I used to get instructions from higher ups to kill that particular person. If someone else would have gotten the same order, he had to kill that person.
[Interviewing Late Satish Kumar Tiku’s father:
The guy Bitta Karate, who killed Satish Kumar…for him what punishment do you think is appropriate?
What can I say? My son is not going to come back? How can he?]
[Back to Bitta Karate….]
NT: With what did you kill them?
BK: With Pistols.
NT: Did you always kill with pistols? Or did you kill with AK-47 as well?
BK: With AK-47, we used to attack and fire on Security people.
NT: Okay..And when you had to kill one person then you used the pistol?
BK: Yes. With Pistol.
NT: Did you used to go alone or did you have couple of people with you?
BK: Usually, I used to go alone.
NT: Did you use to wear a mask?
BK: No. Without a mask.
NT: That means that people used to watch you kill someone?
BK: Yes.
NT: So they did recognize you?
BK: Yes.
NT: So people did not hand you over to police?
BK: No. That time people used to support us.
NT: So did it ever happen that you wanted to kill someone but you failed?
BK: No.
NT: So whenever you tried to kill someone, you succeeded?
BK: Yes. I always succeeded. My aim was always accurate.
NT: So what was special about it? How was it that you always succeeded?
BK: It was dependent upon muscle power. Pistol fire is the toughest fire. And pistol file requires strong muscle power.
NT: And, were you shooting from a close range?
BK: No, I used to keep a distance.
NT: How far?
BK: 30 yards….20 yards
NT: You used to kill with pistol from such a distance?
BK: Yes.
NT: And where did you use to aim? Head or the Heart?
BK: Most of the time, I used to aim Head or Heart.
NT: So when people used to die or would even writhe in front of you, did you ever feel what you are doing? Like I am a human being and am taking another human being’s life.
BK: Early on, I used to feel that way. But later on, I didn’t.
[The man who Bitta Karate followed blindly Ishfaq Wani suffered a violent end much like the kind he had given to dozens of people.]
NT: How was Ishfaq Majid Wani killed?
BK: He was killed in an encounter.
NT: In an encounter?
BK: Yes. In an encounter.
NT: Genuine encounter? Was it?
BK: Yes. Genuine encounter.
NT: That means it was a real encounter?
BK: Yes, a real encounter.
NT: Was he firing upon security forces?
BK: No, he was standing in a cover position.
NT: But he was fighting with security forces?
BK: There were other boys who were fighting and he tried to throw a hand grenade and he was shot.
[Looking back now, Bitta Karate feels that Pakistanis have cheated them.]
BK: Back in 1988, when I did my training in

Pakistan, they told me that you do something within the state and when people will be with you, we will take care of the rest.
NT: Meaning

Pakistan will
BK: Attack

India
NT: But that did not happen.
BK: No, that did not happen.
NT: So how did you feel?
BK: I felt very sad.
NT: Did you feel that you were cheated?
BK: Yes. We very cheated very badly.
NT: Do you feel that the path you have taken, militants have taken, the path of shooting, blasting bombs, killing innocent people…..will it help you in achieving your goal of splitting India, breaking away Kashmir from India?
BK: I think it is difficult.
NT: Is it difficult or impossible?
BK: Both difficult as well as impossible.
NT: So why are you following this path? If your aim is not going to be fulfilled…
BK: I feel my brothers should now talk to government. Militants should now talk to government. Dacoities and rapes are happening.
NT: What is happening?
BK: Rapes are happening.
NT: Rapes are happening?
BK: Yes.
NT: Whose?
BK: The girls are being raped.
NT: Who is committing these rapes?
BK: I don’t know but they are taking place.

Lot of atrocities. Dacoities, extortion at gunpoint.
NT: Militants?
BK: Yes, militants.
NT: And militants are raping girls as well?
BK: Yes, militants?
NT: And are they putting pressure on people to marry their daughters to some particular person?
BK: No. I don’t know about that.
NT: But you do know that militants are raping girls?
BK: Yes. They do.
NT: And extort money at gun-point?
BK: Yes.
[How does Bitta Karate react to large-scale surrender of militants?]
BK: Those who are surrendering are doing the right thing.
NT: So they are doing the right thing?
BK: Yes. They are doing the right thing.
NT: But other militants who are not surrendering, will they allow to live these people who are surrendering?
BK: They too should surrender.
NT: They should surrender. But that is a different story. But what will happen?
BK: What do you mean?
NT: I mean, will all these 3000 or more militants in the valley surrender?
BK: No.
NT: So what will happen in real-terms?
BK: As I said, it will result in destruction.
NT: What will be your punishment?
BK: Whatever they give will be acceptable to me?
NT: What do you think will be your punishment?
BK: It is possible that I might get Life imprisonment. I might get hanged as well.
BK: It is possible that I might get Life imprisonment. I might get hanged as well.

BK: It is possible that I might get Life imprisonment. I might get hanged as well.
NT: Which one has the greater possibility?
BK: I think it will be death by hanging.
NT: Is it acceptable to you?
BK: Yes, it is acceptable to me.

[This man who is casual about killing other people clearly sees his own end in a misguided glory of martyrdom. What kind of a cause is this that dehumanizes the man so much that he is willing to kill his own mother

September 14, 2006

The Kashmiri Pandits: An Ethnic Cleansing the World Forgot


REF : SATP

 

Among the worst victims of this conflict are the Kashmiri Pandits, descendents of Hindu priests and among the original inhabitants of the Kashmir Valley, with a recorded history of over 5,000 years. Over the millennia, this community has been integral not only to the cultural and intellectual life of the people of this region, but the bulwark of its administration and economic development as well. The Pandits have now become the targets and victims of one of the most successful, though little-known, campaigns of ethnic cleansing in the world. Pogroms of a far lesser magnitude in other parts of the world have attracted international attention, censure and action in support of the victim communities, but this is an insidious campaign that has passed virtually unnoticed, and on which the world remains silent. Among the complex reasons for this neglect is, perhaps, the nature of this community itself: where other campaigns of ethnic cleansing have invariably provoked at least some retaliatory violence, the deep tradition and culture of non-violence among the Kashmiri Pandits has made them accept their suffering in silence, with not a single act of retaliatory violence on record.

 

January 19, 2003, marked thirteen years since what is generally recognized as the beginning of this process of ethnic cleansing as a result of which the Kashmiri Pandits were hounded out of the Kashmir Valley. On this day in 1990, a Kashmiri Pandit nurse working at the Soura Medical College Hospital in Srinagar was raped and later killed by Pakistan-backed terrorists. The incident was preceded by massacres of Pandit families in the Telwani and Sangrama villages of Budgam district and other places in the Kashmir Valley. While the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) claimed a ‘secular’ agenda of liberation from Indian rule, the terrorist intent was clearly to drive non-Muslim ‘infidels’ out of the State and establish Nizam-e-Mustafa (literally, the Order of the Prophet; government according to the Shariah). Accounts of Pandits from this traumatic period reveal that it was not unusual to see posters and announcements – including many articles and declarations in local newspapers – telling them to leave the Valley. Pandit properties were either destroyed or taken over by terrorists or by local Muslims, and there was a continuous succession of brutal killings, a trend that continues even today.

 

Ethnic cleansing was evidently a systematic component of the terrorists’ strategic agenda in J&K, and estimates suggest that, just between February and March 1990, 140,000 to 160,000 Pandits had fled the Kashmir Valley to Jammu, Delhi, or other parts of the country. Simultaneously, there were a number of high-profile killings of senior Hindu officials, intellectuals and prominent personalities. Eventually, an estimated 400,000 Pandits – over 95 per cent of their original population in the Valley – became part of the neglected statistic of ‘internal refugees’ who were pushed out of their homes as a result of this campaign of terror. Not only did the Indian state fail to protect them in their homes, successive governments have provided little more than minimal humanitarian relief, and this exiled community seldom features in the discourse on the ‘Kashmir issue’ and its resolution.

A majority of the Pandit refugees live in squalid camps with spiralling health and economic problems. Approximately 2,17,000 Pandits still live in abysmal conditions in Jammu with families of five to six people often huddled into a small room. Social workers and psychologists working among them testify that living as refugees in such conditions has taken a severe toll on their physical and mental health. Confronted with the spectre of cultural extinction, the incidence of problems such as insomnia, depression and hypertension have increased and birth rates have declined significantly. A 1997 study based on inquiries at various migrant camps in Jammu and Delhi revealed that there had been only 16 births compared to 49 deaths in about 300 families between 1990 and 1995, a period during which terrorist violence in J&K was at a peak. The deaths were mostly of people in the age group of 20 to 45. Causes for the low birth rates were primarily identified as premature menopause in women, hypo-function of the reproductive system and lack of adequate accommodation and privacy. Doctors treating various Kashmiri Pandit patients assert that they had aged physically and mentally by 10 to 15 years beyond their natural age, and that there was a risk that the Pandits could face extinction if current trends persist. On the conditions at the camps, one report stated that, at the Muthi camp on the outskirts of Jammu where a large number of the Pandits stayed after migration from the Valley, a single room was being shared by three generations. In certain cases at other places, six families lived in a hall separated by partitions of blankets or bed sheets.

 

Worse, the dangers of this ethnic cleansing are also making inroads into the Muslim dominated areas along the Line of Control and the international border in the Jammu region as well, with Islamist terrorists specifically targeting Hindus in these areas. There is now a steady flow of migration of Hindus from the rural and remote areas of the Jammu region towards Jammu city, and these trends accelerate after each major terrorist outrage.

The Pandits have rejected rehabilitation proposals that envision provision of jobs if the displaced people returned to the Valley, indicating that they were not willing to become ‘cannon-fodder’ for politicians who cannot guarantee their security. The Pandits insist that they will return to the Valley only when they – and not these ‘others’ – are able to determine that the situation is conducive to their safety. “We cannot go back in the conditions prevailing in Kashmir. We will go back on our own terms,” Kashmiri Samiti president Sunil Shakdher said in August 2002 in response to the then Farooq Abdullah regime’s proposed rehabilitation agenda. At the minimum level, these terms would include security to life and property and, at a broader level, a consensual rehabilitation scheme.

The Pandits appear fully justified in their reluctance to fall for the succession of ‘rehabilitation schemes’ that are periodically announced. Any proposal to return the Pandits to the Valley in the past has usually been followed by targeted terrorist attacks. Whenever any attempt to facilitate their return to the Valley has been initiated, a major incident of terrorist violence against them has occurred. The massacre of 26 Pandits at Wandhama, a hamlet in the Ganderbal area of the Valley on the intervening night of January 25-26, 1998; the earlier killing of eight others at Sangrampora in Budgam district on March 22, 1997; the massacre of 26 Hindus at Prankote in Udhampur District on April 21, 1998; and the killing of 24 Kashmir Pandits at the Nadimarg Village, District Pulwama, on March 23, 2003; these are the worst of the many examples of the terrorists’ tactic to block any proposal for the return of migrants to the Valley. These massacres and a continuous succession of targeted individual killings have ensured the failure of every proposal to resolve the problem of the exiled Pandits. It was, again, this pervasive insecurity that led to the collapse of the proposal to create 13 clusters of residential houses in ‘secure zones’ in different parts of Anantnag for the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandit migrants from outside the Valley in April 2001.

The current Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, addressing his maiden press conference at Srinagar on November 3, 2002, said that the rehabilitation of migrant Pandits was one of his government’s ‘top priorities’. The Pandits, however, regard the Sayeed regime’s ‘healing touch’ policy with great scepticism. The regime’s decision to release a number of terrorists and secessionists on bail and the proposal to hold talks “without any pre-conditions” with a mélange of groups actively pursuing the agenda of violence has led a section of the Pandit community to believe that the State government, “is turning a blind eye to our plight…”

For a majority of the displaced Kashmiris, the recent State Legislative Assembly elections held little meaning. Panun Kashmir (‘Our Kashmir’ – a leading organisation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits), during the run-up to the State Legislative Assembly elections in year 2002, had dismissed the exercise as ‘meaningless’. They said the Election Commission’s decision to make arrangements for Hindu migrants to vote from outside J&K would institutionalise their migrant status. “The move to allow migrant Hindu Pandits to vote at their respective refugee camps only reinforces the mindset that there are no chances for them to return to their homes, ever,” said Shakdher.

A section of the Pandits have demanded a geo-political re-organisation of the State and the carving of a separate homeland for them. While such an extreme suggestion may arise out of the increasing desperation of a people whose plight has been ignored for nearly a decade and a half, the idea itself is fraught with the imminent danger of playing into the hands of religious extremists who seek a division of the State along religious lines.

Their relatively small numbers, coupled with a tradition of non-violent protest, has made the Pandits largely irrelevant in the political discourse – both within the country and internationally – on Kashmir. It should be clear, however, that the many ‘peace processes’ and ‘political solutions’ that are initiated in J&K from time to time have little meaning until these include some steps to correct the grave injustices done to this unfortunate community.

kpsg.jpg Sh KPS Gill …Former Police Chief of Punjab & expert in controlling terrorism

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