The KP Joint Action organised a Protest Demonstration in commemoration of the Kashmiri Pandit Balidaan Divas at outside the Press Club of Jammu today. Kashmiri Pandits all across the globe have been observing this day since 1990 onwards to pay homage to all those martyrs who laid down their lives while battling terrorist bullets in Kashmir.It was on this day 28 years ago when Pandit Tika Lal ji Tiploo, a towering and fearless leader of Kasmiri Pandits fell to the assassins’ bullets in the streets of Kashmir and the day has acquired a reverential status since.
This year the day was observed at Press Club by holding a Protest Demonstration and the leaders of KP Joint Action who participated in the function included S/Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo Chairman, KP Joint Action, R K.Bhatt, General Secretary, Virender Raina, National Spokesperson-PK, Dr. A.N.Pandit, Upinder Kaul, Roshan Lal Raina, T.N.Bhat, Vimla Chrungoo, Sanjay Ganjoo,B.L.Garyali, Vijay Qazi, Dwarikanath ji, Vijay Saproo, Sameer Bhat, Ruskin Bhat, Rakesh Tikoo and Akshay Pandita.
A large gathering assembled on the occasion, shouted slogans while displaying placards depicting the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus and Sikhs in Kashmir.This year’s Balidaan Divas comes in the back drop of the recent visit of the Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh Ji where the leaders of Kashmiri Pandits made a forceful presentation for the relief and rehabilitation of the 7 lakh displaced Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs.
The Chairman KP Joint Action, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo while speaking on the occasion said that the issues related to the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the KP community are very sensitive and emotional and as such we have demanded the setting up of a Special Crimes Tribunal that would investigate all those cases of murder, mayhem and persecution of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir and also fix responsibility on the perpetrators of such crimes against humanity and bring them to justice. The issue related to the resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits was also brought before the honorable Home Minister Raj Nath Singh Ji and it was made clear that Kashmiri Pandits can only be resettled in Kashmir by addressing their geo political aspirations as envisaged in the historical Margdarshan Resolution in the form of a separate Homeland with free flow of Indian Constitution and without Art.370 and 35-A. He also informed that the Senior leader H.N.Jattu raised the issues related to the enhancement of relief before the honorable Home Minister.
Youth leader and General Secretary of KP Joint Action, Sh. R.K.Bhatt said that the recent decision of the court in favour of the 221 left over candidates is a great moral victory for the community. He said that this was only possible due to the relentless struggle of the youth of the community for their genuine rights. He also demanded the restructuring of the whole Special Employment Package and make it more humane and without the draconian conditions attached to it. He criticized the administration for its style of selecting the representatives to represent the community issues on important platforms.
Senior leader Dr. A.N Pandit while addressing the gathering said that Temples and shrines Bill needs to be given a priority now. He appreciated the role of the delegation which represented the concerns of the Pandits.
Shri Roshan Lal said that radicalisation in Kashmir and developments that have led to the wahabisation of the Kashmiri society is a dangerous situation. He said that the seeds of separatism were sown way back in the 1931 itself and the Kashmiri Pandits became a victim of this policy all along leading ultimately to their exodus from the valley that Pandits inhabited for more than 5000 years.
Virender Raina, National Spokesperson, Panun Kashmir while addressing the gathering said that the Kashmiri Pandits have become victims of genocide, religio-ethnic cleansing and exodus at the hands of Pak sponsored terrorists in Kashmir. Kashmiri minorities have also been the prime victims of administrative apathy, political marginalization and economic squeeze at all levels. He said that the only silver lining is the change in world narrative on Kashmir and the recent rubbishing of the Terror outfits operating against India.We have played our role in the development of this changed narrative and demand strict action against all the terrorist groups operating in Kadhmir. Kashmiri Pandits are the prime victims of the genocide in Kashmir and as such are the first and the primary stake holders of the territory of Kashmir.