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January 20, 2009

19 years to the 19th day of 1990: Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits

Filed under: India n Me,opinions,personal,Random,This Gets To Me,Truth of India — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 8:41 am
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Aditya Raj Kaul sent me this poignantly moving piece . Yes it is time we were awakened from our slumber and reminded of the grim reality. Kashmiri Pandits mercilessly terrorised and compelled to evacuate their homes while the administration sat back quoting incapability. The numbers of Pandits were not as many to evoke a nation wide stir. Wonder what would have been the situation had Muslims been made to scurry away from thier home towns! We all know the answer.

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By Aditya Raj Kaul

I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day

What hours, O what black hours we have spent…

– Gerard Manley Hopkins

19th January 1990. Kashmir was breathing still; Kashmiri Pandits lay hidden like frightened pigeons in their own nest. Today on behalf of my fellow brothers and sisters, I wish to revisit the pain of my separation from my own home 19 years ago, when the cruel hands of Allah-Wallahs butchered members of my community for being idol worshipers, for rejecting the call for unholy jihad and for siding with their own nation India.

The Islamic murderers played dire warnings from their Mosques which pierced each nerve of anybody who held a Hindu name. As the sun turned pale, exhortations became louder, and three taped slogans repeatedly played their terror: ‘Kashmir mei agar rehna hai, Allah-O-Akbar kehna hai’ (If you want to stay in Kashmir, you have to say Allah is great); ‘Yahan kya chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa’ (What do we want here? Rule of Shariah); ‘Asi gachchi Pakistan, Batao roas te Batanev san’ (We want Pakistan along with Hindu women but without their men).

The roots of this unparalleled tragedy are immersed in 1986 with a well-planned strategy to execute Hindus from the valley. By 1990, the population saw their age old temples turned to ruins and lives at risk. As Pakistan stepped up their campaign against India, new Islamic terror outfits suddenly mushroomed in the state.

As Jamait-e-Islami financed all madarsas to poison them against the minority Hindus and India, Pakistan further dictated youth to launch Jihad against India. A terror strike so meticulously planned that its unprecedented display was terrifying. As camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) began to provide training to innumerable Muslim men, India witnessed the emergence of the bloodiest Kalashnikov culture in the valley. The victims- innocent and non-violent minority- the Kashmiri Pandits.

The Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, abandoned his responsibilities and the administration, the state and people lay like cattle on an open road. The hidden fact of rigged elections in 1987 had by then become a lucid statement.

Today 22 years later, Omar Abdullah takes position of the same majestic throne, though I wonder how efficiently he would carry forward the state of affairs. Will he like his father ruin the backbone of the state and leave the minority Hindus helpless as always, or will he rise above politics, religion to create space for Pandits in their valley? The unanswered question lingers on.

When Farooq Abdullah escaped underground, Jagmohan took reigns as the governor of the state. Though not very competent to handle an already ruined socio-political situation, he as a mark of remarkable leadership helped Kashmiri Pandits receive safe shelter. Jagmohan charted out an exceptional strategy to counter Islamic fanatics and also opened his Durbar (Office) to public irrespective of time. He visited families of the martyred Hindus.

About one such meeting with the family of Satish Tickoo, murdered by communal JKLF goon Bitta Karate , he wrote an outstanding excerpt in his book, ‘My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir’- “In Habba-Kadal, except for the long row of our vehicles, nothing was seen on the streets. The afternoon rain appeared to have soaked the houses with depression. The few windows that were open were without even the usual dim light. The dark clouds overhead completed the picture of gloom… The house of Tickoo was like a shattered nest. Everything lay scattered. The grim atmosphere around told the tale more vividly…” He further wrote, “As I was about to leave, Satish’s uncle who was a bit vociferous and assertive, insisted that I should go upstairs and see the family deity. I agreed. A calm majestic figure was soon visible. It looked so imposing even in the darkness… With tears in their eyes, the family members thanked me and the accompanying officers. We were all moved over the sad plight of the family”.

However one excerpt that mirrored my anxiety of 19 years was composed in words by Jagmohan, “Looking at the compact and enmeshed houses, and the by-lanes which acted like fine threads of a well-knit fabric, I wondered how these families, who had all their Gods and Goddesses here, and had deep roots in the soil, could leave and settle in distant and unfamiliar lands. Sometimes life is unaccountably cruel. And we human beings have, perhaps, no option but to suffer – suffer in silence, or wail”.

Satish Tickoo was not the lone martyr who fell to the bullets of so-called revolutionaries. Tika lal Taploo, Nilkanth Ganjoo, Sarla Bhat, and countless others followed the target list of JKLF and other Islamic Terror outfits backed by Pakistan financially, psychologically and politically. An absent government, collapsed administration, and a petrified community saw despondency set in.

As the moonlight of January 19, 1990 wore itself out, despondency gave way to desperation. Tens of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits across the valley decided to take an agonizing decision, to flee their homeland and save their lives and religion from rabid Jihadis… …

Thus took place a 20th century Exodus. Pandits left the valley, with an approximate statistics of more than three lakh and fifty thousand. Almost a thousand Pandit men, women and children were slaughtered to death in 1990 alone by these revolutionaries of Islam. Surprisingly on paper, official figures clogged at only 209 killed! Alas! Soon the J&K government shall disown the whole Pandit community as aborigines of Kashmir.

In this 19th year, a few hundred frightened Pandits still live scattered across the valley in far flung areas hoping against hope for peace and their brethren to step on the snow once again. This 19th year embarks upon a history of bullets to makeshift camps in Jammu with torturous summer heat to snake and scorpion bites and finally dreadful diseases. Seven camps in Jammu are an uninhabitable asylum for around 50,000 Kashmiri Pandits. The only perceptible change is an upgradation of some to permanent structures.

My heart bleeds when I watch communal turned pseudo-secular Kashmiri separatists grab the headlines while the plight of the Pandits remains a non-issue. It isn’t the so-called Azaadi that the people of Kashmir desire. They long for an immediate crackdown on terrorists, an end to the separatist elements and those unbearable puppets in the Valley- all for normalcy to return. Though sidelined for now, the political patronage they enjoy could soon take the voices from the Hurriyat and JKLF spreading propaganda of terror and hatred to the frontlines of politics.

An entire community uprooted from the land of their ancestors is today struggling for its identity. The weak-kneed Indian state shamelessly panders to Islamic terrorists and separatists who claim they are the final arbiters of Jammu and Kashmir’s destiny.

A part of India’s cultural heritage is destroyed; a chapter of India’s civilization has been erased. And, our jhola-wallah brigade of ‘secular’ activists unabashedly turns their back to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. To them I believe, ‘Hindu sorrow, inflicted by Islamic terror’ is a truth perhaps too harsh to accept. Thereby hangs a tragic tale that is completely wiped out from public memory.

I am reminded of a stanza by a Jewish poet: ‘…without identity in a street nameless to me, I am a stranger: I am longings, I am fears. I am child longing to belong to his lost childhood and not be outside the present, always withdrawn, apart…’

I’m as old as the terrorism in the Valley. In these 19 years, the only time I felt the breeze of my land was through the closed windows of my airplane. She beckons me and I am too desperate now to grab its serene quilt. My mother nature has summoned me, and I shall answer her call soon, very soon. Till then, in this 19th year of exile like the unanswered questions of our human rights …my struggle for existence also continues.

The author Aditya Raj Kaul is an activist based in New Delhi. He studies Political Science at the Delhi University.He can be reached at kauladityaraj@gmail.com

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20 Comments »

  1. Would it have been any different if it hapened today? Well written Aditya.

    kaveetaa..as to your bold question..Imagine another seige even more horrendous.

    Comment by Krishnan — January 20, 2009 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  2. “Jhola-wallah brigade of ’secular’ activists unabashedly turns their back to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits”

    These jhollawallas have been the enemy within. One just cannot understand these fellows. For example, the Soviet Union, every Jhola-wallahs dream ideology vacation spot was broken up with the US allying with Mujhadeen which evolved into Taliban, a motley mix of mullahs and the establishment in Pakistan. Now instead of opposing the group which defeated their fatherocracy , these jholla-wallas are acting like a bunch of nitwitian nicoompoops by betraying their ideological parentage. Yes , they say our new parentage is China as it is having an economic clout. You never know , they may even welcome an Chinese intrusion, hugging them and dancing with them even as their base crumbles and their jhollas stripped off. India’s greatest misfortune has been these jholla-wallahs. Dhobi ka kutta na ghar (India) ka na ghat(Marx) ka.

    Comment by gajanan — January 21, 2009 @ 4:57 am | Reply

  3. http://kashmiripandits.info/
    Please go thru this web site.

    Comment by vinod — January 21, 2009 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  4. Aditya ! VERY WELL RECALLED .

    Although I had not been a part of this HOLOCAUST OF OUR INDIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS; I HAD SHED “KHOON KE AANSOO” . SINCE THEN I AM MAITAINING “CRY MY COUNTRYMEN ,CRY” FOR THE INCAPABILITY OF THOSE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO GOVERN AND PROTECT BUT FAILED. THAT WAS , NOT ONLY YESTERDAY BUT TODAY ALSO AND WILL CONTINUE PERHAPS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME UNLESS MY COUNTRYMEN RISE IN UNISON AND RECLAIM WHAT THEY HAVE LOST,LOSING OR WILL LOSE.. APNE HI DESH MEIN VIDESHI HONA AND APNE NE HI GAHR SE BEGHAR HONE KA DARD AUR HAWADISH KYA HOTI HAI ; ISKA AHSAAS KASHMIR VALLY KE ZAALIMON KO KARANA HI AB HAMARA MAJHAB HONA CHAHIYE.
    AND MY COMPLIMENTS TO PEOPLE OF JAMMU REGION FOR GIVING A BEFITTING REPLY IN RECENTLY HELD ELECTIONS.

    MOHAN—- EK BHARITYA HINDUSTANI

    Comment by Mohan — January 21, 2009 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  5. I have always maintained that an independent Kashmir would not be able to sustain itself. Kashmir even if it “gets” its freedom will have to eventually forge close ties with its neighbors in order to survive. Nonetheless, however irrational the demand, one can understand someone’s desire to be free. But freedom at what cost? What is a Palace worth if it is built on someone’s grave? Whatever sympathy one has for those that long for freedom in Kashmir, vanishes when we see the treatment of the Kashmiri Pundits. The actions of the majority in Kashmir against the minority is evil and unacceptable.

    But don’t blame religion for this. This is not the action of religious people even if they do it camouflaged in religion. Whenever such things happen do not be fooled by the length of the beard or the saffron colors etc . Religion does not push people to be intolerant. Nor it does it demand the blood of the innocent. It is lack of morals and religion that produces such evil. Islam, like all Abrahamic faiths, for example says that when you save one life you save the whole humanity and when you take one life you kill the whole humanity.

    They say to cut a diamond you need a diamond. Hence in order to cut through the atrocity that distortion of religion has created (treatment of the minority community in Kashmir is just one example), one will need true religious knowledge. But in the meantime resists the temptation to become what you dislike / hate. Killing people, spreading hate, tarnishing religion, seeking war is never the correct way forward. Fight ignorance with knowledge, intolerance with tolerance. Use religion to place a check on people who lack religion.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — January 21, 2009 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  6. Touching piece. There is good and bad in every religion. I understand your plight mate. We too are no better than you in the larger context. Hope that helps.

    Comment by Abid — January 22, 2009 @ 11:27 pm | Reply

  7. #Gajanan ji..true.political parties mein there is no committed marriages or loyalties..even strange bedfellows go on to forge alliances.

    #Vinod that was a good site..thanks

    #Mohan ji..The elections in Kashmir did prove that India was the chosen partner ..but re electing the family that was unable to control the exodus of Pandits is a confusing sign.

    # Shaan.. agree with most part of your comment. Kashmir is like a favourite child who has been struck by an infectious disease and hence needs to be sanitised and quarantined for a while.

    # Abid.. who is the ‘we’?

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — January 24, 2009 @ 7:56 am | Reply

  8. Looks like I didn’t pen that down properly. ‘We too are no better than you in the larger context’ should have been ‘We all are no better than you in the larger context’. The statement is pointing at an entire generation affected by discriminatory and caste based politics. We all face this in some form or the other in modern day India. Some of us are denied houses for rent and the rest of us are brutally removed from our houses. The degree varies but the effect is the same in the larger context.

    Comment by Abid — January 24, 2009 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  9. Quite true Abid. But you will agree that to be murdered ruthlessly and made to flee for no other cause than not invoking Allahs name is an extreme that can only be imagined.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — January 24, 2009 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  10. Innocent people wherever they are will face the brunt of brutality. Be it any religion, caste, creed or race. It is unfortunate but that is the tragedy that mankind is faced with. Be it Kashmir, Gujarat, Orissa Gaza, Uganda, Basque or even Chechnya it is the innocent that suffers at the hands of extremism.

    The point I would like to make here is that extremism is relevant in every society. It can be attributed to an individual, an organization or a government but not to the society at large. Show me one place on earth where some form of extremism does not exist. Be it religious, caste based, political or race based extremism. It exists everywhere! It could be passive or active. This does not mean that each person belonging to that religion, caste, political affiliation or race is an extremist. After all, all forms of extremism is brutal in nature.

    I am not saying that the plight of the Kashmiri Pundits is any less. I am just saying that there is a systemic fault that needs to be addressed. We need a system that will ensure peaceful coexistence. Start with removing the fields ‘religion’ and ‘caste’ from the school enrollment forms. Remove quota allocations that are based on these parameters. Employers should stop asking for religion and caste in employment forms. Start teaching our next generation about the virtues of being secular. These are probable solutions to a larger problem. Finding a solution is painfully slow. No one wants to take the responsibility.

    The only disagreement I have with this article is the use of words like “revolutionaries”. Maybe it could have been replaced with “Extremists”. They are all extremists, period! They are a brand by themselves. Using such words in an article of painful memories only spreads hatred. Is that what we want? Hatred? Last time I checked – more hatred equals more extremism. Why show the common man or woman in Kashmir in poor light? Given a chance I am sure even they will have stories like the one here to write about. For me an average Kashmiri (irrespective of his religion) is the guy who wants peace (aman) and a good future for himself and his family. He is for sure not against the Pundits. Why call him a terrorist?

    This article fails to find a solution to the larger issue of extremism. Which is what one would expect from an article that reveals such great tragedy. There is no better person than the author himself who could suggest a solution to this problem. For me whoever did this is a sinner and whoever supported this is the incarnation of the Satan himself. However I am sure you will agree with me that a blame is not the right approach to a solution. My sympathies are with the victims. Like you said, it is impossible for me to imagine the pain. I sincerely hope that something is done to correct our System.

    To tell you the truth I am an ordinary Indian and I am proud to be one. I just want to see our nation to stick together as ONE. I want to see the world look at us as Indians and nothing else. These are unfortunately just statements. Which hold no value. To take these ideas into implementation level we need to have a place – a place where every Indian can join in to voice an opinion. An independent forum to discuss such issues and find solutions to them. A place to showcase problems and request change. I had written about this sometime back maybe you would be interested.

    http://www.zoyidian.com/its-over-the-terrorists-are-gone-what-next-a-proposal-to-the-community/

    Comment by Abid — January 24, 2009 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  11. Abid very well put and I agree that hate is no substitute for hate. There is no clear cut solution for any problem in this world. Solutions arise out of desperation and helplessness. Things and situations only change when they reach to the extreme. We humans like diversities but hate divisions because each one of us fears that others might grab and steal our share.
    The new generation leader Omar can definitely aspire to become the greatest leader of India if he can resettle Kashmiri Pundits in their own home state and motivate people to shed the politics of hate. We need people of different communities taking up the causes of other communities. Muslims fighting for Muslims and Hindus fighting for Hindus will not resolve any issue. Cause of conflict should remain only an issue to contain without the casing of any personal agenda of religion, ideology or community. That would be a real social and spiritual progress

    Comment by Anjali RajGuru — January 24, 2009 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

  12. Brilliant comment Abid. Hard to disagree on any count.

    Extremists are a physical conclusion of either too much laxity or none of it. The idea is definitely to punish the sin and not the sinner. Nevertheless speaking up, underlining and calling attention to a wrong sometimes helps open up avenues of change. Acting as a catalyst it almost always spearheads methods to bring about radical transformation in areas that need reform.

    The intention behind publishing this article was meant to be a sort of revving up the engine of solutions.. an effort to bring back from the debris of forgetfulness a crime on an innocent community. This was also meant to jostle up the conscience of those in Power and certainly not a message of retribution or hate.

    To arrest wrongdoings has to be the single most conscious effort of a conscientious individual whether it is in the vicinity of ones home, neighbourhood,state, country, world. Desire for peace can be motivational but getting out of the domain of idealism to the practical intent area is conducive to long term metamorphosis.

    I second your idea of doing away with barriers of caste, creed, religion from enrollment forms.It can be a strong beginning with a very potent message.But will the ‘saudagars’ of the ‘kursi’ ever allow for a reform of the kind to fructify. A nation where the politics of vote banks rules decisions, ideologies, agendas will have to tear down its functioning to thread bare basics to expose nothing but a vacuum within. Would such emptiness be the harbinger of change of this magnitude?

    Notwithstanding the obstacles, I think we do right in embarking on debate and discussion. Who knows the simplest of thoughts can move mountains. When the time for an idea has come, all else falls into place.

    Lets hope and fervently pray that India and the world witnesses an era which encourages peace at all costs simultaneously causing attrition to destructive elements of hate, divisiveness, terror and mayhem.

    Amen

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — January 25, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  13. The intention behind publishing this article is very clear. Like you said it clearly means to chronicle the events of the 1990 massacre in a poignant way and then it attempts to find answers to pertinent questions like “What would happen to a community of (innocent) people if they are made to scurry away from their home towns in retaliation?”. Is that according to you constructive thought? Please reflect on this before you post your next comment. Actually everybody reading this should reflect on this. Is this the kind of questions modern day India should be seeking answers to?

    Kaveetaa, I understand that the use of such words from a person of your stature is never intentional. Neither is my intention to point out at or support anyone or anything. I just don’t think that the people of India need to ask such questions and demand answers to them at this time. They need to worry about clean energy, drinking water, jobs, roads, poverty, health care and much more. The answers they need are to questions like “How to make India a super power by 2020?”. Providing answers to such questions is the duty of intellectuals like yourself and the author of this article. Remember – “with great power comes great responsibility”. Restraint and constructive thought is what we expect from you. Please bless us with that.

    Like you said “Lets hope and fervently pray that India and the world witnesses an era which encourages peace at all costs simultaneously causing attrition to destructive elements of HATE, DIVISIVENESS, TERROR and MAYHEM.”

    Amen!

    Comment by Abid — January 25, 2009 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

    • To reiterate strongly: The intention behind publishing this article was meant to be a sort of revving up the engine of solutions.. an effort to bring back from the debris of forgetfulness a crime on an innocent community. This was also meant to jostle up the conscience of those in Power and certainly not a message of retribution or hate.

      Not your interpretation of my assumed intentions ““What would happen to a community of (innocent) people if they are made to scurry away from their home towns in retaliation?” which you have also misquoted . Kindly re read my original post.

      Abid I rarely if ever react in what may be termed as a knee jerk reaction which may be evident from the tone of my response to you despite the rather unnecessarily accusatory and inciteful comment implicit in your words.

      Keeping that aside..lets get down to brass tacks. If honesty be the sine qua non of this discussion as I would hope it is would you put your hand on your heart and say that your reactions may have been somewhat different had you not been a Muslim? You perhaps may then not have found despite digging through anything objectionable in my question. That is my point. The need to defend, divert, cast aspersions on anyone even with the noblest of intentions, who brings up terror caused by Muslims gets the reaction from fellow Muslims which is always a tad offensive, when I know and so does the world at large that all your community shares in common with the extremists is perhaps a belief in the Koran.. although if I may add here quoting SRK..” their Koran is different from mine”.. rest assured we all believe that the citizen of India Muslim or Hindu is an Indian first.

      You have chosen surprisingly to bring this up post your earlier comments which expressed no objection of any kind to the post. Why are you nurturing negative thought when none was intended? Its not needed.

      I dont for a minute doubt your sincerity and desire to see a united India. But my dear friend it will have to start with having an Indian heart . It is time to accept mayhem, look it in the face, drown out personal feelings of embarassment, erase out pain with caring and warmth. Restraint and constructive thought has as its basis honesty and compassion.

      By asking that question all I intended to emphasise was the non violence adopted by Pandits in Kashmir despite being thrown out of their own homes as against the possible terrorist attack on innocents that may have taken place had Muslims been dislocated en masse. It was not an answer I was seeking. It was the germ of a tolerant thought being planted.. to emulate by example. Why is it the only statement that you have singled out to the exclusion of a few hundred words I have written in this post? Be honest whilst responding. Its not a matter of winning a war and losing a battle. Its a matter of credibility. pain can be erased through balm of tolerance and understanding..not rhetoric.

      My previous comment had been an elucidation of my deepest sentiment as an Indian which i see has gone unperceived in this urge for expressing a resentment. i do understand your cause of it as well. But you have to believe me when I say that what is uppermost in my mind is a cohesive nationalist pride that surpasses transgressions.

      Being a super Power will to my mind be an eventuality not a goal. It will be a natural fallout of a United, progressive India.Our goal should be to rise over petty differences, to try and accept another by face value and seek to forge alliances on the basis of similarities , leaving out any notions of disparity.

      Peace.. friend 🙂

      Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — January 25, 2009 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  14. @Anjali: There are clear cut solution for any problem in this world. Yes there are! The problem is that the path to achieving success in finding these solutions are too long drawn and difficult. The other thing about Omar rehabilitating the Pundits is also a very difficult one to achieve. How many Pundits would actually want to go back to Kashmir given the current economic situation of the state? Omar needs to first rebuild the state. Bring Aman! Create good will, rebuild roads, provide jobs and other opportunities before he invites the Pundits back. This however thanks to external elements looks quite impossible. I just hope that the entire country will understand that progressive thinking and financial success is critical to rooting out elements of terror. Real social spirit will be delivered to us the day we start showing respect and restraint to each others values. As Indians we have no one else to depend on other than ourselves. Prosperity and success for a country struggling to find its true identity is impossible. Its simple, first settle differences at home before you try to settle differences with your neighbors.

    Comment by Abid — January 25, 2009 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  15. 😉

    I apologize if you felt that the words in my comment seemed accusatory and spiteful. My only intention was to reveal to you the interpretations that could arise from your wording of the article. It is beyond doubt proven in my words (i hope) that I am an INDIAN FIRST – just like you. I can cross my heart and tell you that my reaction would have been the same in any case. I am just a nationalist who wants India to rise above petty differences and rise as a Super Power in the next decade or so.

    My religion is by choice. It was chosen carefully, after understanding various aspects of it. It is truly a unique decision of sorts. It was never imposed on me and neither does it warrant me to impose it on someone else. Any crime against humanity is a crime in my eyes, irrespective of religious affiliations. I am sure every sane human being will agree with me on this one.

    Yes indeed their Koran is different from mine. They are different from me. That’s what my comments point to, I assume. Trust me if I was in power I would do the exact same thing as you (if you were in power) would to eliminate such forces. It is not bad only for you, it is bad for me and for the entire country indeed to have them. It is just too painful to know that such people exist in all walks of society and they are walking freely on earth. I must add at this time that paradise is right here on earth we just don’t know how to find it.

    I certainly agree that the Pundits have taken a very tolerant and non violent approach. That is why we are speaking in support of them. That is why I believe that they deserve justice. That is why I am commenting here. I just hope that they continue to use the same approach and set an example to the world.

    I chose that example because that was the only statement from YOUR PART of the article that seemed to be worded inappropriately. If you take careful note none of my comments are reactive. They are objective and they might at times highlight my love for peace. I am truly moved to tears thinking about the plight of those innocent people who were massacred through the violence. A visit to http://kashmiripandits.info/ posted by Vinod shows the true extent of pain that was inflicted on them.

    Like I said earlier I agree completely with your views on the issue. The only disagreement is on the use of words. Healthy arguments like this one are necessary, I suppose. This reminds me of a quote from Abraham Lincoln “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”. I hope you get the point.

    Peace to you friend 😉

    Comment by Abid — January 25, 2009 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  16. ““He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”Nice!

    Of course I get the point Abid. Regret that the framing of my sentence led my words to be misconstrued. Hope I have convinced you of my intentions.

    I am greatly sensitised to your plight. My only humble advice would be to desist completely from identifying in your wildest imaginations with the rabid lot in your community by being oblivious to their mention which is inevitable given the circumstances. This will help balancing emotions when they are mentioned by those like me who mean no affront whatsoever to those like you. I know you are as much concerned about Indias future as I am. So denouncing a terrorist act with as much gusto will help neutralise any negativity.

    Debates meant to take a point forward are welcome and necessary.undoubtedly. Enjoyed it thoroughly..no issues pal.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — January 25, 2009 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  17. Never identified with them and never will. I am ignorant to their existence. So am I ignorant to the existence of all such “rabid lot” from every community. I denounce these acts completely and I am totally convinced of the good intentions with which this article was posted. I never doubted that in the first place. No hard feelings and cheers to a good debate. We both have something to take home with this. Wish you all the success! Just want you to know that I enjoy reading your posts very much. So you can take comfort in the fact that the criticism is from a fan 😉 Take care.

    Comment by Abid — January 26, 2009 @ 1:08 am | Reply

  18. You are kind Abid.
    Most certainly I have learnt a lot and do everyday in my life as a blogger. I am a keen student and wish to be so till my last day. Its only through exchange of meaningful thought that the wheel of personal evolution gets energised. No resistance there at all. You come across as a thinking person with his heart in the right place. Keep it up!

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — January 26, 2009 @ 11:22 am | Reply

  19. Hi Kavita , your conversation with Abid was quite good .. i can see ray of hope .
    but my main question to BOTH OF YOU is that how to spread this solution among indians ,, i mean u can reach to maximum of a thousand people by this blog …but the main people who should be told about this ..are still far out of reach… the problem can not be solved by discussing here ..
    how to reach to people .. do anyone have idea ..pls share with me ..
    i dont think tv news channels are good option..

    Comment by DHIRAJ SAINI — January 19, 2010 @ 12:21 pm | Reply


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