Dust of the land embodying embers of Chinar, impossible not to retain the sacred flame.
The most powerful force in the world today is neither communism, nor capitalism, neither the H bomb nor the guided missiles. It is manīs eternal desire to be free and independent. President John F. Kennedy (1957)
KASHMIRI PANDITS - II
STRAIGHT FROM HORSE´S MOUTH
NATIONALIST AND PATRIOTIC KASHMIRI PANDITS
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
Kashmiri nationalist Bhushan Bazaz endeavoured to carry on with the mission of his late father Prem Nath Bazaz who spent his entire life with a political struggle extending unstinting support to fight for an independent nation of Kashmir. Bhushan Bazaz a legendary political figure of Kashmir is revered and respected by all communities irrespective of religious beliefs. Kashmir, as the world knows, is traditionally peaceful, secular espousing human right values. Bhushan Bazaz throwing light on the political situation of Kashmir states: "The people of the state of Kashmir seem destined to suffer endlessly by being denied many human and political rights, as they have been since 1947, some of which they enjoyed even under the harsh rule of the autocratic Maharaja."
"In his letter of acceptance of instrument of accession dated 28th October 1947 addressed 'to the Maharaja, Lord Mountbatten Governor General, clearly laid down that "in the case of any state where the issue of accession has been subject of dispute the question of accession should be decided in accordance with the wishes of the people of state. This assurance has not been fulfilled and- therefore the issue remains open till today. No individual, however eminent, and no political party, could be permitted to usurp the sovereign right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir."
"After the conclusion of the peace treaties at the end of the Second World War in 1945, India understandably became the staunchest champion of the principle of self determination. It is therefore disheartening to observe today that Independent India should oppose this right in case of the Kashmiris."
"Kashmiris have witnessed two great cultural and political revolutions in bygone ages. First, in the third century BC Buddhism ousted Vedic Brahmanism and established a casteless society. The second revolution occurred in fourteenth century A.D. when Hindu polity lost progressive potentialities and was fatally struck down by Islam. Our forefathers chose the path of eclecticism and evolved philosophies - Trika Shastra on the former occasion and Reshi Cult on the latter - to preserve and enrich their own culture. The lesson of history, therefore, is that a Kashmiri is tolerant, willing to imbibe fresh ideas and truths, ready for compromise but never prepared to abandon cherished principle, lose identity or yield before physical force or injustice."
"In 1960, Indian leaders startled the world by declaring that Pakistan was no parity to the accession dispute. As long as Kashmiris are resentful and unhappy, Pakistan cannot be expected to keep silent. The way to silence her is not to denounce or discredit her or present her in dark colours but by removing the genuine grievances and well-founded apprehensions of the Kashmiris. Pakistan will, we believe, see her way to come to an honourable understanding with India over the dispute. As a result of the bitter experiences made during twenty-one-years long close association with India, Kashmiris are sadly disillusioned.We are fully justified in criticizing India for many failures, broken promises, anti-democratic acts, religion-ridden administrators, and anti-secular politicians wielding enormous influence at New Delhi. Its failure is writ large in the increasing number of communal clashes all over India during the past years in which members of the minority communities have suffered."
"Qaid-e-Azam Jinnah in his opening address to the Pakistan Constituent Assembly on 14 August 1947 said that in the new State "Hindus will cease to be Hindus and Muslims will cease to be Muslims as citizens of the nation", the new men who came to power in Pakistan rejected secularism outright and laboured to lay the foundations of a religious state. The right of self-determination so frequently flaunted in the face of India whenever Kashmir issue comes up for discussion, is forbidden to be mentioned in regard to the Pakistanis themselves. In these circumstances it is permissible to guess that if Kashmiris choose to join Pakistan their fate will be no better than that of Pakhtoons, Bengalis & Baluchis. The unceremonious expulsion of K.H. Khurshid from the presidentship of Azad Kashmir in 1964 and his imprisonment for supporting "Independent Kashmir" bears testimony to many a sad happening in Pakistan. The experience of our brethren living in Azad Kashmir are not encouraging, to say the least."
A retired English lecturer related story how he was rescued from the rooftop of his house along with his wife, daughter and eight year old grandson added that he saw Indian army helicopters hovering over and waved his handkerchief but to no avail.
After few hours, neighbours shouted at some youth, who appeared in the locality on a makeshift boat, to rescue the family. The youth could not have helped that time, so they went back and informed other people about our plight. I am a bit known in and around the locality as I have taught many people here. So the news had spread around immediately. And within an hour, I saw a group of youth from Ganpatyar, some of whom had been my students, coming with a boat for our rescue. It was only with the help of my Muslim neighbours that the word about my family spread around and I was rescued.
"This is my land, why should I leave? I always enjoyed the support of my Muslim neighbours here and never faced any problem. My relatives criticized me for staying put here, but I believe I was right then and now as well," Professor Sas said .
CREDIBILITY OF "INCREDIBLE INDIA"
International Forum for Justice and Human Rights:
- 5084 people have been arrested
- 500 have been detained under (Public Safety Act)
- 30 schools have been set ablaze in last five months
- 250 to 275 militants operating in the Valley
THE FUTURE AS AN INDEPENDENT KASHMIR
"The elderly among us shall have bequeathed an evil legacy for which they do not surely deserve any encomiums. Neither the extremism of pro-India sections nor the extremism of pro-Pakistan classes can bring us nearer to solution. If every participant insists on having his way it is impossible to arrive at an agreement. We can turn the present situation to great advantage not only for ourselves but also for the people if India and Pakistan. We can help to restore communal harmony in India, hearten secular democratic forces in Pakistan".
Anita Kaul (18 year old) born and brought up in Delhi; a trip to Kashmir changed her life-long impression that Pandits were forcibly driven out by Kashmiri Muslims. During the recent devastating floods Anita and her family were saved by a Muslim youth and later another Muslim family gave them shelter for a week. Anita left Kashmir with a change of heart and found stories unbelievable that militancy allegedly led to the mass exodus of Pandit community from Kashmir. Anita's father Sunil Kaul, who works at a private bank in Delhi, says that he brought his children to Kashmir to show them the real meaning of 'Kashmiriyat' and the devastating floods provided them with an opportunity to see and feel the REAL KASHMIR.
Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir joined JKLF to protest (April 10, 2015) against setting up of a township for their compatriots who left Kashmir as victims of a deep rooted conspiracy of Indian intelligence agencies. Educationists Pandit Vishin Ji, Pandit Moti Lal Bhat, social worker Kumar Jee Wanchoo, businessman Moti Lal Dhar and several women of the community joined JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik in the protest at Maisuma here after Friday prayers. Pandit Vishin Ji reportedly stated that "the ´colonies´ may benefit somebody´s politics but never can benefit Pandits".