Srinagar: Vehemently opposing the demand of separate colonies for Pandits in the Valley, Kashmiri Pandit Trade Union leader Sampat Prakash on Wednesday dubbed the call as “a conspiracy” of the Hindu nationalists of India, adding that members of the trade union will be holding a hunger strike for a day against the pseudo nationalists’ design at Pratap Park here on June 4.
Prakash said that the creation of separate colonies is a challenge to Kashmiriyat and the majority of Pandit population will not accept this government proposal which will divide the Kashmir society. The Muslims and Pandits have always lived like brothers, shared happiness and sorrows with one another. There is love and affection between these two communities but under a well planned conspiracy Government of India with the help of some zealot Pandits want to create a wedge between Pandits and Muslims, he said.
“The demand for separate colonies for Pandits is a conspiracy of the Hindu nationalists of India, who had launched the infamous Praja Parishad movement in Jammu in 1952, which was rejected by Kashmiri Pundits in the Valley, because that was aimed at destroying Kashmiri nationalism and religious harmony, which has been a hallmark of our Kashmiriyat,” Prakash said.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Prakash said the proposals like the creation of separate Pandit townships and Sainik Colony is nothing but a move from Government of India to widen the gap between Pandits and Muslims.
“I oppose to such demands. My opposition is based on ‘historical sense’ and brotherhood that Kashmiri Pandits enjoy with Muslims in the Valley. Kashmiri Pandits too want to visit Mughal Gardens in Gulmarg and Pahalgam and will love to ride horses and ‘Shikaras’, but if we have been told to live separately, how will we do all these,” he questioned.
“We will not let anyone disturb our traditional harmony, brotherhood and Kashmiriyat. And thus, we have decided to go on a hunger strike for a day against the nationalists’ design at Pratap Park here on June 4,” said Prakash.
“We all know that in 1947 when whole subcontinent was engulfed by communal violence and lakhs of people were massacred and crores were forced to migrate, it was only Kashmir that witnessed communal harmony,” he said.
“Pandits were living as microscopic minority when Pakistani tribal raiders invaded Kashmir. It were Kashmiri Muslims who sheltered us in their houses and gave us their clothes, identity and even names to save us from the wrath of raiders,” he added, while highlighting communal harmony and religious brotherhood as the core to Kashmiriyat.
I hope the message from me and my fellow friends will be taken well and this may open the eyes of those who want to divide Kashmirs in the name of religion. Muslims and Pandits are one soul dwelling in two bodies and we will live together and shine like a glittering gold in the hours of darkness. The whole Kashmir is scorched, a beautiful garden on earth has been bulldozed, angles bemoan, humanity ravished, virginity molested, thousands tortured and killed. Stop hatching conspiracies and stop dividing the two communities for political interests, he said.
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