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Anupam Kher rightly explains the plight of Kashmiri Pandits
Anupam Kher and Ashok Pandit. Two men for whom I have really scant respect which I agree makes no difference to them. Ashok Pandit for his rants that are almost constant showing his frustration with himself rather than anything else and his penchant for self promotion.

And Anupam Kher for showing his sudden new found love of the BJP style of government due to having a wife that is a BJP MP. That said, let's take a look at a video currently doing the rounds made by Ashok and narrated by Anupam. In this video the veteran actor could be seen paying tribute to Kashmiri Pandits on the 26th Anniversary of their exodus.

Did he say anything that was factually wrong? I suspect that he was being upfront on the horrors that the Pandit community went through during those dark years. The lambasting that he is getting on the social media could be spontaneous and at most times just a reaction rather than a proper analysis of his statement supporting his Pandit community.

People on social media are asking and making comments as to why Anupam Kher has been silent for 26 years and has come out now with this video. The answer would be self-evident. The governments of that time would not have given Kher the time of day and could probably have gone to the extent of quashing any such videos made. It is possible.

He has probably chosen this time like many other communities in India have chosen to come out at different times to highlight their issues as the government in power is more sympathetic towards that particular cause. As a society and as individuals who have some reasoning power however self-centered that may be, timing needs to be correct for any uprising. Kher has timed it well enough.

A friendly governance, an MP for a wife in the Parliament and now a national award winner too. Politically and socially, it seems perfectly timed. There are many of us who may dislike or not respect either of these two gentlemen but Kher's anguish for his Pandit brethren seems completely genuine and this is not the first time he has made comments on the plight of the Pandits.

He has been doing this job for many years now. But nobody has paid any real attention to him. Now perhaps with things going his way in the centre, it may have been a good chance to take.

Kashmir remains in turmoil. What precisely did the muslims in Kashmir achieve by sending the Pandits out by physical and psychological terror? They remain an unhappy poor lot of people and continue to be badly governed. Their politics shows no improvement. At the very least, other states have prospered in some way economically over the past two decades but not so Kashmir. Why did they throw out the Pandits? The simple answer is Religion.

If any state decides to throw out its minority community based on religion, does anyone think it will be supported? If not, then what Kher has raised is of some relevance. The politicians of today no matter whether they are strong hindutvavadis or not, must look at the plight of the Pandits of Kashmir.

So, Mr. Anupam Kher, despite the fact that I think you are going overboard while praising the BJP government and its leaders, I would back you up on the statement that have made by this video that a terrible injustice has been done to your community of Pandits.

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