The Kashmiri Pundits have survived in other parts of India despite no major help coming to them from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The book titled “Kashmir: Its Aborigines and their Exodus” has been written painstakingly with an eye on historical details by Colonel Tej K. Tikoo. He was commissioned in the First Battalion of the Naga Regt on completion of training at the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun. Colonel Tikoo knows professionally what insurgency is.
Where do we go from here? It would be wrong on the part of the Indian population to let the Kahmiri Pandits suffer in isolation in a remote village in the valley or in a crowded locality in Jammu without a proper roof over their heads. After all the Kashmiri Pandits are citizens of India and it is incumbent on the Government of India that our unfortunate compatriots should get two square meals a day, have a shelter overhead and a little petty cash for a rainy day. It should be the aim of the central government and the state government to escort the Kashmiri Pandits and their families back to the Kashmir valley and rehabilitate them there with honour and dignity.
Men and women in the rest of India who have a barbed tongue must ensure that they have just a word of sympathy for our Kashmiri brethren and not dig old graves of history to say that they deserved what they eventually received. Allow me to say that the Kashmiri Pandits are our compatriots, our kith and kin and it is our sacred and moral duty to provide succor to the needy brethren and sisters.
I salute the Kashmiri Pandits for their perseverance, resilience and love of the Hindu Dharma that they still profess despite adverse circumstances. May Ishwar give them courage to walk on the difficult path of life as it is and may they live in happiness forever.
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