Girdhari Lal Raina
Malicious campaign against the ‘now displaced’ single largest minority of Kashmir touched a new low when the notorious Congress leader Digvijay Singh in a leaked chat with a Pakistani journalist on Clubhouse claimed ‘Kashmiri Pandits were given reservation’ divisive, discriminatory and exclusionary Article 370. Congress has a long history of revulsion, derision and hostility towards the Hindu Minority of Kashmir. It dates back to 1930s when Jawahar Lal Nehru began to ridicule the community to help communal politics of National Conference of Sheikh Abdullah. There are various other collectives, outfits as well as individuals who for reasons better known to them are not only unsympathetic but actually sabotaging any step that attempts to relieve pain and suffering of the community.It was in year 2019, as the minority Hindu community of Kashmir entered its 30th miserable year in exile, there came a sudden and bright glimmer of hope in the form of historic administrative reforms in the state. With that reorganisation of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, both the displaced and non-displaced Kashmiri Hindus hoped that the long due redressal of their fundamental issues would finally occur. But gradually, all such hopes have again diminished as it seems that the community is off the agenda of the UT administration as well. Moreover, the tragic fact is that the prejudiced policy of marginalising and eventually eliminating even traces of the Hindu minority of Kashmir has continued instead. There are many who argue that the community itself is to be blamed equally, if not more, for various aspects of the problems confronting it. However in either case, the administration has a moral and constitutional responsibility towards the people which it must not abdicate by avoiding addressing basic humanitarian issues. Not only will that be a travesty of justice, but it will also prove to be strategically costly in the long term – both from the civilizational and national standpoint.Without beating around the bush, three areas of immediate importance in terms of administrative actions were identified to redress the plight of the displaced community so that a visible and measurable on-ground change would be realized post the reorganisation. Unfortunately, there has been no concrete movement forward on any of these issues. Instead an effort has been made by the vested interests to dilute, disrupt & derail the entire process and deceive the political leadership and authorities in a manner that makes all these ineffective and blame is shifted back to the victims.The three areas can be broadly identified as:
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