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Who were the most unfortunate people in modern Indian history?

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Nivan Sadh
District Executive Committee member- ABVP Colaba (sub-district of Mumbai)

From July 1989 to 1990 there were a series of attacks on Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley where lakhs of Kashmiri Hindu Pandits were displaced from their homes through an organised exodus by Islamic terror organisations such as Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). During this course of time, there was rising Islamic terrorism, with the demand being to cede Kashmir valley to Pakistan. The planned massacre is believed to have started on 19th September 1989, when the Bharatiya Janata Party advocate Pandit Tika Lal Taploo was murdered in plain sight by Islamic militants/terrorists.

This led to a series of violence and crime around the Kashmir valley; Soon after Taploo’s death, Nilkanth Ganjoo, a judge of Srinagar High court who had sentenced Maqbul Bhat to death, was also shot dead by the terrorists. The militants stooped to such low levels that they kidnapped former Union minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s daughter and demanded the release of 5 imprisoned militants.

The climax of this exodus happened on 4th January 1990, when Srinagar based newspaper Aftab published a warning on it’s newspaper that if the Kashmiri Pandits din’t vacate their homes and leave the valley immediately, they would be converted to Islam or would be subjected to the barbaric Sharia law which is infamously known to persecute non-Muslims in Islamic countries. 

During this exodus, the electricity of the entire valley was cut, except in the cases of mosques, where inflammatory speeches and posters were put up against Kashmiri Pandits. Throughout these sequence of events, armed men terrorised the Hindu residents and vandalised ancient temples. The Congress party led government at that time had explicitly refused to investigate this ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits, which till date are living in absolute poverty and struggling to make ends meet. The only political parties that helped the Kashmiri Pandits at that crucial time were Hindutva based parties such as Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party.

When the mass exodus of Kashmiri pandits happened, Late Balasaheb Thackeray of the Shiv Sena announced that the Kashmiri Pandit students would be provided reservations in all Engineering colleges in Maharashtra. The International media seems to have completely forgotten this incident while continuing to ponder over the growing concern for the rise of Muslim population in India, which also tends to increase anti-national activities due to them being prone to radicalisation because of poverty. The media has been continuously blaming the present NDA government over growing hatred for Muslims in India while forgetting the recent history of the country. The Congress party was more concerned to provide Rohingya Muslims shelter in India, the same community that had killed thousands of Hindu villagers in Myanmar. The Hindutva based parties are constantly demonised by the media for talking about the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits, while political parties like All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) which advocate the mass killings of Hindus in India (They had already done so in Telangana by starting a private militia named “Razakars” in 1947)  are portrayed as champions of minority welfare.

In June 2015, the NDA government increased the cash relief given to these Kashmiri refugees from Rs.1,650 per person per month to Rs.2,500 per person per month, subject to the ceiling of Rs.10,000 per month for each family. The NDA government includes political parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena (till November 2019), which have been instrumental in providing relief to Kashmiri Hindus. New relief schemes are periodically announced for Kashmiri Pandits by the NDA led Central government.


Source- Extracted all information along with sequence of events from the various reports published by Indian courts and commissions sanctioned to investigate the planned genocide of Kashmiri Pandits.

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