Kashmiri Pandits, the nowhere people



There are few days sadder than the anniversaries of the exile of the Kashmiri Pandits. Over the last few days, there have been postings on the internet and some impassioned tweets but we all know – with an air of tragic inevitability – that when this anniversary passes, when bloggers have moved on to other subjects and something else is trending on twitter, that the Kashmiri Pandits will be exactly where they have been for the last two decades: nowhere people with no homeland to call their own.

I’ve been writing about the plight of the Pandits for over a decade now. But, try as I might, I cannot understand the attitude of general indifference which greets their situation. Put brutally, the truth is that hardly anybody seems to care.

And yet, it is hard to see why this should be so. The fate of the Pandits is an international scandal by any standards. Between 1989 and 1992, the majority of Kashmiri Pandits were forced out of their homes by militants. Men were murdered, women were raped, property was destroyed and threats were issued. It was made clear to the Pandits that they were no longer welcome in Kashmir – a state that constituted the only home they knew – because they were Hindus.

Hundreds of thousands of Pandits fled because they feared for their lives in an exodus that was a microcosm of the Partition’s flood of refugees. Some believed that this was a temporary phase – exactly as many refugees had believed during Partition – and that when the violence was over, they could return to their homes and resume their lives.

This was to prove a doomed hope. The ones who did dare to go back faced more violence and intimidation. And as for the others, there was less and less to go back to. Their homes were forcibly occupied and taken over by strangers. Their shops were looted. Their businesses were closed down. And in many cases – in what must count as the greatest tragedy – the Pandits found that their neighbours had profited from their absence and actively opposed their return.

There is a term for this sort of thing even though we, in India, are reluctant to use it: ethnic cleansing.

Whenever ethnic cleansing has occurred over the last few decades – in Eastern Europe for instance – the world has sat up and taken notice. The United Nations has got involved. The world press has treated it as a global story. And Western governments have tried to find solutions.

Except that in the case of the Pandits, nothing has happened. Nobody seems to care.

Forget about the international community, even our own government has remained curiously indifferent to the Pandits. There has been no serious attempt to resettle them. Lakhs of people have lost everything and have been reduced to poverty, swallowing their pride and living on hand-outs in refugee camps. But few politicians – across parties – seem to feel that this is a national shame and that India owes it to the Pandits to give them their pride back.

As for returning to Kashmir: forget it. It is not that all Kashmiri politicians are hostile to the Pandits. This Thursday, chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted that Kashmir would remain incomplete until the Pandits came back. But the truth is that neither Omar nor any other Kashmiri politician can guarantee the safety of the Pandits or offer them any cast-iron assurances that they can resume their lives. And with each passing year, Kashmiri Muslims get more and more used to the idea of a Valley without Hindus. An entire generation has grown up in an Islamicised environment without Hindu colleagues or Hindu schoolfriends. Many young Kashmiris simply do not remember an era where Kashmiriyat – the idea that all communities could live together in peace in Kashmir – was the prevailing ideology.

I have often wondered why the situation of the Kashmiri Pandits does not attract more attention. Consider the case of the Valley’s Muslims. I do not believe that the majority of them are necessarily separatists – my guess is that they just want to live in peace without being hassled by militants or the Indian Army – and yet the world acts as though India is hanging on to the Kashmir Valley by force, denying millions of people the right to self-determination.

The reality is that Kashmiri Muslims have the right to elect their own government. And they enjoy much more democracy than they ever would on the Pakistani side of the border.

And the reality is also that Kashmiri Pandits don’t have the right to elect their own government because they no longer have anything to call their own – no home, no state. Their tragic plight is a blot on Indian democracy.

I suspect that the reason the world doesn’t care about their situation is because so little attention is paid to the Pandits in their own country. New Delhi is so obsessed with winning over the majority community in Kashmir that it treats the exiled minority as no more than a tiresome irrelevance in the politics of the Valley today.

Nor is there a vast Pandit diaspora. The Sri Lankan Tamils have been able to turn their condition into a global cause celebre because the Tamil diaspora has worked hard to draw the attention of the world. The Pandits simply don’t have that advantage.

There is another factor. Why do we pay so much attention to Kashmiri militants? The answer is: it’s not because they are Kashmiris; it is because they are militants.

In today’s world, the best way of getting people to listen to you is to use violence. Plant a few bombs, hijack the odd plane, mastermind a massacre or two, and suddenly, those in power will beat a path to your door. There will be negotiations, peace talks, conciliatory proposals and finally, you will get some measure of justice.

But the Kashmiri Pandits are decent, educated people who have always eschewed violence and who, in the face of grave provocation, have never resorted to attention-seeking terrorism. Instead, they have put their faith in Indian democracy, hoping that politicians will recognise that injustice has been done to them and offer some recompense.

Sadly, both India and democracy itself have failed them. Nobody pays any attention to their cause. And politicians do not regard them as electorally significant enough to merit any concern.

As for the rest of the world, when global conferences are held on tension in south Asia and on finding solutions to the Kashmir problem, the Pandits don’t even get a mention. They are the invisible people, too uncomplaining to matter and too decent to count for anything.

It is to the credit of the Kashmiri Pandits that they have not turned their cause into a Hindu-Muslim conflict. They recognise that Kashmiri militants are not representative of Indian Muslims and frame their case in terms of justice rather than communal feeling.

I wish that we could say that the future held out some hope for people who have done everything liberals advocate – followed a non-violent, secular approach – but I fear that the truth is that the world only cares for those who have a global lobby behind them or a few ounces of RDX in their pocket.

This anniversary will pass. But the tragedy will endure.

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  • Anonymous

    The muslim militant justify their terrorism citing so-called injustice meted out to them but I want to ask them why is it Kashmiri pundits have not taken the path of terrorism? What about Tibetans?

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    engrich Reply:

    kashmiri pundits were removed by nazi jagmohan to communalize issue and save them from the pain of 24hr non stop curfew.no kashmiri pundit was ever killed by their muslim brother.they are not resorting to terrorism because they know the real culprit.future rss writer will make this with one million killed.like in case of bangladesh where figure is increased by10 times.

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    kashmiri pandit Reply:

    you moron your parliament has been bombed mumbai has been burnt twice and you have not learnt your lesson yet I am not surprised you have been a slave for 1000 years and you wer conqurede by 21 year old shame on you

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    Kumars1 Reply:

    A tiny country called Israel surrounded by 14 countries has been kicking their asses hard for the last 64 years. India has solidly thrashed Pakistan thrice. Not to mention the European colonial powers in the last few centuries.Shame on you. But sorry, oh I forgot, you are shameless.

    RG Reply:

    parliament bombed mumbai burnt twice when are you going to learn your leson when hindus from north India will start migrating towrds south india

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    engrich Reply:

    why nothing happens.during nda days all these things happened.why nothing happens now.

    Anonymous Reply:

    make inquiry with panoon kahsmir you will find who always fought and helped kashmiri pandits, it has been rss and bjp, each year my family has been sending money which we are capable of for helping poor Hindu victims of jihadi militants

    Anonymous Reply:

    lame excuse to defend jihadi militants

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    Anonymous Reply:

    When minds are already communalized like your where is the need to communalize it? POK is not 100% Muslim by itself, it is hand work of Pakistan through all the years.

    There is a book, “Forgotten Atrocities Memoirs of a survivor of the 1947 partition of India by, Bal K Gupta which gives Hindus and Sikhs were captured by Pakistani forces and were taken to Alibeg Prison. The prisoners at Alibeg were in a situation that could only be described as a concentration camp. Relief came eventual y when the International Committee of the Red Cross liberated the Prison. The book is fi lled with stor ies the author collected during his time at Alibeg, through relat ives, and by contacting fellow survivors.

    This ethnic cleansing is not new, we jammu people have seen it in 1947 which Kashmir has not seen. Post 1990 there were massacres in Jammu region in Doda, kistawar, Reasi & others. And for this people of the mind like yours are responsible.

    You killed your own people, which include Mirwaizs father, his uncle in prayers in down town masjid, , Ab Gani lone & scores of people & others, forget about others. You may have nor read it in press in Kashmir but outside Kashmir we all know it.

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    Sahil Wali Reply:

    rubbish some of my relatives were killed by the militants. you should search more on the issue before posting anything. there are video interviews by the captured militants accepting of getting trained in pakistan and why.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_URSXATBEMZ7HUAB3OH36PLYWDM Ashok

    It wasn’t always like this. There was a time when the Kashmiri Pandits drew as much water in Lutyen’s Delhi as our Malayali brethren do today.

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  • Harbir

    All the pro-Hindu elements who have been writing anti-Sikh and anti-Muslim comments on these boards should move to Kashmir to defend the Hindu Pandits and sacrifice their lives for them. Be real men and not act like Khusras on these blogs…

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    RajX Reply:

    Ok ****, we heard you. Say hello to your ISI handlers.

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    Gt12563 Reply:

    Hindus are not against Sikhs and they can not be because your Guru Nanak Dev ji father was Hindu it self and moreover in your Granth Sahib on every page Lord Ram’s name is there.Your all Guru’s were brutally killed by muslims not by Hindus.Your writing for muslimls are all because of riots in 1984 which Sikhs had started after killing of Hindu Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.I say killing of innocent Prime Minister by her body guard was coward act of Sikh.Our Prime Minister sent army to flush out terrorist who were killing innocent Hindus dragging them out from buses.If Hindus have to go defend Kashmiri Pundits we do not need your Sikh communty help.Dear your Gurunanak Devji was born in Talwandi near Lahore so as your Nankana Sahib and Punja sahib there if your community was brave enough they should have asked Khali Isthan from Pakistan whom you are defending.I can use your words Siks are like Khusro who could not able to defend their religious places in Pakistan and run cowardly as refuggees in our country.Hindus are nice enough to let Sikh be our Prime Minister even after killing our beloved Prime Minister.If Sikhs want to join with muslims fine with us because some Sikhs have too many grevounces from Hindus they should go live in Pakistan and please do not write your sarcastic language against Hindus.

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    Kumars1 Reply:

    Don’t fall for self styled Harbir’s tactics. He is a mullah trying to spread poison.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    hindu army is already fighting to save kashmir, hindu aka bharathiya

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    Kumars1 Reply:

    Self styled Harbir aka fanatic mullah, mind your own business. Sort out Zardari, Gilani, Kayani etc. Leave the brothers Hindus and Sikhs alone. We do not take kindly to your meddling. We are brothers, any differences are between a family, we will sort them out ourselves. Don’t stir, we are not fools. There are no anti Sikh comments. Our faiths are born from the soil of India, not Arabia.

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  • Gt12563

    Problem of Kashmiri Pandits being thrown out of their state is because of weak policies of central government .Their appeasement to muslims subsidizing Hajj money making seperate quotas encorages muslims not to solve any problems in Kashmir.Kashmiri Pandits will never go back again and live peacefully untill and unless UPA change constitution and repeal article 370 and Hindus go there and form its majority.Looking to wards past experience Indians could not able to change minds and hearts of muslim Kashmiries and all because of their religion and Quran which has nothing but hate against India and Hindus.I say we are waisting time appeasing muslims who worship devils religion and do not want to know any thing else and follow Quran and saying Allah’s words can not be changed.Whatever they say we do not have to listin and install Hindu government otherwise there will be no peace in that Indian state.Only Hindus can change this by not voting Congress party who supports devils religion and its followers.We are going to lose again our freedom and democracy if muslims problem goes further.Muslims have already killed more than 40 millions Hindus in past and killing everyday now and no matter what you do for them they will just poke knife from your back when religion comes on their way in another words in Hindi “Samp Ko Kitna Doodh pillao our us se dosti karo wohi aap ko katega”

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  • Anonymous

    A word about Azadi from History, I would share here. After the invasion of J&K by Pakistani Regulars & tribal’s in 1947, after the massacre of Hindus in Muzzafarabad on 22/10/1947 & killing its DC named Doni Chand Mehta in front of his wife, one KP Pandit Tarachand Wagam was taken as prisoner & later was so-called appointed as new ‘wazir wazarat’ of muzzafarabad (deputy commissioner). Radio Pakistan was broadcasting (propaganda only) repeatedly ‘kashmiri pandit ko wazir wazarat banaya gaya hai, ek aur kashmiri ko judge’. This judge was a Shia Muslim Ashiq Hussain neighbor of Abbas Ansari (former Hurriyat Chairman) & Moulvi Iftaikhar Hussain Ansari at present with PDP. With active connivance of Pakistanis & goons of Muslim conference (who was from baramullah) Tara Chand was converted to Muslim with new name given to him was Mohammad Tariq. After some days he developed fever. Medicines were not available, all the while Tara Chand was muttering the words of his family members, and 15 days later he passed away. He was buried near a mosque in muzzafarabad. His daughter and son Srikrishan came back to valley with Red Cross, this was their azadi. KP,s have tasted their so-called azadi in 1947 itself. Today no Hindu lives in POK that they had cleansed it in 1947 itself.

    1990 being water-shed in politics of Kashmir as it was continuation where Pakis tan left it in 1947, there were first targeted killing of Kashmiri Pandits, KP,s were not & are not aligned to separatism based on religion as none of their political aspirations were not going to be fulfilled by this violence & from day one. They are vindicated on this, the valley based KP Sangharsh Samiti i.e those who did not leave Kashmir (leave alone Migrants for a second) have came out with a report stating that from May-1990 to July 1990, a killing of a Kashmiri Hindu each day took place in valley & Jag-Mohan was not then the Governor, so it speaks volumes about the whole situation.

    The violence in Kashmir was not in any way in their physical & political interests so were forced to migrate. And now this 7.5 lakh KP’ they have a political demand as original residents of Valley like, after all separatists cannot spread the canard that they are politically correct with violence with gun & KP,s are politically incorrect with non-violence, that is political bankruptcy in reality.

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  • Anonymous

    About 1990 the late Mr P.N. Haksar (1913-1998) came to speak at the University of Delhi and was introduced, if introduction was needed, by the late Professor V.P. Dutt (1925-2011). In his remarks Professor Dutt noted the anguish of the Kashmiri Pandits who had started pouring out of Kashmir in the preceding year in the wake of terrorist violence that made short work of the famed Kashmiriat, which to us in India was the same as the secular attitude. The problem of the displacement of Kashmiri Pandits had started becoming noticeable.
    As the write up says, the attitude of Kashmiri Pandits was much the same as that of the displaced persons from Pakistan in the wake of the Partition. I remember my late father (1883-1978) telling me in late 1947 that we, displaced from Rawalpindi, would be back in Rawalpindi in a few months. After Gandhi’s assassination, my father stopped talking of going back. We stayed on in India, with hardly a helping hand from Nehru’s government. The refugee camps in which we lived were closed within a year. I am not surprised that the present government is not doing much for the Kashmiri Pandits.
    The world was concerned about the Jewish diaspora and decided to give them a homeland of their own: for the first time in history, a new State had been created by gift. Whenever ethnic cleansing happens anywhere in the world now, the world press waxes eloquent, especially if the victims are whites, as in the case of the Jews and the Europeans. But the equally white Kashmiri Pandits do not seem to make the grade and receive very little attention from the world press and from world bodies like the UN. Not much attention is paid to several African countries where events resemble ethnic cleansing.
    It is a moot question whether the Kashmiri terrorists, whom you still prefer to describe as militants, were concerned about Kashmiriat, a characteristic of the state of J&K, which must have had something to do with the psyche and attitude of Nehru, himself a Pandit of Kashmiri extraction. The terrorists have gone on to distinguish themselves by killing even Kashmiri Muslims who were not in agreement with the ideas and objectives that the terrorists were attempting to ram down the throats of Kashmiris. In the upshot, Kashmiriat has been the first casualty of terrorism in Kashmir.
    Perhaps we do not need to argue at great length to make the point that terrorism in Kashmir is for the most part Pakistan’s export and that Pakistan, itself far from being a secular place, could hardly be expected to care about Kashmiriat. To be sure, Kashmiriat ran counter to the ideas and inspiration that went into the making of Pakistan in the first place. If Pakistan’s leaders and terrorist masterminds had no use for Kashmiriat, it was hardly surprising. It is even possible to contend that abolishing Kashmiriat was one of the primary objectives of those who sent terrorists across the IB and LOC from Pakistan and POK. Pakistan’s leaders of all hues have been known to have been fanatics, with the possible and sole exception of M.A. Jinnah (1876-1948) who did not have much time to leave a lasting impact, though.
    Whatever the political colour of governments at the centre or in J&K, their first concern is to appeal to the Muslims of Kashmir, who, as you say, may not care overmuch for the kind of dispensation that they may have to live under if they were part of Pakistan. If these governments have to appeal to the Muslims of Kashmir, then Kashmiri Pandits naturally cannot be objects of the attention of these governments. Then, who should be concerned about ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Kashmir that you speak of? In any case, such ethnic cleansing is the handiwork of terrorists, who are still being distinguished from the State and the Government of Pakistan, in my view erroneously.
    In this scenario, there is little hope or possibility that Kashmiri Pandits shall receive much attention from the Indian central government or the state government of J&K, or from the world press.
    V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 21 Jan 2012, 1200 IST

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  • Kumars1

    Crocodile tears. If hypocrite Vir ‘Nira Radia’ Singhvi and his tribe had been honest seculars and not pseudo seculars, the problem would not have arisen. In UP, a ghettoised backward looking minority is being wooed and pampered for the sake of their votes. The majority is busy fighting amongst itself as usual. When people like Anna Hazare try to stem corruption, all the establishment crooks including ‘journalists’ gang up against him. A tiny but gutsy country like Israel learnt the painful lessons of history and stood up to these bullies. India on the contrary bends over backwards to mollycuddle them. Kashmir’s Hindus driven out, areas of West Bengal bordering Bangladesh being infiltrated, likewise Assam. But pseudos talk about non existent Kashmiriyat and their darling Arundhati Roy abuses and insults India and its army day in and day out. Vir Singhvi, show some honesty and genuine patriotism for once and help bring an iron man like Mr Modi to power and these rotting long standing problems could start to be genuinely tackled. Will you do it? Or will the sun rise from the west?

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  • Abu Ahmed

    The disadvantages of bengs educated, developed, powerful and economically well-off refugees, whose only crime is that they were caught in the cross-fire between the state and its militants.

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  • Kumars1

    Keep your version of events to yourself. You expect others to believe that the Kashmiri Hindus conspired to uproot themselves from their homes and hearth as part of some diabolical plan. The facts are quite plain. They were forced out and told to leave the women behind. They are living as refugees in pathetic condition. However I am not surprised at you. You are one of those brainwashed fanatics.

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  • Kumars1

    You are one of those liar jihadi types who believe everything is a conspiracy of the Jews, USA, UK, Hindus etc. You drove out these unfortunate people through murder, rape and pillage. You are beneath contempt.

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  • Anonymous

    This article is not only reactionary it is downright seditous. It is breathtaking he is comparing ISRAELI PLAESTANIAN CONFLICT WITH INDIA PAKISTAN CONFLICT.
    This is ISLAM , ummah COMES FIRST , spit on the hand of the country that feeds you. I would advice this CLOSET JIHADI to read a book called THE ARABS BY EUGENE ROGAN.Jews SIMPLY KICKED OUT PLAESTANIANS FROM THEIR HOMES ONE NIGHT. Many died while trying toi swim across and flee.
    KASHMIR WAS ACCEDED BY AN INSTRUMENT OF ACCESION.
    iT IS THE PAKISTANI BALUCH AND PATHAN SOLDIERS WHO INVADED , RAPED AND PILLAGED IN 1947, in poonch rajauri which led to india intervene militarily
    here is a quote
    “As Pakistan teeters on the precipice of instability, Kashmiri groups, particularly in the UK, appear to be doing their own review of history and strategy. For the first time
    in 62 years, 13 Kashmiri political groups in the UK, under the umbrella of the Kashmiri National Party, passed a resolution against Pakistan’s tribal invasion into India in October 19″articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
    ZIA WANTS TO AIRBRUSH 26/11 OUT OF MEMORY
    He needs to be reminded 54 OF HIS CO RELIGIONIST DIED IN THAT CARNAGE
    He quietly swallows PORKY(oops pork) offered by the ISI
    WHEN KASAB HIMSELF AND DAVID COLEMAN HEADLEY AKA GILANI HIMSELF HAVE CONFESSED THAT ISI PLANNED , TRAINED FUNDED , GUIDED MOMITORED AND EXECUTED
    Mahathir was right INDIA INDEED HAS TOO MUCH DEMOCRACY(READ RIGHT TO SPREAD FALSEHOOD), just REFLECT ON THE BLIND CHINESE LAWYER IN CHINA

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  • Anonymous

    Folks this is to counter the CANARD spread by a low caste hindu convert full of Malcontent, the facts about KASHMIR and why this has no resembaLNCE TO iSRAELI pALESTANIAN CONFLICT
    Pakistani backed[11]:18 Pashtun tribal intervention from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that aimed at supporting the revolution,[15][16] the Maharaja asked for Indian military assistance. India set a condition that Kashmir must accede to India for it to receive
    assistance. The Maharaja complied, and the Government of India recognized the accession of the erstwhile princely state to India. Indian troops were sent to the state to defend it. The Jammu & Kashmir National Conference volunteers aided the Indian Army in its campaign to drive out the Pathan invaders.[17]

    Pakistan was of the view that the Maharaja of Kashmir had no right to call in the Indian Army, because it held that the Maharaja of Kashmir was not a heredity ruler, that he was merely a British appointee after the British defeated Ranjit Singh who ruled the province before the British.[13] There had been no such position as the “Maharaja of Kashmir” prior to British rule. Hence Pakistan decided to take action, but the Army Chief of Pakistan General Douglas Gracey did not send troops to the Kashmir front and refused to obey the order to do so given by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Governor-General of Pakistan. Gracey justified his insubordination by arguing that Indian forces occupying Kashmir represented the British Crown and hence he could not engage in a military encounter with Indian forces. Pakistan finally did manage to send troops to Kashmir but by then the Indian forces had taken control of approximately two thirds of the former principality(Source WIKIPEDIA)

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  • RajX

    Acting friendly when you can’t afford to be enemies is no virtue but just a strategy. With the Pakistanis, we should always be on our guard. That country was formed on a philosophy of hatred of the everything native to the subcontinent. That will never change. The only thing we can do is to manage Pakistan and be on our guard. Destabilizing them will also affect us badly because we will be facing refugees from there and that will be a total disaster. The afghans or the Iranians will never take in Pakistani refugees if something goes terribly wrong in Pakistan.

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  • Anonymous

    Looks like the one guy you met in Pakistan, who, conveniently happened to be a higher up in ISI, told you exactly what you wanted to hear, and not surprisingly, you believed every word of it. Then you came here, brushed aside 26/11 because “he said so” and with a bleeding heart, started apologizing on behalf of Pakistan. Thanks, but no thanks. Your credibility has taken a hit because of all this.

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  • Anonymous

    The likes of you and Jawed Naqvi just make me sick to my stomach.

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  • Anonymous

    I read this write up with complete disbelief. I have been a student of India’s relations with Pakistan for some time, and especially from 1998 onwards. I have seen nothing in the practice of the Pakistan policy makers to encourage a hope, much less an expectation, that Pakistan could indeed turn a new page. Even the comments do not justify an optimistic assessment.
    What we see instead in all kinds of writings that emante from Pakistan is that there is colossal and consistent misinterpretation of history and everything that led to the partition of 1947. Since then Pakistan’s youngsters have been brainwashed into believing that India and its Hindus constitute a standing threat to Pakistan and Islam: therefore, they argue that everything must be done to ensure that good relations with India must never arise.
    In fact it has been my reading that in Pakistan there is no constituency for good relations with India. This is contrary to what this write up says, namely, “There is no constituency in Pakistan today that wants confrontation with India, the armed forces included,” as the Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed put it. I am afraid I remain unconvinced.
    Pakistan blames India for everything that goes wrong in Pakistan, whether it was/is Kashmir, East Pakistan, Baluchistan, Afghanistan, or anything else. Gen Musharraf was so enamoured of seeing the Indian hand in everything big or small happening in Pakistan that a young nephew of mine once commented: “Next time his bathroom leaks, Gen Musharraf will say that India has done it.” There is a boyish exaggeration in it but it has a point. I do not entirely disagree with the underlying thought.
    Pakistan needs to run its affairs with a better regard for its own people and their development and welfare. No one wants to eat up Pakistan. For all of its 65 years Pakistan has lived beyond its means to such an extent that today it stands on the brink of national bankruptcy. We need to remember the old adage that we cut our coat according to the cloth that we have.
    Both India and Pakistan began their journeys about the same time and from the same starting line but the two have reached very different destinations. The reason is not India’s hostility towards Pakistan but because Pakistan constituted itself into India’s adversary to such an extent that one is forced to think of the two more or less as permanent adversaries. The choice was made by Pakistan and imposed by it on India all along the line. But four wars down the line, Pakistan, like the Bourbons, has learnt nothing and it has forgotten nothing. We thought 1971 would have taught Pakistan something but it did not persuade even ZA Bhutto, how could it persuade anyone else in Pakistan? Pakistan continued to maintain its armed forces at the earlier levels although it had half the territory to consider after 1971, even if more cohesive. ZAB went on to inaugurate the pursuit of nuclear weapons, a quest that his successors never gave up.
    Unfortunately, as the ISI officer said, Pakistan made a wrong choice in the context of fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan and, under Ziaul Haq, inaugurated not only pursuit of jihad but a massive dose of Islamization for the people of Pakistan. To my way of thinking, Islamization has been Pakistan’s undoing, much aggravated by Pakistan’s devotion to jihad and terror.
    It is for Pakistan, its leaders, and its people to make a re-assessment of Pakistan’s capabilities and resources. When they reach a realistic assessment in this respect, it will be time for better relations with India.
    My parting submission is if you love a dame, do your own courting.
    V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 7 May 2012, 1044 IST

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    Lalit Reply:

    Very well written Bhutani ji…here is some more reading for you if you havent read this already…
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pakistani-hindu-refugees-suffer-in-india-no-rehabilitation/1/186372.html

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  • Laghman afghani

    India definitely has an exaggerated view of itself and its economic clout. India needs Pakistan to bring inexpensive energy from Central Asia to India. India has been placed on pedestal because USA/EU wants it to counter balance China. I seriously doubt if India can change Pakistan’s behavior. Behavior will change once the Kashmir issue is resolved according to the wishes of Kashmir people. I find these analysis too self serving and somewhat devoid of any reality.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SNXIA2OQ3SSDCYI3UI5O2MUVCI Lalit

    They call me muslim, why…here is the reason read the article…in fact poor pakistani hindus have no one to fight for their cause because they are not Indian politicians votebank
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pakistani-hindu-refugees-suffer-in-india-no-rehabilitation/1/186372.html

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  • Anonymous

    Mr. Haq goes to Pakistan, meet some Pakistanis there, tells them that he as an
    Indian and ask for their opinion. He listens to their views, believes them and come back here and tells us how these Pakistanis are honest, virtuous and trustworthy.
    Absolutely rubbish article.

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  • Abu Ahmed

    People who repose their faith in the CIA/Mossad/RAW axis would never accept that ISI’s rogues were paid enough millions to do the needful on 26/11. The USA wants to stay put in Afghanistan and that is why they are droining out all those Pashtuns who are resisting occupation from the Pak/Af billy areas. And of course the USA wants no Pakistani interference in Afghan affairs as only the USA carry hegemonistic rights in that country. Well, for us its good that Pakistan influence is lessened in Afghanistan as that would support our interest. I am afraid Pakistan have missed the Indo-friendly bus – it will indeed take a very long time to undo the damage done to mutual trust. And as far as being on guard vis-a-vis nothern, north-western & north-eastern neighbours are concerned, that would always be the need of our security.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rana-Shoukat/100002985102451 Rana Shoukat

    @ fact, it always habben india who always stabbed pakistan in back

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  • Satya

    This is the irony. Peace and peaceful people are not heard at all in this ruthless world. Had it been some other violent community many Indian politicians would have come to highlight their issue, even from many parts of the world would have come by their side to support them. Compare Palestinian issue with Tibetan issue. Palestinian issue gets many supporters whereas even after being most peaceful people Tibetans are not given proper attention/help by the world. So being Hindu + little in number goes against Kashniri Pandits.

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  • Upadhyaya _br

    There is no chance that environment shall improve in kmr in near future where sane shall have sway.In societal hostility,that yet prevails in valley not withstanding the assertion of govt leaders,honorable residence there is simply not possible,neither there seems any hope.Till then a strong, imaginative,competent leadership emerges in country or great majority of people of valley sincerely long for integrated living,the state n central govts both should settle the pundits over an exclusive area in Anantnag district.Hope improved interaction thus may seed a permanent solution.The present stand off is a shame on Indian statehood.

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