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By Kabir Agarwal At his office in a western suburb of Mumbai, while sipping his daily cup of kehwa, Kashamendra Ganjoo recalls homeland. Ganjoo, now 63, grew up in his five storey home in Barbar Shah, Srinagar before his family had to leave in the 1990s. He still harbours a desire to return to his home. “Kashmir is never out of my mind. It is always in my memory. It is part of every breath I take. It defines me. It would complete me,” Ganjoo says, poignantly. “But, it is impossible to go back. Too much time has passed, too

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The Central government on Tuesday said that there is no proposal to create separate zones exclusively for the Kashmiri pandits in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudharyon said this in the Lok Sabha.

He said this in response to a question asked by nine members of Parliament if there is any proposal of creating separate zones for Kashmiri pandits.

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Kashmiri Pandits during protests at Jantar Mantar, Delhi. Photograph courtesy: twitter.com/BhawnaKak A day after opposition party National Conference said that separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits will not be allowed, Kashmiri Pandits on Sunday held a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi demanding their rehabilitation in the Valley. Members of the community gathered in large numbers at Jantar Mantar demanding that the State and the Centre take them into confidence before any decision on their return to the Valley. They also demanded that the Jammu and Kashmir government reopen prosecution cases against all who involved in the killings of Kashmiri

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The High Court Bar Association of Kashmir today opposed the state government’s plan of setting aside 50 acres of land to construct a separate township for Kashmiri Pandits.

The Bar argued that such a move would create a wedge between the returning migrants and the locals.

“By rehabilitating the Kashmiri Pandits in those colonies, a wedge would be created between the Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims and it will also create hatred and disharmony amongst them,” PTI quoted the association saying.

The Bar opposed the move, saying that the Kashmiri Pandits are a part of Kashmiri culture and are at liberty to live anywhere, but not in colonies to be established for them by the government.

“It is for the Kashmiri Pandits to return or not to return to Kashmir, and the government has no role in forcing or facilitating their return and settlement in the colonies, to be exclusively meant for them. Settlement of the Kashmiri Pandits in these colonies will have social and political ramifications,” it added.

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Anupam Kher A group of Kashmiri-American film-makers, based in Los Angeles, hope to “rebuild Kashmiriyat” through their upcoming short film The Pashmina, staring actor Anupam Kher as lead character. Directed by Kashmiri film-maker, Danish Renzu and written by Boston based award winning, Sunayana Kachroo, The Pashmina will be based on Hindu-Muslim brotherhood in the Kashmir Valley. The movie will be highlighting the early Kashmir that how Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims lived in harmony before the turmoil started in late 80s and how Kashmiri Muslims are waiting for the return of their Pandit brethren. The film-makers believe that the Kashmir was considered

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Kashmiri resistance leader and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front ( JKLF) Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik at Kheer Bhawani temple in Kashmir, during a Hindu festival in June. He has been appealing to Kashmiri pandits to return to their homes. Kashmiriyat is a Muslim family breaking their fast in a Hindu home, in a housing colony on the outskirts of Haal near Shopian in South Kashmir. The date is Saturday, 5 July 2014. The host, Meenakshi Mattoo, hands out dates to her Muslim guests. This kind of camaraderie used to be a common tradition before the large-scale migration of the Kashmiri

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The beginning of a new age of violence in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989 took off with the mayhem ensued by the permission of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, for the intelligence apparatus of her country to export fighters outward from the Kashmir valley. Since then, Kashmir is visible more like a chessboard for a large malicious game of intrigue, where the official truth appears manufactured narrative rather than it should be in its natural shape. The tug of war between India and the opposition forces from Kashmir along with the clear support of Pakistan and its

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I don’t know who I belong to now. Once I had a family. There used to be laughter all around. The children drew sketches on the walls. Mother cooked all day in the kitchen. Father looked at me fondly in the mornings and the evenings. Grandfather, a fine gardener, planted the most beautiful evergreens, which never withered. I envied the walnut tree in the courtyard. Everyone loved it for its majesty, benevolent shade and delectable walnuts. Once during a wedding, I was decorated. Father got the latticed windows painted. Blue, yellow, magenta, purple and splendid peach! Relatives hung garlands of

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By News Desk Kashmiri pandits living in the valley today castigated the central government for raising the issue of threat to Kashmir Pandits living in valley during the present situation. “Rather than assuaging the situation at ground zero, Government at Centre is showing very callous approach towards the situation in Kashmir. In addition to that dead cases are being exhumed from the dusty file racks to put fuel in the turmoil to make it grimmer for the people of Kashmir and specially minorities,” Sanjay Tickoo, President of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti said in a statement issued here. “KPSS strongly