Kashmiri Pandits warn nationwide agitation against central government

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A group of Kashmiri Pandits warned the central government of a nationwide agitation against them if they failed to work for the welfare of the community.

According to the community they have been denied basic constitutional rights ever since its exodus in January 1989.

The community has also complained that about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah not visiting any Kashmiri Pandit migrant camps in over six years.

In a memorandum that the community will send to the Prime Minister, the group wrote, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have not visited the camps ever since they came to power. The community remembers former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is the only Prime Minister to visit these camps.”

The chairman of Reconciliation, Return & Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants, Satish Mahaldar accused political parties of paying only “lip service” to the community while not working on the ground while addressing a press conference at the Press Club of India.

“Everyone has been promising us a return to the valley but no one has actually worked for it. In January this year when the entire cabinet was travelling around the former J&K state no minister visited the migrants camps for the community in Jammu. This shows we are deliberately ignored by them,” Mahaldar said.

Mahaldar added that every political party was playing politics in the name of religion and not for the sake of humanity and civil rights.

“Kashmiri Pandits were forced out of their homes in Kashmir, they have been forced to live like refugees in their own country, and no opposition party or human rights organisation is concerned about it,” he added.

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