Date: 6/21/2004


Please read the message below. On the one hand we are pleased to know that someone is bringing the wretched plight of Kashmiri HINDUS (as usual it HAS TO BE the HINDUS) to the notice of the world, but on the other hand TWO ideas spring to mind.

1. This is a private initiative of some Hindus, NRI's. WHAT ABOUT THE OFFICIAL INITIATIVE by the Government of India who are fully RESPONSIBLE for ensuring the safety of the Hindus on this side of the border while insisting on pushing the MUSLIMS to THAT side of the border strictly in accordance with the terms and conditions of ACT OF PARTITION, 1947.

2. Terrorism in J & K will stop the moment India's SUPREME COMMANDER Abdul Kalam takes note of it as he does in the case of Gujerat.

We may add that countering terrorism against the American citizens was not left to private individuals in the USA but the PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE USA took action in their own hands and spared the general public, or the dependants of WTC towers' victims, from holding such exhibitions and launching appeals for private donations.

The ARMED FORCES of the USA retaliated in a manly and vigorous manner and BLASTED not only the TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN but also FIELD MARSHAL SADDAM HUSSEIN IN IRAQ.



.................“ TERROR UNLEASHED “

....An exhibition on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits

This is not a political exhibition. It is about Human Rights trampled upon, it is about human dignity, about entire families uprooted from a land where they had lived for thousands of years. It is about Justice

Do you know the FACTS about Kashmir? Over 350.000 Kashmiri Pandits (Hindu inhabitants of Kashmir) have been forced to flee their homeland. Many Pandit men, women and children have been brutally murdered. About 70,000 still languish in makeshift refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi. Hundreds of temples in Kashmir have been desecrated, destroyed, looted, More than 900 educational institutions have been attacked by terrorists. Properties of Pandits have been vandalised, businesses destroyed or taken over. Did you know that this huge human tragedy is taking place in Free India? Now the Pandits, the original inhabitants of Kashmir, have been forced to flee.

At Independence, Pakistanis felt that Kashmir, where lived a sizeable Muslim majority, should have come to them. This cannot excuse the brutality of Pakistan’s methods to regain what they feel is their property. THE ROLE OF PAKISTAN IN KASHMIRI TERROR has been well documented: terrorism in Kashmir is an ideological struggle with specific fundamentalist and communal Agenda. Terrorist violence aims at the disengagement of the state of Jammu and Kashmir from India and its annexation to Pakistan. The major dimension of terrorist violence in Kashmir is the terrorists' commitment to the extermination and subjugation of the minority in the valley, because Kashmiri Pandits never subscribed to the idea of separation from India. Kashmiri Pandits have always been in the forefront of the struggle against secessionism, communalism and fundamentalism. Hence this peace loving minority with a progressive outlook became the main victim of terrorist violence.

BURNING BOOKS, LOOTING OF CULTURE is also a very important part of the plan. Kashmir was the crucible of Knowledge, Spirituality and a hallowed centre of learning. Kashmiri Pandits excelled in philosophy, aesthetics, poetics, sculpture, architecture, mathematics, astronomy and astrology. Sanskrit was studied, propagated and spoken by women and men. Fundamentalism and terrorism have been ruthless in their assault on "Sharda Peeth", zealous in ravaging its heritage, and consistent only in bloodthirsty intolerance. The destruction of Hindu places of worship, forced conversions of Pandits and death and ignominy to those who resisted, were accompanied by a savage assault on literary activity.

Yet, none of the world’s Human Rights bodies, be it the UN Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, or the European Union, have taken notice of the genocide of the Kashmiri Pandits. Can we remedy to that ?