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By Pragya Jha

Even after 68 years of independence and partition of India, the Hindus living in Pakistan do not have any assured future. In fact, they face persecution, bias and discrimination.

A team of young enthusiasts led by Prakash Jha has decided to make a film on the plights of Pakistani Hindus. The movie by name is  “Who am I- Pakistani or Indian” and Jha’s team is actively soliciting public support and funding via media and social media.

They have also released a very brief video to highlight their case.

The makers of this documentary emphasize that they accidentally happened to come across Pakistani Hindus in a camp (in India) and were really moved to see the plight. They are non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan and are discriminated on the basis of their religion. They are denied of their basic rights.

Several of the members of this team are trained by India Today group. They want to make a documentary which showing the plight of the minorities living in Pakistan. They believe that the power of the audio visual medium will have a direct impact on the viewers and their aim is to promote it globally. The video is made in order to raise fund for making a detailed documentary which will show the plight of the Hindus living in Pakistan.

About The video

The shelters in which these people live do not have even a permanent roof made up of bricks and cement. They live in a shelter which is made up of mud, thatch, bamboos and grass that can be destroyed at any moment by a natural calamity or human itself.The child is digging the land instead of going to school. He is carrying an axe in his hand instead of books.

They are so frustrated with their condition that they are migrating from Pakistan to seek asylum in India.

Hundreds of Hindu families who are facing social exploitation and economic backwardness are migrating to India to live a peaceful life.

The video raises a question on the identity of these people that who are they? Are they Pakistani or an Indian living in Pakistan tolerating all the discrimination because of their religion?

They are humans who want to live in peace and enjoy their freedom.

Efforts by the team

After having launched the website, now Jha’s team is busy raising funds and support for their effort. They are in talks with various organizations who will lend their support in promoting the film. Their intention behind this is to create pressure among the concerned authorities to take the required step for the minority.

Target of the Team

According to the website Who am I, If there would be any profit they would try to improve the living condition of the minority by providing them with fans, mattresses, books, tenting etc. Acquiring (Indian) citizenship would take time as it is a legal procedure. They would support them in a small business which will give the minority some source of earning. Aim of this team is to make these Hindu free from the  life of exploitation and provide them with security and freedom.

To see further details, you may visit the website: http://whoami.p2pproductions.in/why-this-film/

They have also created a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whoamip2p/timeline

Prepared by Pragya-  a student of Journalism in New Delhi. Twitter:@pragya1527

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  • Pragya Jha

    Its high time that we should raise our voice against the injustice done to them.

    • Fredrick S Pardee

      Just pass a law that People whose ancestors were born in India and are followers of Dharmic Religions shall always find refuge in India and India shall accommodate them subject to fulfillment of requirement and shall treat them on par with Indian Citizens.

  • Pritam Go Green

    Not only Pakistan ,Even in Bangladesh, Bhutan,Malaysia conditions of Hindus are pathetic. They all need help. Shame on Indian media for not portraying about them.

  • Chetna Karnani

    A short yet powerful video. This dilemma has been dealt with in literature too, most beautifully yet tragically by Manto in his story ‘Toba Tek Singh.’ Some of our ancestors still hear the echoes of 1947 decades hence.

  • Karishma Vanjani

    Pakistani Hindus in a camp in India. Thats a first

  • Pragya Jha

    Its high time that we should raise our voice against the injustice done to them.

    • Fredrick S Pardee

      Just pass a law that People whose ancestors were born in India and are followers of Dharmic Religions shall always find refuge in India and India shall accommodate them subject to fulfillment of requirement and shall treat them on par with Indian Citizens.

  • Pritam Go Green

    Not only Pakistan ,Even in Bangladesh, Bhutan,Malaysia conditions of Hindus are pathetic. They all need help. Shame on Indian media for not portraying about them.

  • Chetna Karnani

    A short yet powerful video. This dilemma has been dealt with in literature too, most beautifully yet tragically by Manto in his story ‘Toba Tek Singh.’ Some of our ancestors still hear the echoes of 1947 decades hence.

  • Karishma Vanjani

    Pakistani Hindus in a camp in India. Thats a first

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In Pakistan, Hindus don’t get even a ‘Crematorium:’ Will you believe that?

There are a lot of Hindu family residing all over Pakistan and still, there are very few cremation grounds where their last rites can be performed in that area

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Not having a crematorium in Peshawar is just one of the woes that the minority communities are facing since long. Wikimedia Commons
Not having a crematorium in Peshawar is just one of the woes that the minority communities are facing since long. Wikimedia Commons
  • Due to the lack of cremation grounds, some Hindus and Sikhs travel hundreds of kilometres just to perform the last rites as per their religious practices
  • As per reports, there were about 12 cremation grounds before Independence
  • Unfortunately, Hindu’s and Sikh’s have to face the same problem in the neighbouring state as well, that is Afghanistan

Death is said to be a great leveller. But the tragedy struck to some section of society in Muslim-dominated Pakistan is altogether different.

Due to the lack of cremation grounds, some Hindus and Sikhs travel hundreds of kilometres just to perform the last rites as per their religious practices. People who can’t even afford to travel, they have no option but to bury the mortal remains of their near and dear ones.

As per reports, there were about 12 cremation grounds before Independence. But with the passage of time, they vanished in the thin air of the terror-torn nation. Even in areas lying in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where about 35,000 Hindus and Sikhs live, the cremation grounds are also rare.

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The law of the land is non-existent for the minorities communities like Hindu’s and Sikh’s. Without taking no-objection certificate, people from these communities can’t move an inch even. The grief-stricken families have to wait for the clearances, as they are left with no other option.

People are forced to travel long distances to cremate their relatives from the areas like Swat Bannu, Kohat, Malakand etc. The cost to travel such long distances ranges from Rs 40,000 to Rs 70,000 and on the top of it, the fear of robbery during these travels cannot be ruled out. Not all the Hindu families can afford to perform the last rites in the manner they want.

Unfortunately, Hindu’s and Sikh’s have to face the same problem in the neighbouring state as well, that is Afghanistan. The minority communities are compelled to bury the dead because cremation grounds are vanishing fast in Pakistan.

Although, Pakistan boats that the minority communities enjoy equal rights in their country, the ground reality seems to be completely different. Wikimedia Commons
Although, Pakistan boats that the minority communities enjoy equal rights in their country, the ground reality seems to be completely different. Wikimedia Commons

Although, the administration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has allowed the minorities communities to perform cremation near temples. But most of the temples are built on the agricultural lands and commercial areas, which have already been encroached upon by land mafia.

There are a lot of Hindu family residing in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and still, there are very few cremation grounds where their last rites can be performed in that area.

Although, Pakistan boats that the minority communities enjoy equal rights in their country, the ground reality seems to be completely different. Not having a crematorium in Peshawar is just one of the woes that the minority communities are facing since long.


After much of the protests, finally, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has started building the facility from the chief minister’s fund, as per some government sources.

There are almost 50,000 Sikhs and Hindus in Peshawar. And unfortunately, due to lack of proper facilities, people over there are also facing the same situation what others are facing in areas like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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To expect some kind of generosity from the war-torn state like Pakistan is out of the way. Instead of spending extravagantly on the military expansion, Pakistan should come forward and full-fill the basic amenities for the citizen of its country. It’s the people who make the country and not the other way round.