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Kashmiri Pandits to Launch Second Phase of Public Awareness Campaign for ‘Temple and Shrines Bill’

The organization called PNBMT consists of various Kashmiri Pandits' religious, social and trade corporations which has been working on the passage of Temples and Shrines Protection Bill

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  • The organization of Kashmir Pundits is set to launch the second phase of the campaign on the ‘Temple and Shrines Bill’
  • ‘Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust’ targets on fighting and raising public awareness against the misuse of properties and temple lands
  • R L Bhat, a spokesperson for the PNBM Trust made clear statements about the demands of the community and their requirements of the Bill

September 28, 2016: The organization that represents the pundits of Kashmir is all set to launch the second edition of their social awareness campaign to exert on the passage of the ‘Temple and Shrines Bill’, drawn by the state assembly.

The nodal agency called ‘Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust’ is an organization consisting of multiple Kashmiri pundits’ religious, social and trade corporations. They have been constantly and actively working on the passage of the Temple and Shrines Bill and trying to set up a temple board, reported PTI.

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The struggle concerning this bill began as the community came to know about the managements and established trusts that were selling off properties and holy land for temples in Kashmir, after the storming assault of the militancy in the 1990s.

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According to the PTI reports, an amalgamation of Kashmiri pandit organizations, under the banner of Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust, have organized a protest demonstration demanding the passage of the Bill, back in 2013. The protesting Pandits assembled outside the Press Club in Jammu, raised placards and shouted slogans to support their demands and urged the state government for fulfilling its promise of passing the Bill.

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The campaign got initiated then and after a long struggle, R L Bhat, a spokesperson for the PNBM Trust, stated recently that the sequence of the public awareness campaign passage of the Temple and Shrine Bill will be launched soon.

He added further that the campaign aims at dispelling the spreading of disinformation regarding the fight for the Shrine Bill. The fight is the struggle against the settled interests that have been misappropriating the holy lands in conspiracy with the land mafias, mentioned the reports.

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Bhat claims that the misuse of the properties and the holy lands is the prime cause for the community not wanting any illegal and unauthorized people to meddle in the name of temples preservation. They want a transparent management and an all-encompassing legislation to bring out the Shrine Bill.

The trust held a meeting and the speakers called upon the ruling organizations to immediately act upon their long-standing promise of fulfilling the demand of the Kashmiri pandits’ community and release the Shrine Bill at the earliest.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Kashmiri Pandits not Willing to Return to their Jobs in Kashmir Valley

The ongoing protests by Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu, are threatening mass resignations.

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Kashmiri Pandits are not returning to their jobs. Wikimedia
  • The situation since last year is a clear indicator of rising threat in Kashmir as people are coming on the roads and pelting stones
  • After the government asked them to rejoin their duties in Kashmir valley, they are threatening mass resignations
  • Most of the Kashmiri Pandit employees left the valley last year only and now, 500 of them are refusing to return

Jammu, August 10, 2017: There were many Kashmiri Pandit employees who left the Kashmir valley last year after witnessing continual unrest following the encounter of terrorist Burhan Wani.

One of the residents, Sonia Bhat, who is a government teacher by profession, left the Kashmir valley last year (days after Burhan Wani got killed) and came to Jammu. She is a Kashmiri Pandit who returned to the Kashmir valley around seven years back, before which she migrated from the valley in the early 90s. Her reason for return was the government job she got, said that the cause of worry is the security concerns, apart from many problems they have to face on a day to day basis.

She said that the situation since last year is a clear indicator of rising threat in Kashmir as people are coming on the roads and pelting stones.  She feels that there is not a safe atmosphere to live in Kashmir.

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Kashmiri Pandits have gathered in large numbers and are protesting in Jammu. After the government asked them to rejoin their duties in Kashmir valley, they are threatening mass resignations. Under the provision of Prime Minister’s special package for settling Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir- the government had given around 3,000 jobs to them in the valley.  But, most of the Kashmiri Pandit employees had no option but to leave the valley last year due to unrest and now, 500 of them are not willing to come back.

According to the NDTV report, RK Bhat, President Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj said, “The ongoing proxy war in Kashmir is against India and nationalist forces, why are you forcing us to go back to Kashmir in such an atmosphere?”

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The government assures that the Pandit employees can be moved to safe locations within the valley and things will be done to ensure their safety. But, they can’t give in to the demands of transferring them out of the valley. Thus, the government has given a 15-day ultimatum to Pandit employees to return to their duties.

Altaf Bukhari, Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister said, “There is no way that their jobs can continue while they remain outside Kashmir, they will have to come back, I do sympathize with them if they have any concern we will address it. We will keep them in and around Srinagar.”

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Kashmiri Pandits Demand The Status of “Internally Displaced People”

Kashmiri Pandits want to ensure the preservation of their culture in the valley, as per the memorandum

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Kashmiri Hindu Foundation head, Deepak Ganju spoke in the Indian community event held in honour of PM Modi. VOA
  • The Kashmiri Hindu Foundation has passed a memorandum concerning the community of Kashmiri Pandits 
  • The Foundation has demanded that the Kashmiri Pandits be given the status of “internally displaced people”
  • The memorandum states several demands by the community to ensure preservation of their culture

Washington, June 25, 2017: The Kashmiri Hindu Foundation has passed a memorandum urging PM Modi to recognise Kashmiri Pandits as internally displaced people. They also wanted the government to ensure that the illegal occupants in the area be removed. The foundation also wanted an assurance that their property (left behind by them) will be protected.

In the memorandum submitted, the Foundation has said, “If Kashmiri Hindus lose their temples, houses and property, their ethnic cleansing will become permanent,”
The memorandum further stated,”Kashmiri Hindus should be recognised as internally displaced people and a declaration should be made to this effect. Implement a plan to ensure that property left behind by the refugees is preserved and protected and illegal occupants removed.”

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The foundation also wanted to ensure that the grievances of those Kashmiri Hindus will also be addressed who have signed the contract for the sale of property under any duress.

Deepak Ganju, the head of the foundation said, “Our places of worship have been burnt, vandalised and damaged. We strongly urge the government of India and the state government that our temples and cultural institutions in the Valley be secured, preserved and protected,”
Florida-based Deepak was here to attend the community event being held in the honour of PM Modi. She said that about 400,000 Kashmiri Pandits have been forced to leave Valley en-masse.

Ganju said, “About 1,200 killed and it goes on with just a few thousand remaining in the Valley.”

“Financial and state support for our socio-cultural- religious organisations, that we have managed to run even in our exile, is required urgently. State recognition should be given to Kashmiri Pandit writers, artists and social activists and grants should be provided for them to further their work. Centres need to be built for the preservation of thousands of years of our history, culture, tradition and works of art.”, the foundation demanded in the memorandum.

prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

One response to “Kashmiri Pandits Demand The Status of “Internally Displaced People””

  1. This is a wake up call for Mr. Modi to address the problems of left over Kashmiri Pandits living as invisible refugees in their country. If the present government, like the previous govts.who ignored to address their little problems for last 27 long years, Nobody on this earth will address their problem. The Present govt. has forgotten their pre-poll promises like removal of 370,Rehabilation of invisible refugees Kashmiri Pandits. But at least, the Government can find ways and means for their survival till they are moved to Kashmir.

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Kashmiri Pandits should be given Minority Community Tag: NCM Chief Gairul Hasan Rizvi

The minority population of Kashmiri Pandits is between 4 lakh and 5 lakh in the country

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Jammu and Kashmir, June 15, 2017: According to the Minority Community status, National Commission Minorities (NCM) chairman Gairul Hasan Rizvi favored Kashmiri Pandits in the state on Tuesday and said he would take up the matter with the Centre.

The NCM is nonfunctional in Jammu & Kashmir according to the article 370, which grants Kashmir a status of the special autonomous state. Rizvi stated that it would enable the government to extend benefits to the Kashmiri Pandit, which hold a minority status in Kashmir.

Currently, there are six minority communities in the country, namely – Muslim, Jain, Christian, Sikh, and Parsi.

“Kashmiri Pandits should get the minority community tag, mainly because they are in minority in their state, Jammu and Kashmir,” said Rizvi concerning the issue.

Rizvi said he would take up the matter with Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and stakeholders involved.

The community members greeted Rizvi’s comment on the matter which was suppressed over the past 5 years. The members said they would take up the matter with the authorities again.

Manoj Bhan, the general secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Vichar Manch, said the organization and others would provide the authorities with the required documents in accordance with the Pandits minority community status.

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“We had raised the issue with the authorities two-three times (during UPA-II regime), but nothing happened then…We deserve the status,” Bhan said.

According to Bhan, the minority population in Kashmir is between 4 lakh and 5 lakh in the country.

Benefits availed by the Minority Community (Kashmiri Pandit) with accredited with minority tag are mentioned below:

  • Scholarship will be made available to students with family’s annual income below than Rs 4.5 lakh
  • Educational institutions managed by the community will be recognized as minority institutions. Up to 50 percent of the seats will be reserved for community students at such institutions

Some key welfare schemes the Centre implements for minority communities:

  • Scholarship schemes (pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means)
  • Padho Pardesh (scheme of interest subsidy on educational loans for overseas studies for community students)
  • Free coaching and allied schemes
  • Skill training such as learn and earn, Nai Manzil
  • Prime Minister’s new 15-point program, which aims at ensuring an equitable share for minorities in economic activities besides their educational empowerment