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Jan 26, 2005

The Journey Continues

Another hour,day,week,month,year,decade, decade and a half
The journey continues

Governments have come and gone
The journey continues

When you must flee ancestors home for 5000 years, to save your life
The journey continues

Not a NRI, just a refugee,yes there is a diwas,Sept 14th to remind
The journey continues

Not at home, but in Jammu or Delhi or somewhere in your country
The journey continues

Its a genocide, but still not an election issue and because no one seem to care
The journey continues

Lifestyle changed, lives born, another day of dread and disease, and many dead, and yet homeless
The journey continues...
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January 4, 1990. A press release issued by Hizb-ul Mujahideen, set up by the Jamaat-e-Islami in 1989 to wage jihad for Jammu and Kashmir's secession from India and accession to Pakistan, asking all Hindus to pack up and leave?

Shops, business establishments and homes of Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of the Kashmir valley with a recorded cultural and civilisational history dating back 5,000 years, are marked out.

As many as 300,000(to 700000) Kashmiri Pandits have fled their home and hearth and been reduced to living the lives of refugees in their own country.

Two-thirds of them are camping in Jammu. The rest are in Delhi and in other Indian cities.

The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the crime of genocide in New York, in 1948, declared genocide as a crime under international law.

The Convention defined genocide as any act committed with the idea of destroying in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial or religious group. This includes such acts as:

Killing members of the group .
Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.
Deliberately inflicting conditions calculated to physically destroy the group (the whole group or even part of the group).
Forcefully transferring children of the group to another group.
As per this UN definition of genocide, there is no reason why the ethnic cleansing perpetrated against Kashmiri Hindus should not be treated as genocide. There is no reason why the people and countries behind this act of genocide should not be held responsible and criminally prosecuted.

Links
http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/jan/19kanch.htm
http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/oct/20guest.htm
http://in.rediff.com/news/2003/dec/17guest.htm

2 comments:

  1. Its a paradox tht quite a few influential ppl in the present political situation were originally Kashmiri pandits but aren't doing anything for the plight of the refugees. But surprisingly the media also doesn't highlight their plight as often as it does for the other ethnic groups. Seems the religious majority in this country's just forgotten about a part of their fraternity ..... just no1 talks bout them .

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  2. Thanks for the visit. Agree with you absolutely

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