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… to remember the real history …

Letter by Dr. K.N. Pandita, General Secretary of ASIAN-EURASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM AEHRF, Delhi

to

Mr. L.K. Advani, Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister & Home Minister of India, New Delhi

Published on Kashmir Herald on the web, Volume 3, No. 6 – November 2003

Sir,

In the first week of September 2003, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a reputed Delhi-based NGO organized a 2-day seminar in New Delhi on the theme ‘Kashmiri Pandits: Problems and Prospects’. Many senior leaders, public figures and opinion makers were present at its deliberations. It is understood that the NGO in question would be deputing a delegation to apprise you of the shades of opinion that have emerged on the subject of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Kashmir.

We know of your concern about the return and rehabilitation of the members of Pandit minority of Kashmir who have been visibly and invisibly forced out of their ancestral homeland over half a century in the past. Of these, the largest chunk numbering about 300,000 was forced out of the valley in 1990 with the outbreak of Islamist terrorism. Ever since, most of them are living in refugee camps or at other places in the country.  Continue Reading…