Give Priority to Resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits in J&K: VHP Chief Praveen Togadia
Kashmiri Pandits! Refugees in their own homeland. There can be no sadder plight than this! The media and secular folks have been all raising their voices for the settlement of illegal Rohingya Muslims in India with even PIL filed being in the Supreme Court so that they are not displaced from India. But not a word is spoken in favor of the Kashmiri Pandits by the so called media or secular folks! It is but an irony that even international human rights organizations are standing up for the Rohingya Muslims! Why don’t these human rights group stand up for the Kashmiri Pandits rendered homeless in their own homeland?
Recently, on his visit to Jammu, VHP chief Praveen Togadia spoke on behalf of the Kashmiri Pandits. He urged Dineshwar Sharma, the government of India’s special representative on Jammu and Kashmir, to give priority to resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley within a specific period.
Kashmiri Pandits have been living in Kashmir since 5000 plus years. Do you know Kashmiri Pandit women were held in high regard since time immemorial? But the scenario changed altogether ever since the partition of Hindustan and Pakistan. Had Nehru dealt with the issue with an iron hand, Kashmir problems would have never cropped up. It is time the government consider this issue as serious and implement initiatives for their fast resettlement.
Praveen Togadia also suggested annulment of Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution in J&K. Article 35A issued by the President of India on 14 May 1954 “empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define ‘permanent residents’ of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.” Article 370 gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Praveen Togadia, no dialogue is worth its meaning unless Kashmiri Pandits are not settled in their homeland. To him, it is an insult that they could not come back to their homes. He spoke against having a dialogue with resistance leadership in the Kashmir valley.
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