30 long years in exile is strangely compelling to think but terrible to experience. Our exile is undoubtedly unhealable wound forced between us and our homeland – Kashmir. The sadness of our exile cannot be surmounted, the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus is a saga of resilience in the face of insurmountable odds. The hoary days of our exodus accompanied by the shrill and hatred of 19th January are grim reminder of our genocide and the subsequent orgy of violence on our community. It was on this day that Islamist Jihadis publicly proclaimed genocide on Kashmiri Hindus from the pulpits of mosques. What followed was complete ethnic cleansing of the oldest living civilization from their own homeland as lakhs of Hindus were forcibly driven out of their homes and hearths under a well-orchestrated plan conceived by evil state Pakistan and executed by Kashmiri Muslims which was to ensure the merger of Kashmir valley with Pakistan.
Since, then 19th January is the day of our collective remembrance and to show the world that Hindus of Kashmir shall not forget and forgive those who were responsible for their persecution. The day also is a solemn occasion to commit ourselves to protect our nation from further onslaught of Islamic Jihad and to resolve that our collective remembrance shall make the nation aware about the impending dangers of the regressive forces of Jihad which are now knocking in the country at the alarming rate.The overtaking of Kashmir by regressive Islamic Fascism and the stoic silence of the so-called liberals is not only intriguing but also questionable.
Why Genocide of Hindus?
Preceding to 1990 a Sustained vilification campaign was launched against minority Hindus from none-else than so called secular leader Sheikh Abdullah who himself referred Kashmiri Hindus as Indian agents and fifth columnists. It was this hatred from political class which further crystalized the public opinion against them and manifested in hatred against Hindus in Kashmir. The religious seminaries run by Jamaat-e-Islami and Al-Hadis openly preached that Hindus are infidel’s who are sworn enemies of Islam. This hatred was converted into physical violence against Hindus, as Jihadis believed that they are the only impediments in the total Islamisation of Kashmir. Hence, Hindus were branded as inveterate enemies of Islam who need to be obliterated.This dormant hatred was sometimes xenophobic and sometimes chimerical which was displayed openly by the majoritarian Muslims from time to time and more so on 19th January 1990 where It was blood lust, and“a willing complicity”of the majority community which resulted in the Genocide of Hindus.
The ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus is one of the dark chapters of secular Independent India where the aborigines were exterminated and eliminated based on their religious affiliations. This genocide on Hindus was not a mere outcome of terrorist violence but an important design of evil state Pakistan to destabilize the valley, change the demographic balance to suit their agenda and to stoke the secessionist agenda through their quislings. Their can be no two opinions that the Jihad in Kashmir was an Islamic war on hapless Hindus. On 1st April 1990, the local Urdu newspaper, Daily Aftab carried the press release of Hizbul Mujahedeen. It said,
“The aim of the present struggle is supremacy of Islam in Kashmir in all walks of life and nothing else. Anyone who puts a hurdle in our way shall be annihilated”.
Despite glaring evidences of genocide an attempt by ruling dispensations both at the state and center have tried to ignore the persecution of Hindus and paint it as an aberration in order to hide it behind the veil of secularism. The three decades of Kashmiri Hindu genocide has not yet woken up the Indians as it seems their lives do not matter to the countrymen. Attempt was made by bureaucracy which were hand in glove with separatists to convey to the world that the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from valley was only for economic reasons and voluntary. The denial of genocide was to cover up the persecution of Kashmiri Hindus and to garner a sympathy for perpetrators who were seeking separation from secular, democratic India for theocratic evil state of Pakistan. Indian state made every attempt to secure the mythical secularism on the blood and bones of Kashmir Hindus. Thus, a brand of secularism that sustained itself on denial of genocide and inline with repugnant Islamic State was forced upon the hapless victims.
It’s been 30 long years that not a single perpetrator for such a genocide is identified nor any trial constituted to give justice to the victims who are nationalist people and swear for the territorial integrity of India. Since last 30 years the hapless Kashmiri Hindus have been petitioning the successive governments both at center and state to constitute a genocide commission to undertake the root cause analysis of secessionism which led to the subsequent genocide. This commission can be constituted like what was done post Jewish Holocaust inline with Nuremberg war crimes. This commission should bring all the perpetrators to justice as was done few years ago for Gujarat victims. If India fails to protect its nationalistic people in Jammu & Kashmir then the message to the jihadi enterprise shall be that India does not care for its support base which eventually shall encourage the terror enterprise to raise its network in different parts of country and shall put a question mark on the secular, democratic credentials of current nationalistic government of PM Modi. India must not allow the perpetrators to roam freely whereas allow victims who are nationalistic to the core to languish in exile. This shall lead to mockery of our judicial system and that of covenants of UN of which India is the signatory.
Refoulment of Displaced Hindus
There is no serious attempt by ruling governments to ensure return of genocide victims to the valley whereas this ethnic cleansing have led to despair and dejection among the Hindus due to their three-decade long exile from valley. For any return Government must address to the geopolitical aspirations of the community so that there is no future refoulment of the community from their cherished homeland-Kashmir. At the same time, it is to be made clear to the jihadi cabal that Kashmiri Hindu has not left its claim on their homeland. We shall return on our terms when the evil Jihad is convincingly defeated and demolished. I sum up the feelings of every Kashmiri Hindu in the poetic lines of Tribubhuwan Nath Sapru ‘Hijar’,
Tailuk Wohi Quam Ko hei Watan Se,
Ki Jo Hai Ruh Ko Tailuk Badan Se.
– Sunil Raina Rajanaka