Paying Homage to our Martyrs
On 14th September we shall once again remember our martyrs who fell to the onslaught of terrorism perpetrated on the peace- loving community of Kashmiri Hindus by the forces inimical to India. This onslaught led to the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from their homeland in 1989-90, and since then we remember our martyrs year after year. This year we shall enter in the 30th year of its observance.
The genocidal attrition started with the selective killing of the Kashmiri Hindu community members. First, the individuals were targeted and then families and subsequently the whole neighborhood was annihilated. The gruesome murders, that was part of the genocidal war launched on the community, was part of the bigger scheme that included the cultural genocide to exterminate the religious symbols and aesthetics of the community in Kashmir. The aim was to prepare the path for the establishment of the Sharia-governed society that has now attained the form of Islamic para military society which thrives on the barbaric dictum of demolishing the place-consciousness of Kashmir and render it devoid of its Hindu civilizational imprints.
Kashmiri Hindus,being the upholders and originators of this civilizational continuity, were targeted as they posed the threat to the jihadi objective of wresting away Kashmir from the territorial ambit of the Indian nation. Kashmiri Pandits were the impediments to their larger design of attaching Kashmir with the Pan Islamic Ummah and declaring a clear-cut war against the Indian nation. But Indian nation failed to internalize this reality and has been treating the jihadi problem as governance issue which can be resolved just by devolution of political powers. Indian state has always believed Muslim communalism in Kashmir can be handled if more powers are given to the overground half-separatists. But this has boomeranged and further witnessed the unhinging of Jammu and Kashmir from the national mainstream.
This challenge is well understood by the Kashmiri Hindus and that is why they became the frontline targets of jihadis and were subjected to religious cleansing. But Indian political class never realized the import of this pain and suffering. The martyrdom attained by the community members in the line of defense to save their Dharma and the nation is unparalleled. It is due to their sacrifices in thousands that we have been able to reaffirm our resolve to take these jihadis head on and defeat them in their game of false propaganda. But the enemy has been shrewd enough to destabilize our community by developing the fifth column from within, who play the game of subversion for the jihadis and try every bit to defeat our resolve to reverse our religious cleansing. The worst part is that these fifth columnists have penetrated the rank and file of the mainstream political space and are working as the over ground arm of jihadis to wreck the community from within. Thus, this war to regain our ancestral homeland must be fought on two fronts: one internal and other, external. So that the sacrifice and martyrdom of our martyrs does not go waste.
The wanton killings along with disinformation campaign against minority Hindu Pandits were a part of well-calibrated and conceived plan of Pakistan. It was executed by their network of terror organisation in Kashmir which included JKLF, Hizbul Mujahedeen, Allah Tigers, Harkat-ul-Ansar, among others. A well-researched analysis will bear out that atrocities and vandalism out-performed even the mediaeval times. The ruthless bestiality and barbarity were evident in abundance during the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus. Therefore, it is imperative upon the victims of genocide to remember those innocent lives who fell to the bullets and sensitize the world that struggle in Kashmir is not a freedom movement, but Jihadi battle which is evident in many places around the globe.
Hindus of Kashmir always stood with India and its secular values as espoused in the Indian Constitution. Therefore, this minority community, representing first line of Indian nation in Kashmir, were a resisting force against the radicalization of the valley. Hence, it was this community which was made the prime target of violence, rapes, mutilations and torture, with the aim of obliterating the peace-loving nationalist community of Kashmiri Hindus from their homes and hearths. It was bloodlust and the crystallization of hatred with “a willing complicity” of the majority community in the Genocide of Hindus.
Killings of Kashmiri Hindus were accompanied with torture and atrocities like what Jews faced under Nazis or what the Greeks and Armenians faced from Turkey. The barbaric methods used sent shivers down the spine of those who saw, read or heard about these. Burning wax were poured on sensitive parts of body, eye balls were gouged out, breasts of women were cut, nails were driven on foreheads, bodies were hanged on trees, strangulation by steel wires, drowning, dragging to death, burning alive, were among many other methods used as part of atrocities so as to force the Kashmiri Hindus community to leave the valley out of fear. Series of threats were issued to the Pandit families, hit lists were pasted on the houses, false allegations were levied along with carrying out bomb blasts and stone pelting on the minority Hindu houses.
Brutalities against minority Kashmiri Pandit’s disregarded international covenants such as Universal Declaration of Human Rights and United Nation Covenants on Human Rights adopted in UN General Assembly in 1966. The grievous injuries on victims of Jihad are testimony to the tortures. What is surprising that there was silent connivance of the established political institutions and governmental organizations. The hapless Hindus were left to fend for themselves.
Kashmiri Hindu community have been seeking the judicial probe in line with Nuremberg trial to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. The community has a hope under the new dispensation led by PM Modi that killers would not be spared, and justice would be done with the families who have lost their dear ones. With renewed mandate to govern the country, PM Modi must act on neutralizing the terror enterprise along with support base in Kashmir to make the valley peaceful and allow the modern industrial sector to set their footprints.
Special Issue of Naad
This special edition of Naad is devoted to bringing untold stories of Kashmiri Hindu genocide in public domain. The stories in this issue are testimonials from the family members of those who fell to jihadi onslaught. The cover stories included in this issue are.
- Telwani massacre where Ashok Kumar Raina, Veerji Pandita and 7 year old Anshu Raina were killed in cold murder on 4th February 2000.
- Susheel Kumar Kotru killed on 23rdMarch 1990 in Rainawari.
- Martyrdom of Chaman Lal Kaul and Somnath Raina on 24thJune 1990.
- Gruesome killing of Bal Kishen Ganju on 19thMarch 1990.
- Strangulation of Jaggar Nath Pandita in Handwara on 6thOctober 1990.
-Sunil Raina Rajanaka