Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, though ideologically at different ends, have come together against the BJP-PDP government’s efforts of setting up separate Pandit colonies, where they could live without fear and intimidation.They held a meeting at Geelani’s house and decided to launch an agitation in the Valley.
The separatists claimed that the rehabilitation plan is an RSS agenda to “change the demography” of the state, although the real demographic change happened in the late 1980 and early 1990s when thousands of Kashmiri Pandit families were forced to leave their homes and flee the state. They were threatened with death and forcible conversion by Islamic extremists operating in the valley.
Geelani and his cohorts now say the setting up of Pandit colonies is an RSS ploy. The Centre has identified three sites, including one in Baramulla district, for building colonies for displaced Kashmiris wanting to return to the Valley. Rough data estimates that some 100,000 Pandit families were forced to leave the state.Today there are 62,000 registered Kashmiri Pandit families of which some 20,000 live in Delhi-NCR. Thousands have emigrated to other cities and to the US, Canada and Australia.
Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said that the government was making attempts to suppress the “struggle” of Kashmiris, “change their religious (Muslim) identity” and “change the Muslim-majority character” of J&K. In their joint statement the Separatists exhorted the local populace to “rise to defend their existence, individuality and the disputed status of the Kashmir”.
They urged the locals to “start an effective struggle against the dangerous plans of RSS in Kashmir”. – CINEWS