Return of Pandits
Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to give land in the Kashmir valley for housing the displaced Kashmiri Pandits languishing in tents for more than two decades, is in pursuance of the policy of the NDA government. It is to ensure their safety before persuading them to return to their homeland. Kuldip Nayar’s perception of this being a political move to intrude the composite culture in the article “Religious divide in Kashmir” is devoid of any logic.
His contention that it will lead to a religious divide is not cogent and convincing. Separatists spit venom against the Government of India. Their threats during the Amarnath and Vaishno Devi pilgrimages and the recent stone-throwing incidents on Army helicopters providing relief to the flood-affected victims are glaring examples of hatred in their mind. How can the Kashmiri Pandits return in view of the lack of safety? Nayar’s harping on the unity of days gone by does not win fancy with the new generation. Sheikh Abdullah’s vision and Pt Jawaharlal Nehru’s emotions have become history. Modi’s quick response to the flood-hit people of Jammu and Kashmir and providing succour in the calamitous circumstances has belied the notion of his being anti-Muslim.
R. L Bakshi,