Kashmiri Pandits

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A brief history of Kashmir & it's original inhabitants, the Kashmiri Pandits.

When Kashmir was a paradise:

This is an old painting of Srinagar, Kashmir dated to 1872 CE.

This is an old painting of Srinagar ( Kashmir) by Sikh artist Bishan Singh dated to 1872 CE( Vikram Samvat 1929)

Then, Srinagar was very peaceful. We see Kashmiri Hindu Pandits performing Sūrya Namaskāra on the banks of Vitasta (Jhelum) river. Kashmiri Hindu Pandit women in their knee length traditional Pheran attires.

It shows travelers on the Zaina Kadal Bridge. On the right bank of the river is the Khanqah-e-Moula which was still worshiped by Kashmiri Hindus as Kali Mandir. At its entrance was a sacred spring known as Kali nag. To the left of Khanqah can be seen the Ramji Temple with its distinct Shikara.

In 1990, a bomb was thrown at this temple. It is now non-functional.

: Wherever "THEY" go, they destroy everything.

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A group of Kashmiri Pandits busy writing manuscripts in Kashmir. (Pic year 1890)

 

As once Will Durant said "Civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within"

 

Here's an interview of Rakesh Kaul, author of the book "The Last Queen of Kashmir" by Rajiv Malhotra .

https://youtu.be/qrBmadZZhtI

Where he explains, how the Kashmiri civilization started to crumble during and after Kota Rani, the last hindu queen of Kashmir. How the Muslims who had been welcomed centuries earlier and had lived in harmony with Hindus, suddenly started to show their true colors. How society disintegrated and eventually went out of control. And also the plight of Kashmiri Pandits(Hindus) becomes vivid in this context.



TODAY (05 Aug, 2019)

Article 370 (35A) of Indian Constitution has been revoked. JK has been made a separate UT (with a legislature) and Ladakh as another UT (without any legislature). So, from now there are total 28 states and 9 UTs in India. Of course this is a historic decision.

Now let's look back to a snapshot from a newspaper article in 1990, when Kashmiri Pandits were forced(killed, raped..) out from Kashmir. THEY called them Cancer. While KPs were one of the most civilised people

Snapshot from a newspaper article, 1990