Memorandum submitted to
the Prime Minister of India|
January 19, 2000
Following are the brief details about the
meeting of PK delegation with the Indian
Prime Minister in New Delhi on January 19,
Five member delegation comprising of Dr.
Agnishekhar, Shri Moti Kaul, Prof. Neerja
Tickoo, Shri Ashok Pandit and Shri Mahesh
Bhat met the Prime Minister at 11.30 am (IST)
on January 19, 2000. As You may be aware
that Shri Mahesh Bhat is a well known Film
Although the meeting was scheduled for 10
minutes, it lasted for almost 25 minutes.
Here we need to recognise that this is for
the first time that any Prime Minister of
the country gave audience to Panun Kashmir
Prime Minister gave us a real patient
hearing and the following Memorandum was
presented to him:eparate self administrative
Union Territory for Kashmiri Pandits.
Copy of the Memorandum submitted to the
It is ironic that while the entire mankind is
still busy with ushering in the new millennium,
more than 3.5 lac Kashmiri Pandits are completing
a decade of their rootlessness and forced exile
from Kashmiri, their ancestral Homeland. Panun
Kashmir, on behalf of the entire Kashmiri Pandit
community would like to state the following for
Mr. Prime Minister, right from the day since
India achieved independence 53 years ago, a covert
but systematic process of assaulting various
symbols of Indian Nationalism has been on in
Kashmir. This debilitating process off weakening
the basic structure of Indian democratic,
pluralistic and Secular traditions in Kashmir
assumed the shape of a civilisational assault on
Indian Nationhood with the manifestation of a
religious fundamentalist and extremist violent
moment in 1989-90. The Kashmiri Pandits, who not
only represented the live symbols of Indian
nationalism in Kashmir but also constituted the
continuity of a rich Indian socio cultural
heritage of more than 5000 years, became the first
victim of theocratic thought process. The
resultant genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass
exodus of a three hundred fifty thousand minority
on the basis of religious faith represent a great
shame and stigma on the very fundamentals of this
great nation of one billion people.
Mr. Prime Minister, the past ten years have
been a harrowing experience for a community which
has always been proud of its unflinching loyalty
and significant contribution towards the growth of
the country. The callousness with which the
successive governments have treated the Kashmiri
Pandits defies any dignified logic and sane
thinking. Every single Kashmiri Pandits is a
living example of misery, neglect, despair and
deprivation. The paucity of space and the need for
brevity will not prevent us to tabulate
hereunder,the injustice meted out to the Kashmiri
Pandits during the last 10 years. Still the
following must be emphasised :
Mr. Prime Minister, Kashmiri Pandits have little
faith in any of the previous regimes at the centre
to solve their problems. But from you, sir,
Kashmiri Pandits have had and will have great
expectations and hopes. Our morale has received a
tremendous boost as a result of you being the
first Indian Prime Minister in ten years to have
agreed to grant audience to Kashmiri Pandits.
Entire Kashmiri Pandit community will, therefore,
be looking towards you for restoring their basic
rights as the citizens of this country.
- Despite defying all logic, explanations and
even dictionary meaning Kashmiri Pandits have
been branded as Migrants instead of refugees
or forcibly displaced people.
- During last years no attempt has ever been
made to work out a comprehensive national
formula for the rehabilitation and
repatriation of the Kashmiri Pandits.
- Kashmiri Pandits have been left to fend for
themselves will no state sponsored
institutionalised process for providing them
- And what more can be an example of criminal
neglect of the Kashmiri Pandits that till date
no Indian Prime Minister has acceded to the
request of the community leaders for a meeting
to present our point of view.
Sir, ten years is not a small time for a
deprived community to continue suffering in
silence. The national policy has miserably failed
the Pandits and your government represents last
hope for the beleagured community. If the
exercising of your constitutional responsibility
towards the community is not forthcoming, the
Kashmiri Pandits will have no other political door
to knock at. And history reveals that the failure
of a political system to rescue the persecuted
people often leads to an unpleasant and
inconvenient situation. Kashmiri Pandits will
never hope for that eventuality because of their
great faith in you.
Mr. Prime Minister, Panun Kashmir, on behalf of
entire displaced Kashmiri Pandits, therefore
An immediate political reorganisation of Jammu
& Kashmir state to fulfil the legitimate
political aspirations of different regions and
creation of a separate self administered Union
Territory for Kashmiri Pandits. Needless to
emphasise, this territory to be called as PANUN
KASHMIR be fully and totally integrated with Union
of India in true letter and spirit of the
constitution of India without any binding shackles
of any restrictive statitutes.
Sir, till the constitutional administrative and
financial framework, needed for the above, are put
in order, Panun Kashmir as confidence building
measures further demands.
1. An enhancement of cash
relief to poor Kashmiri Pandits families be
uniformly raised to Rs.7000/- per month per
family throughout India.
Hon'ble Prime Minister, the above demands are the
reflection of legitimate and genuine aspirations
of Kashmiri Pandits and have the backing of the
entire nation, which is indicated by the thousands
of signatures appended to this petition by the
citizens of this country.
safeguards be provided against any forcible
relocation or refoulment of Pandits.
3. Re-activation of
centres Kashmir cell and making it more vibrant
and responsive towards peoples aspirations by
inducting at least three members of Panun
Kashmir in it.
4. Infrastructural support
be provided to Panun Kashmir, for creating a
Kashmiri Pandit cultural and heritage centre at
Jammu for preserving the rich cultural heritage
of the Pandits and save them for extinction.
5. A commission of inquiry
be set up to establish factors responsible for
the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits.
6. A global census of
Kashmiri Pandits be undertaken to determine
their exact number.
7. Kashmiri Pandits be
declared as Internally Displaced People.
safeguards be provided to the Kashmiri Pandits
for continuing their intellectual pursuits by
reserving seats for their children in all
professionals and technical colleges.
9. Government of India to
declare a comprehensive policy on the future of
Kashmiri Pandits with obligtory rights to the
community to either accept it or reject it.
We, therefore, hope for your immediate
attention towards providing justice to Kashmiri
On behalf of displaced Kashmiri Pandits.