Kashmiri Pandits to fight for `separate homeland`

An international Kashmiri Pandit youth conference held in Pune has resolved to fight for a "separate homeland" in Kashmir.

Updated: Jan 09, 2012, 11:48 AM IST

Pune: An international Kashmiri Pandit
youth conference held in Pune has resolved to fight for a
"separate homeland" in Kashmir and protect the language and
culture of the community.

"Displaced Kashmiri Pandit youths will fight for
reclaiming a separate homeland in Kashmir and protect the
language and culture," a resolution adopted at a two-day
conference that concluded last night said.

Through another resolution, the conference, addressed
by eminent Kashmiri Pandit leaders and thinkers, also decided
to "explore and facilitate empowerment of displaced Kashmiri
Pandit youths, especially those underprivileged, living in
various camps in Jammu and elsewhere". It also acknowledged
the sacrifices made by elders, while responding to the
situation created by a "forced exile".

Kamal Hak, national spokesperson of Panun Kashmir,
said the tragic displacement of Kashmir Pandits from their
homeland had created a "sense of detachment from roots" and a
feeling of being a stranger in their own country.

Khema Kaul, spokesperson of Kashmiri Vahini exhorted
the youth to "equip themselves with history and culture" to
achieve their goal.

Noted Kashmiri playwright Amar Malmohi highlighted how
political class in the valley was "Islamalising" the language,
literature and culture of Kashmir.

PTI