New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday expressed hope that peace would return to Kashmir Valley as the fight there had no base.
"I hope that peace will return there... The fight which is continuing there has no base," Khurshid said at the inauguration of an exhibition of photographs and prints entitled "Kashmiri Pandits - A Vintage Album: Contribution to the making of modern India". The exhibition has been curated by Dr Manju Kak.
Rare photographs of noted Kashmiri personalities like Dr Hriday Narayan Kunzru and Jawaharlal Nehru are on display as part of the exhibition.
Speaking about the contribution of Kashmiri Pandits, President of the Indian Council of Cultural Research, Dr Karan Singh, said although they have been persecuted several times, Kashmiri Pandits were among the two communities in India, the other being Parsis, which had contributed to the country despite their small numbers.
"At one point of time, only 11 Kashimir Pandit families were in Kashmir after they were persecuted," Singh said.
He said they were the torchbearers of education, which was their great secret.
Singh said that although Kashmiri Pandits have flourished outside Kashmir for long time, their rise in Kashmir Valley coincided with the 100 years of the Dogra regime.
Singh is the son of Hari Singh, the last Dogra king of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir.