On 19 January 1990, round 62,000 Kashmiri Pandit households from Jammu and Kashmir had been compelled to depart the Kashmir Valley because of escalating violence. Many folks misplaced their lives and 1000’s of households needed to lead the life of refugees in different Indian states after this exodus.
On the thirty first anniversary of the Kashmiri Pandits’ Exodus, veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has paid tribute to those that misplaced their lives throughout “the most tragic incident” which occurred on at the present time, 19 January 1990.
Anupam’s household was one of 1000’s compelled to depart behind most their worldly belongings and flee to different states.
Recalling the horrors of the incident that also offers many the goosebumps, Anupam shared, “Deaths, rapes, Kashmiri Pandits shot dead in broad daylight, and thousands of them forced to leave their house. All this was happening in the 80s. But in the wee hours of 19 January 1990, thousands of people took to the streets and knocked on the houses of Kashmiri Pandits and told them to flee their house. There were dangerous threats behind it. A ‘Leave, Die, or Convert’ announcement was made on a loudspeaker”.
With the scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution in 2019 that revoked the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing, Kher feels the dream of many Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homeland will now come true.
“The scrapping of Article 370 is like a medicine to our wounds but when will it heal us, only time will tell… My mother’s generation may continue to dream of returning to their homeland and might not be able to return but I hope the younger generation of Kashmiri Pandits will keep the struggles of everyone alive. As you are our hope and strength”, he added.
Under Article 370, the seven-decade quasi autonomy of the state had allowed the area’s legislature to make its personal legal guidelines. It additionally banned folks from outdoors the state from getting state authorities positions.
Jammu and Kashmir is now a federally-administered Union Territory (UT) like every other state or UT.