20th Anniversary of Homeland Day Celeberated

January 2012

KS Correspondent

Jammu, Dec 28: With the news of Homeland Day celebrations pouring in from all across the country and the world, the celebrations in Jammu marked day long programmes that involved men women and youth of the exiled Kashmiri community.

At Press Club Jammu, the exiles from Kashmir were joined in by their supporters from Jammu in taking the pledge for working towards realization of Panun Kashmir. On the occasion the members of Panun Kashmir who had gathered in hundreds, also expressed their solidarity with the anti-corruption crusade of Anna Hazare for a strong Lokpal.  People in big numbers joined the celebrations from Nagrota, Jagati and Muthi Camps, as well as from non-camp localities of the city.  The Rallyists raising slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Homeland-Homeland” were also seen breaking into the chants of “Bhrashtachaar mitainge, Desh ko bachaenge”.

The saffron headscarves and the white Gandhi-caps worn by the Panun Kishmiris carried the motifs of Panun Kashmir Homeland, and spruced up the event lending it a unique flavour and colour.  The Press-club dotted with these colourful caps and the National Flags carried by the Rallyists and the Anna supporters, looked all gay as if celebrating the Independence Day.  And the Rallyists did pledge to launch the second phase of the struggle for India’s Independence.

The proceedings on the occasion started with a public oath taken by all the participants to rededicate their lives and the lives of their progeny to the sacred cause of establishing Panun Kashmir Homeland in Kashmir valley to the North and East of River Jehlum.  Sh. Mahesh KouI a budding young scholar of Jammu University conducted the proceedings. Speakers from Camps and the non-camp areas spoke on the occasion highlighting the importance of the day and the need to intensify the struggle. Those who spoke on the occasion were Sh Shailendra Aima, Vice Chairman of Panun Kashmir and Editor of Kashmir Sentinel.  Sh PL Dhar, President of  Nagrota Camp, Sh.S. L. Pandita, leader of the Jagati Tenement Committee and Sh P L Raina, representative from Muthi.

Pt. Shailendra Aima, Vice-Chairman of Panun Kashmir, set the tone of the day.  In his inaugural address he emphasised on the relevance and rationale of the vision of the Panun Kashmir Homeland.  In a thought provoking address to the Rallyists, Sh. Aima reminisced about the ordeal of 1989-90 and narrated how several events, marathon interactions and intra-community dialogue lead to the creation of Panun Kashmir. The Margadarshan Resolution of 28th December, 1991 was a culmination of all these interactions and a massive brain-storming.  He called this culmination as a rebirth of the Kashmiri Pandits and congratulated the community on its 20thBirthday. From Panun Kashmir stand-point, Aima stated, this rebirth is the beginning of a renaissance; that would reinvent the philosophy, values, art, literature, aesthetics and tradition of Kashmir – a tradition that finds its expression in the seminal ideas and works of Panini, Patanjali, Bhasa, Kalidasa, Bhav-abhuti, Kumarjiva, Asvaghosha, Abhinavgupta, Khshemendra, Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu, Asanga, Dharmakirti, Padmasa-mbhava,  Kalhan, Bilhana, Bana, Ananga, and hundreds of others from Yogini Lalleshawari to Ahad Zargar, Shamas Faqir and Waz Mehmud. Mr. Aima expressed great hope that with the realization of Panun Kashmir, these ideas would be further explored, interpreted, discovered, reinvented and reconstructed in modern day Kashmir, to the benefit of not only Kashmiris but also to the benefit of the entire humanity.

Dr Ajay Chrungoo, Chairman of Panun Kashmir, concluded the deliberations by describing the Homeland Day on December 28, as the day of true revelation – the Margdarshan , for all Kashmiri Hindus. He said that on December 28 1991 Kashmiri Hindu representatives from all organizations and walks of life adopted the resolve to reclaim Panun Kashmir in an area north and east of river Jehlum as a Homeland for all Kashmiri Hindus as the only possible way of reversing the genocide perpetrated on them.  Since then the Homeland has become the heart-throb of Kashmiri Hindus. Homeland of Panun Kashmir is a vision of our future and the pedestal of our liberation from the ongoing tyranny.

Dr. Chrungoo further stated that Panun Kashmir is the beginning of the Resolve to save a civilization under attack and to reclaim its glory. Referring to the contemporary times he stated that an unholy alliance seems to have fructified between a section of the government in the Centre and the State and the radical communal establishment operating in Kashmir. The protection and respect conferred to the most radical and communal leadership in Kashmir valley is a policy of suicide pursued. ‘’ He said the government is perpetuating corruption in running the  Relief Organisation to create a pliable leadership to work against the interests of the community and the nation .  The Relief Organisation has been converted into an arm of coercion to modulate and control the opinion of Kashmiri Hindus living in exile. He complimented the camp dwellers for having risen against the corruption and harassment despite intimidations and threats from the government. He also congratulated the members of the community for spurning the various allurements offered by the government to toe its line to return to an Islamized Kashmir. While concluding his address, he warned the State and the Central Governments of the imminent dangers posed by the fragile and volatile security environment in the Kashmir valley, POK and the Pakistan.

Later, Dr. Chrungoo also addressed the members of India against Corruption and assured Panun Kashmir’s full support in making a corruption free India.

Sh BLKoul  Coordinator of the Prog. Concluded the programme with vote of thanks.