National Convention

Panun Kashmir organises Annual Convention

By S. M Pandit

November 2010


JAMMU, Sep 13: Panun Kashmir organised “Annual Convention 2009” here today in which more than 1500 delegates participated. Former Union Law Minister and a reputed economist and advocate Dr. Subramanian Swamy was the chief guest on the occasion and the function was presided over by Dr. Ajay Chrungoo, Chairman Panun Kashmir. Speakers and the resolutions adopted during the convention asked the Indian State to put an end to all the secret and back channel negotiations with Pakistan, separatists and Jehadi elements, inform the masses about these negotiations and reverse the policy of compromise with such forces in the interest of the nation. The state government was called upon to end the moratorium on the recruitment of Kashmiri Hindus and implement the Prime Minister’s “Employment Package” at the earliest without confusing it with the return. The convention also stressed for the unity among the Hindu and the nationalist forces and establishment of Homeland as envisaged in the Margdarshan Resolution 1991. Dr. MK Teng, a political think tank of national and international repute and chairman Panun Kashmir Advisery was honoured on the occasion for his contribution to community cause in general and Panun Kashmir ideology and struggle in particular.

Speaking on the occasion, former Union Law Minister Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, gave a clarion call to Hindu and nationalist forces for unity, establishment of Panun Kashmir and abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

Striking a chord with the Kashmiri Hindus, Dr. Subramaniam said that he belongs to the community being of Kashyap Gotra and the problem the community is faced with is because of their being Hindus. He added that Hindus all over India where they are in minority are faced with similar problems and cited an example of a Panchayat in villore in Tamil Nadu where the Hindus are even forced for conversion to get developmental works done in the area.

Glorifying the tenets of Hindu civilisation, the veteran leader said that India not only sheltered Jews and Paris but ensured their growth and development and the reality was recognised in its first Resolution adopted by Israel after its. He added that on the contrary Islam denies even the practice of religious rituals to other religions and not to speak of growth and development. He cited example of Muslim world like Saudi Arabia in this regard where keeping a religious book, portrait of a god or cremation is a taboo.

Dr. Swamy said that the Muslim world can be categorised in Darul-Islam, Darul-Harab and Das-ul-Ahad. Where Muslims re in majority they annihitate minorities, where they are in minority, but ruled by impotant majority, they subjugate majority and where in minority they follow the policy of compromise.

Accusing the Indian state of practicising minoritism for petty vote bank politics, Dr Swamy exhorted for the unity among Hindus and nationalist forces to change the destiny of the nation. He said that purging of BJP has started and even the election of 50 MPs with Hindutava vision can stem the rot and change the course. Welcoming the nationalist Muslims, Dr. Swamy said that the Muslims who think themselves as part and parcel of Indian civilisation are welcome but those who emulate Gauri and Gaznai have no place in India.

Supporting the demand of Panun Kashmir, he said that Panun Kashmir shall be created but described the rehabilitation of exservicemen in Kashmir as prelude to the creation of PK for security reasons.

Batting for the abrogation of Article 370, the law expert said that the article can be revoked by just a presidential order and those who describe the article as irrevocable or need of two third majority of Parliament are befooling the people. He added that the UN has no role in J&K and even the UN resolution was illegal as the petition had no permission of the cabinet.

Dr. Swamy described war with Pakistan inevitable in light of Talibanisation of Pakistan and so-called unfinished agenda of partition and Islamic Jehad.

Exhorting for change of weak mindset, Dr. Swamy said that we have individual courage but lack in collective will. Describing caste division in present world order irrelevant, he implored upon for unity amongst Hindu forces to defeat the enemy from within and outside.

Delivering his presidential address, Dr Ajay Chrungoo chairman Panun Kashmir poohpoohed Indian policy vis-a-vis Kashmir and Pakistan and accused the state government of pursuing policy of denial towards Kashmiri Hindus that is reflected by linking employment package to return or denial of HRA and CCA to migrant employees. He added that these issues look as local on the surface but have national and international dimensions.

Referring to the much talked about proposals like non-territorial solutions, shared sovereignty or irrelevant borders, he said that we should imagine the consequences when it is being said that Pakistan will go Taliban way in coming years.

Referring to the presentation of an NC MLA in RTC-II at Srinagar, Dr Chrungoo said that the MLA questioned the logic of release of the Hurriyat leader Sayeed Ali Shah and allowing him to organise an anti-India rally on the even of the conference. Dr Chrungoo questioned whether a section of Indian government was not sending a message to the participants to compromise with the formula of Abdullah, Mufti or moderate Hurriyat, “If a section of Indian government was involved, how dangerous it is?” questioned Dr. Chrungoo.

Refuting the drumbeat of normalcy, Dr Ajay Chrungoo said that when there are reports about 72 successful infiltration bids in Rajouri-Poonch sector the Army is gradually being withdrawn from this area. He said that it has an inference “India is withdrawing and morale of social resistance fades away.” He added that when terrorists are regrouping and about 20 Pak terrorists were killed in Gulabgarh in just a week and Sinthan-Top road is closed for last four-five days amidst fear of attack and there is upsurge in terrorist attacks, the return of normalcy slogans look hollow.

Accusing a section of the community for trivilising the issue of genocide, Chrungoo said that this defeatist tendency is to be erased. He wondered how this section is seeing their return as rehabilitation as return tantamount to suicide in the given situation. He said the present Kashmir present Kashmir society stands Talibanised and criminalised and return is a means of persecution. Dr Chrungoo added that there are national and international laws and the community cannot be forced to return unless we sign our death warrants ourselves.

Referring to linking of employment to return or denial of HRA and CCA, PK leader said, “Every measure the government puts into to link any welfare measure with return tantamounts to denial”.

Expressing concern on negative population growth rate, Dr. Ajay Chrungoo described one child norm suicidal and asked for “giving up the self suicidal policy”. He said that the trend is not adopted because of economic destitution which all of us experienced” Describing children as bliss to parents, he said that nuclear family concept shall become a taboo.

Describing establishment of Ashrams and temples as “anchors in exile”, Dr. Chrungoo said that such institutions have relevance as they help to protect and propagate our rich culture, traditions and rituals.

Expressing satisfaction of preserving rituals, Dr Chrungoo asked for realisation of their true aesthetic value to make them more reliable and affordable. Describing Karam Kand as the skeleton of Sanskar, PK leader said that the community has not compromised with the ritual of death in the days of Islamic persecution. Appealing the community not to allow fiddling with Karmkand, he said that the rituals of birth, marriage and death have kept us woven together in exile- “Our rituals of birth, marriage and death connect us. The loopholes can be ractified but do not tamper it. Anybody who interferes wath Karmkand, inteferes with our political identity and we will no allow it,” said Dr. Chrungoo.

Asking the community to convert diaspora in strength, Dr. Chrungoo said, “convent this diaspora as scattering of seeds to create new gardens. Our population in diaspora can change the opinion of one billion people in our own favour”.

Underscoring the historical role of Kashmiri Hindus in the struggle of renissance, he said that Kashmiri Hindu cannot play a role played in Mahabarta which was an intra-civilisation conflict but have to play an exclusive role as the present battle is between the civilisation and Vikrati and Pandits have to transform the world.

In his speech, Prof Hari Om, who was the guest of honour on the occasion, expressed concern on misusing of the institutions meant for protection of sovereignty and integrity for the anti-India agenda. Highlighting the problems of Jammuites, Ladakhis, Kashmiri Hindus, West Pak refugees, he described time ripe for reorganisation of the state.

Referring to demands of withdrawal of AFSPA, PSA or Army or the campaign against CRPF and Army, Prof. Hari Om said, “when the institutions we depend upon and are for the protection of sovereignty and integrity are misused for such propaganda, it is not a good signal for the nation”. He regretted that the Assembly has failed to give their due rights to West Pak refugees, who cannot get employment, admission in professional colleges or built their houses for last 60 years but the refugees from Shingai Chin Council  (1958) belonging to majority community were rehabilitated with full rights. Taking a dig at the legislature for adopting resolution for “Hill Council to Chenab Valley without discussion aimed at division of Jammu, Prof. Hari Om said why there should he no discussion on the demand of Panun Kashmir. He said that present unrest is the outcome of mentality pursued since inception of the Jammu and Kashmir state that got a new turn after independence Advocating for the reorganisation of the state with consideration to KPs’ demand, Prof. Hari Om said, “Jammu has its own problems, Ladakh has its own problems and KP community living in exile for last 20 years has its own problems. These problems need to be addressed with the reorganisation of the state”.

Thanking Panun Kashmir for honouring him, Prof MK Teng, Chairman Panun Kashmir Advisery said the consideration has made him conscience of the struggle the KPs and the PK has been going through.

Describing the 1990 holocaust the worst in Post World War II.. Teng said, “Kashmiri Hindus were subjected to genocide. The community was drawn out of their natural habitat and thrown at the charity of world, uncared, abandoned and forgotten for last 19 years”.

He said that Kashmiri Hindu was in the forefront in the freedom struggle and after 1947 it formed front line against separatist and secessionist forces but for last 19 years of exile it is fighting larger battle against the state of India.

Accusing Indian state of seeking compromises with communalism and sepratum,  Prof. Teng said, “For 60 years of Indian freedom, GoI sought compromises with communalism and sepratism at the cost of the Hindus, the Sikhs and the Buddhists of the state. GoI has no right to consign minorities to the servitude of Muslim state which will be eventually ruled by Pakistan.

Warning Indian State against compromises, the PK leader said,  “Indian political class has to realise Jehad as a total war and there can be no half way to compromise whatever legtimacy it will claim.” He added that any compromise on LoC will push back border to river Ravi and any such compromise will prepare ground for second partition of India. He appealed the Indian state to appreciate the concern of PK for security of Northern frontiers and uphold the Sanskrit foundation of India. “For the people of India, Bharat JANANI is basic to all Sanskrit civilisation and Kashmir JANANI is central to struggle of Panun Kashmir,” Mr Teng asserted.

Contesting distortions, Prof ML Koul, member Panun Kashmir Advisery said that Kashmiri Pandits have documented history of 5000 years but now the majority community considers that the history of Kashmir begins from sultanate period and have obsession with Central Asia. He regretted that the institutions like the University of Kashmir and Sahitya Academi have joined this distortion campaign. Prof Koul said that Pandits have faced persecution for last 600 years and were subjected to genocide in 1990 and now our symbols of civilisation, faith and culture  are under assault by distorting facts, nonmniclature or denigrating the symbols of our identity. He said that we will not abandon our claim over Kashmir and protect our identity to the last breath. “We have 5000 year old history; we have our own identity and respect identity of others. We should protect our own identity to the last breath. We have not abandoned our right on Kashmir and our progeny will continue to talk about the civilisation,” Prof Koul remarked.

Dr. Shakti Bhan, chairperson daughters of vitasta and vice-chairperson Panun Kashmir, made a presentation based on thesis prepared by Koul under guidance of Prof. Hasha and accepted by Jami Milia Islamia University to highlight the negative population growth rate and need for arresting the trend at the earliest. She made her presentation with the support of a slide show. Painting a grim picture she said that crude birth rate in the community  is very low as compared to the state and national average CBR while average death rate in the community is very hight than the state and national average and the population of children and the youth is very low as compared to the most of the developed countries. She also presented a grim picture of economic status but the sex ratio and the literary rate is very healthy in the community. Describing the low population growth rate as suicidal for the community, she exhorted the youth to switch over to two-three child norm as practised earlier by the community. She described 1990 exodus as greatest displacement after partition of India in 1949. Exhorting youth she said. “We shall not become enemy of ouselves. We can preserve identity if we live to preserve it Panun Kashmir will be a reality if we live to achieve the reality”.

Making an energetic presentation, a budding scholar of the community Rashneek Khan said that the youth have a passion to return to roots and are exposed to the vision of the world for the betterment of the community. He said that there was despondency that was almost hiatus but the campaign for justice to Priyadarshani that involved even those who were not born at the time of migration made a new awakening in the youth. “There is a urge to return to roots; we have seen passion to return to our roots,” Kher emphasised. He thanked parents on behalf of the youth of the community for giving them education and asked them to give basic SANSKARS to children and not to get disheartened by the change of dress or language as its is the timed of time. Mr Kher described internet as new media in diaspora  for interaction and said that all children should learn it and explore future. He said, “the community youth is exposed to the vision of the world. It is happening for the betterment of the community All youth are linked to the struggle.”

Smt. Sheela Handoo, Corporator ward number 64 said that we have been fighting for last 20 years for survival and the government has turned a blind eye to our plight. Lashing out at the Relief Organisation she said that all the camp inmates were not provided TRTs and a shed of a hapless migrant was bulldozed at Nagrota camp without justification. She decried the presence of vested interest within the community and demanded immediate redressal to the plight of the community including employment.

The programme started with the lighting of lamp by the chief guest Dr. Subramaniam Swamy followed by Ganesh Astuti by the children of Abhay Public Higher Secondary School Muthi. In the last session, the children of Vishwarti Public Higher Secondary School enthralled the audience. The programme concluded with the film on Kheer Bhawani directed by Subash Pandit and scripted by Shashi Shekhar Toshkhani. The three sessions were compared by. The resolutions were proposed by Major Yoginder Kandhari. Shailender Aima, BL Koul and Pardeep Koul respectively.