Slidecast on "The Abandoned"

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A few slides on the sad state of the Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits) - refugees in their own homeland.
These slides were part of a presentation on J&K and Article 370 that I delivered at the House of Commons in London in 2011.

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  • http://www.tehelka.com/story_main40.asp?filename=Ne291108in_exile.asp
  • The Two-step world
  • From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 47, Dated Nov 29, 2008, In Exile At Home The election is underway in the state, but the Pandits, driven from Kashmir 18 years ago, do not get even a mention in the political battle, reports  VIJAY SIMHA . Photographs by  UZMA MOHSIN
  • http://www.sify.com/news/amnesty-team-visits-kashmir-s-summer-unrest-victims-kin-news-national-ldymudhjcga.html 24 th March news-report Unfortunately, this is not new http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?683043 Slamming the conduct of an Amnesty International team during its visit to Kashmir, two organisations of displaced Kashmiri Pandits today
  • http://ikashmir.net/history/genocide.html
  • http://www.hindu.com/2011/01/08/stories/2011010862850500.htm We have to ensure that the Pandits are not forgotten - that their stories are not lost and that they are not wiped out from public consciousness
  • Slidecast on "The Abandoned"

    1. 1. Article 370The plight of Kashmiri Hindus Shantanu Bhagwat 30th March 2011 http://Satyameva-Jayate.org/
    2. 2. Not to be distributed without prior consent © Shantanu Bhagwat The abandoned… • In the ghettos that house the unflagging Pandits, called migrants by everybody else, life is mostly two steps… • …two steps to empty bowels, • two steps to food, • two steps to the gods on the walls, • two steps to the television and • two steps to the wife.Satyameva-Jayate.org Source: Vijay Simha’s report in Tehelka, “In Exile At Home”, Nov 29, 2008 2
    3. 3. Not to be distributed without prior consent © Shantanu Bhagwat …and the forgotten For most of the day, Anita Pandit sits outside her tenement.. to offer privacy to her sons and daughters-in-law. Like her, many elders watch the world go by…Satyameva-Jayate.org Photographs by Uzma Mohsin, courtesy Tehelka; Copyright Tehelka 3
    4. 4. Not to be distributed without prior consent © Shantanu Bhagwat …and the forgotten Babita watches as a neighbour cooks rotis. All activity in the tenements is at arm’s length: cooking, sleeping, watching television, or prayingSatyameva-Jayate.org Photographs by Uzma Mohsin, courtesy Tehelka; Copyright Tehelka 4
    5. 5. Not to be distributed without prior consent © Shantanu Bhagwat …and the forgotten Two daughters, Goldy and Ruchi, share the tenement with their parents and their grandparents. Their sense of space and privacy has been conditioned so since birthSatyameva-Jayate.org Photographs by Uzma Mohsin, courtesy Tehelka; Copyright Tehelka 5
    6. 6. Not to be distributed without prior consent © Shantanu Bhagwat …and the forgotten • Last week a team from Amnesty International visited Srinagar to look into allegations of human rights violations • I don’t know how many such teams have ever visited the camps of Kashmiri refugees - ever • …and I don’t how many reports have been written on their plight by these groupsSatyameva-Jayate.org 6
    7. 7. Not to be distributed without prior consent © Shantanu Bhagwat The Misery More than 5000 persons have died in camps and elsewhere after their forced exodus from the valley. Sunstrokes alone have killed 1000 And then there are heart attacks, accidents mainly attributed to extreme mental & psychological trauma etcSatyameva-Jayate.org Source: Kashmir News Network 7
    8. 8. Not to be distributed without prior consent © Shantanu Bhagwat In the meantime… • An entire generation in Kashmir has grown up not knowing what happened • “There are youngsters who do not know what Kashmiri Pandits were like, what their habits were; they have seen empty temples, they dont know what was recited in the temples, for them the Pandits are aliens,” • Dr Farooq Abdullah, ex Chief Minister, J&KSatyameva-Jayate.org 8
    9. 9. Not to be distributed without prior consent © Shantanu Bhagwat Questions, Comments? Jai Hind, Jai Bharat! Shantanu @ Satyameva-Jayate.orgSatyameva-Jayate.org 9

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