Jammu,July 13 (Scoop News) – The Joint Forum of Kashmiri Pandit Organisations today observed Black Day today and organized a protest demonstration at outside the Press Club of Jammu. This day is being observed by the Kashmiri Pandit community as the Black Day since 1931 in commemoration of the persecution that was inflicted upon the society on that day in the valley of Kashmir. On this day, the Kashmiri Pandit community was subjected to loot, arson, murder and mayhem on a large scale,said in a statement.
The demonstration was attended by the activists of the Joint Forum of Kashmiri Pandit organisations. It was addressed by Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President-PK, H.L.Chatta, President-ASKPC, D.N.Kissu, Chairman-NCMCC, R.K.Raina, Senior Vice President-ASKPC and Virender Raina, Spokesperson-Joint Forum. The participants raised slogans against the apathy of the government towards the displaced community for the last more than two decades.
The statement said that the observance of the 13th July as the so-called Martyrs’ Day is tantamount to rubbing salt to the festering wounds of the minority Hindu community of Kashmir. It adds insult to injury that on a day, when the Kashmiri Pandits were subjected to mass persecution and loot, has been designated as the official martyrs’ day by the political class of the valley. Kashmiri Pandits cannot forget the facts of history and have been observing this day as the BLACK DAY for the last number of decades. Those who forget the facts of history are condemned to live it again and that is why that the leadership of the community has to remain on guard against any hasty and apolitical move regarding the settlement of the community in Kashmir.
While addressing the gathering, the leaders expressed their disgust at the recent utterances of Syed Ali Shah Geelani in which he opposed the resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. The diatribe against the Pandit community by the separatist forces in Kashmir remains unabated despite complete banishment of the Pandits in Kashmir. It is these very secessionists who were responsible for the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits which led to the mass exodus of the community from Kashmir. The Kashmiri Pandits are the indigenous people of Kashmir and do not need anybody’s permission or invitation to live in Kashmir. The displacement and resettlement of the community in Kashmir are very serious political issues. The community has first and natural right over the territory of Kashmir. The displaced community would only return to its homeland in Kashmir at a time of its choosing and when its geo-political aspirations as per Margdarshan resolution are fulfilled through political and constitutional means.
The demonstrators also paid rich tributes to the memory of Shri Amarnath Ji Vaishnavi who recently left for heavenly abode.