[Reader-list] Less than 3,500 Pandits left in Kashmir valley
pawan.durani at gmail.com
Wed Mar 24 10:14:44 IST 2010
On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM, S. Jabbar <sonia.jabbar at gmail.com> wrote:
> 7 million?
>> From: Pawan Durani <pawan.durani at gmail.com>
>> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:38:26 +0530
>> To: reader-list <reader-list at sarai.net>
>> Subject: [Reader-list] Less than 3,500 Pandits left in Kashmir valley
>> "A Seven million community reduced to three thousand by Jihadis &
> Less than 3,500 Pandits left in Kashmir
> 2010-03-23 19:00:00
> A massive demographic change has taken place in
>> Kashmir valley which
> now has a mere 3,445 Kashmiri Pandits left as against
>> more than
> 380,000 in 1990, Jammu and Kashmir Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla
> Making the disclosure in the state legislative assembly, the
> said that 'only 808 families of Kashmiri Pandits were living in
> valley' and the total number of men, women and children of the
>> there 'is 3,445'.
> Bhalla said that most of the Kashmiri Pandits had fled the
>> valley in
> 1990 because of fear of militants. 'The killing of community
> led to a fear psychosis in the community,' he said, adding that
> Kashmiri Pandits were killed in 1990.
> Though the minister did not specify
>> it, the number of the families
> living in the valley included 31 families of
>> Kashmiri Pandits living
> in a protected zone in Sheikhpora in Budgam district
>> and also the
> officials working in the banks and central government departments
> organisations. Their exact number is however not known.
> More than 350,000
>> Kashmiri Pandits had fled the valley in 1990.
> Those who stayed back, migrated
>> after massacres of the community
> members in Sangrampora in Budgam district in
>> March 1997, Wandhama in
> Ganderbal, near Srinagar, in January 1998 and Nadimarg
>> in south
> Kashmir in March 2003.
> Kashmiri Pandits are now mostly living in
>> Jammu and Udhampur within
> the state, and in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and
> Bhalla, however, reiterated the state government's resolve to
> the community back to the valley. He said that work is on to
> the transit accommodation for them in the valley, where they would
> housed before their original properties are restored to them.
>> Minister Manmohan Singh has announced a Rs.1,618 crore relief
>> rehabilitation package for the return of the Kashmiri Pandits to
> the 'land of
>> their grandfathers and great grandfathers,' during his
> visit to Jammu April
>> 25, 2008.
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