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Migration, Return and Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits: State Response

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Centre of Central Asian Studies, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal Srinagar 190006, Jammu & Kashmir, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (10), Pages 7-10, October,14 (2013)

Abstract

The Pandits/Hindus living in Kashmir since ancient times constituted significant part of the population. They were living in peace and harmony with their counterparts (Muslims) in Kashmir. The peaceful coexistence and cultural unity between the two communities was referred as Milchaar. The politicians have wrongly pronounced this cultural harmony as Kashmiriyat. However, Milchaar was challenged by the migration of Kashmiri Pandits. An effort has been made to comprehend the Milchaar and how it was transformed into Kashmiriyat. The motive for displacing a big chunk of population has been analyzed. The improving conditions of Kashmir and Pandits as a stake holder for resolving Kashmir problem are the issues being analyzed by the investigator. This is an attempt to facilitate the return and rehabilitation of Pandits by assuring them that Muslims were never against them and are struggling very hard for their return into the Valley.

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