Kashmiri Hindu -
the acid test for secularism in India
You can retain the land called Kashmir but can you give a place of
honour and dignity to the exiled Kashmiri Hindu when he returns back to
his 10,000 year old homeland ? The future of Kashmiri Hindu is the acid
test for secularism in India.
How was it that every Muslim contributed to the hounding out of Kashmiri
Hindu from the valley from 1947-90. Now when the dream of gifting away
the land to Pakistan became impossible they purchase immovable property
of Hindus on throw away prices. Day in and day out you see Kashmiri
Muslims in refugee camps in Jammu, Delhi and elsewhere. They are
erstwhile neighbours urging ailing patients, starving inhabitants,
parents with grown up girls with no means for their weddings to sell
their property in Kashmir. They did so in 1992-93 in a different way.
Then terrorists openly threatened them that their houses would be set
ablaze if not sold. In many cases Insurance Companies refused to
entertain the insurance proposals of the exiled Hindus.
Only one option was left to the Secularist pro-Indian Hindu that was to
sell his house under duress. Will anybody believe that a house built at
the cost of 15 lakhs in 1983 fetched Rs. 2 lakhs to a family when one of
their members became victim of kidney failure?
Roshan Lal in exile in Mishriwalla Refugee Camp, Jammu, J&K, India.