<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Panun Kashmir, an organisation of displaced Kashmiri pandits advocating carving out of a separate homeland for the community in the valley, today urged the RSS to consider abrogation of Article 370 in J&K during its three-day long conference here. “Since the most important meeting of the RSS takes place in Jammu at a very important time, we take an opportunity to make an appeal to the leadership of the RSS to consider the issue of abrogation of Article 370 from the Indian Constitution”, president Panun Kashmir Ashwani Chrungoo told reporters here today. He claimed the Article 370 of the Constitution infringes the fundamental rights of the Indian citizens “in context of Jammu and Kashmir state in many ways”. “It is this Article that has provided a constitutional mechanism to perpetuate the concept of secession in J&K and which justifies a psychological drift from the national mainstream giving rise to absurd theories of sub- nationalism in Kashmir,” Chrungoo said. Article 370 grants special autonomous status to J&K. Chairman, Political Affairs Committee, M L Raina said the Kashmiri Pandits continue to live as refugees in their own country for the last 28 years. “Their pain and agony are unparallel in the post freedom era of our country,” he said, adding that “it would be great if the historic meeting of the RSS gives a clarion call for their resettlement in the valley as per their geo-political aspirations as enunciated in the Margdarshan Resolution of 1991”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An organisation of Kashmiri pandits, Panun Kashmir, today said the Centre should probe if top officials in the previous governments at New Delhi and in the state had any role in allowing the “internal subversion” of Jammu and Kashmir. “The present dispensation at the centre needs to seriously think in terms of moving in concerted directions so that the people responsible for internal subversion in Jammu and Kashmir are duly exposed and booked under the law,” Panun Kashmir President Ashwani Chrungoo said. “In case a thorough probe is initiated against these important higher-ups of earlier dispensations also, there is all likelihood that many skeletons in the cupboards will come out,” he said. Chrungoo said recent NIA raids against the Hurriyat and other seperatist leaders have invited attention of many who have been watching their activities for long. He said they have been continuing with their nefarious financial bungling and infamous funds connections since the early days of insurgency during 1980s and 1990s when a large number of young Kashmiris crossed the LOC and carried enough money with them which was handed over to them by the handlers in the Valley. “Later on these handlers managed funds from various quarters, both legal and illegal, right under the nose of the governments in Delhi and Srinagar”, he added. Chrungoo said questions have been raised as to what senior administrative authorities including the politicians in charge of the governments in Delhi and Srinagar were doing all these years. “Revelations were made earlier as well by many in the civil society and also from the intelligence sources. Should not the Secretary, Finance and the Economic Affairs of the previous regimes be booked for dereliction of their duties and asked as to what stopped them from taking actions against these offenders”, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmiri stone pelters are part of “global terrorism” and a larger “pan-Islamic intifada fundamentalist movement”, a frontal organisation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits said here today. Ashwani Chrungoo, president, Panun Kashmir told reporters that while stone pelting was not new in Kashmir (its origin dating back to 1931), stone pelters in contemporary times are part of a larger pan-Islamic intifada fundamentalist movement and global terrorism.”Stone pelting has been a part of politics in Kashmir since 1931. Today stone pelting has been adopted as a means to cover the terrorism movement in Kashmir,” he said. “The minority community of Pandits were the first target of this stone pelting culture, and then (when the Pandits were forced out of the valley), the practice was used to settle scores with political rivals in the state,” he said.Chrungoo was here to meet displaced Kashmiris settled in Gujarat as well as city mayor Gautam Shah to discuss issues pertaining to the Kashmir situation. The Panun Kashmir chief also came down heavily on “so-called mainstream politicians of the valley for supporting stone pelting,” adding that such politicians have used the issue to meet their political ends.”Thus, it is not astonishing that the so-called mainstream politicians of the valley have come out in support of the stone pelters. “We expect the Government of India to take tough stand and decisive action against them, and this nationalist forces need to be strengthened in order to tackle fundamentalists,” he said.The displaced community is also pressing for their demand for carving out a union territory within Kashmir for Pandits and other minorities in the valley, Chrungoo said.”The Centre needs to take a tough stand to instill confidence in the nationalist forces in the state and pave way for some tough security and political decisions. Creation of homeland for Hindus and other minorities is one of those decisions,” he said.”We demand from the government to hold a dialogue with the displaced Pandits and find a way out. This homeland will help Kashmiris go back to their home state. For the first time, the Indian government has given a number of things to J&K, including IIT, IIM, hotel management institute, and a river front which will be a replica of Sabarmati riverfront.So we are hopeful that the present government will take our demands positively,” he said. Chrungoo also demanded from the Gujarat government to give displaced status to Kashmiri Pandits in the state.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Organisations working for Kashmiri Pandits here today demanded that the Centre take a fresh view of its policy for the community’s rehabilitation in Kashmir Valley. They claimed that the BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir “failed” to ensure safety of 1,800 Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees under the Prime Minister’s special package announced for the displaced community’s return to homeland. The demand was made during a ‘citizens meet’ organised here by Youth All India Kashmir Samaj (YAIKS) and attended by representatives of Panun Kashmir, KP Joint Action, among others. “It is our serious concern. The government has failed to ensure safety and rehabilitation of just 1,800 KP employees under the PM’s special package and the loud talk of return of the whole community seems a mockery,” YAIKS president R K Bhat alleged. He said, “We demand a re-look into the entire structure of the employee’s rehabilitation policy after a serious dialogue with the concerned representatives of the community.” Bhat said they have apprised the concerned ministers in the government about the woes of the KP employees in Kashmir and sought community’s support to pursue the subject. Panun Kashmir president Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo said the government needs to be apprised about the priorities of the community. “The core political issues concerning the geo-political rights of the people have been taken up with the the central government through the appropriate political channel,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)