Probe the migration of KPs  

The migrant Kashmiri Pandits continue to be a top priority of the BJP led government in New Delhi. A number of concessions have been given to them from time to time. While nobody in Kashmir has resented such measures, the civil society has come forward to demand a probe into the exodus by an international commission. They have also sought a probe into the reasons that forced Kashmiri youths to resort to guns. It is important to revisit 1990 to know what has been concealed upto know. The majority community of the state accuses the then governor Jagmohan Malhotra of hatching a conspiracy to ensure migration of the KPs. The KPs on the other hand blame the majority community (not the militants) of triggering the migration by raising `provocative slogans from the mosques’ especially on January 18 and 19. The KPs observe January 19 as a `holocaust day’.  While it is a sheer exaggeration of facts by the KPs, the truth remains to be dug out.  Surprisingly and contrary to the claims of the KPs, nothing happened on January 19. People did raise slogans from the mosques, as was wont those days, but it was not a tirade against the KPs. There is absolutely no evidence of slogans like `we will make Pakistan without KP men’.  No Muslim can chant such an atrocious slogan in the mosque.  On the contrary, the Muslims get hyper when it comes to the honour of Islam, mosque and Quran.  Importantly no KP migrated on that night.  A very important person, who now heads the Kashmiri Pandit Sangrash Samithi, was in Mumbai in February 1990. He wanted to celebrate Shivratri with his family in Srinagar. The festival fell in the last week, most probably 26 or 27 of February. He reaches Jammu and hears about the registration office for migrants. He goes there to register himself as a migrant and he is registered at a serial No 46. This means only 46 persons had migrated up to February 26. Meanwhile, a self-styled Pandit leader asks KPs to migrate before March 15. He tells the KPs that the Jawahar tunnel shall be closed after March 15.  The same fellow meets prominent civil society members like Sheikh Abdul Kabir, Ghulam Muhammad Bakshi, GM Dagga and others in Qazigund to prevent the migration in March.  So the migration took place in March and not on January 19.  There is something fishy about the exodus. Revisiting 1990, therefore, becomes all the more important.