Shun dichotomy 

Amid talks of `composite colonies’ for migrant Kashmiri Pandits and rehabilitation of West Pakistan Refugees, people, it appears, have forgotten the 1947 Muslim migrants.  There is no denying the fact that the migrant KPs have suffered and so have the refugees from WPR. But the people who were forced to migrate from various parts of Jammu region in 1947 and those who were exiled for political reasons have also suffered. They desperately want to come back. While package after package is given to the KPs and the WPR, the Muhajireen cannot even talk to their relatives in this part of Kashmir on telephone. New Delhi does not seem interested in restoring the tele-ties between the state and Pakistan administered Kashmir. And when the state government tried to facilitate their return through legislation, the government of India and the communal forces in Jammu opposed it. Sher-e-Kashmir introduced legislation in the assembly in 1980, which came to be known as Re-settlement Act. Sensing the gravity of the legislation, the government of India referred it to the Supreme Court for opinion which returned it after twenty-years without any changes or comments. However, the communal forces expressed serious reservations and one among them approached the SC. The apex court stayed the implementation of the Act. The petition has not come up for hearing for the past seven years and the state government, which is duty bound to defend the legislation is watching like a mute spectator. When the SC returned the legislation in 2002, people holding evacuee property in Jammu came out on the streets. The government had to assure them of their comfortable stay in the property, which they hold but do not own. The legislation has far reaching political consequences. As per the provisions of the Delhi Agreement of 1952, all those people who, prior to partition, were permanent residents of the state and migrated to areas, which come under Pakistan will be considered state subjects, if they want to return. Different yardsticks should not be applied to measure the sufferings of various migrant communities.  The Muhajireen do not need doles but want a political package for homecoming.  The government of India should shun this dichotomy. If there is a package for KPs and the WPR, there has to be a package for the 1947 migrants. India is a secular country but when every ounce of energy is spend on the rehabilitation of Hindu community, it raises question on the kind of secularism that is in India. Will Narendra Modi act any differently and take considerate view on the Muhajireen?