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30 years of Kashmiri Pandits exodus: The cold, dark night of January 19, 1990

January 19, is remembered as the ‘Exodus Day’ by the Kashmiri Pandits as it marks the exodus of the members of the community from Kashmir.

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30 Years ago on January 19, 1990, it was cold, dark night when nearly five lakh Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave the Valley following a genocidal campaign unleashed by the militants.

Slogans of “Ralive, Tsalive ya Galive (convert to Islam, leave the place or perish)”, “Kashmir mei agar rehna hai, Allah-O-Akbar Kehna hai” reverberated from the mosques and streets, the Kashmir Pandits were forced to leave their homeland.

Advertisements by terrorist organisations were also published in local newspapers warning Pandits to leave the Valley. Lakhs of Pandits were targeted by extremists, virtually turning them into refugees in their own country.

In effect, the Pandits, who had been subject to selective abductions, torture, and killing, were finally warned by the whole populace of Kashmir, not just the terrorist groups, to quit and leave their women behind.

According to Jammu and Kashmir government, around 808 Pandit families still reside in the valley. Till October 2015, only 1 Kashmiri Pandit returned. After the UPA government’s financial package to aid Kashmiri Pandits, 1,800 Kashmiri Pandits have returned.

The number of Kashmiri Pandits who had run off is estimated to be between 1 lakh to 3 lakh.

30 years after exodus | Timeline:

2012

Thousands of Pandits still languish in refugee settlements of 8 x 8.

March 2003

Nadimarg Village: 24 Kashmiri Pandits, including infants, brutally shot dead

January 1998

Wandhama Village: 23 Kashmiri Pandits, including women and children.

March 1997

Sangrampora village: Kashmiri Pandits dragged out from their houses and gunned.

January 1990

Slogans Raised: Large crowds gather in mosques across the valley, shouting anti-India, anti-pandit slogans.

‘September 1989

Tika Lal Taploo, Pandit political activist shot dead by armed men outside his residence.

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January 19, is remembered as the ‘Exodus Day’ by the Kashmiri Pandits as it marks the exodus of the members of the community from Kashmir.

 

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