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Small List of Kashmiri Pandits killed by Militants

This is the small list of kps murdered by muslim terrorists.

Sr. Name of the Victim Date of Killing

1 PRABHAVATI 14.03.1989

2 DINA NATH RAINA 15.08.1989

3 TIKA LAL TIPLOO 14.09.1989

4 SMT. SHEELA TICKOO 01.11.1989

5 NEEL KANT GANJOO 01.11.1989

6 PREM NATH BHAT 27.12.1989

7 M.L.BHAN 15.01.1990

8 P.K.KOTRU 19.01.1990

9 SATISH KR. TICKOO 22.01.1990

10 TEJ KRISHEN RAZDAN 12.02.1990

11 LASSA KOUL 13.02.1990

12 ANIL BHAN 16.02.1990

13 ASHOK QAZI 23.02.1990

14 NAVEEN SAPROO 27.02.1990

15 P.N. HANDOO 01.03.1990

16 JAGAR NATH 03.03.1990

17 NIRMALA RAINA 06.03.1990

18 KASHI NATH 06.03.1990

19 RATTAN LAL 10.03.1990

20 T.K.RAZDAN 15.03.1990

21 A.K.RAINA 19.03.1990

22 B.K.GANJOO 19.03.1990

23 GULSHAN LAL RAINA 19.03.1990

24 AVTAR KRISHAN RAINA 20.03.1990

25 GULSHAN LAL LAMBA 21.03.1990

26 P.L.FOTEADAR 22.03.1990

27 SOOM NATH TICKOO 23.03.1990

28 B.L.MISIRI 23.03.1990

29 TRILOKI NATH AMBARDAR 23.03.1990

30 BANSI LAL 24.03.1990

31 A.K.BAZAZ 26.03.1990

32 PREM NATH KOUL 05.04.1990

33 PREM NATH TICKOO 05.04.1990

34 K.K.KOUL 05.04.1990

35 RADHA KRISHAN 05.04.1990

36 RADHA KRISHAN KOUL 06.04.1990

37 ASHOK KUMAR 06.04.1990

38 H.L.KHERA 06.04.1990

39 RAMEESH PEER 06.04.1990

40 VINOD KUMAR 06.05.1990

41 KARI LAL 09.04.1990

42 MAKHAN LAL WANGANOO 10.04.1990

43 SARLA BHAT 19.04.1990

44 MAKHAN LAL 21.04.1990

45 SUSHEEL KR. KOTRU 23.04.1990

46 SUSHIL KR KOTRU 23.04.1990

47 NIRANJAN NATH 24.04.1990

48 BANSI LAL SAPRU 24.04.1990

49 NARENDER NATH 24.04.1990

50 NARENDER NATH 24.04.1990

51 RAVINDER KR. PANDIT 25.04.1990

52 KASHI RAM 25.04.1990

53 BUSHAN LAL 26.04.1990

54 DR.RAJ NATH 26.04.1990

55 BRIJ NATH 26.04.1990

56 RAJ NATH RAINA 26.04.1990

57 BANSI LAL 27/28.04.1990

58 BHARAT BHUSHAN 27/28.04.1990

59 PREDHIMAN KRISHAN BHAT 28.04.1990

60 GUSHI LAL 29.04.1990

61 M.L.PANDITA 29.04.1990

62 DILEEP KUMAR 30.04.1990

63 HEERA LAL KHAR 30.04.1990

64 DAWARIKA NATH 01.05.1990

65 SARWANANAD KOUL PREMI 01.05.1990

66 VIRENDER KUMAR 01.05.1990

67 CHUNI LAL SHALLA 01.05.1990

68 MAKHAN LAL THAPLOO 02.05.1990

69 AVTAR KRISHAN 02.05.1990

70 CHUNI LAL SHALLA 02.05.1990

71 PROF.K.L.GANJU 02/03.05.1990

72 SMT. PRANA GANJOO 02/03.05.1990

73 VINOD KR. CHATTA 03.05.1990

74 VINOD KUMAR 03.05.1990

75 DAYA KRISHN 03.05.1990

76 SURIEND CHAND 04.05.1990

77 MOHAN LAL BHAT 04.05.1990

78 RAMESH KR. RAINA 05.05.1990

79 SURINDER DHAR 05.05.1990

80 VINOD KUMAR 06.05.1990

81 KUNDAN LAL GANJOO 07.05.1990

82 DOLLY 07.05.1990

83 RAMESH KR RAINA 07.05.1990

84 BIHARI LAL LABAROO 09.05.1990

85 RATTAN LAL 10.05.1990

86 BABLI RAINA 10.05.1990

87 SURINDER KUMAR 10.05.1990

88 MOTI LAL BHAT 10.05.1990

89 BABLI RAINA 10.05.1990

90 AMAR NATH BAGATI 11.05.1990

91 OMKAR NATH 11.05.1990

92 POSHKAR NATH 11.05.1990

93 MOHAN LAL 13.05.1990

94 INDERJEET 13.05.1990

95 VEER JI @VAID JI BHAT 13.05.1990

96 ASHOK KUMAR 13.05.1990

97 BUSHAN LAL 13.05.1990

98 DAYA KRISHEN DULLO 13.05.1990

99 MAM MOHAN SHARMA 15.05.1990

100 SAROOP NATH 15.05.1990

101 A.K.WAZIR 15.05.1990

102 BUSHAN LAL KOUL 16.05.1990

103 BUSHAN LAL 17.05.1990

104 SHAM LAL SHARMA 17.05.1990

105 CHUNI LAL 17.05.1990

106 SURESH KR. KISSU 17.05.1990

107 MANMOHAN BACHLOO 18.05.1990

108 JIYA LAL KAW 18.05.1990

109 MINOR 18.05.1990

110 DILEEP KUMAR 19.05.1990

111 MOTI LAL RAINA 20.05.1990

112 DILEEP JI 21.05.1990

113 PRATHIVI NATH HAKIM 21.05.1990

114 CHAMAN LAL PANDIT 22.05.1990

115 PREM NATH BHAT 23.05.1990

116 SHAMBU NATH 24.05.1990

117 BANSI LAL SHARMA 24.05.1990

118 PREM NATH BHAT 25.05.1990

119 SHANKER DASS 26.05.1990

120 CHAMAN LAL TICKOO 28.05.1990

121 SEEMA ALIAS BABLI 28.05.1990

122 RAMESH KR RAINA 28.05.1990

123 MAHARAJ KRISHEN 30.05.1990

124 JAWAHIR LAL WANCHOO 30.05.1990

125 KRISHAN LAL WAGROO 31.05.1990

126 CHAMAN LAL TICKOO 31.05.1990

127 AVTAR KRISHEN 31.05.1990

128 JAGAR NATH 31.05.1990

129 RAMESH KUMAR 01.06.1990

130 KANA YA LAL BHAT 01.06.1990

131 BADRI NATH 02.06.1990

132 DAMODHAR RAINA 02.06.1990

133 BUSHAN LAL KOUL 02.06.1990

134 DAMODAR SWAROOP RAINA 02.06.1990

135 SATISH LAL KALLA 03.06.1990

136 SHIBAN KRISHEN KULLA 03.06.1990

137 AFTAB RAM 04.06.1990

138 GOKAL NATH 04.06.1990

139 RADHA KRISHAN PATWARI 06.06.1990

140 JAWAHIR LAL BHAT 06.06.1990

141 RAMESH KR. RAINA 07.06.1990

142 RAJ KR. JAILKHANI 07.06.1990

143 SHAM LAL 07.06.1990

144 RADHA KRISHAN 07.06.1990

145 SMT.GIRJA TICKOO 11.06.1990

146 INDER KUMAR 11.06.1990

147 KANAYA LAL 11.06.1990

148 SOOM NATH 11.06.1990

149 GIRJA KUMARI TICKOO 11.06.1990

150 ASHOK KR. PANDITA 12.06.1990

151 KANYA LAL 12.06.1990

152 TRILOKI NATH 12.06.1990

153 CHUNI LAL 13.06.1990

154 DAYARAM KOUL 13.06.1990

155 RUGH NATH 14.06.1990

156 RUGH NATH 14.06.1990

157 A.K.SAFAYA 15.06.1990

158 DAYARAM KOUL 15.06.1990

159 RAMCHAND 15.06.1990

160 SAROOP NATH 16.06.1990

161 GOPI CHAND 17.06.1990

162 BADRI NATH KOUL 18.06.1990

163 JAWAHIR LAL GANJOO 18.06.1990

164 SMT. PARANA GANJOO 18.06.1990

165 SMT.DURGA KOUL 18.06.1990

TEJ KRISHAN PANDIT 19.06.1990

166 RAJINDER KR. TICKOO 20.06.1990

167 SANJAY THUSOO 21.06.1990

168 SMT GIGARI 22.06.1990

169 BAL KRISHEN TATOO 22.06.1990

170 BALJEE 22.06.1990

171 MAKHAN LAL RAINA 22.06.1990

172 SMT. ROHINI 22.06.1991

173 MAKHAN LAL RAINA 22.06.1990

174 M.L.BHAT 22/23.06.1990

175 ASHOK KUMAR 23.06.1990

176 PRATHAVI NATH TICKOO 23.06.1990

177 ASHWANI KUMAR 23.06.1990

178 ASHOK KR. KOTHA 24.06.1990

179 SOOM NATH 24.06.1990

180 CHAMAN LAL TICKOO 24.06.1990

181 SOOM NATH KOUL 24.06.1990

182 BADRI NATH WATTAL 25.06.1990

183 SATISH KR RAINA 25.06.1990

184 BRIJ LAL RAINA 26.06.1990

185 SATISH KUMAR 26.06.1990

186 GOPAL NATH 26.06.1990

187 RAMESH RAZDAN 26.06.1990

188 T.N.RAINA 26.06.1990

189 YOGESH KUMAR 26.06.1990

190 GOPI NATH RAINA 26.06.1990

191 BRIJ LAL RAINA 26.06.1990

192 RAMESH RAZDAN 26.06.1990

193 BRIJ LAL RAINA 26.06.1990

194 SMT. BABLI 28.06.1990

195 SMT.ROOPAWATI 28.06.1990

196 VIVAK LABAROO @SHABAJEE 29.06.1990

197 OMKAR NATH MATTOO 30.06.1990

198 PROF. NEEL KANT. RAINA 30.06.1990

199 RAJINDER 30.06.1990

200 OMKAR NATH MATTOO 30.06.1990

201 TRILKOI NATH 01.07.1990

202 N.G.SADHU 01.07.1990

203 DINA NATH 01.07.1990

204 RAJ NATH DHAR 01.07.1990

205 SMT. GIRJA DHAR 01.07.1990

206 SMT. TEJA DHAR 01.07.1990

207 PREDHIMAN KRISHAN 02.07.1990

208 SMT. ARANDATTI 02.07.1990

209 MAKHAN LAL 03.07.1990

210 MOHAN LAL 03.07.1990

211 SATISH KUMAR 06.07.1990

212 JAWAHIR LAL BHAT 06.07.1990

213 GOPI NATH RAINA 07.07.1990

214 DINA NATH MUJOO 07.07.1990

215 GOPI NATH RAINA 07.07.1990

216 SHIBAN KOUL 08.07.1990

217 GOURI SHANKER 09.07.1990

218 AVTAR KRISHAN 09.07.1990

219 INDER KRISHAN 10.07.1990

220 SHAMBU NATH 11.07.1990

221 INDER KUMAR 11.07.1990

222 NANAJI 11.07.1990

223 SHIBAN LAL KOUL 11.07.1990

224 JIWAN LAL 15.07.1990

225 BISHAMBAR NATH KOUL 15/16.07.1990

226 RADHA KRISHAN KOUL 15/16.07.1990

227 VAID PRAKESH KOUL 16.07.1990

228 BRIJ NATH KOUL 16.07.1990

229 ANANAD NARAYAN 17.07.1990

230 CHAND RAM KHER 17.07.1990

231 DR. SONI 18.07.1990

232 BRIJ NATH KOUL 19.07.1990

233 JANKI NATH 20.07.1990

234 NATH JI 26.07.1990

235 VAID LAL 26.07.1990

236 JANKI NATH 26.07.1990

237 GOURI SHANKER 29.07.1990

238 ADARSH JEE 29.07.1990

239 JAI KRISHAN 02.08.1990

240 RAM NATH BHAT 06.08.1990

241 R.K.HANDOO 09.08.1990

242 SAROOP NARAYAN 10.08.1990

243 MANOJ KUMAR 10.08.1990

244 PRATHAVI NATH BALI 10.08.1990

245 VASUDEV PANDIT 11.08.1990

246 D.N.CHOEDHARY 11.08.1990

247 RASHANLAL CHOWDHARY 11.08.1990

248 VASUDEV PANDITA 11.08.1990

249 AUTAR KRISHEN PANDITA 12.08.1990

250 DARSHAN KOUL 15.08.1990

251 MASHER NATH 16.08.1990

252 RATTAN LAL RAINA 18.08.1990

253 SHANKER NATH TIKU 21.08.1990

254 BANSI LAL RAINA 28.08.1990

255 OMKAR NATH KOUL 29.08.1990

256 SHADI LAL BHAT 04.09.1990

257 PRATHVI NATH 05/06.09.1990

258 MAKHAN LAL 08.09.1990

259 HIDAY NATH 09.09.1990

260 GOURI SHANKER 10.09.1990

261 SMT.TRIKAJI 10.09.1990

262 TRILOKI NATH 11.09.1990

263 RAMESH KUMAR 12.09.1990

264 AVTAR KRISHEN 12/13.09.1990

265 DAWARIKA NATH 13.09.1990

266 AVTAR KRISHAN RAINA 14.09.1990

267 RATTAN LAL PANDITA 17.09.1990

268 PAIRAY LAL RAINA 23.09.1990

269 DURGA PRASAD 05.10.1990

270 D.P.KHAZANCHI 06.10.1990

271 JAGAR NATH 07.10.1990

272 ZIND LAL 07.10.1990

273 JAGAR NATH PANDITA 07.10.1990

274 POSHKAR NATH RAZDAN 12.10.1990

275 SMT. USHA JI 14.10.1990

276 AUSHA KOUL 14.10.1990

277 DR.SHIBAN JI KHIRDI 14.10.1990

278 RAJINDER KOUL 14.10.1990

279 SATUSH KOUL 14.10.1990

280 SMT. NEETA JI 14.10.1990

281 SMT.NANCY KOUL 14.10.1990

282 RADHA KRISHEN BHAT 15.10.1990

283 MAKHAN LAL BHAT 17.10.1990

284 PREM NATH BHAT 17.10.1990

285 POSHKER NATH 18.10.1990

286 SMT. PINKI KOUL 09.11.1990

287 MOHAN LAL KOUL 19.11.1990

288 OMKAR NATN WALI 02.01.1991

289 BALDEV RAJ DUTTA 19.01.1991

290 MADAN MOHAN 11.06.1991

291 KASHI NATH KOUL 13.06.1991

292 NANAJEE 13.06.1991

293 SMT. ROHINI 22.06.1991

294 MOHAN LAL MATTOO 01.07.1991

295 SMT. VIJAY BHAT 31.07.1991

296 SURINDER KUMAR 26.08.1991

297 MOHAN LAL 08.10.1991

298 RAMESH KUMAR 09.10.1991

299 POSHKAR NATH 12.10.1991

300 MEHESHER NATH 15.10.1991

301 SHAM LAL PANDITH 15.10.1991

302 KANHAYA LAL PESHIN 18.10.1991

303 KANAYA LAL 19.10.1991

304 JANKI NATH KOUL 14.12.1991

305 ARCHANA BRAROO 30.03.1992

306 SMT. BIMALA BRAROO 30.03.1992

307 SOHAN LAL BRAROO 30.03.1992

308 RATTAN LAL HALI 20.05.1992

309 DURA NATH RAFIZ 03.06.1992

310 CHAMAN LAL KOUL 11.10.1992

311 SOOM NATH RAINA 11.10.1992

312 H.N.WANCHOO 05.12.1992

313 SMT.ASHA PANDIT 29.12.1992

314 TEJ KRISHEN 12.02.1993

315 PREM NATH BHAT 06.06.1993

316 JAGAR NATH 06.07.1993

317 NEEL KANT LALA 25.07.1993

318 KANYA LAL DUDHA 14.08.1993

319 AVTAR KRISHEN 24.10.1993

320 PRADEEP KUMAR BHAT 28.01.1994

321 SANJAY KUMAR @CHAKO 10.05.1994

322 PIYAR LAL RAINA 13.07.1994

323 TEJ KRISHEN BHAT 03.12.1994

324 SONA RAM 25.07.1995

325 CHUNI LAL BHAT 12.05.1996

326 RAJ NATH 05.06.1996

327 AVTAR KRISHAN 21/22.03.1997

328 BUSHAN LAL BHAT 21/22.03.1997

329 DEELEEP BHAT 21/22.03.1997

330 PAIRAY LAL PANDIT 21/22.03.1997

331 SANJAY BHAT 21/22.03.1997

332 TRILOKI NATH 21/22.03.1997

333 VIJAY BHAT 21/22.03.1997

334 AKSHAY KUMAR 25.01.1998

335 BADRI NATH 25.01.1998

336 JYOTI 25.01.1998

337 KASHI NATH 25.01.1998

338 MEENAKSHI 25.01.1998

339 MOTI LAL BHAT 25.01.1998

340 RAKESH KUMAR 25.01.1998

341 SANJAY KR. BHAT 25.01.1998

342 SARIKA 25.01.1998

343 SARLA KUMARI 25.01.1998

344 SEEMA KUMARI 25.01.1998

345 SMT. CHOTI 25.01.1998

346 SMT. DULARI 25.01.1998

347 SMT. NEERU JI 25.01.1998

348 SUDARSHAN 25.01.1998

349 TRILOKI NATH 25.01.1998

350 VIJAY KUMAR 25.01.1998

351 VIKAS KUMAR 25.01.1998

352 VINOD KUMAR 25.01.1998

353 ASHOK KUMAR 04.02.2000

354 UNSHOO 04.02.2000

355 VEER JI 04.02.2000

356 BRIJ NATH BHAT 04.03.2000

357 SMT LAKHSHMI DEVI 21.12.2001

358 SMT. SONI 21.12.2001

359 AMIT KHER 24.03.2003

360 AVTAR KRISHAN 24.03.2003

361 BANSI LAL 24.03.2003

362 BANSI LAL 24.03.2003

363 JIGA KUMARI 24.03.2003

364 LASA KOUL 24.03.2003

365 LOK NATH 24.03.2003

366 MOHAN LAL 24.03.2003

367 MUNA 24.03.2003

368 PRETAM KRISHEN 24.03.2003

369 PRETAM KUMARI 24.03.2003

370 PRINCY KUMARI 24.03.2003

371 RADHA KRISHEN BHAT 24.03.2003

372 RAJANI 24.03.2003

373 RAJINI KUMARI 24.03.2003

374 RADHA KRISHEN BHAT 24.03.2003

375 RAJANI 24.03.2003

376 RAJINI KUMARI 24.03.2003

377 RAKESH KUMAR 24.03.2003

378 SMT SUMAN JI 24.03.2003

379 SMT. SOOMAVATI 24.03.2003

380 SMT.ASHA 24.03.2003

381 SURAJ 24.03.2003

382 TRILOKI NATH 24.03.2003

383 TEJ KRISHAN 03.12.2004.

384 O. N. MOTTA 29.07.1990

385 USHA KUMARI KOUL 14.10.1990

386 RATINDER KOUL 14.10.1990

387 Radha Krishen Koul 24.08.1990

and MANY MORE..they we killed in their home in offices on road where ever they wete found.And world was silentThis is the small list of kps murdered by muslim terrorists.

Sr. Name of the Victim Date of Killing

1 PRABHAVATI 14.03.1989

2 DINA NATH RAINA 15.08.1989

3 TIKA LAL TIPLOO 14.09.1989

4 SMT. SHEELA TICKOO 01.11.1989

5 NEEL KANT GANJOO 01.11.1989

6 PREM NATH BHAT 27.12.1989

7 M.L.BHAN 15.01.1990

8 P.K.KOTRU 19.01.1990

9 SATISH KR. TICKOO 22.01.1990

10 TEJ KRISHEN RAZDAN 12.02.1990

11 LASSA KOUL 13.02.1990

12 ANIL BHAN 16.02.1990

13 ASHOK QAZI 23.02.1990

14 NAVEEN SAPROO 27.02.1990

15 P.N. HANDOO 01.03.1990

16 JAGAR NATH 03.03.1990

17 NIRMALA RAINA 06.03.1990

18 KASHI NATH 06.03.1990

19 RATTAN LAL 10.03.1990

20 T.K.RAZDAN 15.03.1990

21 A.K.RAINA 19.03.1990

22 B.K.GANJOO 19.03.1990

23 GULSHAN LAL RAINA 19.03.1990

24 AVTAR KRISHAN RAINA 20.03.1990

25 GULSHAN LAL LAMBA 21.03.1990

26 P.L.FOTEADAR 22.03.1990

27 SOOM NATH TICKOO 23.03.1990

28 B.L.MISIRI 23.03.1990

29 TRILOKI NATH AMBARDAR 23.03.1990

30 BANSI LAL 24.03.1990

31 A.K.BAZAZ 26.03.1990

32 PREM NATH KOUL 05.04.1990

33 PREM NATH TICKOO 05.04.1990

34 K.K.KOUL 05.04.1990

35 RADHA KRISHAN 05.04.1990

36 RADHA KRISHAN KOUL 06.04.1990

37 ASHOK KUMAR 06.04.1990

38 H.L.KHERA 06.04.1990

39 RAMEESH PEER 06.04.1990

40 VINOD KUMAR 06.05.1990

41 KARI LAL 09.04.1990

42 MAKHAN LAL WANGANOO 10.04.1990

43 SARLA BHAT 19.04.1990

44 MAKHAN LAL 21.04.1990

45 SUSHEEL KR. KOTRU 23.04.1990

46 SUSHIL KR KOTRU 23.04.1990

47 NIRANJAN NATH 24.04.1990

48 BANSI LAL SAPRU 24.04.1990

49 NARENDER NATH 24.04.1990

50 NARENDER NATH 24.04.1990

51 RAVINDER KR. PANDIT 25.04.1990

52 KASHI RAM 25.04.1990

53 BUSHAN LAL 26.04.1990

54 DR.RAJ NATH 26.04.1990

55 BRIJ NATH 26.04.1990

56 RAJ NATH RAINA 26.04.1990

57 BANSI LAL 27/28.04.1990

58 BHARAT BHUSHAN 27/28.04.1990

59 PREDHIMAN KRISHAN BHAT 28.04.1990

60 GUSHI LAL 29.04.1990

61 M.L.PANDITA 29.04.1990

62 DILEEP KUMAR 30.04.1990

63 HEERA LAL KHAR 30.04.1990

64 DAWARIKA NATH 01.05.1990

65 SARWANANAD KOUL PREMI 01.05.1990

66 VIRENDER KUMAR 01.05.1990

67 CHUNI LAL SHALLA 01.05.1990

68 MAKHAN LAL THAPLOO 02.05.1990

69 AVTAR KRISHAN 02.05.1990

70 CHUNI LAL SHALLA 02.05.1990

71 PROF.K.L.GANJU 02/03.05.1990

72 SMT. PRANA GANJOO 02/03.05.1990

73 VINOD KR. CHATTA 03.05.1990

74 VINOD KUMAR 03.05.1990

75 DAYA KRISHN 03.05.1990

76 SURIEND CHAND 04.05.1990

77 MOHAN LAL BHAT 04.05.1990

78 RAMESH KR. RAINA 05.05.1990

79 SURINDER DHAR 05.05.1990

80 VINOD KUMAR 06.05.1990

81 KUNDAN LAL GANJOO 07.05.1990

82 DOLLY 07.05.1990

83 RAMESH KR RAINA 07.05.1990

84 BIHARI LAL LABAROO 09.05.1990

85 RATTAN LAL 10.05.1990

86 BABLI RAINA 10.05.1990

87 SURINDER KUMAR 10.05.1990

88 MOTI LAL BHAT 10.05.1990

89 BABLI RAINA 10.05.1990

90 AMAR NATH BAGATI 11.05.1990

91 OMKAR NATH 11.05.1990

92 POSHKAR NATH 11.05.1990

93 MOHAN LAL 13.05.1990

94 INDERJEET 13.05.1990

95 VEER JI @VAID JI BHAT 13.05.1990

96 ASHOK KUMAR 13.05.1990

97 BUSHAN LAL 13.05.1990

98 DAYA KRISHEN DULLO 13.05.1990

99 MAM MOHAN SHARMA 15.05.1990

100 SAROOP NATH 15.05.1990

101 A.K.WAZIR 15.05.1990

102 BUSHAN LAL KOUL 16.05.1990

103 BUSHAN LAL 17.05.1990

104 SHAM LAL SHARMA 17.05.1990

105 CHUNI LAL 17.05.1990

106 SURESH KR. KISSU 17.05.1990

107 MANMOHAN BACHLOO 18.05.1990

108 JIYA LAL KAW 18.05.1990

109 MINOR 18.05.1990

110 DILEEP KUMAR 19.05.1990

111 MOTI LAL RAINA 20.05.1990

112 DILEEP JI 21.05.1990

113 PRATHIVI NATH HAKIM 21.05.1990

114 CHAMAN LAL PANDIT 22.05.1990

115 PREM NATH BHAT 23.05.1990

116 SHAMBU NATH 24.05.1990

117 BANSI LAL SHARMA 24.05.1990

118 PREM NATH BHAT 25.05.1990

119 SHANKER DASS 26.05.1990

120 CHAMAN LAL TICKOO 28.05.1990

121 SEEMA ALIAS BABLI 28.05.1990

122 RAMESH KR RAINA 28.05.1990

123 MAHARAJ KRISHEN 30.05.1990

124 JAWAHIR LAL WANCHOO 30.05.1990

125 KRISHAN LAL WAGROO 31.05.1990

126 CHAMAN LAL TICKOO 31.05.1990

127 AVTAR KRISHEN 31.05.1990

128 JAGAR NATH 31.05.1990

129 RAMESH KUMAR 01.06.1990

130 KANA YA LAL BHAT 01.06.1990

131 BADRI NATH 02.06.1990

132 DAMODHAR RAINA 02.06.1990

133 BUSHAN LAL KOUL 02.06.1990

134 DAMODAR SWAROOP RAINA 02.06.1990

135 SATISH LAL KALLA 03.06.1990

136 SHIBAN KRISHEN KULLA 03.06.1990

137 AFTAB RAM 04.06.1990

138 GOKAL NATH 04.06.1990

139 RADHA KRISHAN PATWARI 06.06.1990

140 JAWAHIR LAL BHAT 06.06.1990

141 RAMESH KR. RAINA 07.06.1990

142 RAJ KR. JAILKHANI 07.06.1990

143 SHAM LAL 07.06.1990

144 RADHA KRISHAN 07.06.1990

145 SMT.GIRJA TICKOO 11.06.1990

146 INDER KUMAR 11.06.1990

147 KANAYA LAL 11.06.1990

148 SOOM NATH 11.06.1990

149 GIRJA KUMARI TICKOO 11.06.1990

150 ASHOK KR. PANDITA 12.06.1990

151 KANYA LAL 12.06.1990

152 TRILOKI NATH 12.06.1990

153 CHUNI LAL 13.06.1990

154 DAYARAM KOUL 13.06.1990

155 RUGH NATH 14.06.1990

156 RUGH NATH 14.06.1990

157 A.K.SAFAYA 15.06.1990

158 DAYARAM KOUL 15.06.1990

159 RAMCHAND 15.06.1990

160 SAROOP NATH 16.06.1990

161 GOPI CHAND 17.06.1990

162 BADRI NATH KOUL 18.06.1990

163 JAWAHIR LAL GANJOO 18.06.1990

164 SMT. PARANA GANJOO 18.06.1990

165 SMT.DURGA KOUL 18.06.1990

TEJ KRISHAN PANDIT 19.06.1990

166 RAJINDER KR. TICKOO 20.06.1990

167 SANJAY THUSOO 21.06.1990

168 SMT GIGARI 22.06.1990

169 BAL KRISHEN TATOO 22.06.1990

170 BALJEE 22.06.1990

171 MAKHAN LAL RAINA 22.06.1990

172 SMT. ROHINI 22.06.1991

173 MAKHAN LAL RAINA 22.06.1990

174 M.L.BHAT 22/23.06.1990

175 ASHOK KUMAR 23.06.1990

176 PRATHAVI NATH TICKOO 23.06.1990

177 ASHWANI KUMAR 23.06.1990

178 ASHOK KR. KOTHA 24.06.1990

179 SOOM NATH 24.06.1990

180 CHAMAN LAL TICKOO 24.06.1990

181 SOOM NATH KOUL 24.06.1990

182 BADRI NATH WATTAL 25.06.1990

183 SATISH KR RAINA 25.06.1990

184 BRIJ LAL RAINA 26.06.1990

185 SATISH KUMAR 26.06.1990

186 GOPAL NATH 26.06.1990

187 RAMESH RAZDAN 26.06.1990

188 T.N.RAINA 26.06.1990

189 YOGESH KUMAR 26.06.1990

190 GOPI NATH RAINA 26.06.1990

191 BRIJ LAL RAINA 26.06.1990

192 RAMESH RAZDAN 26.06.1990

193 BRIJ LAL RAINA 26.06.1990

194 SMT. BABLI 28.06.1990

195 SMT.ROOPAWATI 28.06.1990

196 VIVAK LABAROO @SHABAJEE 29.06.1990

197 OMKAR NATH MATTOO 30.06.1990

198 PROF. NEEL KANT. RAINA 30.06.1990

199 RAJINDER 30.06.1990

200 OMKAR NATH MATTOO 30.06.1990

201 TRILKOI NATH 01.07.1990

202 N.G.SADHU 01.07.1990

203 DINA NATH 01.07.1990

204 RAJ NATH DHAR 01.07.1990

205 SMT. GIRJA DHAR 01.07.1990

206 SMT. TEJA DHAR 01.07.1990

207 PREDHIMAN KRISHAN 02.07.1990

208 SMT. ARANDATTI 02.07.1990

209 MAKHAN LAL 03.07.1990

210 MOHAN LAL 03.07.1990

211 SATISH KUMAR 06.07.1990

212 JAWAHIR LAL BHAT 06.07.1990

213 GOPI NATH RAINA 07.07.1990

214 DINA NATH MUJOO 07.07.1990

215 GOPI NATH RAINA 07.07.1990

216 SHIBAN KOUL 08.07.1990

217 GOURI SHANKER 09.07.1990

218 AVTAR KRISHAN 09.07.1990

219 INDER KRISHAN 10.07.1990

220 SHAMBU NATH 11.07.1990

221 INDER KUMAR 11.07.1990

222 NANAJI 11.07.1990

223 SHIBAN LAL KOUL 11.07.1990

224 JIWAN LAL 15.07.1990

225 BISHAMBAR NATH KOUL 15/16.07.1990

226 RADHA KRISHAN KOUL 15/16.07.1990

227 VAID PRAKESH KOUL 16.07.1990

228 BRIJ NATH KOUL 16.07.1990

229 ANANAD NARAYAN 17.07.1990

230 CHAND RAM KHER 17.07.1990

231 DR. SONI 18.07.1990

232 BRIJ NATH KOUL 19.07.1990

233 JANKI NATH 20.07.1990

234 NATH JI 26.07.1990

235 VAID LAL 26.07.1990

236 JANKI NATH 26.07.1990

237 GOURI SHANKER 29.07.1990

238 ADARSH JEE 29.07.1990

239 JAI KRISHAN 02.08.1990

240 RAM NATH BHAT 06.08.1990

241 R.K.HANDOO 09.08.1990

242 SAROOP NARAYAN 10.08.1990

243 MANOJ KUMAR 10.08.1990

244 PRATHAVI NATH BALI 10.08.1990

245 VASUDEV PANDIT 11.08.1990

246 D.N.CHOEDHARY 11.08.1990

247 RASHANLAL CHOWDHARY 11.08.1990

248 VASUDEV PANDITA 11.08.1990

249 AUTAR KRISHEN PANDITA 12.08.1990

250 DARSHAN KOUL 15.08.1990

251 MASHER NATH 16.08.1990

252 RATTAN LAL RAINA 18.08.1990

253 SHANKER NATH TIKU 21.08.1990

254 BANSI LAL RAINA 28.08.1990

255 OMKAR NATH KOUL 29.08.1990

256 SHADI LAL BHAT 04.09.1990

257 PRATHVI NATH 05/06.09.1990

258 MAKHAN LAL 08.09.1990

259 HIDAY NATH 09.09.1990

260 GOURI SHANKER 10.09.1990

261 SMT.TRIKAJI 10.09.1990

262 TRILOKI NATH 11.09.1990

263 RAMESH KUMAR 12.09.1990

264 AVTAR KRISHEN 12/13.09.1990

265 DAWARIKA NATH 13.09.1990

266 AVTAR KRISHAN RAINA 14.09.1990

267 RATTAN LAL PANDITA 17.09.1990

268 PAIRAY LAL RAINA 23.09.1990

269 DURGA PRASAD 05.10.1990

270 D.P.KHAZANCHI 06.10.1990

271 JAGAR NATH 07.10.1990

272 ZIND LAL 07.10.1990

273 JAGAR NATH PANDITA 07.10.1990

274 POSHKAR NATH RAZDAN 12.10.1990

275 SMT. USHA JI 14.10.1990

276 AUSHA KOUL 14.10.1990

277 DR.SHIBAN JI KHIRDI 14.10.1990

278 RAJINDER KOUL 14.10.1990

279 SATUSH KOUL 14.10.1990

280 SMT. NEETA JI 14.10.1990

281 SMT.NANCY KOUL 14.10.1990

282 RADHA KRISHEN BHAT 15.10.1990

283 MAKHAN LAL BHAT 17.10.1990

284 PREM NATH BHAT 17.10.1990

285 POSHKER NATH 18.10.1990

286 SMT. PINKI KOUL 09.11.1990

287 MOHAN LAL KOUL 19.11.1990

288 OMKAR NATN WALI 02.01.1991

289 BALDEV RAJ DUTTA 19.01.1991

290 MADAN MOHAN 11.06.1991

291 KASHI NATH KOUL 13.06.1991

292 NANAJEE 13.06.1991

293 SMT. ROHINI 22.06.1991

294 MOHAN LAL MATTOO 01.07.1991

295 SMT. VIJAY BHAT 31.07.1991

296 SURINDER KUMAR 26.08.1991

297 MOHAN LAL 08.10.1991

298 RAMESH KUMAR 09.10.1991

299 POSHKAR NATH 12.10.1991

300 MEHESHER NATH 15.10.1991

301 SHAM LAL PANDITH 15.10.1991

302 KANHAYA LAL PESHIN 18.10.1991

303 KANAYA LAL 19.10.1991

304 JANKI NATH KOUL 14.12.1991

305 ARCHANA BRAROO 30.03.1992

306 SMT. BIMALA BRAROO 30.03.1992

307 SOHAN LAL BRAROO 30.03.1992

308 RATTAN LAL HALI 20.05.1992

309 DURA NATH RAFIZ 03.06.1992

310 CHAMAN LAL KOUL 11.10.1992

311 SOOM NATH RAINA 11.10.1992

312 H.N.WANCHOO 05.12.1992

313 SMT.ASHA PANDIT 29.12.1992

314 TEJ KRISHEN 12.02.1993

315 PREM NATH BHAT 06.06.1993

316 JAGAR NATH 06.07.1993

317 NEEL KANT LALA 25.07.1993

318 KANYA LAL DUDHA 14.08.1993

319 AVTAR KRISHEN 24.10.1993

320 PRADEEP KUMAR BHAT 28.01.1994

321 SANJAY KUMAR @CHAKO 10.05.1994

322 PIYAR LAL RAINA 13.07.1994

323 TEJ KRISHEN BHAT 03.12.1994

324 SONA RAM 25.07.1995

325 CHUNI LAL BHAT 12.05.1996

326 RAJ NATH 05.06.1996

327 AVTAR KRISHAN 21/22.03.1997

328 BUSHAN LAL BHAT 21/22.03.1997

329 DEELEEP BHAT 21/22.03.1997

330 PAIRAY LAL PANDIT 21/22.03.1997

331 SANJAY BHAT 21/22.03.1997

332 TRILOKI NATH 21/22.03.1997

333 VIJAY BHAT 21/22.03.1997

334 AKSHAY KUMAR 25.01.1998

335 BADRI NATH 25.01.1998

336 JYOTI 25.01.1998

337 KASHI NATH 25.01.1998

338 MEENAKSHI 25.01.1998

339 MOTI LAL BHAT 25.01.1998

340 RAKESH KUMAR 25.01.1998

341 SANJAY KR. BHAT 25.01.1998

342 SARIKA 25.01.1998

343 SARLA KUMARI 25.01.1998

344 SEEMA KUMARI 25.01.1998

345 SMT. CHOTI 25.01.1998

346 SMT. DULARI 25.01.1998

347 SMT. NEERU JI 25.01.1998

348 SUDARSHAN 25.01.1998

349 TRILOKI NATH 25.01.1998

350 VIJAY KUMAR 25.01.1998

351 VIKAS KUMAR 25.01.1998

352 VINOD KUMAR 25.01.1998

353 ASHOK KUMAR 04.02.2000

354 UNSHOO 04.02.2000

355 VEER JI 04.02.2000

356 BRIJ NATH BHAT 04.03.2000

357 SMT LAKHSHMI DEVI 21.12.2001

358 SMT. SONI 21.12.2001

359 AMIT KHER 24.03.2003

360 AVTAR KRISHAN 24.03.2003

361 BANSI LAL 24.03.2003

362 BANSI LAL 24.03.2003

363 JIGA KUMARI 24.03.2003

364 LASA KOUL 24.03.2003

365 LOK NATH 24.03.2003

366 MOHAN LAL 24.03.2003

367 MUNA 24.03.2003

368 PRETAM KRISHEN 24.03.2003

369 PRETAM KUMARI 24.03.2003

370 PRINCY KUMARI 24.03.2003

371 RADHA KRISHEN BHAT 24.03.2003

372 RAJANI 24.03.2003

373 RAJINI KUMARI 24.03.2003

374 RADHA KRISHEN BHAT 24.03.2003

375 RAJANI 24.03.2003

376 RAJINI KUMARI 24.03.2003

377 RAKESH KUMAR 24.03.2003

378 SMT SUMAN JI 24.03.2003

379 SMT. SOOMAVATI 24.03.2003

380 SMT.ASHA 24.03.2003

381 SURAJ 24.03.2003

382 TRILOKI NATH 24.03.2003

383 TEJ KRISHAN 03.12.2004.

384 O. N. MOTTA 29.07.1990

385 USHA KUMARI KOUL 14.10.1990

386 RATINDER KOUL 14.10.1990

387 Radha Krishen Koul 24.08.1990

and MANY MORE..they we killed in their home in offices on road where ever they were found.And world was silent.

( This is a post I found on whatsup)

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Scenes from the 3 Decades of Kashmiri Pandits

(3 Decades of Kps)

Year1989-90

Dulari-The Seventy year old Matriarch , was standing in the middle of her Garden. Not a leaf of Grass was left in her frost-bitten-lawn. It was the peak of winter. She gave a cursory look around and strolled slowly , occasionally touching some of the dried up plants . She stopped near the Rose shrub and began to inspect the marigold plant, she has sown last summer just adjacent to it.

‘The marigold plant has dried up completely , so has this The Rose Bush’, She thought gloomily.

‘These winters eat up everything. I really wish the summers come soon.’ She looked upwards to the Post –Noon- Sun . Even though it was a bright shimmering sunny day, Nevertheless, The Sun too seemed to shiver.

After inspecting her Garden, she goes inside. It is around 1 Pm and time for Lunch. She washes her hands and sits in her Extended Kitchen- That basically serves as a Dining area for her family. She calls her daughter-in-law Phoolaji.

‘Hayayi Phoolaji, Battae sharei’ (Phoolaji serve the lunch)

It was the end of the year 1989.The Terrorists had become Blatantly Brazen after the kidnapping of Rubaiyya Syed. The Muslim neighbors too in hushed tones could be heard talking about, soon-to-get ‘Azadi’ . The Blanket curfew in the valley had forced all the family members of Dulari to stay indoors. Her family as well as Kashmiri Pandits neighbors too talked about the prevailing political circumstances that was filled with uncertainty. Yet, No one had imagined that a majority of Kashmiri Pandits will have to flee Kashmir within a month!

The Macabre dance of Death unleashed by the AK-47 laden Terrorists on KP’s had started and were targeting minority Hindus with impunity,

And then came the night of 19 Jan 1990-That changed forever the history of Kashmiri Pandits! The Kp’s were fleeing Kashmir in hordes. Dulari was no exception. She too left Kashmir as did her neighbors and relatives.
Future looks uncertain in Kashmir.

Year-2000-01

Dulari is now surrounded by new neighbors of Pan-India ethnicity in Faridabad . All these years, she has managed to speak her own version of Hindi. She uses a lot of Gesticulations in her conversations with neighbours as Kashmiri words pops up now and then unintentionally from her Mouth.

Dulari along with her Family had shifted to Faridabad in late 1995. Her elder Son has bought a House in Faridabad. It is built on a 100 sq yard plot. The front as well as the back yard is cemented . She is Old but still hard working and has lost no love for Gardening. She has secured and fenced a small patch of land may be 100 sq feet bordering the front side of her house. She religiously looks after that small garden. She has also sown with love the famous ‘Haak’ (collard greens) of Kashmiris in that lawn.

It is the month of March. She is inspecting her kitchen garden. Not much is there. Just one gaze is enough to tell about the health of her green friends. She opens the make-Shift gate of her garden. She squats near the marigold Plant and touches the flower.
‘Dear, If we would have been in Kashmir, I would have surrounded you with many more flowers and attended you better’. She was silently conveying her feelings to the flower.

‘Soon the marigold will be gone and so will be Haakh’ . These Harsh summers don’t spare anything’. She whispered .

‘Alas ! Kashmir was so beautiful!’ she sighed.

She does not have the same vigor, She once had in Kashmir. She feels the heat of the March Sun and slowly walks inside .

‘Hayyeyi Phoolaji Batta shaer’ (serve the lunch) – She orders her.

It has been 10 years now since KPs were forced into exile. Future in Kashmir still holds uncertain for them. She and her family are amongst the Lucky ones, who didn’t had to live in the dirty, unhygienic tattered tents of the refugee Camps-where still many of the community members were languishing .

Year-2018-19

Phoolaji-Her Daughter-in-law has become the new Matriarch since Dularis Death 12 years back.They now live in an apartment in Mumbai. After the death of her Mother-in-law; Phoolaji too has developed some love for Gardening.

In the balcony of her Flat, she has sown some saplings of Marigold as well as ‘Tulasi’ (Basil). Whenever, she waters or de-weeds the plants, The face of Dulari flashes in front of her mind. By planting and looking after the potted-Plants, she gets a strange sense of satisfaction. It is as if the soul of Dulari is watching her and is bestowing her with blessings.

She is standing in her Balcony. The Black clouds are moving fast as if they are on a mission! Needless to say, The infamous monsoons of the Mumbai have already arrived . Now and then the sky is roaring and it seems , it is going to pour too. To save the plants from being flooded by the downpours; Phoolaji shifts the pots to that area of the balcony, where they will be safe and Dry.

As soon as she had shifted the pots to a safer Dry place, The rains start.

‘Madamji, please come inside. The lunch is ready.’ Her maid shouts from the Kitchen.

She walks slowly towards the Dining area of her Flat and sits on the dining chair. She is served food by her maid. Today her maid has made ‘Haakh’. She is about to eat, when the familiar thought crosses her mind, yet once again.

‘The taste of Haakh was divine at Kashmir ! It would have been much more fun and happiness, had we been living at Kashmir !

But, Alas! Mahadev(God) had different plans. The medley of thoughts and emotions was disturbing somewhere in her Heart and Mind.

Soon after, the aroma of the food diverted her mind and brought her to her present at Mumbai. She takes the morsel of rice mixed with Haakh .

She can not forget that It has been 29 years and The situation for KPs in the valley has not changed a bit yet. To forget about the past, she switches on the TV , browses the channels to watch her favourite serial. While browsing, her eye catches the fleeting headline in one of the News channels. She stops at that Channel. The focus of the news is Kashmir again. The newsreader announces about the clashes between the protestors and the security forces. She again changes the channel and finally stops at a “Bhakti” (Devotional) channel.

Phoolaji is carrying forward the legacy,Customs and rituals left behind by her Late Mother-in-law.She has immortalised ‘Dulari’ by keeping her Photograph at the same pedestal as that of Devis and Devtaas in their small in-house temple.In the mornings and sometimes in the evenings too , incense sticks or Dhoop is gyrated reverentially around her photo too; along with the idols and photos of all major Devis and Devtaas to invoke their blessings!

The Show of life Continues …..

Samavar-The Heritage Tea Brewer of Kashmir

Samavar – the monarch tea brewer is perhaps the most distinguishable traditional utensil of Kashmir and is deeply rooted in the socio-cultural ambience of the valley. Enjoying enormous popularity, it is indispensable and central to every day Kashmiri life with the tea prepared in it being an inseparable part of the warm-hearted Kashmiri hospitality. Its overarching standing in Kashmiri culture has remained undisputed and unchallenged over the years despite the inflow of numerous contemporary appliances of similar nature in the market.

Samavar – Socio-cultural Significance

Samavar has carved out a proverbial niche for itself amongst the Kashmiri tea connoisseurs and steals the limelight at our every socio-cultural function. Its arrival and presence imparts an intimate touch of social warmth and cheer to every festive occasion. It also serves a deep societal purpose as it provides contextual relevance to our native conventions and time tested traditions. Its predominant presence is seen daily at breakfast and evening times in every Kashmiri household even now. Tea time is a wonderful family custom of Kashmir handed down to posterity by practice when all the family members assemble around the legendary Samavar to enjoy sizzling Kahwa cups. People relish endless chats, gossips and unconstrained talks over countless cups of tea prepared in it. Samavar by its utility also promotes family togetherness, emotional closeness and social cohesion.

The Samavar also enjoys a privileged position in the occupational part of Kashmiri life holding prominence during paddy cultivation, farming and fruit gathering activities. It also adds a vintage touch to celebrations, excursions and congregational gatherings. Samavar also adds radiance to the high octane atmosphere of the wedding functions of Kashmiri Pandits as well as Kashmiri Muslims. It acts as a comfort utensil as the tea brewed in it provides the required warmth to beat the bitter winter of Kashmir. The camaraderie with it is not broken even during despairing times and moments of gloom amongst the Muslims as it is used for brewing and providing Kahwa and Noon Chai (salted tea) to the callers during Fatehkhani on Chauhrum and Jumah Fateh.

Samavar is also integral to our social cultural expression. The arrival of the spring season with the bursting of almond flowers at Badamwari, Srinagar is incomplete without its presence. It also occupies a place of pride during social customs. The newly wed Kashmiri Pandit bride is required to serve tea brewed in the Samavar to the family members at the In-laws’ house in consonance with an age-old social ritual. The custom is known as ‘Chai Phirin’.

The Journey of Samavar

Samavar was introduced in Kashmir as an outcome of the Kashmiri association with the age old trade routes in the medieval times. The name Samavar is derived from the Russian word – ‘Samover’ and translates to ‘self-boiler’ or ‘self-brew’ in english. The innovative remodelling and improvisation that the Russian Samover received at the hands of Kashmiri artisans has resulted in the emergence of its exotic design and form.

Samavar enjoys cross-border acceptance and acknowledgement as it is closely linked with many cultures across the borders. Apart from Kashmir, it enjoys phenomenal popularity in Russia, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Central Europe, South-east Europe, Africa, Morocco and the Middle East through its resembling counterparts. The lookalike utensil has diverse shapes, designs and outlines varying from place to place and may be cylindrical, spherical or barrelled in appearance and made from either plain iron, copper, polished brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) or bronze. The Russian Samover comprises of the main body, base, central chimney, faucet, cover, handle, crown ring and the steam vent key. The traditional Samover of earlier times used coal and charcoal for heating and brewing purpose while the present day ones are driven by electricity.

From Russia, the Samover made its entry into Iran about two centuries back as ‘Samevar’ in the Persian language. The Iranian Samevar’ employs Persian art motifs in its designs and outlines. The city of Borujerd located in Iran is one of the prime centres of its production where they are mostly handmade. Likewise, its lookalike kin, the Turkish Samovar is a metal container traditionally used to heat water and brew tea.

Samavar- a specimen of Kashmiri craftsmanship

The Samavar is an all-time favourite domestic utensil in the entire valley of Kashmir. It is one of the finest examples of the splendid art or craftsmanship and is known for its superb quality and distinct design. There are essentially two types of Kashmiri Samavars, the Qandhkari Samavars and the plain Samovars. The Qandhkari Samavars are made from copper and are exclusively used by the Muslims. In contrast, the plain Samavars are crafted from brass and are used by the Kashmiri Pandits. However, the stylish handles of both the types are made from brass. In earlier times, another type of Samavar was in vogue among the Kashmiri Pandits. It was known as the Panjaeb Samavar. Unlike the usual Samavars, it was uniformly globular in shape right from the crest to the base with a latticed lower part.

The Qandhkari Samavar has its entire outer surface carved with intricate floral and Chinar leaf motifs or geometric designs. Both its outer and inner surfaces are nickle plated, which is locally known as ‘Kalai’. In contrast, the plain Samavar is devoid of any design. Only its inner side is nickle plated which gives the surface a smooth finish and shine. The size of a Samavar depends upon its capacity to hold the number of tea cups. The Samavar used by the Muslims is usually bigger in size as compared to the one used by Kashmiri Pandits. It is sold by weight and its cost is related to its water holding capacity and size. The artisan who crafts the Samavar is known as ‘Thanthur’ in local parlance, whereas the designer who creates decorative carvings and patterns on its outer side is called ‘Naqash’. In Srinagar, the biggest and the most reputed market of its production is located at Gadde Bazar, Zaina Kadal, in downtown Srinagar. In addition to it, the spring town of Mattan in Anantnag, the village Nehama in Pulwama district and the hamlet of Wanmpora in central district of Budgam are known for their high grade and outstanding quality of Samavars. The handmade peg bottomed bronze tea cups, locally called as ‘Kenz Khose’ made at these places are prized for their high quality.

The Samavar is divisible in distinct parts. The middle segment is known as ‘Yaed’ or ‘Paytae’ in Kashmiri. It is the principal part of the Samavar. The lower most base is called as ‘Taelvather’ or simply as ‘chouk’. The portion above it is finely latticed which facilitates the passage of air needed for the charcoal to burn and glow. It is known as ‘Poung’. The topmost small circular lid is called as ‘Lokut Thanda’. It has a pointed knob at the centre known as the ‘Kalla’. This lid acts as the cover over the tubular chimney to extinguish the hot charcoals by cutting the air supply when needed. Beneath it is a bigger spherical lid known as ‘Boud Thanda’. Both of them are joined by a movable hinge which carries the name ‘Machil’. A tubular iron chimney runs vertically midway upto the base of the Samavar, which holds the hot embers. An extended curved part which has a beak shaped outlet at its upper end is joined at the outer surface of the Samavar. The arched part is known as ‘Nai’ while the beak shaped outlet through which tea is poured is known as ‘Hi’. It has a small hinged flap called as ‘Zev’ which regulates the flow of tea. The upper circular rim of the Samavar is known as ‘Kaaen’. An S shaped stylish handle is attached to the side opposite to Nai’ for holding the Samavar. It is known as ‘Thup’. Green tea, sugar, cardamom (elaichi), black cinnamon (dalchini), cloves (loung), black pepper (kali mirch) and crushed almonds are added to the water poured in the Samavar. The evenly distributed heat generated in the central chimney gives a conspicuous taste and a distinct flavour to Kahwa prepared in the Samavar. Both the kenz khous and flat bottomed khous are essential accessories of the Samavar.

Samavar – Preserving our culture

The heritage tea brewer- Samavar has also made its entry into the folkloric narrative of Kashmir. It figures both in the riddles and the famed folk form of singing – Wanwun. The riddles associated with Samavar run as “Aend Aend Aab, Munjbagh Naer” which means “having water outside with the blaze in the middle” and “Su kus janawar chu yas kalus paeth naer vuhaan tae tountae kin travaan ruth” which means “the animal that has an inflamed glow at the crest with its sprout pouring out reddish fluid”.

The Samavar is also praised in the traditional Wanwun singing at Kashmiri wedding functions. Some of the songs that find a mention of it are:
“Samavarus teungul treav, vah vah maam touthai aev” which means “put embers in the Samavar and keep it ready to welcome the esteemed maternal uncle”

“Aalae tae badam traav Samavarus vuch Sumcharus guil phoulnai” which means “put cardamom and almonds in the Samavar; it will heighten the bond of nearness”

“Roup sundh khous tae souna Samavarae, vuch chai kya mazadaar” which means “Have tea from the Silver crafted khous and golden Samavar and enjoy the unique flavour”

Kashmiris irrespective of their religious affiliation continue to have an unshakeable allegiance with the Samavar. The fast paced lifestyle and the advent of modernization has neither diminished its stature nor lessened its relevance. The Kashmiri Pandits have unquestionable adoration for this priceless possession that reminds them of their socio cultural roots in the valley. They have unwaveringly stayed loyal to it even in their time of exile. It continues to be the hallmark utensil at their socio-cultural functions as its presence till today amplifies the festive cheer. Needless to say, that it is imperative upon us to preserve this rich legacy of the Samavar so that it is not relegated to obscurity and lost in the pages of history.

By Upender Ambardar

Temple converted into Dustbin!

A Shiva temple converted into a Mass Dustbin at Sathu barbar Shah, Srinagar, Kashmir.

Isn’t it Genocide of Religion and identity of Kashmiri Hindus!

Navreh-the new year of Kashmiri Hindus

As winter’s frost gives way to amiable spring,  J&K wakes up to greetings of Navreh Mubarak,  writes SUNIL RAINA RAJANAKA If you happen to be in Kashmir on the first day of the Chaitra month,  you will see Kashmiri Pandits greeting everyone with a warm,  hearty ‘Navreh Mubarak!’The day heralds the New Year as well as the spring season, with the frost giving way to pleasant weather. This year, Navreh will be celebrated on March 18.   In Bringesh Samhita — a compendium of the Mahatamayas of all prominent tirthas of Kashmir — there is a chapter on Navreh which mentions a dialogue between Shiva and Parvati, where the goddess is keen to understand the importance of time, cycle of evolution and dissolution.

Shiva tells her that on Navreh, Brahma initiated Creation with the first rays of the sun falling on the world.   To celebrate Navreh — beginning of kaal, time and of the world — Kashmiri Hindus worship Shiva, Parvati and their son Ganesha for merit and well-being,  wear new clothes, and take part and in cultural programmes.   The day begins with looking at Thal Barun, a thaal, plate filled with auspicious items for prosperity. The large plate contains items like paddy, walnuts, sweet roti, cooked rice,  curd, pen, book, coins, a piece of gold ornament, salt, seasonal flowers, a medicinal herb called vai and a mirror.

Also placed on the plate are the new almanac and a photo of Kreel-Pach, the family deity.    The thaal is prepared overnight,  covered with a piece of cloth and kept in the prayer room. The next day, well before daybreak, the oldest woman of the house, usually the grandmother or mother,  goes around the house waking up family members one by one, asking them to open their eyes and first look at the plate, before beginning their daily chores.   Known as Buth Vuchun, the ritual of looking at the plate is said to bring good luck,  good health, prosperity and wisdom.

Each item on the plate has its own significance. While paddy symbolises wealth and expansion, cooked rice stands for progression in life and physical and mental growth.   Curd stands for completeness, constancy and cohesiveness. The sweet roti represents engagement and amalgamation into one’s socio-cultural surroundings.   The walnuts indicate the human and universal mind; the conjoined kernels represent the four purusharthas, goals of existence — dharma,  discharge of duty;  artha,  acquirement of wealth; kama, gratification of desire, and moksha, liberation.

The coin stands for material strength and the gold ornament is the symbol of purity. While the medicinal herb indicates good health,  flowers represent optimism, fragrance and sympathy in life. The pen is for wisdom and self-illumination and salt for positive energy. The almanac represents the influence of time in our life and the need to respect time and lead a disciplined life. Kreel Pach,  the family goddess stands for trust in Her grace.   The mirror, due to its attribute of reflection, stands for multiplication of auspiciousness.

Later in the day, rice from the plate is used to prepare the traditional yellow rice taher. Sumptuous dishes are prepared for visiting family and friends.    People also visit Hari Parbat in Srinagar to pay obeisance to Goddess Chakreshwari by reciting hymns and praying for a prosperous year ahead. It is believed that on this day,  the Sapt Rishis congregate at this place to offer prayers to the Universal Goddess, thus starting the Saptrishi era. After the ritual visit to the temple, people usually head off to enjoy the almond blossoms in the gardens at the foothill.

The outing is incomplete without savouring the traditional nadir monje pakoras and kahwa,  and wishing everyone ‘Navreh Mubarak’!

 

By Sunil Raina

Dhyaneshwar yatra as I remember

Dhyaneshwar Mahadev as I remember..

I have been to Dhyaneshwar Mahadev once in 1987-88.I had gone there with my Father, Brother, Grandmother and a very close friend-Sunil.We took a bus from Srinagar to Bandipura, from there, we traveled to the base of the Mountain, where the Holy shrine is situated.

I don,t remember all the names of the places that came enroute. But, Whatever I remember had an indelible imprint on my mind.

As I ascended from the base, I could see beautiful vistas all around me. The narrow trek that lead us towards the cave passed through the tall trees as well as through thick forest of Deodars .It was already dark, when we had started our Hike. The ascending trek pleteaued near a Hutment of Gurjars. It was a sight to behold. The full Moon, it seemed had covered everything around us in the golden Hue. There was a pleasant nip in the air.

I had with me a camera by the name ‘Hot Shot’. It was a compact camera and was in vogue 3 decades back. Enroute, I shot many pictures with it including that of the Full Moon.

That year some Muslim volunteers too had come to assist and support the Hindu Devotees.
All the devotees had gathered at a house(or Ashram/Dharamsala) which was very close to the cave. Devotees were waiting for their turn to have a Darshan of lord Shiva. Some group/s of Devotees were singing Bhajans. I was too tired to join them, I sat down at the corner of the room and pretended to listen to them. Slowly but steadily, from the sitting position, I stretched my legs straight, and after a while, I further recumbented myself as I could no longer resist sleep.

After few hours, my Grandmother, shook me by my shoulder and woked me up. It was time to enter the cave.

The Muslim volunteers were carrying a torch(lesh in Kashmiri/Mashal in hindi), and lighting the path for their Hindu contemporaries. The Hindu-Muslim bonhomie looked real at that time.

Finally, our turn too came.

I remember, the entrance of the cave was around 6 and a half feet in height;and maybe 5 feet in width. My bare feet had become wet from the frigid brook that comes from inside the cave. The brook starts from-what was known as Shraan kuth of parvati(the palace, from where mother Parvati takes a bath).There is a tunnel that starts from the mouth of the cave that is also the sanctom sanctorum and ends at the entrance of Dhyaneshwar. The shape of the tunnel is tapered(shape of hollow cone), with the wider section at the entrance of the cave. The roof of the cave is rough, with rock icicles hanging at places. I was up-right when I entered the cave; but as I moved further inside the tunnel, it became dark- pitch black dark. A volunteer with a torch was somehow managing to show us the path inside the tunnel. Since, the shape of the tunnel is tapered, first I had to bend my shoulders, then I had to bend my back and eventually I was crawling. The ice-cold water of the brook was getting hard to bear. At the ingress of the cave, It was like an adventure for me; but as I proceeded further, the hanging icicle-type-ceiling and the ice-cold brook, on which I was crawling forced me to chant the name of “Shiva”.I was Chanting aloud,”om namah shivaya”.
It is a very long dark tunnel, may be 100 or 200 mts long; and opens inside another natural cave known as Dhyaneswar. The area is modest inside the cave. It must be 8-9 feet in height,6 feet wide and may be 6 feet in length. . At a time,not more than 10 people can stand inside the cave. There is a natural partition inside the cave.The front part belongs to lord shiva and the rear natural raised part is the place of Parvati. The brook starts from the raised rear part.There is Ganesha and Kartik(not sure) also inside the cave.

One thing is guaranteed-an Atheist will become a believer after visiting this Holy cave. It is a Place, that should be visited at least once.

The only regret pertaining to the Dhyaneshwar pilgrimage is that I could not develop the reel of the camera. When we left for Jammu in Jan 1990, because of terrorism, The camera was left behind with so many other things.

Kashmir Police Radicalized!

It was 9.00 p. m.

The phone was ringing, yet Yasir was not picking up the phone.

Well, he was my neighbour and we had spent our childhood together , like many Kashmiri children of our genre did. As part of our tacit understanding, we talked to each other occasionally, and in our discussions, we covered almost all the subjects pertaining to us and to Kashmir.

He is working in the Police department in J&K Government.

I tried again after 10 minutes, just after two rings, he picked up the phone. “Jenab Aadab! How are you doing Brother?” said he warmly. “I am fine. How is your family?”, I asked him routinely. We inquired about the general well being of our family and friends for some time-like we always do-and then our conversation veered towards the more sensitive and somewhat uncomfortable issues.

Yes . it was Kashmir.

“Hurriyat won’t let the peace prevail in Kashmir”, I ingeminated .” They get huge kickbacks from Pakistan”, I further stated. “You are right” said he without inflection. “ In fact, they are funding  the stone-pelters too”, I emphasized. “The militants too get paid for the attacks they carry out on the Indian soldiers”. I further elaborated. He was listening very patiently, without interrupting me. “what do you think?”, I wanted to get his reaction-which always starts with a neutral judgement about India and ends with an inexplicit yet pro-pakistan stance.

“These militants are doing, what they are paid for. They are not bothered about kashmiris or Kashmir. They are like us-policemen. They too are doing their duty. So is Hurriyat. And in this whole process, we- common kashmiris- are getting crushed physically, mentally and emotionally”, said he in a rather angry intonation.

“we are living in a Big Jail. An open-big-jail” His tone was Sullen. “Though, I am a policeman, yet, I try my best to come home by 7 p.m. We  have to go through so many security checks. And sometimes the questions asked by the security personnel is rather annoying and filled with implicit chagrin towards us”. He said in a dreary voice.

I had heard this earlier too. Phrase like “Open Jail” have been often used by Pak-Backed-Hurriyar as a part of their usual propaganda against the Administration. I could have protested, But, I choose not to chime in while he was talking to me.

He was saying something, but I was not listening. His statements had put me in a reverie . I was thinking about our previous interactions on Social Media.

Based on my previous conversations with him, I knew, when we talked about our families and friends, he would be sincere. so was I. But, when we talked about Kashmir, our perspectives would not match at all. Somehow, till date we have managed to put a balance between sincerity and our mutually unctuous narration of our feelings for Kashmir or rather Kashmir imbroglio.  We know for sure that there is a divide between our perspective and the way, we look at Kashmir.

All these facts were flashing in my mind.

There is a Hindu version of Kashmiri Pandits and there is a Kashmiri Muslim version. And they never match.

I was thinking that often, Yasir sends me Face book messenger messages and Whatsup messages. Most of the messages sent to me are forwards pertaining to Kashmir-imbroglio. Much of the content of the forwarded messages consist of the greatness of Islam or in other words the Hegemony of Muslims and their great personalities. The messages also included Zakir Naik’s disparaging videos about Hindus or how ridiculous Hindus and Hinduism is. He had also sent me a link on Godara, or what Arundati Roy said, or Osho’s message on Beef Eating( can you believe it!). On Dalits, Maoists and what not. I could not condone the fact that, till date, he has never once sent me a message which shows the glory of India or the tolerance of Hindus or Hinduism.

I was also thinking that If anyone reads the messages, he sends me, it would definitely look like as if the messages are being sent from the Hurriyat headquarters and not from a JK policeman.

I also wondered if my friend knew or he deliberately ignored the fact that After all, India is the 2nd most Muslim populous country. They have the right to follow Shariah. Being minorities, they have reservations and even a Hajj-Subsidy. On Fridays, they convert highways, busy market places, offices, Government buildings etc. into the praying Ground-that too without impunity.

I was tempted to think that just a day before yesterday, as I was going through the whatsup messages, I had seen a couple of message from Yasir.He had sent a message that showcased-how great Islam is.The other message read-Hindu terrorists did the blast.

It came to my mind that during all these years, I never reacted to his posts. I would like or comment on only those videos, that were more balanced or funny and that were apolitical. I had never emphasized on my being a proud Indian – which I am, or sent any message or video that belittled his faith. But, he on the other hand had made his desires and intentions clear, by sending anti-India and anti-Hindu messages. His innate desires and his tilting towards Pakistan and Hurriyat was too conspicuous. Just because, I tolerated his messages, didn’t mean that I didn’t understood the purpose and his intentions.

I was forced to think, if JK Police personnel, are indoctrinated so radically as his messages suggest. What will be the condition of othe Govt. employees-who don’t have the responsibility to impose law and order. No wonder, there is a rise in the number of incidents wherein not only the quisling-policemen of JK have snatched the rifles of their own elected Government, but they have become active terrorists.

” Isn’t it the responsibility of the JK Government to check such personnel and make it sure that at least the mindset of the policemen is Nationalistic and pro-India. With such policemen, how can the administration deal with the Pakistan sponsored terrorism? “, I was thinking loud.

I was also forced to think, if 70000 more police men are recruited from Kashmir, whom will it benefit? How can I forget that in 1947, the role of the renegade armed forces of poonch/Rajauri played a very important role in snatching POK from Maharaja Hari Singh!
“Are you listening, Sandeep!, hello! Hello!, are you there”, Yasir’s voice woke me from dwam. “Yes”, I cleared my throat, and feigned to be attentive. Our discussion lasted for some more minutes and we bade good bye and Good night to each other.

I was trying to sleep, but I could not stop thinking that Whenever, I had a long discussion with Yasir over phone, I many a times wondered whether GOI, has any plans to tackle this issue?

Because
if they don’t have or if they still are in a deep slumber, Time has come to wake up and tackle this unpleasant reality.

And act fast.

I was reminded of what once John. F. Kennedy said
“We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.”

And then, Sleep came from somewhere and put a haitus to the medley of thoughts and feelings, I was encountering…..

(Sandeep Raj koul)

Yaarbal..

As a teenager and -that too in Kashmir- The Mountains, valleys, lakes , streams and rivers just looked so familiar,natural, perennial and Ubiquitous .Even in my imagination and dreams, I would see myself somewhere surrounded by these elements.

Swimming was my all time favorite activity. Being a Rainawarian, I used to swim in Dal Lake very often . And whenever I used to stay put for night/s at my ‘Matamaal’ in HabbaKadal during summers, I used to make it sure to go for a swin along with my friend Sanjay to River Jhelum near the bridge of Habba-Kadal .

We had chosen the ‘Yarbal’ (Bathing Ghat with steps)of ‘Purushyar Temple’ as a base for our swims.We used to  swim across the River and reach The opposite bank of Yarbal , then swim back. Because of the drift of river, we were flown down and while coming back towards the purushyar, we were further drifted away downwards. We used to run barefoot in the bylanes and reach back to The Yaarbal. The River was deep and many a times , we would hear about the incidents of drowning. But we were expert swimmers and that hardly bothered us.

Sometimes, we along with other teenagers and children would jump from the Bridge of HabbaKadal straight into the Vitasta.The exhilarating feeling of jumping and hanging in the air for some seconds was awesome.So was the feel of the adrenaline rush ,  when our feet touched the Sandy bed of the Jhelum.

I re-visited Kashmir last year in the month of August.I had hired a taxi and directed the Driver-Ajaz to take me to Habba Kadal.Once we reached the Bridge, I told him to stop.I looked around but could not identify most of the New Habba Kadal locality.I alighted the door and stepped down.

The  KP’s once formed the majority population of this area.Their conspicuous absence added to the feeling of being at an unknown, yet familiar place.

A new Bridge has been constructed just adjacent to the Old bridge. When I looked down from the bridge to River Vitasta, she looked emaciated. I tried to compare her with the images of Jhelum,that were imprinted in my memories. She looked as if someone had drained out all her water and her vigour.The shallowed-Vitasta, looked as if   she was ashamed of her present condition.

I ambled further the bridge and turned right towards a by-lane.I was told that it will lead me towards the famous ‘Purushyar Temple’.I walked ahead in the claustrophobic , stinking , narrow bylane and within a couple of minutes ; I had another glimpse of the temple. It was already late evening.I stood for some time at the mouth of the wider staired lane ,that lead to the temple . Few steps further downwards , I could see the barren Yarbal.

I could recall vividly , how the ‘Yaarbal’ abuzzed with activity.In the mornings, KPs  from the adjoining locality visited the Purushyar temple, some even used to take a dip in the waters of Vitasta before entering the temple.Other’s  used to come in the Late morning and take a bath with the River-water.They rubbed and covered their bodies with the thick froth of the Soap. The bubbles of the froth would many a times float in the air for a short distance and then  blow off silently. Some people would be seen washing their clothes. A few people would just sit on the stairs and watch the River passing by.

I turned my sight towards the Temple.It looked as if somebody had turned on a Bulb.I peered through the late evening light , but could not see any figure. Nonetheless, it was evident that , some KPs are coming to the temple and are offering their prayers.However, I could not see a single soul around the temple.The so familiar waft of the incense sticks and ‘Dhoop’ too was absent.So was the resounding peal of the temple bell.

Few Passerby’s looked astonished at my behaviour. After all ,how many people would stand at that junction and look at the Yaarbal and Temple in that late evening ! For them , my behavior was suspicious.A group of men gathered at some distance from where I was standing and started murmuring something.

Finally a man from that group came forwad and  asked me in Kashmiri, “Are you looking for someone?”. I smiled and in a friendly way, I answered, “Oh Nothing”. I gestulated. “Well, I have spent some of my early days in this area.I just wanted to see the places where I had lived”. “Are you a Kashmiri Pandit?” he asked exitedly. “Yes, I am.” I replied. “I am looking for a KP friend’s house, who too lived in this locality, but can’t locate it”. I added.

“Most of the people who live here now, have come from other localities. But, there is this fruit-vendor at the start of HabbaKadal.He knows about all the Pandits of this area.I will lead you to him”. He said warmly. “Yes, I saw that Vendor.I will speak to him just now.” I feigned.”I think I should go now.” I informed him. He shook my hand firmly and went away in the lane and disappeared from my sight.It was dark now.I decided to go back and in no time, I reached the bridge, where the driver of the cab was waiting for me.

Ajaz-the cab driver was waiting for me anxiously. As soon as I approached him, he said impatiently, “Should we go now Jenab?” Without looking at him, I answered , “Just give me two more minutes.”

I walked a few steps further on the HabbaKadal bridge.I again looked down at the Vitasta.I could just see the reflection of the shimmering lights on it. I looked at the Purushyar temple once again for the last time. It was dimly lit.The Windows were still closed.

And the Yaarbal still barren……

Indian Dogs go back-The story of Hall Transit camp

 

One can see a Graffiti that writes- Indian Dogs go back-widely in Kashmir.

The recent incidents in Kashmir, put a stamp of approval on this graffiti. The incidents of attacking of KP’s in transit camps at Hall, Kupwara and vessu further strengthen this belief of the Jihadi –separatist nexus and their supporters. And turning a blind eye on these incidents puts a question mark on the intentions of PDP-BJP Govt.

Why am I writing this? Well, Please read:

I was told briefly by some of my Kashmiri Pandit(KP) friends, about the incidents that transpired with them, after the killing of Terrorist Burhan Wani, at Kashmir. These employees are working under Prime minister’s package for kashmiri migrants, at Kashmir. They are protesting at jammu and Delhi from last 27 days under the banner of All migrant employee association.

An acquaintance, who resided in the ‘Hall Transit camp’ , and was present in the camp from 8th july 2016-15th july shared his poignant ordeal with me in detail. He requested to keep his name Anonymous. I will address him as Ajay in this write up.

“So, Ajay, what happened with all of you, during the nights of 8-10th july”, I asked him over Phone. There was a pin drop silence from the other side. “May be, he is trying to recollect”, I thought. “Are you there, Ajayji?”, I enquired once again.

He cleared his throat, and thus began his story.

“ The news of Burhan Wani’s death came to us at around 8-8.30 p.m. on 8th july. We were apprehensive that, we may get attacked once again.”, Before he could complete his sentence, I interrupted him and asked curiously, “ Have you been attacked previously too?”

“O Yes. Officially, we have been attacked 11 times, and unofficially, it is 17 times. We were attacked in the past , when Afzal Guru was hanged. Every year, on Deewali, the miscreants hurl stones on our Houses. We do not burst crackers on Deewali, not that we don’t want to, but we get attacked if we do so. Instead we only light up the Diyas.” He informed.

Please continue, I requested him.

“Because of our apprehensions, and our past experience, we locked the main entry door of our colony/camp. At around 9.00 p.m, the loud speaker of the local Mosque urged the Kashmiri Muslims(KM’s) to gather at the Mosque. Within no time, a crowd of 5000 people gathered outside the Mosque. A stringent voice from the Loud speaker of the Mosque directed the crowd to surround our colony.” Said Ajay and he paused for some time.

“At least 4000 so-called-miscreants encircled us and started raising derogatory slogans against us and against India. But the most used slogan was-Indian dogs go back. We were the dogs, as we were the Indians. ” He explained. “ Then, they resorted to indiscriminate stone-pelting .They hurled at least 40-50000 Stones on our quarters. The shrilled tones of their slogans was frightening. We felt like trapped pigeons. Children in the camp were crying out of fright. Some of the children clung to their mothers for comfort and hid their eyes in the bosom of their mothers out of fear. Many women fainted repeatedly out of fear”. His voice was brittle. I could feel uneasy emotions welling up in me as well.

“A rivulet passes near by our transit camp. The Jihadi-Mob diverted the route, and the direction of the stream to our compound, They wanted to flood our camp, so that we would be forced to come out of our colony. And kill us. But they could not succeed in their devilish plans.” He said emotionally.

“The hostile mob tried to break the main Door. Some goons or so-called-jihadis, tried to scale the main wall of the compound. It was at that time, the Police(4-5 numbers) meant for our protection, came forward to our rescue. They opened fire into air in order to scare away the mob. 65 rounds of bullets were fired to scatter the crowd. And it did helped. But briefly”. His voice modulation was sketching out pictures of the incidents in my mind.

“Did the mob run away after the fire into air incident”? I asked curiously. “No. It was a temporary respite. The Mob, re-gathered and started hurling stones at us again, once they realized that the police was out of ammunition. They also hurled glass bottles at us. It was so scary. We thought, they would kill us and rape the ladies of our camp”. He said in chocked voice. “The hostile crowd damaged 8-10 cars too, that were parked inside the premises of the camp.”He complained. “The respite came at around 12.30 a.m in the form of rains. It rained heavily and the belligerent crowd dispersed. At least, for the time being” .He informed.

“Didn’t you tried to contact the administration over phone”?, I asked him. “We called up everyone in our contact list. We contacted the police as well as the administration. But whole administration had collapsed. Or if any Administration, existed, it did so to aggravate our woes. The administration was playing wait and watch policy and had kept the lives of the Kp’s of our camp as a bait. They were missing, when we needed them the most.” He complained.

“To be honest with you, we thought, we would be dead soon. We were like the frightened pigeons. We were concerned about the welfare of the two and a half year child, who was hit by the stone. We were nervous about the condition of a pregnant lady of our camp. We needed a doctor. We needed protection. We needed administration. But we were wronged by all those, who are in power.” Said he in a distressed tone.

“What happened after that”. I inquired.

“Next day i.e 9th july 2016, some policemen came to our compound for our protection, but they left the camp by evening. We were again left with the usual 4-5 policemen. And now they were unarmed.” He informed.

“The local Mosque at around 3.30 p.m once again urged all the KM’s to throw away all the Indians. It was a direct threat to us. But nobody cared for us. Again the Mob swelled by the late evening and encircled our camp. Again they pelted stones on our houses. Again they raised the belligerent slogans. Again they gagged us to leave the valley.” He was getting angry. And I could feel a sense of helplessness in his voice.

“It was after 48 hrs, on 10th july 2016, The Army came to our rescue. The Mob refrained to some extend, but still some stones were hurled on us. We asked about the security situation outside the camp from some people. It was decided that the employees would leave the camp for Jammu in the night. An arrangement was made to send away some 250 odd KP residents of the camp in the dead of night, during the next few days. By 16th july whole of the camp was deserted and the entrance was locked by us.” He informed. “The other camps too in the valley had to face the wrath of the Jihadi-Mob. The camps were stoned at Kupwara and Vessu too. An attempt was made by the miscreants at Sheikhpura too. And at all these places, The administration was caught napping.” He said. “There are around 2000 KP employees stationed at Kashmir. Out of these, 1665 employees were recruited under the PM Package. All the employees under PM Package are protesting against the injustice meted to them.” Ajay Informed.

“What do you want now from Govt”? I sked him.

“we all should be deployed/re-posted at jammu until all the KP’s are rehabilitated at Kashmir. We risked our lives in 2010, we were assured of security, we were assured that a conducive environment will prevail, But during all these years of service at Kashmir, we have noted that the jihadi-fundamentalists are gaining their ground and all their activities are directed towards us. We are the sitting ducks for them. Enough is Enough. At least, we did never raise our voices for Pakistan. We are proud Indians and we would like to remain as Indians.” He asserted.

“we also request the center to release our salaries unconditionally. Our KM counterparts in Kashmir, have got their dues from the state, in spite of being absent from the duty. We, on the other hand, have been told that we won’t get our salaries as we were absent from our duty. Why double standards for us”?, he lamented.

The communication was snapped because of some network issue. But, I guess, he told me, What I ought to know.

I was forced to think , Does it matter that KP’s are the indigenous race of Kashmir, with a known history of 5000 years! Does it matter to Hindus and India that Kp’s have been ousted from Kashmir purely on the basis of Religion! Does India care for the Hindus of Kashmir?

If yes,

Where is India? Sleeping? Or, has the eyes of justice been blinded by the shenanigans of the politicians and their polity and their version of Truth!

Kashmiri Hindus are proud Indians. And in Kashmir, when a Graffiti is painted that says, “Indian Dogs go back”. The Dogs that are referred to are Kashmiri Hindus as well….

The point is, will the grievances of KP employees of Kashmir redressed. Or will they be forced to go back, where they will again hear or see a graffiti, that says:

Indian dogs go back……

The Shankaracharya Hill

‘O! Shankaracharya’,-the holy Hill

answer my prayers.

I tried to woke him up.

 

He opened his eyes

He looked intensely at me.

Like a  father

who has met his Son

after a long time.

 

 

‘You seem familiar, but wait!

Let me ask my Heart,

That has started beating again’

 

it looked as if he

Was  searching in the leaves of past

And matching my Heart-beats with the

Beats of his Heart.

he closed his eyes

And he became silent.

 

Atop the Hill

To wake him up

I pealed the Bell

And Screamed

‘O! Shankarcharya’

Why are you silent?

 

 

He opened his eyes again

and said

‘Nobody talks to me like you do

For them I am a huge

Mass of boulders

I am Lifeless for them

For you

I am your creator

I am your identity

I long for you

As much as you do for me

I live in your Heart

As much as you do in mine.

 

I am not silent

And you were

never away from me

In my silence

I was working within you

he said

 

I ask the sun in the morning

I ask the moon in the night

About my sons in the

Far away lands

I ask them to light your path

That leads to me

And I ask the cool breeze of the Night

To embrace you

And lead you to the Dream land

Where you find yourself in my lap

 

 

‘O! Child

I look silent

But in the silence

I become your motivation

I become your patience

I become your desire

I become your courage

And inspire to lead you

A step further

To regain what you have lost

And become determined like me

To achieve your Goal

And become me-The Shankaracharya Hill.