Panun Kashmir

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Panun Kashmir
पनुन कश्मीर
MottoSave Kashmiri Pandits to Save Kashmir to Save India
Founded atJammu
TypeOrganisation
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersJammu
Region
Jammu and Kashmir
Official language
Kashmiri

Panun Kashmir is an autonomous frontal organisation of Kashmiri Hindus[1] formed in December 1990, whose primary demand is a separate homeland for Kashmiri Hindus in Kashmir Valley with status of Union Territory.[2]

Origin and etymology[edit]

Panun Kashmir means our own Kashmir in Kashmiri. The Panun Kashmir organization was founded in 1990 after the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir, under threat from Islamic terrorists sponsored by Pakistan's intelligence services. Approximately 300,000[3][4][5] to 600,000[6][7][8] Kashmiri Hindus fled Kashmir due to rising Islamic terrorism in Kashmir. However, Panun Kashmir estimates nearly 700,000 refugees.[9]

Proposed homeland[edit]

The organization passed a resolution in 1991 demanding that:

(a) the establishment of a Homeland for the Kashmiri Hindus in the Valley of Kashmir comprising the regions of the Valley to the East and North of river Jhelum.

(b) that the Constitution of India be made applicable in letter and spirit in this Homeland in order to ensure right to life, liberty, freedom of expression and faith, equality and rule of law.

(c) that the Homeland be placed under the Central administration with a Union Territory status; and

(d) that all the seven hundred thousand Kashmiri Hindus, including those who have been driven out of Kashmir in the past and yearn to return to their homeland and those who were forced to leave on account of terrorist violence in Kashmir, be settled in the homeland on an equitable basis with dignity and honor.[10]

Panun Kashmir's advocates wish that the majority of the valley of Kashmir and cities such as Srinagar, Anantnag, Sopore, Baramulla and Awantipora be included in the Kashmiri Hindu homeland. However, the organization claims that it in fact does not seek a Hindu homeland rather, it seeks a homeland for Kashmiri Pandits who are Hindus and are ready to live peacefully with their Muslim neighbours.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Excelsior, Daily (2017-01-09). "Involve 'Panun Kashmir' in talks on return of KPs: Ambardar". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ Wirsing, Robert (2003). Kashmir in the Shadow of War: Regional Rivalries in a Nuclear Age. M.E. Sharpe. p. 149. ISBN 9780765610898.
  3. ^ Singh, Devinder (2014-11-21). "Reinventing Agency, Sacred Geography and Community Formation: The Case of Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in India". The Changing World Religion Map. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. pp. 397–414. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9376-6_20. ISBN 9789401793759.
  4. ^ "PROTECTION ASPECTS OF UNHCR ACTIVITIES ON BEHALF OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS". Refugee Survey Quarterly. 14 (1–2): 176–191. 1995. doi:10.1093/rsq/14.1-2.176. ISSN 1020-4067.:The mass exodus began on 1 March 1990, when about 250,000 of the 300,000 Kashmiri Pandits fled the State
  5. ^ Yong, Amos (2011). "Constructing China's Jerusalem: Christians, Power, and Place in Contemporary Wenzhou - By Nanlai Cao". Religious Studies Review. 37 (3): 236. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2011.01544_1.x. ISSN 0319-485X.
  6. ^ "CIA - The World Factbook -- India". 2009-05-13. at least 600,000 (about half are Kashmiri Pandits from Jammu and Kashmir) (2007)
  7. ^ Casimir, Michael J.; Lancaster, William; Rao, Aparna (1997-06-01). "Editorial". Nomadic Peoples. 1 (1): 3–4. doi:10.3167/082279497782384668. ISSN 0822-7942.:From 1947 on, Kashmir's roughly 700,000 Hindus felt increasingly uneasy and discriminated against, and youth … from a variety of sources such as Islamist organizations, Islamic countries, Kashmiri Muslim fund raisers in the West, and migrant labor from Azad Kashmir in the …
  8. ^ Sarkaria, Mallika Kaur (2009). "Powerful Pawns of the Kashmir Conflict: Kashmiri Pandit Migrants". Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. 18 (2): 197–230. doi:10.1177/011719680901800202. ISSN 0117-1968.:… of the Centre of Central Asian Studies, Kashmir University, and member of Panun Kashmir (a Pandit … the Valley in 1990, believes "it could be anything between 300,000 to 600,000 people
  9. ^ "A Homeland for the Kashmiri Pandits". Panun Kashmir. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29.
  10. ^ "Why Homeland? Introduction". Panun Kashmir. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29.

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