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`Exiled Pandits have lost faith in democratic process'
9/25/2018 11:23:37 PM

Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 25: Over seven lakh displaced Kashmiri Pandits have lost interest in democratic process of the country as successive Governments and political parties during last 29 years of their exile have failed in their honourable and dignified return and rehabilitation in Kashmir Valley.
Though successive State Governments since 1996 have oft repeated claimed that return and rehabilitation of Pandits was top on their agenda but no Government or political party showed any determination in this regard.
Sources said lack of political will to settle Kashmir crisis and rehabilitation of over seven lakh exiled Pandits in their motherland has been a cause of concern for exiled Pandits.
Sources said this has been one of the main cause that displaced Pandits have lost faith in democratic process and they showed reluctance in casting the vote in election process since then.
Sources said the negative attitude of the political parties towards this miniscule minority which has played a pivotal role in enriching of Indian aesthetics from times immemorial and which has a civilizational history of over 5000 years have become refugees in their own country due to the follies of successive governments at Delhi or in the State.
The discriminatory treatment of successive governments towards the community had reached to such a level in 2005 that for the first time in the history of State after the formation of political governments no KP member was included in council of ministers despite the fact that there were two representatives of the KPs in Assembly.
This process was continued by the successive Chief Ministers included Omar Abdullah and PDP, BJP coalition also.
Sources said this way the political parties deliberately tried to sideline the KPs from political arena of the State with the result the community lost the total interest in democratic process and did not bother for taking part in elections in a bigger way.
Sources said the role of KP leadership which emerged after the mass Exodus of the community has also been disgusting who instead of showing the political maturity and skill failed guide the community in a right way.
The fragmentation and factionalism in the community has further alienated the community and made it's position like a rudderless ship as the leadership of different organizations spoke in different ways.
Sources said this resulted in distancing of the community and closed their doors for return of the community.
Under these circumstances the Pandits chances of return have turned bleak as every act of Government has been providing oxygen to separatists who are hell bent against the return of Pandits to Valley.
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