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Return of exiled KPs to Kashmir looks bleak
Modi Govt acting like its predecessors
4/4/2018 11:50:58 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Apr 4: The prospect of return of exiled Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley looks bleak because of indifference of successive governments in New Delhi, including the incumbent Modi regime. The previous Janata Dal, UPA as well as NDA governments at the Centre failed to take any concrete measures for return and rehabilitation of displaced Pandits in the Valley. Now, the exiled community's hopes, which they had pinned on the Modi government, have also been dashed to the ground.
The Modi government which took over in May 2014 had kept the return of Pandits to Kashmir Valley in its agenda. But in its four year tenure it has failed to take any concrete step in this regard. The Modi government has, in fact, pursued the policy of its predecessors on the Pandits' return issue.
The silence maintained by the BJP government on the plight of the community has generated a lot of resentment among the seven lakh displaced Pandits who became refugees in their own country after terrorism backed by Pakistan took Kashmir Valley under its grip in 1990.
Though the displaced Pandits had pinned high hopes on the Narendra Modi government and were optimistic that it will find an everlasting solution to their problem, they feel dejected now as in last four years of its rule the Modi government failed to take a positive step. Sources said the exiled Pandits have lost their all hopes of return to their homeland Kashmir Valley with present government also having no road map in this regard and it also failed to restore its authority by settling the displaced people in Valley.
The Union government's move of establishing twin cities in Kashmir Valley for the rehabilitation of displaced people received a setback two years back when not only the separatists but some mainstream organisations too opposed the move, saying under the plan government is trying to change the demography of the Valley.
Bowing to the separatists' pressure the Modi government kept the proposal in abeyance and this was taken as a victory by the separatist camp.
The Union government which too showed its weakened attitude towards rehabilitation of minority Pandits failed to convince the separatists as well as mainstream politicians of Valley that Pandits are the aborigines of Valley and their return and rehabilitation was must for restoration of composite character of Kashmir.
The stoic silence maintained by the Union government has emboldened the separatists in the Valley who are trying their hard to thwart the move. With the result the chances of Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homeland are becoming bleak day by day.
The callousness of the government has disheartened the community's younger generations to such an extent that majority of them have now settled in other parts of country after getting jobs in private sector as the state government has also closed the doors in government services for the community, sources added.
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