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Kashmiri Pandits demand separate state

After having been forced to live as migrants for more than two decades the global Kashmiri pandit diaspora in a teleconference with Dilip Padgaonkar, one of the three interlocutors has demanded a separate homeland in the north east of the Jhelum river. Kashmiri pandits from across the globe participated in the teleconference with Padgaonkar and suggested that this could be the only option to safeguard the community in protecting its identity. Padgoankar while replying to their question said that the return of the Kashmiri pandits with honour and dignity is on the top of their priority list. Jeevan Zutshi, chairman of the International Kashmir Federation said, “This is an opportunity for the government of India to create a homeland for them which will not be drawn along religious lines; it will be a place where all secular Kashmiris can again live together to revive Kashmiriyat and promote Sufism, Shavism and harmony.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 18

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