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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Successful event on 19th Jan. (Holocaust Day)-Sunil Bhatt

Sunil Bhat
to Kashmir Interchange

Dear community members,

Namaskar, We had a very successful event on 19th Jan. (Holocaust Day) organised by Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation to mark the 20 years of Kashmiri Hindus' exile. The credit for the success of this programme goes to the volunteers of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation who worked day and night for the last 20-30 days. Sh. Tarun Vijay Ji led from the front and ensured that this function turns to be a great success. Their efforts and hard work has borne good results as it turned out to be a great event.

Tarun Vijay Ji has been contributing a lot towards the cause of our community. He is a noted columnist of the country and writes about the issues and problems of Kashmiri Hindus in his columns which are published in different national dailies. Almost every article from his pen, especially in talks about the pain and sufferings of our community. Infact he is the only journalist/columnist of the country at this time who puts up problems of our community so strongly. Tarunji has even talked about the problems of our community in detail in his recently released book, India Battles to Win. As a member of the Kashmiri Hindu community, I thank him from the core of my heart for all his efforts.

It is great on part of Tarunji to have organised such a mega function to mark the 20 years of our exile. As many of you must be knowing that this programme was attended by prominent political leaders, intellectuals, activists and the Kashmiri biradari from Delhi/NCR. Among the speakers was Mrs. Prerna Kaul, a Delhi based journalist. It was Prerna Ji who had grilled (the murderer of over 600 of our brave jawans) Pervez Musharraf at the India Today Conclave last year with her volley of questions to which he looked funny and nervous. This incident later found mention in Jawed Naqvi's column in the leading Pakistani daily, The Dawn.

When I myself read that column, I was delighted to know that a brave woman of our community made Musharraf look nervous and uncomfortable. I would like to mention this again here that Prerna Ji is a journalist and we have seen very few Kashmiri Hindu journalists talking about the plight of our community. For the sake of career many journalists from our community avoid talking and writing about Kashmiri Hindus. But Prerna Ji is an exception to this, she has proved that despite being a journalist she hasn't forgotten what she and her community has gone through. I'm proud to call her as Lakshmi Bai of Kashmir.

On 19th Jan. she spoke very well, I could see the anger and pain in her eyes, the same kind of anger which we all have. But the kind of spirit she has is absent in many of our Kashmiri Hindu journalists. I would like to share one thing with u all that during the time of Amarnath land row, one of the most popular TV News anchors from our community, whom I won't name, who also covers Kashmir issue, wrote a mail to my friend that we Kashmiri Hindu youths in Delhi are "communalizing" the issue by staging protests & demonstrations & further said that she & her family believes in "Kashmiriyat" bla bla bla. It came as a great shock to somebody like me who has spent all these 20 years in a refugee camp in Jammu. But she was not the only one to rub salt on our wounds there was another (Kashmiri Hindu origin) senior Sports journalist of the country who wrote a column in a national daily during the same time of Amarnath land row and described Kashmiri Pandits as "the most pamphered community in India".

But in Prerna we have seen some hope. I hope she continues her great work in whatever way she can.

I would again thank all the volunteers of the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation for organising the 19th Jan. function and all the community members who attended the programme. I would again express my gratitude to Sh. Tarun Vijay Ji.

With Regards,
Sunil Bhat.

1 comment:

Rakesh Singh - राकेश सिंह said...

सुनील जी नमस्कार |19th Jan Holocaust Day पे आप सबों के कार्यक्रम के बारे में जान कर ख़ुशी हुई | आपके, तरुण जी, प्रेरणा जी के प्रयासों को मेरा नमन |

तरुण जी जैसे एक्का-दुक्का लोगों को ही कश्मीरी हिन्दुओं की पीड़ा पे लिखते देख कर मिश्रित क्षोभ होता है | इतने लोगों की पीड़ा पे बस एक अकेले तरुण जी सेकुलर मीडिया का आगे सीना तान खड़े हैं | बाकी पत्राकार बंधू को कैसे इस पीड़ा और समस्या पे सत्य लिखने के लिए प्रेरित किया जाय ? कुछ ना कुछ तो करना ही पड़गे हाथ पे हाथ धर बैठने ने तो काम नहीं चलने वाला ....