Kashmiri Pandits

  • Modi government's rehabilitation plan gives hope to Kashmiri Pandits July 16, 2014

    Anantnag: The focus is back on the valley after Ramdev aide Ved Prakash Vaidik's remark pushing for an independent Kashmir. CNN-IBN spoke to a couple who returned to Kashmir following the Narendra Modi government's Rs 500 crore rehabilitation plan for Kashmiri Pandits. The debate continues over Kashmiri Pandits' return to...
  • Kashmiri Pandits observe black day July 13, 2014

    Jammu: As separatists called for a strike in Kashmir Valley to observe Martyrs' day on Saturday, several organisations representing Kashmiri Pandits observed 'black day' and held protests describing it as a day of "loot and plunder" of the properties of the community members. Led by Panun Kashmir, a joint forum of...
  • J&K Grand Mufti fumes as Modi plans to rehabilitate Kashmiri pandits July 3, 2014

    Srinagar: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, religious leader Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad has hit out at the Centre over the contentious issue of rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits. Opposing the the NDA government's plan of rehabilitating Kashmiri pandits, Grand Mufti has termed it...
  • Kashmiri Pandits delegation meets HRD Minister June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: A delegation of Kashmiri Pandits on Thursday met HRD Minister Smriti Irani and pressed for measures to ensure displaced students get benefits of central educational schemes available to Jammu and Kashmir and steps to promote Kashmiri language and literature and revival of Sharda script. The delegation of All India...
  • BJP using Article 370 to garner votes for J&K polls: Congress June 23, 2014

    Srinagar: BJP is raking up the issue of revoking Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, to garner votes in the upcoming Assembly polls in the state, Congress said on Monday. "Article 370 is an issue used for garnering votes. They (BJP) used...
  • Looking forward to work with Modi government on Kashmiri Pandits return: Omar June 14, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said that he was looking forward to work with the new government at the Centre on return of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community to the Valley. "I look forward to working with the new government as they unveil their plans for...
  • Kashmiri Pandits demand abrogation of Article 370 May 22, 2014

    With the Narendra Modi government set to take charge at the Centre, a prominent Kashmiri Pandits organisation on Thursday demanded abrogation of Article 370 to allow 'free flow' of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a meeting in New Delhi, Panun Kashmir chief Ashwani Chrungoo said KPs are enthused over...
  • Omar hits out at Modi, says Kashmiri Pandits fled J&K because of BJP April 28, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hit back at Narendra Modi on Monday, saying that Kashmiri Pandits did not leave the state during his father Farooq Abdullah's regime, but because of BJP rule. "Kashmiri Pandits did not leave Kashmir during Farooq Abdullah's government. They left Kashmir because of...
  • Rahul did nothing for Kashniri Pandits, alleges JKVM April 26, 2014

    New Delhi: An organisation of Kashmiri Pandits on Saturday accused Rahul Gandhi of not doing anything for displaced Kashmiri Hindus and asked Amethi voters to extend their support to BJP candidate Smriti Irani in her contest against the Congress Vice-President. "Rahul Gandhi calls himself a Kashmiri Pandit, but he has not...
  • Mirwaiz says Modi sent no emissaries to discuss Kashmir issue April 19, 2014

    Srinagar: Kashmiri separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday rejected Syed Ali Shah Geelani's claim that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had sent two Kashmiri Pandits who sought help to work out a solution to the Kashmir issue. Mirwaiz said Geelani's remarks has tarnished the image of moderate leaders in the...
  • Geelani's allegations against Narendra Modi baseless, claims BJP April 19, 2014

    While hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani has claimed that he turned down the offer of two Kashmiri Pandits who approached him on behalf of Narendra Modi seeking help to work out a solution to the Kashmir issue, the BJP has categorically rejected the report as a bunch of...
  • Kashmiri Pandit outfits in J&K favour BJP April 9, 2014

    Major Kashmiri Pandit outfits such as All India Kashmiri Samaj and Jammu and Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM) have given a call to the community members to support BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, saying it was the only political party which has been sympathetic towards its grievances. The JKVM said BJP...
  • Kashmiri migrants denied shops, Parliamentary panel takes exception February 23, 2014

    Are Kashmiri Pandit migrants not Indians? This was a question raised in a complaint from the migrant community which said they are not being provided shops in the tony locality of INA market in south Delhi on the pretext that Kashmiri migrants are not Indians. A parliamentary panel report said "the...
  • Kashmiri Pandits can't be compelled to return: Omar Abdullah January 5, 2014

    Kashmiri Pandits who left their homes and migrated to other parts of the country after militancy hit the state in the 1990s would themselves have to take a call on their return, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Sunday. Abdullah was addressing a convention of Kashmiri Pandits at Patta-Bohri...
  • Kishtwar riots an ISI bid at ethnic cleansing: Defence expert September 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The August 9 riots at Kishtwar in Jammu, dubbed as 'communal', were actually another bid by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) at orchestrating ethnic cleansing in the northern Indian state, according to a senior defence expert. "Our estimate is that the ISI used the riots to get rid of the village...
  • Narendra Modi criticises Jawaharlal Nehru over Kashmir issue August 12, 2013

    Hyderabad: Paying glowing tributes to the first Home Minister of the country Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at a function here, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday criticised Jawaharlal Nehru, blaming him for the unresolved Kashmir issue. Every generation of Indians had felt that Patel should have been the first Prime Minister...
  • Kashmir would have prospered under Vajpayee's rule: Narendra Modi June 23, 2013

    Pathankot: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at the Congress government's policy over Kashmir, while addressing his first mega rally after being anointed as the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) poll panel chief. The Gujarat Chief Minister said Kashmir would have developed and prospered under former Prime Minister...
  • Rahul Pandita On Kashmir and its Stories March 5, 2013

    Rahul Pandita talks to Forbes India about why he wrote Our Moon Has Blood Clots, and why more such books should come out of the Kashmir Valley Peter Griffin: Rahul, tell us about your new book. Rahul Pandita: My book is called Our Moon Has Blood Clots. And it's a memoir on...
  • Unresolved Indo-Pak issues hampering J&K growth: Omar February 27, 2013

    Jammu: Unresolved issues between India and Pakistan have hampered the growth and economic development of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday. "Unresolved political issues between India and Pakistan have further hampered the process of growth and economic development in Jammu and Kashmir," Abdullah said while interacting...
  • Kashmiri Pandits paid a price for upholding the national flag and religious freedom: Rahul Pandita February 26, 2013

    Rahul Pandita was fourteen years old in 1990 when he was forced to leave his home in Srinagar along with his family, who were Kashmiri Pandits: the Hindu minority within a Muslim- majority Kashmir that was becoming increasingly agitated with the cries of Azadi from India. The heartbreaking story of...
  • 'Govt has shown maturity in defusing tensions along LoC' January 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central leadership has shown "maturity" in defusing tensions along the LoC with Pakistan following the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on January 19 said. "You cannot expect India to ignore what was done to its soldiers on the LoC...
  • Omar asks Kashmiri Pandits to return to the state December 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Promising to restore sense of security in Kashmiri Pandits who left the Valley two decades ago, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today asked the community to explore possibility of returning to the state. "If words were enough to bring the Kashmiri Pandits back to the Valley, then...
  • J&K: Kashmiri Pandit woman elected Sarpanch May 12, 2011

    Kunzar, Baramulla: The panchayat election results of Jammu and Kashmir have thrown up a big and nice surprise as a Kashmiri Pandit woman has been elected a Sarpanch. Her phone hasn't stopped ringing since 52-year-old Ashaji, as she is fondly called, was elected as the Sarpanch two days ago. She was...
  • Kashmiri Pandit woman is sarpanch in Valley May 10, 2011

    Srinagar: A Kashmiri Pandit woman has defeated a Muslim candidate in the panchayat polls in North Kashmir's Baramulla district to become the first non-Muslim sarpanch in the Valley. Aisha Jee, wife of Radha Krishan of Wussan Kunzer, defeated Sarwa Begum by 11 votes. The population of the village is around...
  • Display of communal harmony in J&K village January 28, 2011

    Srinagar: A village in Jammu and Kashmir poured out in hundreds to grieve and perform the last rites of a Kashmiri Hindu woman who died due to prolonged illness. 40-year-old Daisy's family did not migrate from Kashmir when hundreds of pundits fled en-masse in 1990. Daisy's end came on Thursday night...
  • Without Pandits, Kashmir is incomplete: Omar January 19, 2011

    New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir government is making constant efforts to bring back Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley as without them, Kashmir is incomplete, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Wednesday. "It is our constant endeavour to bring back Kashmiri Pandits, who had left the Valley due to loss of...
  • Curfew in Srinagar following Mirwaiz assault November 26, 2010

    Srinagar: Curfew was imposed in the Old City areas of Srinagar to prevent protests and violence on Friday, a day after Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was heckled at a seminar in Chandigarh, officials said. Curfew was clamped in five police station areas of Srinagar city - Nowhatta, MR Gunj,...
  • Should Kashmiris think beyond religious stereotypes? August 19, 2010

    Kashmir's stone pelters have thrown the Valley into turmoil. The PM says he's willing to consider J-K autonomy. But is autonomy the answer? ...
  • JKLF leader heckled at Indo-Pak peace meet January 11, 2010

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir's separatist leader Yasin Malik was heckled by a group of Kashmiri Pandits at the three-day India-Pakistan peace conference here Monday. Malik, the chief of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was about to deliver his address on the roadmap to solving the Kashmir issue when...
  • Migrant candidates voted out of J-K assembly December 30, 2008

    Srinagar: This year's assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir was a verdict for democracy; however, among the Kashmiri Pandits, there is a feeling that they are left out. Despite their 47 candidates in the poll fray, almost thrice the number in 2002, none could make it to the assembly this...