"Roots In Kashmir" is an initiative launched by us, the Kashmiri Pandit Youth, to reclaim our Roots that identify us. Even though we have been hounded out of our homes and hearths in the Kashmir valley, our "Roots" are very much anchored in the Vitasta Valley. This is an initiative to protest and raise the general awareness of public to a level where our "fight for our roots" is felt, heard and acted upon.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO HON’BLE MINISTER OF STATE DR.JITENDER SINGH
Kausarnag is an ancient pilgrimage like
Amarnath. Before the forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in 1989 Kashmiri Hindus
would undertake this Yatra every year. The river Vishoka Veshav in Kashmiri) as
per belief is considered the incarnation of Lakshmi in Kashmir and since time
immemorial this Yatra is being taken. The name Kausar Nag comes from Karm
After a gap of 25 years Kashmiri Pandits
decided to re-start this Yatra once again. The permission was sought from Government
of J&K through formally submitting a request to the Deputy Commissioner of
Kulgam District and the permission was duly given by him on 2nd July,2014.
Accordingly arrangements were made for the Yatra.
The separatists started protesting
against the Yatra saying it was a plan to change demography of Kashmir. They
circulated posters against India, Kashmiri Pandits and the Yatra. In these
posters they called Kashmir a Muslim Land.The posters read that India plans to
change the demography of Kashmir on the lines that Israel has done.The posters
were pasted all over South Kashmir. The separatists also started a campaign saying
that the Yatra will destroy fragile environment. Nothing can far from truth
than this.The Ahrbal Development Authority is inviting tourists to this lake. How
can 50 Pandit pilgrims destroy the environment when thousands of house boat
hotels in Dal are not doing it?
The separatists also started protests
by means of stone pelting, burning of tyres, blocking of roads so as to
threaten the Yatris.On 30th evening the Deputy Commissioner of
Kulgam told a news correspondent that they have cancelled the permission
although we have not been formally given any communication so far.The Deputy
Commissioner obviously under pressure from CM Omar Abdullah cancelled the
permission saying that the Yatra should be taken via Reasi saying that ,that is
the traditional route for the Yatra. The Yatra route always has been
This was an abject surrender by the
State government in the face of protests by the anti nationals. The Yatris who
had come from Delhi, Pune and Jammu were left with no option but to go back .
We request the Hon’ble Minister to
and ask the State Government to re-issue the permission for the Yatra which was
cancelled at the behest of the separatists.
be kind to Ensure Security for the Yatra via its traditional Route ie.Shopian
and not Reasi ,this is not the Yatra Route.