"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.
Spring is knocking at our doors. The valley is in full bloom. Almond flowers
present the picture of a valley that wants to celebrate.
announce the arrival of REH 2014, a Kashmiri Rock Festival.
Festival to mark the arrival of New Year in Kashmir called Navreh (The New Fire
or Light whichever way you wish). We reignite the fire and light within us as
thousands of young Kashmiri Pandits groove to the beats of Kashmiri Traditional
Music mixed with new jazzy Rock.
is a gathering like no other. It has young, restless, aspiring blood in a blend
with its own past, its legacy, its history albeit in a new fashion, a new
last Reh festival rocked the town. More than a thousand people danced to the
Arjun Kaul’s rock band Prithvi as hundreds were mesmerized by Panchatrani
singing Kashmiri songs to a Rock Beat.
Time & Date: 3.30 pm onwards, 29th March
Venue: KECSS, Pamposh Enclave, GK - 1
Contact for passes - 95820 22550, 98999 72462, 97160 00792
Roots in Kashmir
the frontline organization of the exiled Kashmiri Pandits, wants to bring to
the notice of the media that the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mr.Omar
Abdullah is clearly misleading not only the media but the general populace of
this country when he says that there is no plan to change the name of
Shankarachya Hill to Takhte-Sulaiman. With reference to the press reports
quoting the Hon’ble CM that NO name change has happened, Either Mr.Abdullah
does not know the facts or is making deliberate attempt to hide them. The
websites of J&K Tourism Development Corporation (http://jktdc.in/component/content/article/43-srinagar/99-shankaracharya-temple.html) aswell
as the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (http://smcsite.org/index.php?link=ShankracharyaTemple) clearly state the Shankarachrya Temple is on the hill
called Takhte-Sulaiman.If indeed there is no plan to change the name how come
the websites do not mention that name as Shankaracharya Hill is something we
want to ask the Hon’ble CM.
It isn’t just about
the Shankaracharya Hill.The changing of names of Hindu symbols of faith has
been a gradual and systematic process in Kashmir. Attempts are being made to
change name of Hari Parvat(the seat of Goddess Sharika) to Kohi Maran(meaning
the mountain of snakes) officially. The recent example of this is the cable car
service run started by Govt of Jammu and Kashmir. The Cable Car service itself
is called the Kohi-Maran Cable Car Corp. If this isn’t a deliberate attempt by
the government to efface the symbols of Hindus then one wonders what is?
Hundreds of temples
have been desecrated, completely destroyed or partially damaged by unruly miscreants,
while government has stood mute. Many of the properties of these temples have
been encroached upon and houses have been built on them. The deliberate
blindness that the Govt of J&K has exhibited when it comes to restoring the
temples says a lot not just about the inaptness but also the intentions of
letting the Hindu symbols of faith perish.
If the Hon’ble CM
wants the Pandits to come back to their homes the least that we expect his government
to do is not to use government machinery to wipe out the memory of Pandits from
Kashmir. We expect the government to restore the original names of our revered
shrines and the symbols connected with them. The first step would be to make
corrections in the websites run by the Government.