Recognize Kashmiri Pandits as internally displaced people: Kashmiri Pandits to Modi

Durban: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering during the Civic Reception jointly by High Commissioner and the Mayor of Durban in Durban, South Africa on Saturday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh(PTI7_9_2016_000255B)

Vastavam web: A Kashmiri Hindu group today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to recognize Kashmiri Pandits as internally displaced people and ensure that the property left behind by them in the Valley is protected and illegal occupants removed.”If Kashmiri Hindus lose their temples, houses and property, their ethnic cleansing will become permanent,” Kashmiri Hindu Foundation said in a memorandum submitted to Prime Minister Modi.This plan should also cover those Kashmiri Hindus who have been forced to sign documents of sale under any kind of duress, the foundation said.

“Our places of worship have been burnt, vandalized and damaged. We strongly urge the government of India and the state government that our temples and cultural institutions in the Valley be secured, preserved and protected,” said Florida- based Deepak Ganju, head of the foundation.”Financial and state support for our socio-cultural- religious organisations, that we have managed to run even in our exile, is required urgently. State recognition should be given to Kashmiri Pandit writers, artists and social activists and grants should be provided for them to further their work.”Centers need to be built for the preservation of thousands of years of our history, culture, tradition and works of art,” it said.