Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Plight of Hindu Kashmiri Pandits

With increasing terrorist activities in J&K in the 90s, Hindu Kashmiri Pandits were displaced and migrated from the Kashmir Valley to other parts of the country. Repeated initiatives to settle them in Jammu and Kashmir failed. As per government figures there are 55,476 registered Kashmiri migrant families, out of whom 34,088 families are residing in Jammu, 19,338 families in Delhi and 2,050 families in other states. A total of 5,778 families in Jammu and 230 families in Delhi are staying in government camps. In the name of support and help, a monthly cash relief of Rs 3,000 per family and basic dry rations are provided by the government to 14,869 families in Jammu whereas in Delhi, 4,100 families are being provided monthly cash relief of Rs 3,200 per family for non-camp migrants and Rs 2,400 per family along with basic dry rations for those living in camps.

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