Introduction to Blog

I launched the website and the Blog after having spoken to government officials, political analysts and security experts specializing in South Asian affairs from three continents. The feedback was uniformly consistent. The bottom line is that when Kashmiris are suffering and the world has its own set of priorities, we need to find ways to help each other. We must be realistic, go beyond polemics and demagoguery, and propose innovative ideas that will bring peace, justice and prosperity in all of Jammu and Kashmir.

The author had two reasons to create this blog. First, it was to address the question that was being asked repeatedly, especially, by journalists and other observers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, inquiring whether the Kashmiri society was concerned about social, cultural and environmental challenges in the valley given that only political upheaval and violence were reported or highlighted by media.

Second, the author has covered the entire spectrum of societal issues and challenges facing Kashmiri people over an 8-year period with the exception of politics given that politics gets all the exposure at the expense of REAL CHALLENGES that will likely result in irreversible degradation in the quality of life and the standard of living for future generations of Kashmiris to come.

The author stopped adding additional material to the Blog once it was felt that most, if not all, concerns, challenges and issues facing the Kashmiri society are cataloged in the Blog. There are over 1900 entries in the Blog and most commentaries include short biographical sketches of authors to bring readers close to the essence of Kashmir. Unfortunately, the 8-year assessment also indicates that neither Kashmiri civil society, nor intellectuals or political leadership have any inclination or enthusiasm in pursuing issues that do not coincide with their vested political agendas. What it means for the future of Kashmiri children and their children is unfathomable. But the evidence is all laid out.

This Blog is a reality check on Kashmir. It is a historical record of how Kashmir lost its way.

Vijay Sazawal, Ph.D.

Monday, April 6, 2009

KPSS Holds an Exhibition Displaying Photos of Desecrated Temples in Kashmir

Sanjay's organization hosted an exhibition that drew audience from all major separatist organizations in the valley

(Mr. Sanjay K. Tickoo, 46, was born and raised in Srinagar. After graduating from Hindu High School in Sheetal Nath, Srinagar, he completed his B.Sc. degree from S. P. College, Srinagar. Currently self-employed, his hobbies are reading and traveling. He is among the 4,000 brave Pandit souls who have weathered the worst of the militancy in Kashmir, and is proud to call himself a citizen of Kashmir who stayed put in the valley. He is the President of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti - KPSS.)

Sathu Barbar Shah, Srinagar, Kashmir - 190 001

Press Release

From the past so many years it has been the primary agenda of the KPSS to protect the religious places and its properties from the unscrupulous elements from being desecrated or alienated by way of deeds and agreements. And to this effect KPSS is already pleading the cause before the Government and its functionaries so that the identity of the Kashmiri Pandits could be saved in practical terms. But till date nothing positive is yielded from their side except the hollow promises and lip sympathy. In addition to that some Non-State Subjects having very good nexus with some locals, Government officials and blessings of some high profile politicians are alienating the properties of our religious places and institutions to mint their fortunes and vanishing the culture and identity of the Kashmiri Pandits in particular and the age old heritage of a Kashmiri in general.

As this is a well known fact that after the mass exodus of the Kashmiri Pandit Community from the Valley in 1990, the worship places were the most neglected ones. Neither the successive Governments never tried to protect them nor a single word came from the local or Separatists leadership side, even after our repeated appeals through press or one to one meetings.

Worship places play a big role as the identity of a Community and so without these religious places the identity of the Kashmiri Pandit Community is under a big question mark, as unfortunately some person’s within the Kashmiri Society are working in hand with some vested interest persons to vanish the existence of this miniscule community from the Valley for their petty political gains and interests and the blame is put on all the Kashmiri Society. So we feel that it is duty of all common citizens of the Valley to contribute in their own ways and means to protect these religious places belonging to the minority community.

Today’s photo exhibition under the theme “PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS PLACES (Challenges & Responsibilities)” is an attempt to protect the religious places with the active support from the Muslim Majority Community living in the Valley, obviously, which is our last hope.

So we appeal who so ever is part of this Kashmiri Society whether it be the local Leadership (main stream or separatists), Civil Societies, Intellectuals and Religious Scholars to come forward to denounce these acts which cause the moral and religious imbalance in the Society and impress upon the general public to protect the worship places belonging to Minority Community.

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