Exhibition on Kashmir killings draws thousands

Tribune News Service, Houston, August 28, Heart-rending pictures depicting the tragic plight of Kashmiri Pandits, their selective killings, mass cremations, exodus and refugee life since 1990 due to terrorism in Kashmir drew thousands of people at an exhibition here.

The exhibition titled “A glimpse of a tragedy without an end” and designed by journalist and author Francois Gautier, covered the killings and hardships the community had undergone.

Hosted by the Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT), a non-profit organisation, for raising awareness about terrorism and its affects on the people in India and South Asia, it was on display at the George R Brown Convention Center on August 20 and August 27 and drew over 15,000 people.

The exhibits, according to organisers, had been displayed in various other countries and was brought for the first time to the United States to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the exodus of 400,000 Pandits.

The pictures showcased the rich heritage of Kashmiri Hindus and the violence they have faced due to terrorism.

Many who saw the exhibition were appalled at the sufferings of the community.

“It is beyond imagination, how a community can survive and hold on to their culture, especially when barely 8,000 Kashmiri Hindus are left in the valley after the exodus,” said Ashwin Patel, a visitor.

“The scale of the exodus is larger than in Kosovo, yet the world remains silent,” FACT director Rahul Pandit said.

“And in this whole conflict there is not a single mention of the sufferings that these Kashmiri Pandits have faced after leaving their home and hearths back in valley,” he added.

Special guests to the exhibit included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat-Texas).

Earlier, the exhibit had received approval by the House Ethics Committee in Congress prior to its premiere in the Rayburn Congressional Office Building in Washington DC on July 11. — PTI

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