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Revisiting Pandit issues

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By K.N. Pandita

Why the Indian State declined to give the displaced Pandits their proper nomenclature of Internally Displaced Person remains unexplained. India is a signatory to the Human Rights Charter. Very seldom, she violates the resolve of international body.

After their exodus from Kashmir in 1990, State authorities in general and Revenue authorities in particular, tried a number of epithets to de-identify the Pandits. The commonly used soubriquet was Urdu “mufroor” literally meaning absconder. The State administration finally settled for “migrant” and the then Union Government accepted it without a budge. I think the Revenue records compiled after 1990 in the state continue to use that term. Do not overlook the subtle element of hatred in the term “mufroor”. Continue Reading…