- Sandhya Jain
- While successive Governments at the Centre have failed to redress the citizenship and human rights of refugees, mostly Hindu Scheduled Castes, who migrated to Jammu & Kashmir after Pakistan grabbed parts of the State in the 1947-48 war, and again after the wars of 1965 and 1971, the UPA has with alacrity welcomed PoK-based militants to the Valley. Nearly one lakh Hindus remain excluded from the socio-economic and political life of the State, denied voting rights, education for their children, bank loans, and the right to own property, since 1947.
- Many Hindus view the amnesty scheme as a new incarnation of the Jammu & Kashmir Grant of Permit for Resettlement Act, 1982, which was ultimately stayed by the Supreme Court on a petition by Mr Bhim Singh of the Panthers Party.
- The Resettlement Act aimed at the resettlement of Kashmiris (read Muslims) who had migrated to PoK and Pakistan, and wished to reunite with their Indian kith and kin. It was disliked by the State’s Hindu community which saw it as a ploy to deprive Hindus of the migrant properties which had been allotted to them. These fears have now been revived.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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