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Introduction

Kashmiri Hindus are in their twentieth year of exile after Islamic religious fundamentalists in the valley of Kashmir took to armed subversion and terrorism and drove them out of their centuries old habitat. 

Panun Kashmir in its December 1991 convention Margdarshan, staged in the city of Jammu, introduced the Historic Homeland Resolution. It was unanimously adopted by more than a thousand delegates of the exiled community, who flocked from all towns and cities, where they have taken refuge, and who represented diverse shades of opinion. The operative part of the resolution demanded: 

(a) the establishment of a Homeland for the Kashmiri Hindus in the Valley of Kashmir comprising the regions of the Valley to the East and North of river Jhelum.

(b) that the Constitution of India be made applicable in letter and spirit in this Homeland in order to ensure right to life, liberty, freedom of expression and faith, equality and rule of law. 

(c) that the Homeland be placed under the Central administration with a Union Territory status; and

(d) that all the seven hundred thousand Kashmiri Hindus, including those who have been driven out of Kashmir in the past and yearn to return to their homeland and those who were forced to leave on account of terrorist violence in Kashmir, be settled in the homeland on an equitable basis with dignity and honor.

Since the resounding success of the convention and whole-hearted endorsement of the Resolution which has become the rallying point for all intellectuals, political scientists and the common man alike, Panun Kashmir has transferred into a beacon-light for the community. It has evolved into a movement symbolising the hopes, the urges and the aspirations of the community. 

There have been wide ranging discussions and debates amongst the political, journalistic and lay circles in the Kashmir Valley, in the State of Jammu & Kashmir and in the whole country on the Homeland demand. This demand has received great appreciation and understanding over the last one year from many quarters. Though a large segment of the exiled community is in full agreement with and committed to homeland there may be some who may have reservations. Being secular, nationalistic and democratic to the core, the community has the right to rationalize this idea. In the process, there will be many queries and doubts about the bold concept for the repatriation of the exiles with full political, constitutional and legal guarantees. It is to answer these queries and to clear the fog of cynicism and misunderstanding created by vested interests and the enemies of the community that Panun Kashmir feels it a duty to come out with this booklet which attempts to provide a brief outline of the genesis of the demand for a homeland, and follows it up with explanations to the pertinent questions relevent to this demand. We hope that this booklet shall provide some insight into the historical compulsions of the community to ask for a homeland in the Valley of Kashmir. It will be our endeavour to continue this debate in the future as well, till we achieve a large measure of success in convincing all right-thinking people about the urgency, genuineness and sincerety of this demand. However, we caution the members of the community to remain vigilant against a number of divisive forces within the community and outside, who have been active, on their own or at the behest of the terrorists and other enemies of the community and of the country, at spreading canards and disinformation against the demand for a homeland; thus, raising doubts in the minds of the people of this beleaguered nation and compounding the confusion that prevails in the community in its exiled state. 

Panun Kashmir has unshakable faith in the unity and integrity of India. It is wedded to secularism, democracy, rule of law and respect for all religious faiths. It is opposed to communalism, religious fundamentalism and terrorism in any form or guise. And it is committed to the repatriation of all exiles from the Valley of Kashmir to their homeland with dignity and honor.
 
 

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Contents
Index
Introduction
Genesis (Why Homeland?)
The State of Jammu and Kashmir
The Hindus of the Valley
Advent of Islam and Persecution
Accession to India & Persecution
The real import of  'Naya Kashmir'
Administrative and State Conspiracy
Perseverance of Kashmiri Pandits
Indoctrination of the Masses
Disinformation
Writing on the wall
Rise of Armed terrorism
Sleeping conscience of the country
Adding salt to injury
Exile
Apartheid
Betrayal
Survival
Homeland
What is Homeland?
What area do we claim for the Homeland and why?
Why a separate portion as Homeland when whole of the valley belongs to us?
What claim does the exiled community have for a Homeland?
What are the overall implictions of granting the Homeland?
What will be the socio-political set up in the Homeland?
How does call for a Homeland serve the national interest and prevent the balkanisation of the country ?
Are we internationalizing the Kashmir issue by raising a call for a Homeland for the displaced Kashmiris and by appealing to the community of nations?
What about settlement outside the valley in the State or outside the State of Jammu & Kashmir?
Is Homeland slogan in any way against the interests of the community?
What if the terrorist outfits operating in the Valley give a call asking the exiles to return to the valley?
Is Homeland a viable proposition?
What about the displaced Kashmiris settled outside the valley?
What about Article 370 and the Homeland?
Why is Homeland so urgent?
Is it a Hindu Homeland that we are seeking?
What is Panun Kashmir and what does it stand for?

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