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The real import of  'Naya Kashmir'

The National Conference rode to the crest of power in the wake of the accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to India with its "Naya Kashmir Manifesto". On paper, it looked as a secular, progressive and democratic model hoping to shape the future of the State by providing a political and economic agenda for the amelioration of the lot of the common man. But in practice, it aimed at reorganisation of the State into a political system which had a favourable bias for the Muslim majority. 

By the introduction of land reforms in the State, the Hindus were hit severely as it deprived them even of their small holdings. They were forced to seek migration to towns and outside the State to earn a living. Many enactments were passed in succession in the year 1964 like Abolition of Jagirdari Act, Distressed Debtors Relief Act and, in 1976, the Agrarian Reforms Act. These Acts were all contrived to the detriment of the Hindu community and as a prelude to its destruction. Under the garb of communal amity, equality and the provision of opportunities for the suppressed and the down-trodden, the Government in utter disregard to the principle of universal right to equality of opportunity and protection against discrimination on the basis of religion, promoted the cause of the Muslim majority of the State. 

The rules for recruitment to State Government Services were changed from time to time to suit the Muslim majority, as also the rules for admission into educational institutions for professional and higher education. As a result the Hindus in the Valley faced discrimination in admission to schools, professional institutions and universities, in government jobs, placements, transfers and promotions and discrimination in the distribution of loans and subsidies for setting up private enterprises. 

While in the rest of India there were safeguards for the protection of minority rights, in Kashmir it was the other way round. The majority rights were safeguarded, promoted and glorified with total disregard for the legitimate rights of the minority which faced a perpetual squeeze at all levels, on all fronts: constitutional, judicial, bureaucratic, administrative and social. As a result, the lands and estates of the minority Hindus were forfeited, temple properties anexed and the community members eased out of important positions and portfolios through a perfectly orchestrated plan, thus, excluding the community from the administrative apparatus of the State. 

The voice of the minority community got drowned in the cacophony of Islamic revivalism and fundamentalism as it lost even its feeble representation when the only constituency of Habbakadal, which had a Hindu majority, was redefined to the total disadvantage of the Hindus, rendering them ineffective even from electing their representative to the State Legislature. Most of the community members had to resort to the only method of appeal left to them for the redressal of their grievances; that was to knock at the doors of Justice as is evident from the innumerable individual and collective writ-petitions of the community admitted in the law courts against the administration, bureaucracy and other institutions of the State. Unfortunately, they faced disappointment a number of times from the State Judiciary as a result of which the Hindus had to move the Supreme Court of India for justice. One case might make the point viz. Triloki Nath Tiku & others vs. the State where the Supreme Court of India gave a verdict in favour of promotion of hundreds of Hindu school teachers who had been superseded by the State government in gross violation of their rights. The orders of the highest court of the land were flouted repeatedly by the State administration. Most of the appellants after spending time, money and resources, were not properly rehabilitated. There are thousands of similar cases on record. 

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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
Writing on the wall
Rise of Armed terrorism
Sleeping conscience of the country
Adding salt to injury
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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