09, Aug 2018 | CJP Team
More than 800 Kashmiri Pandit families continue to live in Jammu and Kashmir, and there have been growing concerns regarding their safety and well-being. Sanjay Tickoo, the president of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS), a partner organisation of CJP, has written to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Narinder Nath Vohra, about the state bureaucracy’s failure to assist the non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir, and appealing for help.
In his letter, Tickoo highlights government directives to reserve 500 jobs for Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu “educated unemployed youths presently living in the Kashmir Valley,” and notes that these were not well-received by others, with the Sikh community in Kashmir having challenged the government’s orders. Tickoo outlines multiple attempts to begin the process for the jobs, including approaching the courts, the Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir), and the Advisor to the Governor B. B. Vyas, to no avail.
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Tickoo concludes that non-migrant Kashmir Pandits/Kashmiri Hindus “are in awkward position” as they “are being sandwiched by the ideologies.” He emphasises that the “entire non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits/Kashmiri Hindus families survival and existence in Kashmir Valley is put on stake,” and says that the survival of the tiny “religious community has become almost impossible in Kashmir Valley because of ideological corrupt, impractical and unrealistic attitude of some officers/officials in State Bureaucracy.”
The complete letter may be read here: