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Geelani's interview: An escape from responsibilty

His words do not indicate "speaking out" against the militants who targeted the Kashmiri Pandits. The words are more of an excuse and seem an attempt on his part to exculpate the Muslim leadership of any responsibility. If some immature followers are taking lives, surely it is the responsibility of the leaders to try and stop them from committing the ultimate heinous crime?

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 17:49 IST

Dear Neelesh,

 

I wanted to congratulate you on your interview of Geelani. His words as you quote him, however do not indicate "speaking out" against the militants who targeted the Kashmiri Pandits. The words are more of an excuse and seem an attempt on his part to exculpate the Muslim leadership of any responsibility. If some immature followers are taking lives, surely it is the responsibility of the leaders to try and stop them from committing the ultimate heinous crime?

 

It is however his words blaming the then governor Jagmohan for the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits that are a breathtaking attempt to re-write history. I wish you had interviewed some of the Kashmiri refugees who escaped the slaughter, to put some balance in your article. No person who has generational roots in a place leaves his land on the say-so of a temporary government official, even if he is the governor.

 

Kashmiri Pandits had their heritage and indeed their whole identity in the land which they abandoned. My one maternal uncle who was an Engineer left after he was threatened with death. The sister's brother-in-law who was a physician came to work one morning and found his name on a "death list" on the Sher-e-Kashmir bulletin board. Another maternal uncle stayed in Kashmir until his Muslim neighbors came to warn him of the conspiracy brewing in the local mosque to kill him. To blame the then Governor for the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits therefore is a laughable, Goebbelesque attempt to keep repeating a lie which in time would get accepted as truth.

 

I urge you to put some balance in your next article should you choose to write one, by visiting the KPs living in miserable conditions in the camps around Jammu and also to speak with KPs who don't live in the camps but nevertheless fled their homeland leaving behind not just material goods, but their memories, their identities, their culture and their heritage.

 

Thank You.