Friday, September 9, 2016

Brave Girl Shabroza

Roots in Kashmir salutes the brave girl Shabroza from Badgam for the immense courage displayed by her by raising the Indian flag at her house roof top in Badgam district, in the process defying the writ of separatists and their masters based out of Pakistan and showing way to many Kashmiris who are patriotic and Indian but don't have the courage to express it due to the threat of violence and terrorism.

Addressing a gathering of Roots in Kashmir members, Ashish Zutshi, senior member, Roots in Kashmir said "No one understands the price one has to pay to be nationalistic in Kashmir better than Kashmiri Pandits and hence the Roots in Kashmir is worried about the safety and security of this young Kashmiri girl."

At the meeting it was unanimously agreed by all members present that the group will provide all possible support to Shabroza including the completion of her education outside the valley in case she feels threatened or finds it difficult to pursue her studies in the valley.

Aroop Rayu of Roots in Kashmir said "as a fellow Kashmiri girl, I assure Shabroza that all the girls and all the members of Roots in Kashmir are with her"

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Human rights not an exclusive right of separatists, dear liberal media

Lot has been said in past few days over the situation in the valley. Liberal, leftist,

Socialites like Shobha De and media personalities like Barkha Dutt and Rajdeep Sardesai have directly or indirectly supported anti-India or pro-Pakistan lobby of the valley, while most of the Indians have extended full support to armed forces and their action.

Shoba De, while advocating for the right to plebiscite of Kashmiri Muslims (I avoid using word only Kashmiris because 99.999% Kashmiri Hindus don't want any plebiscite) does not like to extend the same privileges to Raj Thackeray and his team, who have also been advocating for sons of soil in Mumbai and have indulged in insignificant violence when compared to the attrocities committed on the minority community in Kashmir.

Barkha Dutt on other hand has always been perceived as pro-separatist, pro-Islamabad journalist. What can be said about a journalist, who has tried to rationalise the Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits by cooking up false social inequality issues. Her statements were almost as similar as Nazis had a about Jews.

And many like Rajdeep Sardesai are demonizing our forces, just to be in the goods books of their liberal leftist club.

The situation is Valley is precarious, and both government and forces are stretched to their limits. But admirably they have held their nerves together. Unlike the riots in rest of India, where it is a clash of two groups, in Valley it had been the miniscule Kashmiri  Pandits earlier and now the security forces who are the target of the attack.

Having myself witness to few such incidents in Kashmir, I know that forces show utmost restraint even at the cost of serious injuries to themselves. There has been a lot of noise about of the use of pellet guns and injuries it causes. The situation is so volatile in Valley today that had the same level of violence happened somewhere else in India, the death toll would have been in Hundreds. As per Gaurav Savant of India Today, "Nothing innocent/peaceful about stone Pelters. Pump action pellet gun deters them. Effective Non lethal crowd dispersal when CURFEW violated."  While I am not sure if pellet guns are the best option, but they surely are better than bullets. And I would prefer few scars than epitaph.

People like Shoba De and Barkha Dutt don't hesitate to remind us about the human rights of rioters, but conveniently forget that even forces have the same rights. Even our jawans are sons, brothers and husband's. And unlike the jehadis of Valley, who die killing innocents, these jawans lay their life to save innocents.

Author - Amit Raina

Friday, July 15, 2016

Temple Heritage Series - Naranag

Naranag is situated in district Ganderbal near a village called Wangat. The temple town, was an important religious and trading Center during the Hindu rulers time. The temples believed to be in hundreds and now limited to 7, are situated on the banks of river kanakvahini. In Sanskrit Kanak means gold and vahini means carrier. It is said that the river carried gold pieces and that is how it derived it's name. It is believed that it was also a place for many alchemists to experiment here.

The temples were built primarily by Lalitaditya and has subsequent additions by many kings, prominent one being Avantivarman. The temples are located on the foot hills of Buteshwar range, now called as Butsher by local gujjars. While many people believe that Buteshwar means the God of bhoots (ghosts), the real meaning is the God of timeless time. The entire area is sacred to Hindus of Kashmir, as it on the foothills of the holy harmukh peak. The peak is seen as the manifestation of lord Shiva and has the holy lake gGngabal, the Ganges of Kashmir. The source of kanak vahini. The traditional route for Harmukh pilgrimage started either from Prung via chathargul or bandipora and the end was at Naranag. Due to security concerns, the Yatra now starts and ends at Naranag. The Sodaratirtha referred in the Nilamata Purana is among the scared tiratha in Kashmir Valley presently known as Nara Nag.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Kashmiri Pandits observe 'black day' against 1931 riots

Jammu, Jul 13 (PTI) A group of displaced Kashmiri Pandits today observed 'black day' to commemorate the July 13, 1931 riots against the community in the Valley and demanded better security, especially in the wake of violence following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

"The situation has not changed from 1931 till today.

Kashmiri Pandits were attacked then and even today in 2016 they are attacked," Ravinder Raina, President, All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) said.

He demanded better security to the community in Jammu and Kashmir after he alleged that stones were pelted at the houses of Kashmiri Pandits following the death of the Hizbul commander.

Anoop Bhat, Coordinator, Roots in Kashmir (RIK), said "whenever the majority population of the Valley has any issue with the ruling dispensation, the minority community faces the brunt." 

"The July 13, 1931 riots, 1986 South Kashmir riots or the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits are the prime examples of how the Kashmiri Pandit community has constantly lived in fear of life and honour," he said.

RIK spokesperson Aroop Rayu said the Kashmiri Pandits currently living in the state are in dire need of a "full proof security" and that the Centre should rethink its composite township model.