‘Pandit community was made a scapegoat by Jagmohan’: Kashmiri Pandits


By Special Correspondent

The “exaggerated and one-sided story” of Kashmiri pandits’ exodus depicted in controversial movie Kashmir Files stands exposed after a letter dated 19 September 1990 claimed that the “drama was staged by BJP-RSS” along with some Kashmiri leaders and then governor Jagmohan.


According to the letter (screenshot inset here), published in Alsafa newspaper on its 19 March edition, the Indian government “had drawn plans to massacre a large section of Kashmiri Muslims particularly those in the age group of 14 to 25”. The letter, surfaced online, was addressed to Muslims of Kashmir by 23 prominent Kashmiri Pandits.

The letter begins by admitting that the Pandit community was made ‘a scapegoat’ by Jagmohan, some self-styled leaders of their community & other vested interests. The writers call their exodus, a drama ‘in connivance with the State administration’.

“This drama was staged by Hindu communal organizations like the B.J.P, R.S.S and the main characters were played by Advani, Vajpayee, Mufti and Jagmohan, and the state administration was made to play the role of a joker,” the letter reads.

The letter also says that the political struggle in Kashmir was given a communal colour by the Right Wing Hindu parties and thus Pandits were forced to leave the Valley.

“We share everything with the Kashmiri Muslims. Our history, culture, ethos, traditions, customs and language is common,” the Pandit representatives had said in the letter.

The representatives, in the letter, had appealed to Kashmiri Muslims to forgive them for the “betrayal” and allow them to return. They had also said that they condemn the “atrocities that are being unleashed” on Kashmiri Muslims by Indian forces.

In the letter, the KP representatives, had appealed the world and the UN to stop India from “committing atrocities” against Kashmiris.

“We also appeal the UNO to compel India and implement the resolutions passed in 1948 for grant of the right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir and for holding plebiscite in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.” the letter reads.

The letter was signed by Brij Nath Bhan, M.L Dhar, K.L. Kaw, Kanya Lal Raina, G.N. Daftari, Moti Lal Mam, C.L Kak, Chuni Lal Raina, M.L Munshi, B.N Gunjoo, Ashok Koul, C.L Parimoo, Pushkar Nath Bhat, Prem Nath Kher, R.K Koul, M.L Razdan, Pushkar Nath Koul, B.N. Bhat, Moti Lal Koul, Ashok Dhar, Kamal Raina, H.Koul & S.N Dhar end.

Meanwhile, several Kashmiri Pandits have come forward to criticize “Kashmir Files”.


  1. A “first person” account:
    After the movie, last night, I talked to a Kashmiri Pandit couple in the parking lot, where their car was parked next to mine. She initiated the conversation, “Everything the movie showed is the truth.” I was too numb to even respond verbally. I barely asked, “You lived in Kashmir when … ?”
    Yes they did. They were newly-wed when the January 19, 1990 genocide happened. They were lucky enough to flee early before nightfall. However, the escape out of the Valley was extremely dangerous. More than anyone it was the neighborhood Muslim kids they feared the most. Those kids roamed the streets looking out for ‘Bhatte’ who were preparing to flee. If they spotted one they would right away run to inform the local terrorist commander. Those kids were the couriers. Nothing frightened the Kashmiri Pandits more than the sight of the Muslim kids screaming “Bhatte.”
    Although I was aware of this, it’s hard to process this reality when someone narrates her first-person experience. Even the Nazis didn’t use children to hunt down the Jews. Kashmiri Muslims were indeed exceptional. Every Pandit victim of genocide would recall how these roving bands of Kashmiri Muslim kids were a lethal courier network.

  2. “द कश्मीर फाइल्स ने बॉलीवुड फिल्मों के लिए एक नया ट्रेंड सेट कर दिया है। कश्मीरी पंडितों पर हुए अत्याचार के बाद अब केरल में पिछले 10 साल में 32 हजार लड़कियों के गायब होने और उसके पीछे आतंकवादी संगठन ISIS का हाथ होने की कहानी बड़े पर्दे पर उतारी जाएगी।

    फिल्म का नाम ‘द केरल स्टोरी’ रखा गया है, जिसे सुदीप्तो सेन डायरेक्ट करने वाले हैं। मंगलवार को इसका अनाउंसमेंट किया गया है। फिल्म में ह्यूमन ट्रैफिकिंग, ISIS द्वारा लड़कियों को उठाना, उनसे अपने लड़ाकों की शादी कराना, धर्म परिवर्तन जैसे मुद्दे होंगे।”

  3. What about Gujrat genocides and killings of scores of muslims in 2002? Why no movie on the mass murder and rape , in which govt. Was the sponser to maim the Muslims… can’t see and remember…and more recently the Delhi roits


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