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29 years later, Kashmir Pandit returns to jubilant welcome

first_imgA Kashmiri Pandit’s homecoming to Srinagar, 29 years after he left the State, on Thursday was met with a rousing reception from locals, infusing hope for the peaceful return of the Hindu community that had to leave the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s in the face of raging militancy.Roshan Lal Mawa, in his 70s, on Thursday threw open a shop selling dates in the volatile old city’s Zanai Kadal area, from where he hails originally. That Mr. Mawa will sell a variety of dates is also symbolic since the Muslim holy month of Ramzan is a few days away.Jubilant localsTo his surprise, decision to reopen the shop, closed for 29 years, attracted jubilant locals and fellow shopkeepers. Mr. Mawa was welcomed with the tying of a white turban around his head, a Kashmiri tradition, and many hugs were exchanged. “I have set up a thriving dry fruit business outside [Kashmir]. I lived a happy life in Delhi. But I decided to return [to Kashmir] because I missed the affection I have here, the brotherhood, the hugs and the Kashmiriyat (cultural values of the Kashmiri people). You can’t find these values anywhere in the world,” said Mr. Mawa.He was among the hundreds of members of the Kashmiri Pandit community that was forced to migrate outside the Valley as militancy spread in the 1990s. Mr. Mawa’s decision to return was not easy, given the circumstances in which he had to leave.“It was October 13, 1990. A youth entered my shop and asked for dry fruit samples. In the meantime, he pulled out a pistol and shot me four times in my abdomen. I survived. I, along with my wife, moved outside the State,” he recalled.‘Yearning to return’He said his return to his roots “reflects the general yearning of my community to return home”. But, Mr. Mawa added, “I oppose the idea of having separate colonies for Pandits. It will make us soft targets. I want my [Muslim] neighbours to take care of my children.” Leaders of regional parties joined in welcoming Mr. Mawa. “Eventually, it will be this leap of faith taken by Roshan Lal and the warmth shown by his Muslim brethren that will strengthen ties and also encourage them [Kashmiri Pandits] to return home, where they truly belong,” said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.last_img read more

14 years on, some soul-searching questions for Rane

first_imgFrom whether joining Congress was a mistake to his disinterest in Delhi as Rajya Sabha MP, and from slamming the Shiv Sena leadership to candid confessions, the release of former chief minister Narayan Rane’s autobiography turned into a look at his political career with the political bigwigs present on Friday hinting that it would have been better had he not joined Congress, 14 years ago. It began with Mr. Rane’s long-time friend and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recollecting the former’s decision to quit the Sena and join Congress. “I knew it was a mistake. I even told you so. As a friend I even tried to pursuade you to not join the Congress. Had you not joined the Congress, the history of this State would have been different,” said Mr. Gadkari while releasing the autobiography titled No Holds Barred. NCP chief Sharad Pawar released the Marathi version titled Zanzavat.Mr. Rane had a brief stint as chief minister in 1999 after the first BJP-Sena coalition government assumed office in 1995. In 2005 Mr. Rane quit Sena following his differences with the then executive president Uddhav Thackeray. He then joined the Congress and was reportedly promised a chief ministership which never happened. In 2017 he quit Congress to float Maharashtra Swabhiman Party and was made Rajya Sabha MP from the BJP quota in 2018. His jump to the BJP is blamed at the possibility of probe by Enforcement Directorate (ED). Mr. Pawar, asked in jest whether it was a mistake to quit Sena and join Congress. “Now let him decide whether it was a mistake or grave mistake,” he said. Reminding him of the promises made to him by Congress, Mr Pawar said, “We have spent our lives there. One should only remember the promise. No one knows whether it will be fulfilled or not,” he said, taunting Congress. Mr. Rane, however did not respond to points raised about him joining the Congress, but recalled his memories of Sena founder late Bal Thackeray and slammed Uddhav Thackeray saying he received everything on a platter. “I received everything without demanding. But one thing is sure, I did not become the MP by my choice. I knew that my time was being wasted at a time when I wanted to do much in the State,” he said.last_img read more