Newsletter#1 August 2008

Jammu Photo Update
For months, Shehjar exposed the Mufti’s ( archives) communal designs and took the lead in denouncing protests in Kashmir against facilities to Amarnathji pilgrims. Yet, the government capitulated, much like on earlier occasions and denied religious freedom to India’s majority population. We wrote, “History will say that the peace loving Kashmiri Hindus did not escalate the problem. Like the Pandavas, they only wanted the 5 villages so that they could peacefully exist but were denied even a pilgrimage to their homeland by insensitive politicians and communalists. It is then that they demanded their full fair share. The issue of denial of services to Amarnathji pilgrims must open our eyes to the reality of Kashmir today and shake us from lethargy. In the least, we should make our cause to be as espoused as the Tibetan cause.”

Kashmiri Hindu leadership in Jammu, including Dr. Chowdhury took on the media and Shri Agnishekhar led people out on the streets. Ajay Chrungoo Ji and Ashwini Ji were not behind and Ashok Pandit Ji was direct and straightforward on the TV channels. Today, we have an uprising and the masses have awakened, blessed by the dust from Mahadev’s feet. Please put on Shivji’s Pooja Tilak if you have not done so already.

Shehjar will provide updates in its newsletters and in this current one, we will do so with pictures. Like has been said, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

In a recent Pioneer Op-Ed about the Jammu uprising, Kanchan Gupta wrote,The day after the June 30 bandh, Jammu flared up with street marches and protest rallies. The authorities responded by clamping curfew, in an effort to force people to remain indoors, till July 7. Women came out of their homes and dared the police to shoot them. An enduring image of the Hindu intifada is that of an aged woman, a Pandit who was forced out of the Valley along with her family and three lakh other Pandits in the early days of jihadi terror, threatening a Kalashnikov-sporting policeman at a curfew picket with her tattered and torn slipper.”

Hair stands on its edge, just visualizing this picture. We do not have this particular picture but we have others and these will tell you about the goings on. Pictures are by Shehjar’s Photo Journalist, Raman Raina. Please email us at to support such efforts.

Jammu, August 5 2008 : KPs activist of Protesters demonstrate and shout slogans against Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra during a bandh called to mourn the death of Kuldeep Kumar Dogra, at Muthi Camp in Jammu .

Jammu, August 4 2008 :Hindu activists shout slogans against Jammu and Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra during Jammu bandh called to protest the revocation of the government's decision to hand over forest land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

Shaheed Kuldeep Kumar Dogra sacrifices his life for Amarnath Issue. See details

Jammu, August 4 2008 : Army jawans stand guard as protesters demonstrate despite curfew,blocked Jammu -Poonch Higway at Ankhoor in Jammu .

Jammu, August 4 2008 : Army jawans patrol duirng curfew in Jammu on Monday Curfew was clamped in the view of the high tension prevailing in the area over the Amarnath land row.

Jammu, August 5 2008 : Army keeps vigil during curfew in Jammu
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