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PKM Sankalp Yatra reaches USA
July 17, 2008
“Kashmir Sankalp Yatra” which commenced at New Delhi on 30th June 2008 reached the city of Bowling Green in Kentucky State of USA this week. Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President, Panun Kashmir Movement (PKM), who is leading the Yatra, attended a number of programmes in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Kentucky. While some meetings were held at New York, the Indian delegation also attended some other social gatherings and functions at Newton, Waltham and Boston in the state of Massachusetts. The social gatherings were also attended by Shri Ashok Pandit, film maker, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, noted musician and Neerja Pandit, singer.
A symposium on ‘Islamic separatism and Kashmir’ was organised by the Kashmir Task Force at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. The Indian delegation was invited to address the symposium. The panelists of the symposium included Messers Dr. Mahesh Mehta, Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, Prof. Andrew G. Bostom, Ashok Pandit and Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo. Shri Ashok Pandit exhibited his documentary on Kashmir, -And the world remained silent, in the programme. The programme included speeches of the panel speakers and a question-answer session. A number of American citizens and members of Indian community including Kashmiri Pandits participated in the programme. The audience took keen interest in the discussion. The event was organized by Shri Sanjay Kaul and Dr. Bikash Verma.
While addressing the symposium, Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo said that the Kashmiri Pandits are an important component of the Kashmir issue because of the fact that they are the indigenous people of Kashmir and have a right on its territory and cultural tradition. Their ethnic cleansing in the valley of Kashmir started in the medieval times but what happened in 1989-90 was a part of culmination of the process of Islamisation of Kashmir. Kashmir’s history and civilization bears testimony to the fact that Kashmir has enriched the Indian culture and ethos with its overall contributions over the past thousands of years. The communal movement in Kashmir for separation is a manifestation of an attempt to break from the past and delink Kashmir from its tradition and great civilization. The Islamic colonization of Kashmir has been supported by Islamic terrorists and fundamentalists who committed crimes of genocide against the community of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir. The crimes against humanity also included targeted attacks on Sikh community in Kashmir. This terror plan has now also engulfed Jammu region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir as well and about one hundred thousand members of the Hindu community have been forced to move from their ancestral abode to new and safe locations in Jammu region over the last six decades. Amarnath Shrine Board issue needs be seen from the angle of Islamisation of Kashmir. But Hindus have a legal and religious right over this ancient shrine and their agitation for their rights is more than justified. The government’s approach towards this issue is reflective of its subjugation to the Islamic dictats which is totally uncalled for and cannot be accepted.
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Kindly change the dateline of the article titled 'PKM Sankalp Yatra reaches USA' from April 17, 2008 to July 17, 2008. There seems to be some type error. Thanks and regards.
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Ashwini Ji, The change has been made. Thanks
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