An activist’s meet of Panun Kashmir was held at Jammu on the occasion of Homeland Day. The participants reiterated their pledge to redouble their efforts in achieving the much cherished sacred goal of Homeland in Kashmir valley. The brief of the statement adopted is as follows;
- On this Homeland Day, we pledge ourselves to remember what we were, what has happened to us and what we are. Today, we dedicate ourselves to Collective Memory as the highest value to be preserved and perpetuated, so that we are able to improve our present and endeavor to create a new future without a sense of fear or failure.
- We have to remember the fateful events which led to our exile. We have to understand the nature of the forces which unleashed these events.
- We have to remember that last more than 700 years have been a continuous struggle for survival. We have to understand the spirit of our struggle was always to withstand and not give into the forces of exclusion and intolerance.
- We have to remember each evil done to us. We have to understand self pity, self negation and self-flagellation constitute a bigger evil.
- We have to remember that those who control Kashmir still hold the view that we are Kafirs (Infidels), Mukhbirs (spys), or fifth columnists.
- We have to realize that our Collective Memory is our strength as it nourishes our wisdom and power of perseverance. These attributes help us to find the ways even where we encounter dead ends and blind alleys.
- All these years in exile, we have stood up to the forces of exclusion and persecution. Despite odds, we have pursued dignity, honor, and excellence in exile. We have created a vision to reverse our exile completely and permanently.
- Politics is most crucial when communities stand subjected to genocide. It is now beyond doubt to everybody that Panun Kashmir is our politics. Struggle for reclaiming our homeland is the lifeblood of our survival. It has given us purpose in exile. It has given us respect in exile. It has forced the establishment to provide us sustenance in exile.
- Panun Kashmir is a response to Jihad and fundamentalism of any nature. Panun Kashmir is a response to exclusivism. It is a response of a civilization under assault to stand on its own.
- Panun Kashmir is a clarion call to the nation of India to desist from abandoning its civilizational and political frontiers. Panun Kashmir is a movement to stop the nation state from the pursuit of compromises with communalism in the hope of an evasive peace.
- Panun Kashmir is an appraisal that only secularism guaranteeing the right of equality to the citizens of this nation can bring lasting peace and not otherwise.
- Panun Kashmir is a caution to the nation that if a genocide is ignored it only duplicates. The answer to the genocide of a community is not to ignore it or fudge it or trivialize it. The answer to genocide is to reverse it.
- Hindu habitat has been destroyed in the Valley. Panun Kashmir is a struggle to recreate it.
- All of us pledge today once again to mobilize all our resources, material and human, our imagination and creativity, to the task of reclaiming our homeland in the Valley.
We have to remember Margdarshan resolution envisaging the return of Kashmiri Hindus to Valley in an area North and East of river Jhelum with a Union Territory Status. We have to understand Panun Kashmir is a movement for reclaiming our Homeland. It is the vision of our survival and not merely a slogan. It is the way for our auto emancipation.
M K DHAR