Published On: Mon, Jun 6th, 2016

After 75 years, faith or RSS intrigue?

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by Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani: One need not overreact or have an issue with the return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits as long as the tragedy is considered in equity with the displacement and right of return of five generations of Kashmiri Muslims, displaced from the part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir controlled by India. The issue of the return of Kashmiri Pandits back to their homes in the Valley needs to be respected as an inalienable right under all circumstances, in equity with the inalienable right of Kashmiri Muslims.

 

nazir-gilaniHowever, the Kashmiri Pandit that we have known to have lived with us and around us, has volunteered to be used as an instrument of propaganda against Muslims by the Indian administration, in particular the IB. It would never have crossed our minds that Kashmiri Pandits, if not all, in fact have been the back bone of IB and other intelligence network for keeping an eye on the Muslims of Kashmir. RAW chief A S Dulat describes at page 306 of his book “Kashmir-The Vajpayee Years” how Kashmiri Pandits remained the only source of human intelligence in 1990.

 

After reading Dulat’s book a majority of Kashmiri Pandits become synonymous with IB and Indian surveillance spread in the Valley. The spying character of Kashmiri Pandit is explained by Dulat when he writes “The IB in J & K had a fair amount of Kashmiri Pandits. One should not forget that when Sheikh Abdullah was arrested a conspiracy case was filed against him. It was put together by the IB. Thus, there was a feeling that these IB guys were up to no good. Sheikh Saheb even said once, I will see to it that these guys are packed off from here”. Page 205.

Post 1990 Kashmiri Pandit has turned into an enigma and a serious irritant. He has used faith, (although he does not call himself a Hindu but a Kashmiri Pandit) in the majority Hindu India to claim all that is best in and outside India as compared to Indian Hindus or Indian Muslims. He has used ‘Kashmiriat’ as a tool to fake commitment to the pluralism and multi-faith Kashmiri society. In fact at core the displaced Kashmiri Pandits has continued to sharpen his teeth to bite into the thigh of a Kashmiri Muslim.

 

Everything that is associated with the displaced Kashmiri Pandit, smacks of bad faith. Kashmiri Pandit has introduced the idea of ‘Panun Kashmir’ a separate homeland for them, of course in stark hostility to the Muslim majority Valley. They failed to muster support around a separate homeland and have decided to serve the IB and RSS interests of demanding separate Pandit colonies. The Delhi Kashmir Desk wishes to raise Pandit bogey to frustrate the UN mechanism of ascertaining the free will of the people, under a UN supervised referendum. The separate colonies for Pandits have no merit and remain a suspect project.

 

RSSIn the same manner of   it is for the first time that Kashmiri Pandits have approached the Government of Kashmir, that they have plans to holdKumbhmela at Ganderbal. A group of Kashmiri Pandits have approached the state government to make arrangements for a mass gathering at Wuskura village in Ganderbal district where a confluence of two rivers is considered sacred by Kashmiri Brahmins. The assembly has been proposed on June 14. AK Koul, Convenor of Maha Kumbh Celebration Committee which is organising Dashar Maha Kumbh said the festival will be held after a gap of 75 years.

“A small island sits on the confluence of Jhelum, Krishen Ganga and Sindh in Waskoora. There is a Shiva Lingam on the island by the shade of a majestic Chinar tree, which is considered sacred by Kashmiri Pandits. It is believed that even if the rivers are flooding, the tree stays put,” Koul has said.“It (the tree) is surrounded by water on all sides. This is known as Prayag Chinar. One has to come to this Chinar tree in a boat and go up some steps to have a commanding view of the confluence.”

This tree is considered mystical and sacred by Kashmiri Pandits and it is believed that even if the river is flooding, the tree never sinks.Over 20,000 displaced Kashmir Pandits are expected to throng the Maha Kumbh, Kaul said. There are also religious places like Shadipora Ghats and Narayan Bagh.

Maha Kumbh Celebration Committee (MKCC)members have met the deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh for elaborate arrangements for pilgrims. The deputy CM has promised all the support of the state government. Kashmiri Pandits  claim that the ashes of first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, were immersed at the spot and at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district as per his will.

Kashmiri Pandits have said that they are celebrating ‘Dashar Maha Kumbh’ in Kashmir after a lapse of 75 years. The lapse in time  is surprising and the timing to revive it in 2016 is equally intriguing. A section of Kashmiri Muslim leadership (Hurriyat) and common Muslims have their own well-founded doubts about Maha Kumbh Celebration planned at Wuskura village in Ganderbal as being genuine and not-mal fide.

 

The Kumbh Mela. Legend tells a tale from the bygone days of the universe when the demigods(Devtas)  and the demons (Asuras) conjointly produced the nectar of immortality. The Kumbh Mela has a different history than the one being revived by Kashmiri Pandits after a lapse of 75 years. There is no evidence in near past, that could verify the Kashmiri Pandit claim. Hindus in aggregate believe that during a 12 days and 12 nights chase and fight between Demons(Asuras) and Demigods((Devtas) on the possession and share of a few drops from the Kumbh fell at four places – Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik.

 

There is also a prevalent legend that it was actually the demons that were being chased by the demigods for 12 days and 12 nights, during which the drops of elixir of immortality fell at these four places. These four places are since believed to have acquired mystical powers. Because 12 days of Gods are equivalent to 12 years for humans; the Kumbh Mela is celebrated once every 12 years in each of the four places – banks of river Godavari in Nasik, river Kshipra in Ujjain, river Ganges in Haridwar, and at the Sangam of Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati in Allahabad, where the drops are believed to have fallen. Millions of devout, come together to partake in ritualistic bathing and ceremonies to cleanse themselves of all sins.

 

There is no reference to holding a Kumb at Wuskura village in Ganderbal, Kashmir. Therefore, the revival claim by Kashmiri Pandits does not go without a challenge to its authenticity. The scenes of a ritualistic bathing and ceremonies to cleanse themselves of all sins as seen at river Ganges in Haridwar are at times down to indecent exposure of male Hindu priests in full public glare. Such scenes in Kashmir Kumbh Mela would be regarded as revolting and violation of their rights of propriety, for which Kashmir has been famous for centuries.

 

Muslims should assist the Kashmiri Pandits in putting together this mela, if at all, it has a history as claimed. Kashmiri Pandits on the contrary should make sure that it does not attract the provocative male indulgence as noticed at the Ganges in Haridwar. Modesty of nature, habitat and people at Wuskura village in Ganderbal, Kashmir should not be ravaged and the occasion should not be used to provide a cover for the entry of non-State Subjects (non-Kashmiris) into the State at all.

 

Kashmiri Pandits have an obligation to come clean and the State Government has a duty to ensure that the revival of Maha Kumbh Celebrations in Ganderbal, Kashmir, after 75 years as claimed, are not part of RSS faith of claiming Kashmir as a spiritual State for all Hindus on Earth. Kashmiri Pandit would not be doing any service to his faith or to the habitat, if he helps RSS to dig out another Ram Temple in Kashmir.  Any attempts to turn this disputed State  into a Babri Masjid like feud would not work.


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