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Delegation of Kashmiri Pandits meeting Shri Narendra Modi – now the newly elected Prime Minister of India
Two events took place in the House of Commons last week. On 2nd September the APPG (Hindu) led by MP Bob Blackman and supported by the secretariat, Jayesh Jotangia hosted an event to celebrate Raksha Bandan. They used the opportunity to also enlighten everyone on the plight of the Kashmiri Hindus. Dr Girdhari Bhan gave a short introduction on issues arising and the need to assure justice for all Kashmiri Hindus. Bob Blackman, as always, was clear and firm in his view that Kashmir is the domain of India and no outside entity has any right of interference.
Event of 2/9/14 – attended by leading members of the Hindu community in the UK
It was also interesting to hear Virendra Sharma who said, ‘I agree with Bob, Jammu and Kashmir are a full and integral part of India’, adding, ‘We don’t want to be branded or tarnished with the same brush as these other communities that do improper things’. I of course welcome this commentary from Virendra, but I am reminded that he is someone who in the past has often let our community down. So time will tell if he means what he says, or whether he takes advantage of opportunities to make speeches for votes and publicity. The event ended with Rakhis being exchanged and everyone agreed that we wear one to show our solidarity with all the Kashmiri Hindus who have suffered so greatly over so many decades and centuries.
Event in HoC: 4th Septmber 2014
Then on 4th of September the Rt.Hon. Marcus Jones MP hosted and chaired a meeting to spend more time on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. Again he was ably supported by MPs Richard Harrington and Bob Blackman and Virendra Sharma also made a fleeting appearance. A number of speakers took part including Krishna Bhan, Dr Girdhari Bhan, Chandan Kotwal, Shantanu Bhagwat, Lakshmi Kaul (from Kashmiri Pandits Cultural Society), Satish Sharma (General Secretary of NCHT) and others. I did not attend this event but have been informed that it was helpful to all for providing information, and for allowing the Kashmiri community the opportunity to share their personal experiences.
David Ward MP has asked for a debate on self determination and human rights in Kashmir which will take place on Thursday 11th September – many believe at the behest of the Kashmiri Separatist. There is however concern looking back at past EDMs (Early Day Motions) that some Labour MPs have been too sympathetic to the Kashmiri Separatist and also the Pakistani position. I have asked Ed Miliband on several occasions now to give Labour’s policy on Kashmir. He has failed to respond. Bob Blackman and his colleagues from the Conservative Party have confirmed that Kashmir is an issue for India, and India alone. And rightly so, I say.
What we have learnt is that the ISIS type mentality of the terrorists that has laid siege on Kashmiri Hindus is now unravelling. These so called Kashmiri separatist are no more than the cross-border terrorists that have made life hell for everyone in the valleys. This same mentality exists now in parts of the middle-east killing their own brethren in their thousands.
There is concern also that certain communities of Pakistani heritage in the UK might also be aligned to these Kashmiri separatist, and possibly even to the ISIS type groups. So the question for all of us in the UK is simple – are we going to allow these rogues that devastated Kashmir, who are now destroying the Middle East, to visit their anarchy onto our shores? The answer must surely be never, never and never.
So let us wait and see how the UK politicians and the political parties play this out. Will they appease these extremist to secure the votes of their sympathisers in the UK? Or will they be on the side of Dharma and therefore on the side of Kashmiri Hindus/Pandits?
I raise these issues and do connect them together since it is such appeasement that has led to the genocide and expulsion of Kashmiri Hindus from their own ancestral homelands. It seems such extremists are being allowed to get a foothold whilst politicians turn a blind eye vying for the vote bank to secure their seats. Increasingly it seems to me that the Labour Party might be getting ever too close to the extremist in our society. Many believe that the real Trojan horse could be the infiltration of the Labour Party by certain Islamic groups that might by now have secured larger numbers of Councillors with a view of getting more MPs. There seems to be some design in this chaos and the white noise that follows is often excused away for political correctness. Is the Labour Party sleep walking into becoming a Sharia friendly party? Time will tell, but from where I stand it is clear that if you appease the extremists that did so much damage to our brothers and sisters in Kashmir, then it’s only a matter of time before we face the issues here in the UK.
I am reminded of a saying from the past: “As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.” Voltaire
Is the world ready to hear the true story of Kashmiri Hindus?