Kashmir : its Aborigines and Their Exodus

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Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir in 1989 was their seventh such exodus since the arrival of Islam in Kashmir in the fourteenth century. This was precipitated by the outbreak of Pakistan-sponsored insurgency across Kashmir Valley in 1989. The radical Islamists targeted Pandits-a minuscule community in Muslim dominated society creating enormous fear, panic and grave sense of insecurity. In the face of ruthless atrocities inflicted on them, the Pandits' sole concern was ensuring their own physical safety and their resolve not to convert to Islam. Over 350,000 Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee en masse leaving their home and hearth. This was the single largest forced displacement of people of a particular ethnicity after partition of India. Pandits' travails did not end with the exodus. The obstructive and intimidating attitude of the State administration towards the Pandit refugees made their post-exodus existence even more miserable. The Government at the Centre too remained indifferent to their plight. This book traces the Pandits' economic and political marginalization in the State over the past six decades and covers in detail the events that led to their eventual exodus. In the light of ethnic cleansing of Pandits from the Valley, the book also examines some critical issues so crucial to India's survival as a multi-cultural, liberal and secular democracy.
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  • Hardback | 700 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 63.5mm | 788g
  • Olympia Fields, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1935501348
  • 9781935501343

About Tej K. Tikoo

Col Tej Kumar Tikoo (Retd), Ph.D. was born at Srinagar (Kashmir) on 15 April, 1950. After completing his school and college education at Srinagar, he joined the Indian Army; being commissioned into 1st Battalion of the newly raised Naga Regiment on 22 August 1971. Soon thereafter, he found himself fighting the 1971 Indo-Pak war in the eastern sector, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh.As an infantryman, Col Tikoo spent major portion of his thirty four years of service in the Army, on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir or fighting insurgency operations. This includes deployment in present day southern Siachen Glacier and counter-insurgency operations in Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Punjab, Srilanka (as part of IPKF) and later in Jammu and Kashmir.Col Tikoo is a graduate of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College and has been an instructor in the Senior Command wing of the Army War College at Mhow. He also commanded the newly fromed counter-insurgency training school in Jammu and Kashmir which, over the years, has contributed immensely to the success of Army, Para Military and Central Armed Police Forces in fighting insurgency in the State. He retired in 2004.He is an M.Sc. in Defence Studies from Madras University. He was awarded a Ph.D. in defence studies in 2012.He can be contacted at: tk_tikoo@yahoo.com
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