Kashmiri Pandits mark 30 years of exile with #HumWapasAayenge | India News
To observe the anniversary, #HumWapasAayenge has been trending on social media with people sharing memories of how they fled, their wistful desire to return to the Valley and a video clip from ‘Shikara’, an upcoming film on the KP exodus.
@Deshi_Baazigar tweeted the photo of a bus ticket from Srinagar to Jammu. “Bus ticket purchased by family on 19th Jan, 1990 when #KashmiriPandits were forced out of Kashmir.” Noida-based orthopaedic surgeon Paras Bhat tweeted: “We pledge to reunite with our home and hearth. Even decades have been unable to wash out the tears in our eyes or heal the pain of leaving our identity, culture & civilization behind.”
Bus ticket purchased by family on 19th Jan., 1990 when #KashmiriPandits were forced out of Kashmir.… https://t.co/2fXgbgMxnc
— Baazigar (@Deshi_Baazigar) 1579323769000
Many members of the community, now living in exile all over world, made efforts to explain their complicated and, often misunderstood, history. For example, @BhawnaKak tweeted: “I understand it’s hard to get KP mindset completely. Yes, we are hurt. Yes, we have been uprooted. Decades of unaddressed angst. NO, we do not wish Kashmiri Muslims any harm. We want acknowledgement and way back home with dignity. We do NOT want revenge…”
I understand it’s hard to get KP mindset completely. Yes, we are hurt. Yes, we have been uprooted. Decades of unadd… https://t.co/5u0ML1WRml
— B (@BhawnaKak) 1574256807000
Hyderabad-based Rajesh Raina tweeted a video taken a few years ago of the place where his home used to be Anantnag. “…Our house was turned to debris by terrorists. It was looted & burnt down when we were forced to leave #Kashmir. One day we will go back with dignity and honour.”
I shot this video a few years back in my native place in #Anantnag district.Our house was turned to debris by terr… https://t.co/7Sks54KzgE
— Rajesh Raina راجیش رینہ राजेश रैना (@rainarajesh) 1579270557000
Political commentator and columnist Sunanda Vashisht tweeted a picture of herself as a child in Srinagar saying, “I don’t have many pictures left of my childhood. Choosing between life and family albums is really no choice at all. When lives were rescued, family albums got left behind. 30 years have passed. Resolve to go back home has only strengthened”. Vashisht gave testimony on behalf of KPs during a US Congressional hearing on human rights violations in November last year.
I don’t have many pictures left of my childhood. Choosing between life and family albums is really no choice at all… https://t.co/JVZ2o6YgTg
— Sunanda Vashisht (@sunandavashisht) 1579317442000
People from outside the community also tweeted in support. Author Advaita Kala posted, “#HumWapasAayenge is a heartbreaking trend to follow — but a necessary one to read to be reminded of a persecuted community that was chased out of their homes by religious intolerance. And in honour of those who never returned home.”