Kashmiri Hindus were ignored as they are not a big electorate to attract political intervention : Justice (Retd.) Sanjay Kishan Kaul

Sanjay Kishan Kaul is a former Judge of the Supreme Court who abolished Article 370

New Delhi – Very little was said about the 4.5 lakh Kashmiri Pandits who got displaced from the Valley with the advent of separatist militancy, possibly because they were not such a big electorate as to invite political intervention, former Supreme Court judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul, who retired on 25th December, said. Justice Kaul, himself a Kashmiri Hindu, was a part of the 5-judge bench of the Supreme Court that gave the verdict to abrogate Article 370.

Justice (Retd.) Kaul further said, 

1. People of different communities lived together in harmony in Jammu and Kashmir before terrorism disturbed the peace in the Valley. It is not understood how the situation there has become so bad.

2. After 30 years of rampant violence, it is time for the people to move on.

3. I regret everyone’s silence on the displacement of minority Kashmiri Hindus in Muslim-dominated Jammu and Kashmir.

4. In the 1990s, the situation worsened to such an extent that the country’s territorial integrity was threatened, and the army had to be called in. There is an entire generation of people in Jammu and Kashmir who have not seen better times.

Editorial Perspective

All Hindus need to remain vigilant so that this does not happen again. The way to avoid a repeat of the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus is, wherever Hindus are oppressed due to being a ‘Hindu’, all Hindus should unite and raise their voices against it !