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Kashmiri Pandits to stage protest in Delhi today, Anupam Kher narrates their ordeal in video

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:26 IST

To mark the 27th year in exile of Kashmiri Pandits and to highlight their demand to return home with dignity, the All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), has organised a protest at Jantar Mantar on 19 January. In a video released on the occasion, noted Bollywood actor Anupam Kher can be seen highlighting the "brutal killings of Kashmiri Pandits" that led to their mass exodus.

According to PTI, the displaced Kashmiri Pandits on Sunday resolved not to hold weddings or any other family celebrations on two days of the calendar as part of their efforts to "keep alive" the struggle for "homeland".

Every September 14 and January 19 will be marked as "no celebration days", Convener, Panun Kashmir, Agnishkekhar said the function.

"There would be no wedding, no birthdays, no celebrations in the family on these two days. We want the next generation to know the story and history of our struggle. We chose the two days to keep alive the memories of the community and to instill the exile consciousness among our next generation," he said.

September 14 has already been adopted by the community as 'Martyrs Day', the day on which in 1989 separatists started the selective killings of Pandits in the Valley.

January 19 marks the beginning of the exodus of the community from Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of militancy there.

The resolution was passed during a day-long commemoration programme, 'Kashmiri Pandits' 25th Year in Exile' held jointly here by four organisations -- Panun Kashmir, Youth for Panun Kashmir, Kashmiri Samiti Delhi and Roots in Kashmir.

"We have suffered for so many years...We hope our prime minister will show courage in fulfilling the geo-political aspirations of the community," Chairman, Panun Kashmir, Ajay Chrangu said.

Actor Anupam Kher, himself a Kashmiri Pandit, also briefly attended the programme though he was not scheduled to, organisers said.

Expressing "disappointment" at the plight of Kashmiri Pandits being "ignored by the world", Kher encouraged the community to "come together and continue to raise genuine and difficult questions to ensure the world does not brush this issue under the carpet".

First published: 19 January 2016, 10:43 IST