Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan recently spoke at a book launch event in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, where he condemned the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the 1990s.
"In Kashmir, a section was forced to leave their homes in the middle of the night because of their religion. Won't the almighty (Allah) punish them?" Kerala Governor said.
The Tragedy of Kashmiri Pandits
The exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from their homes during the 1990s is a tragic event in Indian history. The Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes in the middle of the night because of their religion. Their forced migration was an attack on their fundamental rights and freedoms.
Governor Khan's Stance on Hindu Identity
Governor Khan also reiterated his stance on the use of the term "Hindu." He believes that anyone who is born in India, eats food grown in India or drinks water from Indian rivers deserves to be called a Hindu. According to him, "Hindu" is a geographical term rather than a religious one.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan's Words
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan once said that he did not think "Hindu" was a religious term, but rather a geographical one. Governor Khan echoes this sentiment, stating that the term should be used to refer to anyone who is born in India and is a part of its culture.
Justice for the Kashmiri Pandits
Governor Khan's words are a reminder that the forced migration of Kashmiri Pandits was a tragedy that should never be repeated. The perpetrators of this horrific event should be brought to justice, and those responsible for the forced migration should be held accountable for their actions.