ISLAMABAD: Experts have said that the motive behind creating separate townships for Pandits is to counter the dominant political character of Kashmiri Muslims.
Law Professor Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain said the garrisoned townships for Pandits, who are fine with Indian rule, will instill insecurity among Kashmiri Muslims, who have been demanding the right to self-determination since decades, KMS reported.
A political scientist at Jammu university, wishing anonymity, said the RSS is planning to undermine the Kashmiri freedom struggle by creating a somewhat parallel stakeholder in the form of Pandits in these townships.
“After settling them in townships, they would try to give it a communal colour as envisioned by Panun Kashmir,” he said.
Former head of political science department at Kashmir University, Noor Ahmad Baba, said the way things are shaping up, the safe zones for Pandits give an impression that “RSS and its subsidiaries want to reinforce their ideologies in Kashmir”.
“Few Pandit groups, who follow their line of thinking, seem to have colluded with them and are now playing more of politics by advocating separate townships for Pandits rather than working towards rehabilitating them back in the society in true sense,” he said. He said the creation of new townships would have both social and political implications for Kashmir.
“It will reinforce division and suspicion among communities residing in Kashmir,” Baba said. “The composite culture, for which Kashmir was known historically, would be weakened and later it would become extinct”.
Referring to Israel and Ireland where such separate settlements were created for one community, he said such settlements had only ended-up in isolation, adding, “The intra-community bridging and understanding would never be achieved this way.”
“I wonder how come Pandits will live in isolation when nostalgia beckons them to their homeland,” he said.