JAGTI, December 23: In a significant address, Senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana passionately advocated for justice regarding the forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from their homes during the tumultuous period of 1989-1990. Characterizing the events as among the most egregious human rights violations in recent history, Rana urged for a comprehensive investigation to identify and prosecute those responsible for the catastrophic displacement.
Speaking on the sidelines of a function where he inaugurated a private enterprise in Jagti, Rana expressed his deep concern over the harrowing circumstances under which Kashmiri Pandits were compelled to leave their homes. He emphasized the urgent need for acknowledgment of the severe human rights violation, stating that forcing natives out at gunpoint and subjecting them to persecution amounted to genocide.
Rana criticized the narrative put forth by certain factions, describing it as more atrocious. He refuted claims suggesting that Governor Jagmohan had conspired the exodus, asserting that such interpretations added insult to injury for the displaced community. According to Rana, these narratives served as a cover for the enemies of humanity, controlled by sympathizers within the Kashmir system.
The senior BJP leader underscored the tragic chapter involving the annihilation of an entire community, emphasizing that no religion could endorse such a grave violation. He stressed the importance of addressing and acknowledging the human rights of every individual, irrespective of their background, asserting the fundamental right to live peacefully in one’s homeland.
Rana deemed it crucial to identify, expose, and prosecute those responsible for the plight of Kashmiri Pandits, emphasizing that such actions would not only deliver justice to the victimized community but also send a powerful message against acts of persecution. He argued that exposing those behind the grave crime would prevent history from repeating itself.
In closing, Rana called for collective responsibility to address past injustices, urging the government and society to work together towards a future where the safe, secured, and dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits is ensured. He emphasized the need to prevent a repeat of the hardships faced by the community even three decades after their forced exodus.