26 Aug 2008
SAYSS acknowledges Pandits role in Jammu Agitation
Leela Karan Sharma Convener of SAYSS rejected media reports over Kashmiri Pandits not participating in the Jammu agitation for restoration of land to SASS and said it was a plan to break the unity of the Jammuites and Kashmiri Pandits, reports noted journalist, KING C BHARATI

THE CAUTION sounded by a scribe a few days back about the government hiring goons and some so-called intellectuals trying to break the unity among various constituents of Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS) has come true. Certain writers were trying to divide the people of Jammu saying that the Kashmiri Pandits were not supporting the Jammu cause.

The wrong impression thus created was immediately cleared by Leela Karan Sharma, convener Sangharsh Samiti by condemning such write ups and warning such writers of serious consequences if they tried to break unity of the Samiti constituents.

Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti (SAYSS) while acknowledging the tremendous role played by Kashmiri Pandits in the Jammu mass movement for restoration of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASS) has rejected media reports in a section of the national press that Kashmiri Pandits did not participate in the Jammu agitation.

Warning such writers of serious consequences Leela Karan Sharma Convener of SAYSS said that it was a design to malign the agitation and divide the unity of the Jammuites and Kashmiri Pandits to break the two month long agitation.

He said that Pandits have played a great role in the success of the Jammu agitation and cited the examples of Muthi, Durga Nagar, Anand Nagar among others where the agitation was at its peak.
A meeting of prominent Kashmiri Pandits was held today (August 26) in the office of SAYSS, which was presided over by Shri Leelakaran Sharma, Convenor, Sangharsh Samiti to discuss the issue arising out of the media reports.

The prominent Pandits who attended the meeting included Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, HL Chatta, RL Bhat, prof ML Raina, RK Raina, HL Bhat and Ashok Kangan. The meeting resolved to intensify the struggle launched by the Sangharsh Samiti and take it to the logical conclusion and not stop till the goal is achieved.

Shri Leelakaran Sharma, in his address, said that the agitation has received tremendous support from the Kashmiri Pandit community from the very beginning. While the Kashmiri Pandits have involved themselves fully in the struggle in Jammu, the people living outside the Jammu and Kashmir state have also given their best to the struggle launched by the Samiti.

The Pandits have not only contributed by their active physical participation in the struggle, but have also provided an ideological content to the agitation as well. It is gratifying to note that the programmes of the Samiti were organised at Delhi and other places by the Kashmiri Pandit community.

Any statement attributed to the Samiti, which has appeared in a section of the print media giving a false impression regarding the struggle, is completely disowned by us. It is a figment of someone’s imagination, which cannot be accepted by the Samiti. We acknowledge the role played by the Pandit community.

The prominent Kashmiri Pandits present in the meeting made it be known that the Amarnath Shrine and the present struggle are core religious and cultural issues for the Hindu community at large. Kashmiri Pandits being the indigenous people of Kashmir have a profound duty to fight for the rights of the community and the Hindu fraternity at large. The community is always prepared to sacrifice anything for the issues of concern in this regard.
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