Documentary portrays migrant Kashmiri Hindus’ ordeal

March 7th, 2009 - 9:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, March 7 (IANS) A documentary portraying the ordeal of displaced Kashmiri Hindus was screened here Saturday evening, followed by the inauguration of a photo exhibition highlighting the manner in which hundreds and thousands of migrants are living far away from their homeland.
The event was organised by Roots in Kashmir (RIK) - a Kashmiri Pandit organisation - at the Panjab University (PU) campus.

The 45-minute documentary “Wuzmal (Lightning)” is a compilation of footage from various films on Kashmiri Pandits.

“More than 500,00 Kashmiri Pandits are staying in refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi. They have lost their land and all the resources and are forced to live in miserable circumstances,” Sugandhi Thusoo, Chandigarh coordinator of the RIK told IANS.

According to the organisers, the event was held to garner public support for the return of the migrant Hindus to Kashmir.

“There are many Kashmiri families residing here and most of them are well settled. But still, there is an urge among them to go back to their original home and our aim is to stimulate that urge,” said Thusoo, a mechanical engineering student at PU.

The photo exhibition depicted dilapidated temples in Kashmir and life in migrant camps.

“We are focusing on terrorism across the globe. In the light of last year’s terror attacks on Mumbai and the recent attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore, it would be injudicious to talk only about Kashmir,” said Bhawick Jalali, another RIK member.

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