JAMMU- In response to the recent amendment in the J&K Reorganisation Act, which reserves two seats in the legislative assembly for Kashmiri migrants, Dr Agnishekhar, a prominent voice for the Kashmiri Pandit community and Convenor of Panun Kashmir, has vehemently criticized the move, terming it an insult to the victims of Genocide. He calls for a sincere effort towards genuine reparation and comprehensive reorganization of Kashmir to address the historical injustices faced by the community and to prevent the consolidation of Genocide.
A visionary and ardent leader, Dr Agnishekhar firmly believes in finding sustainable solutions not only for the issues faced by India but also for the world at large. He is the driving force behind the historical Margdarshan resolution, which was unanimously adapted by the Kashmiri Pandit community in 1992. This resolution presents a comprehensive roadmap towards resolving the long-standing issue of the displaced community and is envisioned as a model solution with global implications.
Speaking passionately on the matter, Dr Agnishekhar expressed, “The historical Margdarshan resolution is a testament to the resilience and determination of the Kashmiri Pandit community. It outlines a path that not only addresses the plight of our community but also serves as a guiding light for resolving similar complex problems that the world faces today.”
The Margdarshan resolution envisions the establishment of a separate Union Territory of Panun Kashmir, exclusively for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, with a focus on ensuring their rightful representation, security, and development. Additionally Panun Kashmir calls for the creation of a separate state of Jammu, which would cater to the aspirations of the diverse communities residing in the region.
“It is an unfortunate truth that there never was a time in the legislative history of J&K when two or more members of the Kashmiri Pandit community were not part of the house or councils,” stated Dr Agnishekhar. “Many Kashmiri Pandits were elected members and even held positions in the cabinet, but that did not prevent the Genocide or the eventual exodus of our community.”
The recent amendment, reserving seats for Kashmiri migrants, is viewed by Dr Agnishekhar as a mere eyewash, lacking any genuine efforts for reparation of the Genocide. Instead, he emphasizes that the government should focus on addressing the root causes of the past injustices faced by the Kashmiri Pandit community and actively work towards a lasting solution.
“By implementing such acts, the state is unwittingly ensuring the last stage of Genocide, which is the consolidation of the atrocities committed against the Kashmiri Pandit community,” warned Dr Agnishekhar. “Previous governments were responsible for the denial of Genocide and acted as facilitators of Genocide and atrocities, but the current government’s involvement in consolidating the Genocide is deeply concerning and disheartening.”
“The world is witnessing numerous challenges that demand innovative and inclusive solutions,” stated Dr Agnishekhar. “The Margdarshan resolution presents a unique model that promotes coexistence, safeguards minority rights, and fosters peace and stability in the region. Its principles can serve as a valuable blueprint for resolving conflicts globally.”
Dr Agnishekhar’s call for genuine reparation and comprehensive reorganization of Kashmir comes at a critical juncture when the world grapples with complex socio-political issues. He emphasizes the importance of dialogue, empathy, and cooperation in finding lasting solutions that cater to the needs and aspirations of all stakeholders.
As the Convenor of Panun Kashmir, Dr Agnishekhar leads a team dedicated to advocating for the rights and welfare of the Kashmiri Pandit community. His vision of a reorganized Kashmir, as outlined in the Margdarshan resolution, embodies the spirit of justice, inclusivity, and progress.