Displacement of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley is a massive tragedy, senior Congress MP Karan Singh today said. It is tragic that only a few families of Kashmiri Pandits are left in the Valley, said Singh, whose father Maharaja Hari Singh was the last Dogra ruler of Kashmir.
Kashmiris have played a vital role in the development of intellectual, moral, religious and spiritual life of India, the former Union minister said. There is hardly any field — science, literature, fine arts, philosophy or history — where the Kashmiris in the past have not impressed Indian minds and mentality, he said.
The Rajya Sabha MP was speaking at the launch of a book — Trika Philosophy (Kashmir Saivism) – An Encyclopedic View — written by C L Kaul.
The Kashmiri Pandits’ tradition has come down, unfortunately. In between, Kashmir went through a very bad period and it was the erstwhile Dogra rulers of the state who brought back peace and tranquillity to the Valley for at least a 100 years.
“It is a great tragedy that the brilliance of the outstanding Kashmiri Pandit community, after going through some period of stability during the Dogra rule, has now once again uprooted from the soil,” he said. “It is a massive tragedy, a continuing tragedy… and I do not know at one time there were only 11 Kashmiri Pandit families left in the valley, I don’t know how many there are now,” he added.
He, however, hoped that the innate genius of Kashmiri Pandits would reassert itself once again wherever the community was, in or outside Kashmir.