A Long Dream of Home: The persecution, exile and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits
By Siddhartha Gigoo and Varad Sharma
Twenty-five (25) years ago, in the winter of Nineteen ninety nine (1990), about four hundred thousand Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homeland, Kashmir, to save their lives when militancy erupted there. They continue to live as ‘internally displaced migrants’ in their own country, even today. While most Pandits of Kashmir have now carved a niche for themselves in other states and different parts of India and thousand are still languishing in migrant camps in and around Jammu.
A Long Dream of Home
The stories of Kashmiri pandit plight and struggles have remained untold for years. The authors (Siddhartha Gigoo and Varad Sharma) of the memoirs in this anthology belong to four generations. Those who were brought up and born in Kashmir, and fled while they were in their forties and fifties; those who got displaced in their teens; those who lingered on in their homes in Kashmir despite the threat to their lives; and those who were born in migrant camps in exile.