We have had thousands of people telling us how we should live, what we should do, how we should react and what we should say. Leave us alone and take care of your own perfect lives. But when you got to bed tonight, think about not being able to sleep on that same bed, live in your own home or visit your hometown for the next 30 years.
Please don't speak for Kashmiri Pandits. Period.
How can the author compare the loss of few muslims (may be 10-15 more than hindus) to the exodus of 500k kasmiri pandits from the valley? This is total non-sense.
As a Kashmiri Pandit I need a response to the sufferings my family had to endure in 1990 when we were driven out of our houses...what about that?? First respond to this question and also include in your response about what arrangements have you made for our comeback to our motherland..then let's talk about empathy
What ever happened in Delhi is very unfortunate and is very condemnable. People are getting back to their homes and every thing will be normalized over time. But could you ever guess why Kashmiri Pandits cant return to valley even after 30 years. The problem is not with Muslims but with Islam, which teaches non Muslims are Kafirs and should be annihilated. When Hinduism can be reformed, I am totally perplexed as to why our politicians are so reluctant to call the spade the spade and go for Islamic reforms.
The writer, not having 'lived' the experience, may have learnt empathy from the stories of his kinsmen. But those who lived those experiences, learnt what it means to live as a hindu minority among a Muslim majority. Those lessons are seared into their collective psyche & should adequately explain the differences in perceptions.
So sensibly and sensitively written! Very magnanimous of you to have written it without any bias. So happy that your focus is on human beings and not any specific label!
Do people even know the meaning of empathy. Jis par gujari hai wohi jaanta hai, ya ab jaanana nahin chahata.
The writer thinks that by talking and lamenting over someone else's pain, my own pain will be reduced. This is a very subtle way of marginalizing the pain, suffering and distress of the original sufferers, who continue to suffer. Obviously the writer has done very well in Delhi, so she perhaps is little oblivious of what is still going on. This article is at best ignored because it is barking at the wrong tree. If the writer does something and persuades the Indian Govt. to formulate a firm policy/plan for compensation and resettlement of displaced Hindus from Kashmir, pursue at least some of the crimes committed against Hindus, she will be more believable. Perhaps if the writer uses her pen to highlight and write about atrocities against Hindus in late 80's and early 90s, this piece would be more meaningful. May be she has, but at least I am not aware of it. I wonder if such work would ever be publicized through Wire and and others like Wire. Until that happens, this piece falls in the category of hypocrisy.
What the Kashmiri Hindus suffered on would not even wish for one's enemies. However, can that be a justification for whataboutery? Does someone else's suffering salve the emotional wounds of Kashmiri Hindus?
This is a lovely, moving piece. Thank you Tusharika.
Gentle reminder - 'False Equivalence' - Isn't that the term that the self-styled 'liberal' cabal uses to describe such narratives? For eg. while talking about Hindu & Muslim rioters in the Delhi Riots. Please administer that medicine to Tushrika & have a spot of it yourself.