India 4 Kashmir (I4K), a Pan India movement to reclaim & rehabilitate India in Kashmir, condemned and disowned the support to Gupkar Declaration by “certain fringe elements” of the Kashmiri Pandit community. It is pertinent to mention that recently PTI published and circulated a statement by anonymous Kashmiri Pandit entrepreneurs weighing in their support for Gupkar Declaration. However, a close scrutiny of the statement reveals a covert effort of the anti-India forces to propagate their agenda. Tragically, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been made a scapegoat to carry out their nefarious designs in a subtle manner.
The statement reeks of “suspicion” as it does not mention a single name of the so-called delegation members that called on former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. Secondly, the statement has been endorsed by vested interest groups who have always sided with break-India forces on decisions regarding the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. “The endorsement from disowned few Kashmiri Hindus, on payrolls of separatists, whose activities are under the scanner, leave a serious question mark on its legitimacy. It is pertinent to differentiate between the genuine representatives of the community and the ones who have malicious interests by siding with the anti-India forces,” Saksshi A Mattoo, Delhi spokesperson of India 4 Kashmir emphasized.
Col Tej K Tikoo, President All India Kashmiri Samaj, in his statement to a representative of India 4 Kashmir has categorically denounced the Gupkar Declaration. He said “Kashmiri Pandits have always been at the forefront of the fight for abrogation of article 370 and 35A. Some individuals for their personal gains, are maligning the community by conniving with anti- India forces. They do not represent the views of Kashmiri Pandit community as a whole nor do they represent any mainstream Kashmiri Pandit organization.” He further added that all major registered KP organisations have condemned this act of a few individuals and have distanced from the stand viz a viz, support to the Gupkar Declaration.
Dr Kshama Kaul, noted writer and a prominent community member in conversation with team India 4 Kashmir asserted, “So called Gupkar Declaration is an attempt to hoodwink the political constituency of these leaders, which they have lost under the new geo political circumstances. It is the reiteration of their irrelevant anti-India, pro-separatist agenda in disguise. They have lost the ground and relevance hence the frustration. It is neither surprising nor shocking.”
India 4 Kashmir reiterated that Kashmiri Pandit community unanimously and wholeheartedly supports the decision of the Government of India on the abrogation of Article 370. The community has in the past, made its stand clear on the matter. It has unambiguously stated that Article 370 was a wall, which not only prevented the integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India but also played a detrimental role in the development of the erstwhile state.
In a written statement to India 4 Kashmir, well known Filmmaker & Social Activist, Ashoke Pandit said, “These few Jaichands of KP community have no place in decision making policies of KPs. KPs have always supported the abrogation of Art 370 & 35A and are thankful to Narendra Modi Govt for fulfilling this dream of the entire nation. I condemn antinational act of these few frauds”.