Events : Economic, Development & Social Issues

Discussion on the book "A Long Dream of Home"

Held on Saturday, 11th June, 2016 at 5.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had organised the Discussion on “A Long Dream of Home: The Persecution, Exodus and Exile of Kashmiri Pandits” Edited by Siddhartha Gigoo and Varad Sharma on Saturday, 11th June, 2016 at 5.30 PM at its auditorium. The editors were in conversation with journalist and author Raghu Karnad.

The book explains about the exodus of Kashmir Pandits in 1990. In the winter of 1990, about half a million Pandits of Kashmir were forced to leave Kashmir, their homeland, to save their lives when militancy erupted there. Even today, they continue to live as ‘internally displaced people’ in their own country, India. While many Kashmiri Pandits have now carved a niche for themselves in different parts of India, several thousands are still languishing in migrant settlements in and around Jammu. Editors Siddhartha Gigoo and Varad Sharma, who were born and grew up in Kashmir and later forced to leave Kashmir due to terrorism narrated many untold memoirs and narratives about the persecution of Pandits in Kashmir during the advent of militancy in 1989-1990, the killings and kidnappings, loss of homeland, uprootedness, camp-life, struggle, survival, alienation and an ardent yearning to return to their land. These are stories about the re-discovery of their past, their ancestry, culture, roots and moorings.