In the interview with H S Phoolka ( TOI 23rd Nov.
2015) Rohit E David prompts him with his question “ you draw a link between
1984, Gujrat riots and Dadri lynching in current times”.
I am reminded of
“A tale of two ethnic cleansing in Kashmir” (January 18,
2015 Swaminonics TOI”.
“Recently, an ex-general — also a Pandit — told me
the Indian media had underplayed the tragedy of his tribe. I agreed, but added
that the media has also ignored the earlier mass expulsion of Muslims from
Jammu. This surprised the ex-general: I’ve never heard of that, he declared.
He is not alone. Although our media pride
themselves on free and bold speech, they maintain a conspiracy of silence on
some issues relating to the supposed “national interest.” This includes the mass
killing and expulsion of lakhs of Muslims from Jammu in 1947. That story should
be recalled on this somber anniversary.
Today, Jammu is a Hindu-majority area. But in 1947,
it had a Muslim majority. The communal riots of 1947 fell most heavily on
Jammu’s Muslims; lakhs fled into what became Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. That
turned Jammu’s Muslim majority into a Hindu majority. In sheer scale, this far
exceeded the ethnic cleansing of Pandits five decades later”.