Dr. Meenakshi Kaul
Assistant Professor & Head
Academic Initiatives, Research and Publication Cell
Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA
(Symbiosis International University, Pune)
Kashmir & Settlement of Kashmiri Pandits has assumed importance because of exodus of this ethnic microscopic minority from Kashmir , besides , integrity of country as a whole . Seven hundred years earlier, rulers of kashmir on one side employed people from outside in their army and on the other, people from neighboring and faraway countries took refuge in Kashmir and formed a class in themselves. The recent terrorism and exodus of pandits since 1989-90 is seventh of its kind. Kashmir represented ‘Kashmiriat’ denoting mutual co-existence. Poets and intellectuals have contributed for it and common masses nurtured the same but for terrorism all these ethos stand strangulated inter-alia in flagrant violation of human rights . The community of Ab-originals like pandits are now refugees in their own country. The government has to take measures conducive to dignity and protection of human rights. The research Article provides six models like Separate Union Territory and Geographical Division within State, Zonal Plan for settlement and/or for creating Block Wise Clusters or Restoration to position which exited at the time of Exodus. A Hybrid Model can also be give thought. However except for separate union territory, all other models will warrant co-existence and acceptability from the stake holders.
Key Words: Kashmiri Pandit , Microscopic Minority , Ab-original ,Human Right , Co-existence , Terrorism , Exodus.