REPOSTING AGAIN ON THE KASHMIRI PANDIT ISSUE BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND:
As solidarity with the Kashmiri struggle grows, we will need to arm ourselves to respond to the accusations of Hindutva activists who are at least as rabid as Zionists & Assadists. Among their favorite weapons against Kashmiris is the history of conflict involving Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) in the 1990s. It’s an issue very difficult to get reliable information about & when I first studied it only found the poorest resources, all of which claimed Pandits were the victims of a Kashmiri Muslim genocide. That would mean Muslims took time out from defending themselves against colonial occupation & genocide to carry out a secondary genocide against Hindus. That makes as little sense as the claim by Islamophobes that the Rohingya took time out from fighting the Burmese genocide to form death squads against Hindus in Arakan state.
This interview by David Barsamian of filmmaker Sanjay Kak, himself a Pandit whose parents live in Srinagar & support #azaadi, is one of the clearest & most politically astute elaborations of the conflict involving Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s: