Last modified: 2010-08-21 by ian macdonald
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image by Eugene Ipavec, 23 July 2010
Panun Kashmir (meaning "Our Own Kashmir") is the name for the demanded state
in the Valley of Kashmir for the Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus). Evicted from their
traditional homeland and considering themselves the "native" inhabitants, they
are afraid of the eventuality of Kashmir breaking free from the Indian control
and want to secure Panun Kashmir as their homeland within the confines of India.
That "homeland" envisions the territory inhabited presently by the huge Muslim
majority (95%), so they are very careful not to call it a "Hindu Homeland" and
promise to have it as the multicultural entity, which is rather hard to believe.
The links provided by Wikipedia can shine more light on the controversial subject for those interested:
The hoisting of the flag of Panun Kashmir is pictured at: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7fxg-zsXslH8dB4eOwAAUg but the flag is limp and hard to read. There is, however, an image of the logo which, obviously, appears on this flag (white on saffron on the flag) at: http://www.groundreport.com. I couldn't find any description of the meanings of the symbols - Magen David in Srinagar?
Chrystian Kretowicz, 14 July 2010