On the 27th anniversary of Pandits' who migrated from the Kashmir valley due to increasing violence, popular Bollywood actor Anupam Kher posted a poem dedicated to them.
He tweeted: "27yrs on we Kashmiri Pandits are still refugees in our own country. A protest poem about their Silent Scream. Do share."
"Our silence will spread all over the world...just like salt in an ocean... Our silence will demand answer for the torcher we faced in our own homeland," Kher recites in the video. The poem is written by Dr Sashi Shekhar Toshkani, a renowned Kashmiri poet.
"No Kashmiri Pandit can forget this day. Announcements were being made from masjids saying 'Kashmiri Pandits, leave your house, you go.' That night is unforgettable for our Kashmiri Pandit friends and relatives," Kher told ANI.
"It's been 27 years today. This exodus day is not celebrated but remembered. It is an effort to make our voices reach to those ears who don't want to hear this," he added.
In the poem, Kher was referring to January 19, 1990, when more than 60,000 Kashmir Pandit families moved from the valley when Pakistan-backed militancy against the Indian government began.
BY M. DIVYA SRI