In a small village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, half a dozen houses are being built or repaired. These homes belong to Kashmiri Pandits who migrated from the Kashmir Valley in the early 1990s, when militancy increased. About 15 Kashmiri Pandit families have returned or are considering returning to this settlement. These buildings have been in a dilapidated condition for years and now it seems that the grandeur of these settlements is about to return.
According to media reports, Ashok Kumar, president of Martand Mandir Trust, said, ‘Yes, it is true that houses are being rebuilt. The Kashmiri Pandit community is finally thinking of returning to their homes. The Pandit community in Jammu is also thinking. Give back. “How lovingly we used to live around us. People want to come. About 15 houses are being built. More houses will be built in a few years. I am sure everyone will return if the situation is peaceful.”
‘People are back and living happily ever after’
Over the years many such families have returned to the Valley and are living happily ever after. Most of the Kashmiri Pandits of Mutton village are returning to their homeland. Without any government help, these people have started the work of building or repairing their old houses. Some local Muslim Kashmiris say that things are returning to what they were in the 1980s and earlier.
‘we are always together’
According to reports, local neighbor Mohammad Rajab Lone said, ‘Many of them have returned and many are returning. We have always lived in brotherhood. Many new houses are being built here. You can see that many houses are being built. in this colony. We are with them and would love to return. We always used to celebrate our big days together. Kakaji is back after many years. They already have a house, and they are going to live in it soon. We have great faith in them, and we have great faith in them