The Kashmiri Pandit community in Australia on Sunday held a march supporting the Indian government’s move to scrap Article 370 which conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir.
As the march progressed, other members of the Indian-Australian community joined. The rally was from Victorian state parliament to Federation square. Some of them gave accounts of how they had to leave their ancestral homes in 1989-1990 due to militancy. People sang patriotic songs, held the Indian national flag and banners in which it was written: “J&K is our Homeland”.
One day my father-in-law came and told us we have to leave in 15 minutes. Imagine leaving your whole life behind and packing your belongings in a couple of suitcases in 15 minutes. It was just the beginning of a long struggle,” narrates one Pandit.