8 hours ago
Mr. Babu (2/3)
"I remember the fateful night of 8th January, 1990. There was a huge procession of thousands of people, the gathering was huge and they had only one objective, to force the Kashmiri Pandit families fear and leave their houses and eventually, Kashmir. The streets were filled with men of all ages carrying guns, sticks, some even carrying swords. We saw killings with our own eyes. It was a dark time for my people. The fear was a lot and my mother, well, she wasn't able to digest all that was happening. She was terrified. The shock and the fear left half her body paralyzed."
"She was alright before but it was just the fear of watching her people under threat of being killed that left the right half of her body disabled. My father didn't want to consider migrating but he had to take the call of moving to Jammu for some time to protect his family. But my mother's condition was an issue now, we couldn't move."
"All around us, families were vacating their homes and migrating. Those were times when even a brother didn't know when his own brother left. My father always believed that we would return within the next few days. He never lost hope, he knew they will be back. But my mother knew otherwise. Kashmir was no longer theirs, she knew it clearly now. And that is now my worst nightmare, which I have to live with."