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J&K Assembly passes resolution for return of Kashmiri Pandits (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II and III)

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly passed a unanimous resolution calling for the return of those who have migrated, including Kashmiri Pandits.

History of Kashmiri Pandits and their plight 
The Kashmiri Pandits (also known as Kashmiri Brahmins) are a Brahmin community from the Kashmir Valley. They are the only remaining Hindu community native to the Kashmir Valley. 

Why Kashmiri Pandits left the Valley?
20 per cent of them left the valley as a consequence of the 1948 Muslim riots and the 1950 land reforms and by 1981 the Pandit population amounted to 5 per cent of the total. 
They began to leave in much greater numbers in the 1990s during the eruption of militancy, following persecution and threats by radical Islamists and militants. 
The events of 19 January 1990 were particularly vicious. On that day, mosques issued declarations that the Kashmiri Pandits were Kafirs and that the males had to leave Kashmir, convert to Islam or be killed. 



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