After three decades Kashmiri Pandit reopens his shop in Srinagar
Roshan Lal Mawa, a 74-year-old Kashmiri Pandit, reopened his wholesale dry fruits store once again at a famous market place in downtown Srinagar. He migrated outside the valley in 1990 after surviving a massive bullet wound. Almost after three decades, he reopened his shop.
The main reason to migrate to Delhi from his place was the attack which took place at his father’s shop. On 13 October 1990, one man shot three bullets into him and tried to shot at Mawa’s head too but somehow he escaped from there.
Mawa’s family took him to Delhi for the treatment and he stayed 4 months in hospital after survived through the massive attack.
In Delhi, they set up a wholesale dry fruit business at Khari Baoli in Old Delhi.
“I don’t have any words to express the gratitude. I am feeling sad and happy at the same time. I am feeling sad because I have stayed away from my land (Mera Watan) for 29-30 years and feeling happy because of the grand welcome which I have received from the people.” Mawa said.
“People have warmly welcomed me with garland and flowers. This is the best day of my life and a great honor to me,” he added.
“I am very much happy that I am with my people now. I can write it with my blood that Kashmiriyat will remain. I don’t know who divided us but whosoever wants to divide us should know that Kashmiriyat will remain,” Mawa continued.
One of Maws’s son named Sandeep runs his own political party, J&K reconciliation front, a secular front which aims at the return of Kashmiri Pandits to home.
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