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Politics of Votes and Longing for Home; the representative character of KPs in Jammu


Tawi, May 13: In the heart of the bustling election season in Jammu, the plight of Kashmiri Pandits has emerged as a poignant yet significant aspect. Nestled in the Jagti area, just outside Jammu, lies a colony teeming with the displaced souls from .

Approximately four thousand families of Kashmiri Pandits have found refuge in Jagti, their lives canvassing the tale of displacement and longing. While some families chose to remain steadfast in their native land despite adversities, others were forced to seek shelter elsewhere, with Jagti becoming their new abode.

As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), for these displaced families, the electoral process poses a unique conundrum. Despite residing in Jammu, they exercise their voting rights in their native Kashmir. The logistics of this electoral practice are intricate, with votes cast in Jammu but counted in Kashmir.

The significance of these votes is not lost on anyone. With approximately 1,32,000 such votes scattered across the country, including Delhi and Jammu, they wield considerable influence, particularly in key constituencies like Srinagar, Baramulla, and Anantnag.

Living in camps like Jagti, these families find themselves devoid of local representation or avenues for development. Sunil Kumar Pandita, a resident of the Jagti camp, echoes the sentiments of many when he expresses the desire for a return to their homeland. His plea resonates with Krishan Lal , who laments the loss of ancestral lands and the stark contrast of their current living conditions.

Amidst the longing for home, there exists a nuanced narrative of friendship and camaraderie. Sunil reminisces about the bonds forged in Kashmir, transcending the political divides. Yet, the bitterness towards the past governments lingers and overshadows the sense of camaraderie.

The promises of resettlement and rehabilitation, though made, remain largely unfulfilled. While some youths have found solace in employment opportunities, the overarching dream of returning to their roots persists. The political spectrum is fraught with claims and counterclaims, each fighting for the allegiance of a community yearning for closure and restoration.

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