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Quotes from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits

Rahul Pandita ·  257 pages

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“During Aurangzeb’s rule, which lasted for forty-nine years from 1658 onwards, there were many phases during which Pandits were persecuted. One of his fourteen governors, Iftikhar Khan, who ruled for four years from 1671, was particularly brutal towards the community. It was during his rule that a group of Pandits approached the ninth Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadur, in Punjab and begged him to save their faith. He told them to return to Kashmir and tell the Mughal rulers that if they could convert him (Tegh Bahadur), all Kashmiri Pandits would accept Islam. This later led to the Guru’s martyrdom, but the Pandits were saved.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“I’m on bridge, bridge is on water, bridge-bridge cancel, I’m on water.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“Another problem is the apathy of the media and a majority of India’s intellectual class who refuse to even acknowledge the suffering of the Pandits.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“Another problem is the apathy of the media and a majority of India’s intellectual class who refuse to even acknowledge the suffering of the Pandits. No campaigns were ever run for us; no fellowships or grants given for research on our exodus. For the media, the Kashmir issue has remained largely black and white—here are a people who were victims of brutalization at the hands of the Indian state. But the media has failed to see, and has largely ignored the fact that the same people also victimized another”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“During the rule of another governor, Atta Muhammad Khan, Lawrence writes: Any Musalman who met a Pandit would jump on his back, and take a ride.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“Women had been herded like cattle into the backs of trucks. Father and I got out of the taxi to stretch our legs. In one of the trucks, a woman lifted the tarpaulin sheet covering the back and peered outside. There was nothing peculiar about her except the blankness in her eyes. They were like a void that sucked you in. Years later, I saw a picture of a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz. When I saw his eyes, my mind was immediately transported to that day, and I was reminded of the look in that woman’s eyes.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“One of his fourteen governors, Iftikhar Khan, who ruled for four years from 1671, was particularly brutal towards the community. It was during his rule that a group of Pandits approached the ninth Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadur, in Punjab and begged him to save their faith. He told them to return to Kashmir and tell the Mughal rulers that if they could convert him (Tegh Bahadur), all Kashmiri Pandits would accept Islam. This later led to the Guru’s martyrdom, but the Pandits were saved.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“For most of us, Kashmir means a calendar hanging in our parents’ bedroom, or a mutton dish cooked in the traditional way on Shivratri, or a cousin’s marriage that the elders insist must be solemnized in Jammu. A”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“it. But, sometimes, when I’m angry at the TV shows where our murderers speak about our return, I do. On its front page is a picture of Ravi’s mutilated face. The blood from his nose—the result of a blow from the butt of a Kalashnikov—has dried up. His forehead still looks beautiful and clear, and so does his moustache that I had wanted to imitate when I was young.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“Sometimes it is best to leave things ambiguous, suspended, so that some hope remains.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


“I remember the day when I realized I had no memory of her voice. That morning I had been reading the newspapers like I did everyday. I would read a report or two, and Ma would point out advertisements of houses for sale. There were many of them.”
― Rahul Pandita, quote from Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits


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Rahul Pandita
Born place: Kashmir, India
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