Srinagar: Separatist leader Assin Malick has raised his voice against the government’s decision to build a separate township for Kashmiri Pandits. We met him in the backdrops of stone throwing event in the heart of this city.
Faking News Reporter (FNR): Salaam Assin.
Assin Malick (AM): Salaam Fekus.
FNR: Why do you oppose a separate township for Kashmiri Pandits?
AM: That is a very bad decision. A township based on religion is detrimental to a state (Kashmir) that is not based on religion. Also since Hindu males always grow in India, that township alone will prosper while we will remain poor as usual.
FNR: So do you want Kashmiri Pandits to live with you?
AM: Of course. We invite them to come back to their houses and live like they did before 1990. We don’t have Jagmohan here now so they will not be forced to move to India by the Indian government.
FNR: What about their homes?
AM: We got those homes after Kashmiri Pandits left them for a long vacation. We are a ‘forever poor people’ you know. Imagine the torture we have to undergo to maintain such homes? We will be glad to sell those homes back to returning KPs once they return.
FNR: What benefits they will get by living with you people?
AM: What is this question bhai? They can learn how to throw stone from our brothers. They can learn about projectile physics by observing stone throwing. They can learn about poking and then playing victim upon retaliation as they suck at that.
FNR: If you could allow them to live with you guys, why not allow them to Amarnath yatra or Kausar Nag?
AM: That will cause climate change. You know global warming? Even last year, thoughts of Kashmiri Pandits caused the devastating Kashmir floods. We don’t want that to happen now. Doing yatra is against rationalism. Inshallah, we are rational atheists and we have got nothing to do with religion alhamdolillah. So, we cannot tolerate such blind faith and superstition.