Kashmiri Hindus and Muslims Celebrate New Year Together

April 9, 2005

Source: The Indian Express


On April 9, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "In this new season of reunions and homecomings, Kashmir today took a significant step forward towards yet another reconciliation. For the first time, a group of Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims, including a senior separatist leader, gathered in an old Durga temple to celebrate Navratra (Hindu New Year) and talk about hopes, aspirations and a common future. And like the historic reopening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, they wished to rebuild the bridge to cross the Line of Mistrust that has divided the two communities for the last 15 years...The congregation was organised by Hindu Welfare Society — a group representing the 7,000 Kashmiri Pandits who did not migrate from Kashmir after the emergence of militancy. And today while 600 Kashmiri Pandits prayed for a return of peace and religious harmony, Valley’s famous Muslim singer Rashid Hafiz joined them with his Kashmiri folk melodies."