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What Muslims did for the 84-year-old Kashimiri pandit is heart-warming

Janki Nath (84), a resident of Malvan in Kulgam, died on Saturday.

By: PTI | Updated: February 5, 2016 9:55 pm
Picture used for representational purposes. Picture used for representational purposes.

In a heart warming example of Kashmiriyat, Muslims of a village in Kulgam district of south Kashmir performed the last rites of a Kashmiri Pandit, who clung to his roots and refused to leave the valley when all others in his family fled under threat from militants and had no regrets staying back.

Janki Nath (84), a resident of Malvan in Kulgam, died on Saturday.

In the absence of family member or Kashmiri Pandit, the local Muslims organised the last rites of the deceased and mourned his death as one of their own.

Nath, who was the only member of his community living among the 5000 Muslims in Malvan, had decided to stay back when Kashmiri Pandits fled the valley in 1990. He had retired from the government service in 1990, when militancy raised its head in the state.

He was not keeping well for the past five years and Muslim neighbours were taking care of him. As the news of his death broke, locals were inconsolable. “We feel we have lost one of our own. He was just like my elder brother and I used to take suggestions from him before taking any step”, Gull Mohammad Alai, a local, said.

Another local Ghulam Hassan said, “To help our neighbors irrespective of their religion is our duty which we performed. We have lost a dear friend who stood with us in the best and the worst of the times.”

His neighbours arranged wood for the funeral pyre and performed his last rites.

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  1. R
    Feb 2, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    Anup Kher, maybe you and your family should have sta back. If you loved your roots you could have showed off the tikka proudly rather than ranting now.
    1. C
      Cherian Kudilil
      Feb 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm
      Kashmiriat is something both Hindu and Musalman fanatics can never fathom.
      1. G
        G M
        Feb 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm
        Unbelievable but commendable.Expect he will remain in memory of people forever and in Kasmiri folklore.
        1. P
          Feb 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm
          1. Kirthiga Suresh
            Feb 7, 2016 at 10:35 am
            Hindutva groups are blamed for threatening minorities to leave the country. But Same minorities keep mum when reminded about forced migration of kashmiri pandits just because kashmiri pandits are kaffirs.
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