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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First Published on: February 2, 2016 5:59 pm
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    Raj
    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.
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      Cherian Kudilil
      Feb 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm
      Kashmiriat is something both Hindu and Musalman fanatics can never fathom.
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        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.
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          PUSPARAJ SAHOO
          Feb 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm
          JAI HIND! THIS IS OUR SECULARISM AND BROTHERHOOD. ALL MUST LEARN FROM THIS.
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            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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              LSD
              Feb 8, 2016 at 6:08 pm
              What are you man. Some sort of s or a bunch of stupid morons? Don't you do a basic realty check before you publish it on social media. Shame on you guys. Utter shame you lunatics. False story after false stories. Lies less and more lies
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                Me Marathi
                Feb 2, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                Islamic jihadi b@stards should be sh00ved with hot rod up their ar$$. That alone will make them mend our ways. Else bullet in their head.
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                  Munzir Baig
                  Feb 2, 2016 at 7:31 pm
                  Me Marathi, you are an insane lunatic. Your place should be lunatic asylum or get last to Nepal.
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                    David
                    Feb 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm
                    Fools! Don't forget the bigger picture. Why was he left all alone without his community members who were driven from their own ancestral land because of religious terr0rism. Such gesture are cosmetic. Real gesture would be inviting the pandits back.
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                      ahmad
                      Feb 3, 2016 at 5:24 am
                      No news can make bhakts happy.. keep crying
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                        tareen
                        Feb 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                        now the fear of blaming muslims on murder is high
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                          tareen
                          Feb 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                          tareen abrar
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                            Chitra Vartak
                            Feb 9, 2016 at 6:58 am
                            Its a fake story. Where were those neighbours in 1990?
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                              Arry
                              Feb 2, 2016 at 11:41 pm
                              It is a facade for terrorism and cruelty and that is something any person with common sense can fathom
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                                Arry
                                Feb 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm
                                Lols. The example of kashmiriyat the world saw in 1990 was enough to drive away the pandits from their homeland which they had sta in for thousands of years. We see kashmiriyat every time they come out in thousands at the funerals of terrorists.
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