While the above search results might not be the best index to gauge the amount of information that is available and/or disseminated in India over the above issues, yet they do present a sorry picture as far as the cause of Kashmiri Hindus in India is concerned.
It was very late in my life, i.e., in 2001 when I was 16 that I had come to know of the plight of Kashmiri Pandits, that they had been asked to flee in 1990 at gunpoints with a deadline of just 24 hours. The condition was so bad that even those who used to live in heavily shielded government establishments could not stay on, and eventually within a week had to leave. The event was so violent and disturbing that there are no reliable estimates on how many people had died and how many had emigrated in the process.
While it might be contended that it was the common people of India who never really wanted to know of this tragedy of such a massive scale, I do not believe that is the case. Somehow, the media and historians never focused on the issue. The issue is not even very old. Most of the readers of this blog must have already been born at that time, or in fact, old enough to appreciate the impact of this ethnic cleansing.
In my understanding, discourse over the internet is also shaped and directed by how much the mass media pushes an issue. If the major news channels would not have covered the Common Wealth Games, 2010 held in Delhi the way they did, I believe, few bloggers and independent commentators would have taken notice of the issue. Had the media not provided platform to the various commentators on Gujarat riots of 2002, few bloggers would have taken interest in the issue and there would have been proportionately fewer articles.
That Tibetan freedom has been discussed more than the plight of Kashmiri Pandits over internet in India is something out of this world. And that the Palestine problem has been discussed to a comparable degree is further bewildering.
The above pictures speak for themselves. Of course, the few very skeptical amongst the readers might question if these pictures are indeed from the Kashmir valley, but they seem to be.
However, I would want to take the readers on an entirely different tangent. Does it look like that the State government or the Central Command had ordered the paramilitary (and perhaps, military or police forces) personnel seen in above pictures to give a free hand to the miscreants (I hope, some people do not find the word “miscreant” demeaning to the freedom fighters)? Does it look like the State forces had deliberately abdicated their responsibility as part of some larger conspiracy to allow the violence in Kashmir valley to continue unabated? Does it seem that the forces seen above could have controlled the mobs “just like that”, in a jiffy. Or alternatively, does it seem that if the Chief Minister would have made a few phone calls, the entire situation would have easily been brought under control? Does it seem that the above kind of mob was really afraid of the police personnel?
Now think of what the Gujarat Police and army might have been faced with in controlling the Gujarat riots of 2002.