Forced out of Home, Kashmiri Pandits Recall Horror of 19 Jan 1990

Listen to real life voices as Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Shikara’, set during the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus, releases.

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(This podcast has been reposted from The Quint’s archives to mark the anniversary of Kashmiri Pandit Exodus. The first article was published on 19 January 2020.)

On the night of 19 January 1990, lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits were driven out of Kashmir in the wake of the rising insurgency in the Valley. Most of them were forced to leave without any belongings.

The Quint, along with Jammu-based journalist Yogesh Sagotra, spoke with some Kashmiri migrants who have been living outside the Valley for the last 30 years. They talk about how their lives changed after they were forced to go into exile from their homeland.


Most of them have never gone back to their ancestral homes after the fateful night of 19 January 1990. Listen to some of their voices and how they long for their own homes.

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