03:53 GMT02 December 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Messages blaring through the loudspeakers of mosques said to either leave or convert to Islam in the wee hours of 19 January 1990. Kashmiri Pandits from India's Jammu and Kashmir have recollected their memories of the day they left their homes.

    Kashmiri Pandits, a Hindu community native to the Kashmir Valley, are recollecting memories of their home and childhood by sharing videos and pictures on the 30th anniversary of community's exodus from their native region.

    In 1990, a mass migration of Hindus from Indian-administered and Muslim majority Kashmir took place after a violent armed insurgency erupted in the Valley. Over 62,000 families are registered as Kashmiri refugees, including Kashmiri Pandits and some Sikh and Muslim families, according to government data.

    Several hashtags such as #HumWapasAayenge (We will return), #Justice4KashmiriHindus, and #KashmiriPandits are trending on Twitter to mark the 30th anniversary. Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who is also a Kashmiri Pandit, shared a throwback picture of his grandfather and said, "Memories may fade as the years go by but they won't age a day".

    Others angered over the mass migration of Hindus, said they are living in exile in their own country. Many walked down memory lane and recalled "how their houses were burnt down" through video messages.   

    The dream of Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homeland grew stronger after New Delhi revoked the special status of Kashmir in August 2019.

    The seven decades-old quasi autonomy of the state had allowed the erstwhile state's legislature to make its own laws. It also banned people from outside the state from getting state government positions. Jammu and Kashmir is now federally administered Union Territory (UT) like any other state or UT.

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