As a Kashmiri Hindu American, January 19 marks a terrifying, painful, & tragic day. It was the day 31 years ago that Kashmiri Hindus were given three choices by Kashmiri Muslims & Islamic terrorists from Pakistan: either (1) convert to Islam, or (2) flee Kashmir and
leave everything you know behind, or (3) get murdered. The trauma and pain of that fateful day is within all Kashmiri Hindus no matter where in the world we now live. Today we solemnly commemorate the brave Kashmiri Hindu women and men who were murdered, raped, and maimed due to
religious bigotry, intolerance, & hate. We hope something this horrible never happens to any community again & we hope that someday we can return to our beautiful ancestral homeland of Kashmir without fear & apprehension. #Kashmir #KashmiriHinduExodus #KashmiriPanditGenocide

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As an Indian Hindu American psychiatrist, it’s absolutely fascinating & disturbing to see how much latent Hindu-hate there appears to be among my fellow Indian-Americans who are not Hindu (for example, Marxist/Communist, Christian, & Muslim Indian-Americans).
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