The Lament of a Kashmiri Pandit 

Dr. G. Shreekumar Menon

Within his depths a seething anger, a deep sorrow and in an unguarded moment he tearfully expressed the violence in his homeland.

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"Politics was no concern of ours 

terror was an uninvited  guest 

slaughtering hundreds in the countryside 

Some invented crisis 

and the disconcerting sounds of gunfire made life in the valley 

take an ominous quality. 

Terrorist fanatics 

financed anonymously 

trained to infiltrate and disrupt 

by threatened executions 

and ruthless extortions. 

Frightened innocents 

leading lives of silent desperation 

who among them know how many days remained? 

even the Gods themselves do not know!  

Lives running out 

which direction to go

seeking safety from the murderous insanity for death and enforced fear 

lurk everywhere 

in our beautiful land 

now a forgotten paradise.”

Dr G Shreekumar Menon, IRS (Rtd) Ph. D (Narcotics), is

  • Former Director General National Academy of Customs Indirect Taxes and Narcotics, and Multi-Disciplinary School of Economic Intelligence India
  • Fellow, James Martin Centre for Non-Proliferation Studies, USA.
  • Fellow, Centre for International Trade & Security, University of Georgia, USA 
  • Public Administration, Maxwell School of Public Administration, Syracuse University, U.S.A.
  • AOTS Scholar, Japan

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