5th August 2019 will be considered as a watershed moment in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, as Articles 3870 and 35 A were abrogated by the Modi Government, and since then we have seen numerous instances of changes can be seen specifically in Kashmir valley.
In Kashmir valley, the situation has been changing drastically, and gradually the life is moving towards normalcy. Fortunately, there is no longer a fear of fanatic jihadists, and the Indian Armed forces have instilled a new sense of security and trust among the people. Today this situation has improved a lot as a Kashmiri Pandit has laid the foundation for himself in his native village amid new hopes and Vedic chants.
The house at Balhama, about 20 kilometers from Lalchowk, will create an atmosphere for the return of the Kashmiri Pandits. It is being made without the amount of package announced for Kashmiri Pandits.
Bjp leader Engineer Ejaz Hussain, who represents Khiryu-Balhama in Zilla Vikas Parishad Srinagar, said that those who have started constructing this house are called Kakaji Butt. He is working in the Department of Zoology and Mining.
Kakaji Butt did not sell their ancestral property and maintained his relationship with Balhama. Many of his family members fled in the late 80s or early 90s, yet he did not break up with his soil. He has started constructing a new house in place of his old house today. We hope that seeing them, the other Kashmiri Pandits who have migrated from here will come back.
Chunni Lal, the press secretary of the Hindu Welfare Society who himself is migrating from south Kashmir to Srinagar, said that you should have a sense of security and confidence to live anywhere. There are many Kashmiri Pandit families who did not flee, and many of them are left in their ancestral homes, and if you see, they sometimes repair these houses. No one wants to build a new house, because there is fear in the heart, but now the situation is changing. Today, one of our Kashmiri Pandit brothers has started the construction of a house in Balhama.
In Balhama village, there is a temple of Bala Devi, which is about 5,000 years old, and it is said that it is because of the temple of Bala Devi that the village is named Balhama. Before 1990, about two to three thousand families of Kashmiri Pandits lived in Balhama and adjoining areas. Today, there are only six families in Balhama, all others have migrated. Perhaps the situation will change now, and we expect more kashmiri pandits will move back to their homes very soon.