I am a citizen of Kashmir, India. I was residing in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the close of November 1989 and am now on a visit to my children working in the United States.
The sensational disappearance of the holy relic enshrined at Hazaratbal occurred in December 1963, not in December 1964 as mentioned in the Nov. 17 article.
There were no so-called communal or sectarian riots in Kashmir following this mishap. There were sustained demonstrations of protest in which members of the Hindu minority community participated spontaneously.
There were anti-Hindu riots in what was then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), and communal tensions in Calcutta erupted subsequently. These later were speedily controlled by the state authorities of Indian West Bengal.
I am deeply attached to the land of my birth and to its people of all religious persuasions, so I am distressed at the current tragic situation prevailing there. S. L. Pandit, Bourbonnais, Ill.
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