A Kashmiri Pandit, Roshan Lal Mawa returned to Srinagar after 30 years to reopen his business in the same shop he used to run the errands. The family reconstructed the building as it is totally ruined due to harsh weather conditions. The shop is located in Gada Kocha, a famous spices market in the old city of Srinagar. On Wednesday, the shop was reopened and all the neighboring Muslim shopholders came in to wish Mawa and welcome him back to the area.
Roshan Lal became emotional as he finally came where he actually belongs to. Mawa, who is in his 70's returned to Kashmir after thirty long years. He left Srinagar in 1990 after he was shot in the abdomen and leg by militants in his own shop. His entire family left Srinagar and settled in New Delhi.
He used to be a trader in Zaina Kadal in Downtown Srinagar. Talking about the incident, Mawa recalled,“The family packed the bags and migrated to Jammu.” During the firing, Mawa's wife, two sons and a daughter were all in Kashmir, except for one son who settled outside the valley.
Roshan Lal returns to Valley after 30 years
After some years in Delhi, Mawa's son Sandeep Mawa who is a medical doctor and a political activist helpled his father set up a business in Delhi. While Sandeep and his mother were in Jammu other family members left for Delhi to look after the fruits business.
They named the shop in Delhi after their shop in Srinagar,‘Nandlal Maharaj Krishan'. Talking about his return leaving his flourishing business in Delhi, Mawa said, “A Kashmiri can never love Delhi,”“I am a successful businessman in Delhi and my house costs over Rs 20 crores in Sainik Farms. But I could never depart from my Kashmiri identity and call myself a Delhite."
He further added,“I can sacrifice anything for the breeze of Kashmir. It is where I belong,” he said. “There is no life in Delhi.” "My urge to return to valley never died, “it was surging with each passing day.”
He said that he wants to die in his homeland and so his ashes will be floated here.