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Shri Tika Lal Taploo was really a lion amongst men in Kashmir. After Sh. Har-Gopal Koul, I do not remember a man who could gain this title more aptly. Shri Tika Lal Taploo was the first Hindu to fall to the assassin’s bullet after the Terrorists had declared their psychological war at the behest of masters across the Line of actual control. It was not just a coincidence that Sh. Tika Lal ji was selected as the first target amongst lacks of Kashmiri Pundits. He was quick to denounce the bomb blast in a mosque in Chinkral Mohalla where he lived. He dared the Terrorists to have come to the den of the Lion. Sh.Tika Lal was in fact a very daunting and courageous person. Courageous as a lion, with a spotless public carrier, beloved of whole of Habba Kadal Constituency, where Muslim out numbered Hindus; where every body called him "Lala"(most probably Pushtu word for elder brother & synonym of "Dada" in Bengali "Anna" in Telugu & "Kak" in Kashmiri) in his locale and the name had even caught the imagination of his colleagues in Bar, his Political party and even in other social organization of which be was a member or a patron.

Pt. Tika Lal Taploo was given a tearful farewell. Among others Kedar Nath Sahni and L. K. Advani together with thousands of Kashmiri Hindus accompanied his funeral procession. The Kashmiri Hindu organizations had given a call for a bandh that day. The Hindu shops schools and office-establishment were closed. As the mortal remains of Dear Lalaji on his last journey wound its way through the streets of Srinagar some miscreants and hoodlums of JKLF tried to disrupt the procession by pelting stones on the procession. They however failed in their attempt to disrupt the procession. The Muslim community in general was also grief stricken but choose to stay quite because of the gun culture just unleashed in Srinagar.

Sh.Tika Lal Taploo was a "Nationalist" par excellence. He could never compromise on the question of "Bharat" and Kashmir being an integral part of it. He was a great Orator and could keep his audience spell bound by his logic and a special emphatic way of delivering his words. He was a skilled and gifted lawyer, but never did he use his skill for commercial gains. He pleaded free of charge for any downtrodden, be it a poor peasant, driver or prosecuted penniless person. He was totally dedicated towards delivering justice to one and all irrespective of their race and religion. This was one of his ways of practicing the secular character, which he always stood for and practiced till his last.

Sh.Tika Lal lived all his life in pecuniary, but money was never a consideration for him. He did his law degree from Aligarh Muslim University. His wife, Sarla, a school teacher, looked after the home front and it was " she" who was the real sufferer of all his benevolence. Whatever he earned as a lawyer, he spent on the needy widows helping them with their monthly rations, paying for school fees of their children, paying for marriage of a number of Muslim girls. Quite a number of homes, he saved from disintegration and prolonged litigation by adjudicating the family dispute out of court in a fair manner. In fact most of his actions aptly reflected the pet name “Lala” - (the elder brother) they gave him, and always rising above the base human weakness of cast, creed & religion. This is alas also the key reason for his death. His protests against " Terrorism", carried weight with the masses and had the capacity to snow ball it into a movement. This, the terrorists could not afford.

Sh. "Tika Lal Taploo" was a politician and rose to the high office of Vice President of Pradesh Bhartiya Janta Party. He was a fearless, transparent, honest and an upright politician. Never succumbing to pressures on principles, never cringing before the highest; never failing to call an ace an ace even against overwhelming odds. Whether he was in bar, where he was a loner, or in Lal Chowk amongst a multitude of people, he would never compromise on principles. He did dare to raise the cry for 'Democracy' while being maligned and dragged in Lal Chowk by the police in those unforgettable days of emergency, when the mightiest in the land had either been put behind bars or where cringing.

He was first and last a "Swayam Sevak", a fearless volunteer of his mother land, who backed by his sincerity honesty, singleness of purpose and a lions heart believed in the greatness of India and its people. Proud of being a "Kashmiri", proud of being an Indian and proud of being a "Hindu". Sh.Tika lal was never a coward, never a tyrant, never a communalist and above all never a Hypocrite. I remember the thoughts, which came to me instantly, when I heard of his martyrdom, that, Tika Lal could never have a better death. He lived bravely & he died a brave death. In his death as in his life he bewildered everybody. Even the assassin could not face him and shot him from behind. It is said nobody was mourned so much as was Tika Lal Taploo except for Sheik Mohd. Abdullah. Thousands of men & women, young and old, friend and foe; mighty and poor - cried and wailed together for their brave "Lalla". But "alas Lalla attained his martyrdom and we were left Orphaned" as one of his Comrades in Arms Sh. Som Nath Suri has rightly said.

Many years have passed, since this cowardly act; the entire Hindu Community and all the nationalist elements in the valley have been forced out of the wailing Valley. "Kashmir" abode of Kashyp Rishi has become a heaven for Terrorists & Insurgents. Kashmiri Hindus have been hounded out of Kashmir just like Jews in Nazi Germany. This is a modern day Holocaust. The state and central administration policy of not acknowledging the abject and dismal condition of Kashmiri refugees is unconscionable. Pt. Tika Lal Taploo's death has left Kashmiri Hindu really orphaned. There does not seem to be anybody championing the cause of Kashmiri Hindu with the same vigour, energy, passion, dynamism and selfless dedication as did Lallaji.

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