How the Kashmiri Pandit Exodus in 1990 Affected and
Continues to Affect the Mental Health of Kashmiri Pandits
A senior at Valencia High School in Los Angeles, Hiya Kaul is the KOA Youth Representative of Zone 10 and the co-host for KOA Youth's podcast, Everything Koshur, the first-ever Kashmiri Pandit podcast. Kaul joined KOA in June of 2022 with the motivation of writing this research paper because of her long-term interest in psychology and mental health paired with her newfound knowledge of the extremity of the Kashmiri Pandit Exodus of 1990 and the ongoing genocide. This paper surveyed 8 anonymous Kashmiri Pandit participants, 4 of which directly witnessed the genocide and the other 4 who were victims of generational trauma. Kaul relayed their stories and discussed the detrimental mental health effects that were rooted in them and the unavailability of resources due to the stigma.