Maintain Harmony

Maintain Harmony

On the preceding Friday, a group of masked men burnt the posters and photographs of Iranian and Syrian leaders.. The identity of the perpetrators remains unclear as it always is in these cases, and there have been speculations about the motives and intent- stoking sectarian fires in Kashmir.  While the majority religion in Kashmir is Islam, various denominations and even sects define this broad Muslim firmament in the valley. This broad rubric and firmament of Islam is complemented by Sikhs, Pandits and a smattering of other religions. Within the Muslim framework, the broad fault line lies along the axis of Shia’s and Sunnis. While historically, there has been a small degree of tension between the Shia and Sunni communities but in comparative terms, the overall tenor of the relationship has been that of peace, amity and has been marked by an idiom of tolerance. There have been no major and egregiously violent incidents between the two communities. All in all, barring some hiccups and blips, the relationship has been salubrious. If the intent of the poster/photo burning perpetrators has been to stoke sectarian tension and violence in Kashmir, this intent might run up against the historical edifice of relations between the two communities. However, this does not mean or imply complacency and smugness about both the incident and the nature of inter sectarian relations between Shias and Sunnis of Kashmir. Kashmir is imbued by a rich legacy and tradition of tolerance and inter-communal amity and peace. This is our heritage. And, in many ways, it goes against developments in some parts of the world where there is overt conflict which, unfortunately spills on over into violence, between Shias and Sunnis. As a community, eternal vigilance to protect and maintain amity and peace between the two communities in Kashmir is called for. Yes, there have been ungainly developments between Shias and Sunnis in other parts of the world. This is sad. But Kashmir must stand firm and not let this color the common outlook that obtains here. Kashmir has been and should be defined by tolerance and amity- the kind that should and must be an inspiration to the world at large. The collective energies of the community must be devoted to maintaining communal, sectarian and overall harmony in Kashmir. This , to repeat, is our proud heritage and it must not fall victim to a few provocateurs.

4 Responses to "Maintain Harmony"

  1. SKChadha   January 16, 2017 at 7:08 am

    The Islam in J&K (especially to valley) came first around 1330s i.e. when the ruler of Chak Dynasty Rincin Shah named Sadaruddin (influenced by Sufism and Shiaism of Iranian scholars and preachers), adopted Islam? The real Kashmiriyat is represented by the teachings of BulBul Shah Sheikh Noor-u-din Noorani (Alamdar-e-Kashmir) revered by Hindus as Nund Rishi; Lal Ded (Lal Arifa) also known as Lal Ishwari etc. It is their Vakhs and Shruks that continue to guide even today, both Pandits and all sects of Muslims in valley. For those who talk about Hindu-Muslim or sectarian animosity in Kashmir are therefore deeply flawed about REAL KASHMIRIYAT.

    Sir, it is the Mughal rule via Lahore which brought Political Islam (of Wahabi Salafi cuture) in valley and ruined its peace. The land thereafter was marred for centuries in Sunni vs Shiaism or Sufism, whatever you call it? The Mughals settled in valley and today’s jumping jokers in valley or Pak Punjab are mainly their descendents? The later converts and settlers of Srinagar are also influenced by this Political Islam for their survival against the TRUE locals. Let anybody in valley deny that Mughals and more so Afghans didn’t subjugate the native Hindus, Sikhs, Shias, sufies etc. of the valley?

    The Mughaliya forces deeply divided this beautiful valley i.e. socially, communally, in sects and political associations resulting in practicing ‘Taquiyya’ in valley over hundreds of years? This slogan of Azadi which is resonating in valley from that time was first resonating against Mughaliya Rule as “Maa azaadi mekhwaahaem, Maa azaadi mekhwaahaem” ? After partition and Urdu/ Hindi becoming language this slogan turned into “Ham Kya Chahte Azadi”. The beautiful valley of Kashmir is now turning into Cultural Graveyard for continued rants. After 1989 the insurgency of Wahabism from across the border, burning of Charar-e-sharif, destruction of temples and migration of KPs etc. changed this slogan into “Azadi Ka Matlab Kya, La Ila hi Ililah” ?

    Today the Kashmir is again required to find its root in real Kashmiriyat which is melting pot of all sects and religions.

    ISHWAR ALLAH TERE NAAM, SABKO SANMATI DE BHAGWAAN.

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    • SkB_Australia   January 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Time is fast approaching what these radicals have sowed crops are ready to harvest…,
      I have no doubt these were ISIS recruits slowly spreading in the valley sooner or later it will be nursery of duicide bombers like Karachi & Kabul.,,

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      • SKChadha   January 17, 2017 at 8:46 am

        Sir, unlike past, the present day Kashmir is not only the five districts of valley? It is also not the only 60-70 active political families who have looted this land for long for their personal gains. While few in valley are destroying it for their benefit, the citizenry of Jammu, beyond Zojilla and Leh Ladhakh region is busy in developing their land and themselves.

        The valley politics is making it redundant with each passing day.

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  2. SkB_Australia   January 16, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Time is fast approaching what these radicals have sowed crops are ready to harvest…,
    I have no doubt these were ISIS recruits slowly spreading in the valley sooner or later it will be nursery of duicide bombers like Karachi & Kabul.,,

    Reply

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