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.