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The atmosphere of hatred and religious bigotry in Kashmir has largely succeeded in eclipsing the state's age old culture of tolerance and communal coexistence. Worse, it has severely impacted Kashmir's core culture that is based on Sufism. The mystic Sufi sect of Islam has come under attack not just by changing social values and conflict but also by the challenge of rising Wahhabi brand of Islam. Should Sufism be snuffed out in Kashmir, it would mean the end of a historical culture and the end of a sacred order. [Read more..]

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J&K Sees Around 75% Turnout In Forward Areas

Date: 18 April 2014
Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency, where fate of Congress leader and Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has been sealed in EVMs on Thursday, has recorded over 69% polling, with registering the highest turn out of 74% in the parts falling in Reasi district. Azad is in a direct contest with BJP's Jitender Singh. 'As much as 69.08% polling was recorded in Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency. It is likely to increase,' Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula told reporters here on Thursday. The 2009 turnover of voter was 45%, he said adding 'polling was totally incident free and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere'. However, he admitted poll boycott in some polling stations in Kathua and replacement of six EVMs, which had become faulty.

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