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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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Hizb Declares War Against Polls In Kashmir


Date: 24 April 2014
'Going from defensive to offensive and hitting the participants in polling has become our compulsion - not passion - as the forthcoming parliamentary and Assembly elections are emerging as a major challenge to our freedom struggle,' read one of the hundreds of Urdu-typeset and laser-printed posters pasted on walls in Tral and other towns in Pulwama district on Saturday on behalf of the Hizbul Mujahideen. 'This is our final warning to the unscrupulous people attending the election rallies and polling and imposing the ill-fated Indian agents of the NC, PDP and Congress that their refusal to desist from this activity would mean their death. We have declared the war.' In the first enforcement of the diktat to subvert the April 24 polling, village headman Anwar Sheikh was gunned down at Amlar and Sarpanch Ghulam Nabi Mir with son Firdaus at Batagund on Monday.
[courtesy: The Hindu]

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