Table of Contents
  About the Author
  About the Book
  Laying the Scene
  Sayyid Sharafu'D-Din
  Mir Ali Hamadani's role ...
  P.N. Bazaz and P.N.Bamzai ...
  Laleshwari - A Shining...
  Trika Paved the Way for Islam
  Kashmir - Not A Tabula Rasa
  Willing and Peaceful ...
  Extra-ideological Methods
  Compromise as Tactics
  Shihab-ud-Din's anti-Hindu ..
  'Sufi-face of Islam' thesis ...
  Sultan Sikandar -  a Cruel ..
  Mir Ali Hamdani's Advice ...
  Return of Sanity
  Na Bhatto Aham -  A Cry ...
  Crusade Re-launched
  Nirmal Kanth - A Pillar ...
  Inter-face Between Hinduism..
  Regeneration of Kashmir ...
  Mughal Annexation at ...
  Learning Not Enough, ...
  Muslims Invite Afghans
  Birbal Dhar and Sikhs
  Loot of 1931
  Loot of Landed Properties
  Loot of a Kashmiri Pandit ...
  Loot and Plunder of 1986
  Nehru's Advice to ...
  Pan-Islamic Design
  Sponsored Terrorism
  Kashmiri Pandits -  soft ...
  JKLF - An Outfit of Killers
  Jammaat-i-lslami - ...
  Afghans Again Invited ...
  Massacre of Kashmiri Pandits
- Part 1 of 3
- Part 2 of 3
- Part 3 of 3
  Loot, Grab and Arson ...
  Destruction and Desecration ...
  Loot and Burning of Books
  Kashmiri Pandits As Migrants
  Conversions as Muslim ...
  Kashmiri Pandits and ...
  Homeland Demand Raised
  Sangrampora Massacre
  References and Notes
  List of Illustrations
  Book in pdf format

Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri

Panun Kashmir


Symbol of Unity


Part I: Chapter 0

Laying the Scene

Kashmiri Pandits, a euphemism for Kashmiri Hindus, have a harrowing and bone-chilling history of gore and blood, torture and religious persecution, molestation and disquiet. Tragically, much like the harassed and bloodied Jews, they have been harried, despoilt and laid waste and as victims to vile oppression and abominable persecution, they have been fleeing every now and then from their home-land, splendorous and sublime in beauty and natural endowments, where they through ages have built a massive edifice of culture and civilisation with few comparable parallels, to sanctuaries outside the purlieux of Kashmir to save their skin and faith from the hurricane of Muslim zealotry and fanaticism. In fact, as evidenced by historical tomes and records, their unmitigated and unabated saga of trials and tribulations, woes and miseries, death and destruction dates back to dark and dismal times when some proselytisers donning the garb of sufis actually fleeing from the persecution of their native Muslim rulers found refuge and patronage in the region of Kashmir, which was dubiously usurped by some rugged tribals (of foreign vintage) converted to Islam.

Orthodox Islam with the characteristic ingredients of a Semitic religion was ruthlessly introduced in and foisted upon Kashmir, which was proverbially known world over as the bastion of Hindu sciences, religion, philosophy and aesthetics. Rinchin, a pagan from Ladakh, was converted to Islam and Qutub-ud-Din, a Muslim ruler, was coerced into submission by prescriptions, fatwas and commands to rid him of un-Islamic and heretical practices, customs and manners and Islamised thus contributed his mite to the transformation campaign against the Hindu dress, culture and language as was unleashed by Mir Ali Hamadani.



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