Kashmir Valley had a very unique and syncretic culture. Sufi saints were called Rishi or RyoshegNund Rishi or Nuydaryosh in Kashmiri even by the Hindus.Hence in 1947-48 the only haven of peace and quiet amongst all the rioting bloodshed and mayhem was the vale of Kashmir. For 30 years the ISI and Jamaat-e-Islami have methodically worked to destroy this Sufi-syncretic culture. Today the Valley has been turned into one vast ghetto of communal hatred and Jihadism. Kashmiriyat has been killed.Can we revive it ? How ? That is the central theme of this book. It looks to me an Impossible task but hope lies eternal in the human being- and this book is about that seemingly forlorn hope.
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