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Facts of History and Religious Conversions

Also published on Viewpoint, Rising Kashmir Converts take a dip in the pond. The Christian padre hymns. People around cheer, wave flags, and welcome new devotees, as Kashmiri Muslims take a tryst for Christianity. It was a religious spectacle. A YouTube video was enough to spread discontent amongst the religious elites advocating majority Islam, considering the volatility of societal objections that has increased so much since the last four years in Kashmir. The padre prayed for the spiritual rebirth of his new devotees, mocking the old Adam in them, and praying for the elevation of new Adam under Christianity. If it wasn’t a provocation, then what was it? Even if these conversions were from free will, the purpose of marketing Christianity in Kashmir, in contempt, killed the ethical motives behind it. Yes, Islam says that there is no compulsion in religion, but that shouldn’t be taken as tool to disdain it, just for the sake of attaining unholy moral leverages. Kashmir is not a pluralist…

Kashmir and introspections

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Kashmir has been transformed from a beautiful vale to a wretched conflict, like a despondent poet, blossoming in pain, reciting ballads of war and violence. It has been torn to pieces by the many ill facets of ghastly wars. Only failures have made a political history here, awakening the memory of death and suffering every hour amidst the countless helpless victims of the conflict.
Kashmir is a land of failed political conjectures, broken dreams, caged liberation and frenzied mistrust. Words like ‘hope’, ‘agreements’, ‘developments’ ha…

Generating rights awareness

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All human beings are ennobled for the freedom to practice their rights. Logic and reasoning demand human rights. God has given us an inalienable gift of conscience to alleviate sufferings of each other in the spirit of brotherhood. For this to happen, showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement is an utmost priority which is only achievable through the awareness of rights.

Rights are self evident and universal. If we want a world where human rights abuses are consigned to history, then it is up to all people, as individuals, communities and nations to be vigilant, and knowledgeable about human rights. Learning about human rights is the first step towards th…

My letter to Noam Chomsky

[Also published on View Point, Rising Kashmir]
Greetings, Prof. Chomsky!
I have been an ardent devotee to your works, have read a number of your books, listened to dozens of your interviews, and, I also adore your passion for Libertarian Socialism. I must say that your intellect is soaked in clarity, precision and your views are very insightful regarding neo-imperialism, states as power centers promoting repression, evils of capitalism, authoritarianism and so on. You have commented on a wide range of conflicts, be it East Timor, Palestine, hideous regimes in Romania, Indonesia, US sponsored terrorism in Turkey and Columbia, to name a few. As a student and avid listener of your works, I want to suggest that you broaden your expertise in South Asian politics by commenting readily on the grave and outstanding dispute of Kashmir - the blood dyed place between India and Pakistan, which has seen a grievous conflict since 63 years.
We live in a society of political contradictions, religious …

Chronology of Kashmir conflict

Kashmir wasn’t always dyed in blood. The people of Kashmir had seen an intellectual renaissance under the rule of Kushans, who ruled Kashmir in 1st century AD, after the fallout of the Asoka dynasty. 
Kushans loved Kashmir, they often held their court in beautiful springs, and also radicalised the silk route, which got Kashmir commerce and literary reforms. 
Lalitaditya, the great Hindu king of 8th century AD, has been praised by Kalhana, the first historian of Kashmir, as a just and knowledgeable king, who was highly praised by his subjects. Kaniska institutionalized the Buddhist Council in Kashmir which provided a discourse among Buddhist monks all over the world for decades. The Great philosopher of India, Najarjuna lived and taught peace in Kashmir.
Even though, the struggles of power intensified from 10th century AD, many Hindu and Sanskrit historians have misinterpreted Kashmiri history, as rise of Islam started emerging. Shahab-u-Din, the first Muslim ruler of Kashmir, was married…