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A Tale of a Mosque and Thousands of Temples

A Tale of a Mosque and Thousands of Temples

Destruction and usurping of religious places is one of the root causes of communal tensions in South Asia. Hiding true history and selective reporting are the biggest road blocks for long term peace in the region. Communal tensions in the Indian subcontinent have a...

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What Has The Exile Done To The Kashmiri Hindus?

What Has The Exile Done To The Kashmiri Hindus?

“Do you believe Kashmiris have changed in the last thirty years?” The question was from a young woman who introduced herself as a graduate student of psychology. “I have taken up psychological trauma as a course and this comes from belonging to a community in exile,”...

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Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #5

Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #5

After the annexation of India and Pakistan from British forces, Kashmir re-entered a state of turmoil. Having political roots, this exodus spurred from a mixed ideology. Those in power wished for an Islamic Republic to be established in Kashmir, with no space for...

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Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #4

Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #4

The Fourth Exodus (1753) After the Mughal regime, Kashmir was ruled by the Afghans from 1753-1819. This time was another unjust period of cruelty, homicide, and anarchy for Kashmiri Pandits. Physical torture in the most ruthless fashion, forced conversions to Islam,...

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Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #3

Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #3

The Third Exodus of the Kashmiri Hindus occurred under the Mughal Rule (1585-1753). Initially, under the rule of Akbar, Kashmiri Hindus regained their dignity as the he repealed the many taxes and fines previously imposed by the vicious Chak rulers. Aurangzeb starkly...

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Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #2

Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #2

Who were the Chaks? The Chaks belonged to the Shia sect of Islam and there is a consensus that they came to Kashmir from the land of Dardistan of the Gilgit-­Hunza Region. Ferocious, rugged, and wild by nature they possessed great physical powers. When Shams-ud-Din...

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Indigenous Trauma & Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #1

Indigenous Trauma & Kashmiri Hindu Exodus #1

Namaste Shaarade Devi Kaashmiira-Pura-Vaasini Tvaam-Aham Praarthaye Nityam Vidyaa-Daanam ca dEhi mE Meaning:- Salutations to Devi Sharada, who abide in the abode of Kashmiira, O Devi, I always pray you for knowledge; Please bestow on me the gift of that knowledge,...

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The Afghan Rule

The Afghan Rule

After the death of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, the Mughal empire disintegrated and Ahmad Shah Durrani came to power in Kashmir in 1752, establishing Afghan rule. From 1752 to 1819 AD, Kashmir Pandits suffered one of the darkest periods in their history under the Afghan...

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Shia-Sunni Conflicts in Kashmir

Shia-Sunni Conflicts in Kashmir

As with other regions of the world, Kashmir was home to intense Sunni and Shia conflicts with the dominant Sunni Muslim community often persecuting the Shia Muslims of Kashmir, particularly in the 16th century. The first Muslims in Kashmir were predominantly Sunni...

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Zain-ul-Abidin

Zain-ul-Abidin

Zain-ul-Abidin was the eighth Sultan of Kashmir during the Shah Mir Dynasty, and he was the son of Sikander Butshikan, who was known for iconoclasm and bigoted policies towards Kashmiri Hindus. However, unlike his father, Zain-ul-Abidin was renowned for his religious...

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Sikander Butshikan: Idol Destroyer

Sikander Butshikan: Idol Destroyer

Who was Sikandar? Sikandar Shah Miri, commonly known as Sikandar Butshikan (Sikandar the Iconoclast), succeeded Qutb'd-Din in 1389 AD to become the 6th Sultan of the Shah Mir Dynasty of Kashmir. Under the rule of the Shah Mir Dynasty (1339-1561), especially during the...

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Sufis of Kashmir

Sufis of Kashmir

Sufism in Kashmir can first be traced back to Sayyed Sharfuddin Abdur Rahman, who was one of the earliest known Sufis in Kashmir and is said to have come to Kashmir from Turkistan in the 13th century. Sufism, although generally perceived as completely peaceful and...

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