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Kashmir History and Politics

The Muslim and Hindu peoples of Kashmir have lived in relative harmony and friendliness since the 13th century when Islam first became the majority religion in Kashmir. The Sufi-Islamic way of life that ordinary Muslims followed in Kashmir complemented the rishi tradition of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus), leading to a syncretic culture where Hindus and Muslims revered the same local saints and prayed at the same shrines.

Periodically however, there have been rulers and leaders who have had a narrow view of Islam, and have subjected Hindu minorities to great cruelties and discrimination. The current armed secessionist movement in Kashmir mostly derives its inspiration from these people.

A canard is now being spread past few years by the secessionist-terrorists and their sympathizers that in 1990 Kashmiri Pandits left Kashmir willingly, having been "tricked" by then Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is that Kashmiri Pandits were driven from their homeland after a campaign of intimidation and harassment was launched against them by the military-wing of the secessionists. Kashmiri Pandits were forced from their hearths and homes at the point of gun. The objective of this ethnic cleansing was to create a minority free Kashmir valley where the goal of Islamization could be easily forced on the ordinary people. The books and articles below will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the genesis of the current political situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

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White Paper on Kashmir
The present crisis in the Jammu and Kashmir State is a continuation of the Muslim struggle in India for an independent Muslim homeland, which culminated in the separation of the Muslim majority provinces of Sindh, North-West Frontier Province, and Buluchistan, the Muslim majority areas of West Punjab and East Bengal and the Muslim majority division of Sylhet of the Hindu majority province of Assam, to form the state of Pakistan. >>>
Kashmir: The Storm Center of the World
The author has chosen a right title for his book. It is quite eloquent. Kashmir IS the storm center of the world. This fact has been kept hidden so far but not any longer. There is a lot to learn from Mr. Madhok's present book and no doubt students of history and international politics will find the book extremely informative, if not shocking. 
Kashmir: Wail of a Valley - Atrocity and Terror
Kashmir: Wail of a Valley is the heart rending tale of the people, popularly known as Kashmiri Pandits, the natives of Kashmir who by brutal force were reduced to a minority during a few centuries of Muslim rule.  >>>
Kashmir: Past and Present - Unraveling the Mystique
The extremely awful and shocking experience of Kashmiri Pandits has given birth to a different kind of authors and analysts. Their books, some of them already published, is the result of their firsthand experience, as well as their revised opinions and rethinking on many vital subjects that deeply concern and influence our contemporary life.  >>>
Baharistan-i-Shahi, a Persian Manuscript history of Kashmir by anonymous author and brought down to A.D. 1614, has served as an important reference work for historians from the 17th century to the present day. >>>
Paradise Lost: Seven Exoduses of Kashmiri Pandits
So much has been sung of the marvellous and magnificent beauty of the physiography of Kashmir, 'Paradise on Earth' by saints and sages, philosophers and poets, mystics and bards, divines and emperors, historians and travelers from far and near, that I wish I could describe one hundredth of what they have sung.  >>>
The Kashmir Story
The book attempts to project facts and facts alone and also underline the grievances of the Kashmiri people. Yes, they do have grievances and it is the business of the Government of India to redress them. So one believes, it is not the business of Pakistan or any other country to say "do it or else?". India can look after its territory and its people. Otherwise democracy here could not have survived all these years unlike in Pakistan. 
Kashmir Article 370
The present study is aimed to trace the process of federalization in India and the inclusion of special provisions for the Jammu and Kashmir State embodied in Article 370 of the Constitution of India. Since Jammu and Kashmir presents a variant of the federal structure in which the Indian States were welded, the present study is expected to provide a perspective for the future evolution of the federal frames which the founding fathers of the Constitution of India constructed.  >>>
Articles on Kashmir
Articles on Kashmir written by Dr. M K Teng and Mr. C L Gadoo (Joint Human Rights Committee for Minorities in Kashmir). 
Kashmir: Constitutional History and Documents
Contrary to claims made by Kashmiri secessionists and their sympathizers, there is no legal ambiguity about the accession of Jammu and Kashmir state to India. . >>>
Crescent Over Kashmir -- Politics Of Mullaism
An island of secularism and a beacon-light to the benighted subcontinent was how Mahatma Gandhi described Kashmir at the time of partition of India. Now, the very same island of secularism has been invaded by Islamic fundamentalism.  >>>
Understanding the Kashmir Turmoil
Kashmir, the most picturesque area in this part of the world, known for its beauty, gardens and gentle people has been reduced to a region of ghosts because of the devious means adopted by Pakistan to incite the people by giving them arms and instigating them into terrorism. 
Horticulture in Himalayas: Principles & Practices
Put together by the author with his background experience of over 50 years and in-depth studies in the horticulture of the Himalayan region and association with the regional universities for the benefit of the populace of the Himalayan region particularly and for the rest generally. 
 Geography of Jammu & Kashmir State
Geologists believe that about ten crore years have passed when Kashmir Valley which was once a lake called Satisar, the lake of goddess Sati, came into its present form.  >>>
Kashmir: The Crisis in Perspective
Indian Research Institute for Kashmir Affairs has been established by people who have been part of Kashmir's freedom struggle and other well meaning friends in the country who have spent a large portion of their lives in the State. The objective is to keep the Indian public opinion informed about the State, the genesis of the present turmoil and related issues. This first publication is a backgrounder.  >>>
Kashmir: Distortions and Reality
This book is at once a sharp departure from the prevailing practice of writing on Kashmir. It gives the inside account of what actually happened during the last four years and is not a partisan publication. Facts have been revealed in the larger national interest. Many prevalent assumed notions about territorial and political aspects of J&K state have been nailed. >>>

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