ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Fundamentalism in Kashmir, Fragmentation in Jammu

Fundamentalism in Kashmir, Fragmentation in Jammu IT is a measure of cither ignorance or hypocrisy on the part of the national political leadership and the national media that they have hailed the results of the elections to the Jammu and Kashmir assembly as a triumph of secularism and rout of fundamentalism. On the contrary, the election results reflect a phenomenal increase in the strength of fundamentalist forces in the Kashmir valley. The Jamaat-e-Islami, which proudly displays its fundamentalist label, along with its allies, mustered around 32 per cent of the valid votes polled in the valley in these elections against its tally of 6.42 per cent in 1983. The share of votes of the Congress-National Conference (NP) alliance which claims to represent the consolidation of secular forces in the valley dropped from 78.43 per cent to around 53 per cent between the two elections.

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