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Political Upsurge in Kashmir-Then and Now

Then and Now Rekha Chowdhary UNDERLYING the present political upsurge in Kashmir there lies a distinct conception of Kashmiri identity. Kashmiriyat, as this identity is commonly known, is a manifestation of cultural-linguistic bonds strengthened by a common heritage. Besides other historical factors, this heritage has been enriched by a tradition of intellectual and spiritual development over the centuries. Its geographical compactness has made it possible to maintain the uniqueness of Kashmir region which gets reflected in varied socio-cultural dimensions of day to day life of Kashmiri community. An overwhelming majority of Kashmiris share a common religion. Hence many observers emphasise Islam as an important factor underlying Kashmiriyat, Of course, there arc instances when Kashmiri identity takes religious overtones. Yet, such overtones do not represent any consistent pattern. Hence Kashmiriyat can be better understood with reference to culture than religion.

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