Kashmir: The Storm Centre of the World

Brilliant book by Balraj Madhok. Read it online:

Kashmir: The Storm Centre of the World

It has eyewitness accounts of the 1947 Kashmir invasion by Pakistan.



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2 responses to “Kashmir: The Storm Centre of the World

  1. aman

    Kashmir was Islamized by a combination of force and a deceitful wave of conversions Kashmir was a predominantly Hindu region just 750 years ago.
    Islam entered Kashmir around 1322 when Zulkadur Khan invaded the region.
    But the mass conversions and tyranny was unleashed during the reign of Sikandar Butshikan (1394 – 1417).
    He invited clergy Islamic from Arabia and Persia and forced proselytization was in full swing.
    Sikandar is the one that needs to be credited with the destruction of the most famous temples at Martand, Vishya, Isna and Tripeshwar.
    Preceding the force was the sugar quoted message of brotherhood, love and tolerance. Syed Ali Hamdani was a Muslim leader that set the template for conversion using deception in Kashmir.
    As a result of the political intrigue of Syed Ali Hamdaani some Hindu recluse and 37,000 Hindus adopted Islam.
    Historian Bamzai has written that outwardly the Syed would praise eloquently the Hindu religion but inwardly he used to hate the saints of this religion.
    After achieving great success in his mission he, while giving up his guise of love and coexistence, asked the Sultan to carry out forcible conversion of Hindus.”
    This king along with the son of Syed Ali Hamdaani, called Syed Mohammed Hamdani, unleashed the brutality where Hindu temples were systematically destroyed.
    The destruction of the temple at Martand is so graphic. It took one full year to destroy this architectural marvel. Given the destruction of the structure was taking time, sections of the temple were stuffed with wood and burnt down. The foundation of the temple was systematically dug out and every block of stone was uprooted.
    Those around the temple were given a choice between Islam and death.
    There were instances where those that opposed conversions were shoved into sacks and drowned into lakes.
    Hindus were forced to pay the taxes during Shivratri, Diwali, Ram Navmi, Navratri and Yagnopavit (sacred thread wearing ceremony).
    Taxes were imposed on pilgrimages.
    Those that were unable to pay these taxes were once again either killed or forced to accept Islam.
    Kashmir had many libraries and Sikander set about burning down all Sanskrit books in these houses of knowledge. Many fleeing Hindus, carried whatever Sanskrit books they could.
    Sanskrit scholars were handpicked, beheaded; their heads were smeared with sandalwood and then left on highways, in order to terrorize Hindus. After mass execution of Hindus, the severed torsos would be thrown into the Jhelum river, which reaches the Wullar lake. And many swollen bodies will float on the lake for days together emitting foul smells and they would be consumed by vultures, stray dogs and crows.
    Hindu women were regularly picked up from the banks of Jhelum river by Muslim soldiers, as booty.
    In Pakistan – Many of the Muslims in Pakistan and India still use their ancestral Hindu tribe names for their identity. Hundreds of such tribes’ names are still in use.
    Almost 1/3rd of Pakistan’s total population (around 5 Crore out of total 18 Crore) is constituted by the Muslims having Hindu lineages- Jat and Rajput!
    Rest of the Pakistani and Indian Muslim population can also be easily traced back to their Hindu roots.
    Muhammad Ali Jinnah (founder of Pakistan),
    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (former Pakistani President),
    Benazir Bhutto (former Pakistani Prime Minister),
    Asif Zardari (Pakistani president),
    belong to Hindu lineage- Rajput
    whereas Muhammad Iqbal’s (famous poet) grandfather was a Kashmiri Hindu.
    So now that it is proven factually as well that Islam came to India with sword and all Muslims of today’s subcontinent carry Hindu ancestry, it is high time that our Muslim Brothers and sisters stop hating their own culture, ancestors, and motherland and come back to their original home, Vedas.
    Source “Converted Kashmir” by Narender Sehgal

  2. jay

    The Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of the Valley of Kashmir, have a rich culture and peaceful traditions that they have managed to maintain over five thousand years of recorded history. Kashmir is known amongst the Kashmiri Pandits and other Saraswats (who fled Kashmir during periods of Islamic persecution) as Sharadapeeth or the Abode of the Goddess of Learning and Fine Arts. During their five thousand years of history, they have made great contributions to world civilization in such diverse fields as religion, philosophy, Sanskrit literature, medicine, history, music and aesthetics. Kashmir’s greatest historian, Kalhan, writes about his native land:
    “It is a country where the sun shines mildly, being the place created by Rishi Kashyap, for his glory – big and lofty houses, learning, saffron, icy cool water and grapes rare in Heaven are plentiful here – Kailash is the best place in the three worlds (Tri-lok), Himalayas the best place in Kailash, and Kashmir the best place in Himalayas.”
    Kashmir, the land of rishis and saints, was however, ill-prepared for the Islamic onslaught that it has had to suffer over the last 500 years. During the Islamic period of rule, the Kashmiri Pandit population dwindled steadily and there were numerous times when the persecution was so severe that a large number of them had to flee to the hot plains of India. This process has been recently repeated (from 1990 onwards), but on a much vaster scale. The Kashmiri Pandits have been driven from their homeland after a campaign of intimidation and harassment was launched against them by the military-wing of the Islamic 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.
    It is, indeed, a very sad fact that the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits has literally gone unnoticed by the World community.

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