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Ghazwa-e-Hind

The ideological battle over the states of Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistanis sacrifice goats before aircraft take off to ensure a safe flight.

The issue of ‘Ghazwa-e-Hind’ otherwise known as Islam’s Prophetic war against India is a subject that Islamic clerics don’t wish to discuss and something that indigenous Hindus of India know next to nothing about let alone the rest of the world where minds are preoccupied with other global disasters.

It is also a problem that confounds Indian politicians, academics and those in the military as Pakistan’s Military-Mullah Establishment continues supporting extremists with a clear intent of taking over Kashmir and in doing so provoking an all out war with India.

Pakistan is renowned for sponsoring terrorist groups

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Kashmir

A region in distress

Kashmir is the northernmost geographical region of India and denotes an area that includes the Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir (subdivided into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh). It also includes the Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan as well as the Chinese-administered territories of Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract.

Historically during the ancient and medieval periods, Kashmir was been an important centre for the development of a Hindu-Buddhist syncretism, in which Madhyamaka and Yogacara were blended with Saivism and Advaita Vedanta. The Buddhist Mauryan emperor Ashoka is often credited with having founded the old capital of Kashmir, Shrinagari, now ruins on the outskirts of modern Srinagar. Kashmir was long to be a stronghold of Buddhism.

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Kashmir in Detail

The Himalayan north of India

Houseboats at Srinagar by Steve McCurry

Geologists believe that about ten crore years have passed when Kashmir Valley which was once a lake called Satisar came into its present form. For hundreds of million years Kashmir Valley is supposed to have remained under Tethys Sea and the high sedimentary-rock hills seen in the valley now were once under water.

Geologists have come to believe that Kashmir Valley was earlier affected by earthquakes. Once there was such a devastating earthquake that it broke open the mountain wall at Baramulla and the water of the Satisar lake flowed out leaving behind latch string mud on the margins of the mountains known as karewas. Thus came into

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