“Time Will Come When Sufis, Pandits Will Be Seen Together In Kashmir”: Amit Shah
Union minister Amit Shah, responding to the debate on the bill to extend President’s Rule In Jammu and Kashmir, said the government will bring about the promise of “Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat” – terms first used by former Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, promising a healing touch for Kashmir.
But he questioned the premise of what’s understood as “Kashmiriyat”.
“I agree that we need to preserve Kashmiriyat, but I have a question… Sufism had once been at the heart of Kashmir, but that is no longer the case,” he said.
“Wasn’t the Sufi tradition a part of Kashmiriyat? In the whole country, Kashmir was the stronghold of Sufism. Where is that culture now? They were driven out of their homes. Their religious places were torn down. The Sufi saints were singled out and killed,” Mr Shah added.