Kashmir and It's People: Studies in the Evolution of Kashmiri Society
APH Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Jammu and Kashmir (India) - 488 pages
Traces The Journey Of The Land And People From Ancient To The Modern Day. Captures The Factors For The Decline Of Kashmiri Civilization From Glory To The Present State Of Murder And Repire. The Author Hopes The Worst Is Over And The Old Practices Of Kashmiriyat Will Return.
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I would like to give this book 0 stars, but alas, one is the minimum, so I must oblige.
As a Master's degree candidate focusing on Kashmir and the emergence of Islam, I have read numerous well-sourced historical compendiums and anthologies from the region (from the 13th century to date), and the opinions in this book are nothing short of ill-informed, and dare I say, racist. The language is incredibly aggressive and lacks balance. The chapters that I read were injected with venom, referring to early Muslim saints and poets as "conniving," "treacherous," etc etc.
If you are interested in learning about the evolution of Kashmiri Society, I recommend the following:
"Kashmir: roots of conflict, paths to peace" -Sumatra Bose
Languages of Belonging - Chitralekha Zutshi
Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects -Mridu Rai
Kashmir's Transition to Islam: The role of muslim rishis - M. Ishaq Khan
Or just look up the poetry of Lal Ded or Sheikh Nuruddin Rishi.
Please do not waste your time on this poorly researched, heavily tinted, hateful writing.
I found your book quite interesting. I am linguist by proffession and I would like to draw your attention towards the page no. 422 where it is mentioned that Kashmiris who fall in the category of L2 are ready to sacrifice their language.It is acceptable that they have to find their livelihood and for that they have to speak another language. However, this scenario is prominent in Kashmiris living in Kashmir more than the ones living outside Kashmir. I have been out of the valley for more than eight years now and coincidentally I fall in that category. When I was in Kashmir I had developed a negative attitude towards Kashmiri and as a linguist I would say it is true about most of the people who are residing their and who fall in L2 category. However, once I moved out of Kashmir I started thinking positively about my native language. I have been trying to do as much I can do from my part for developing and maintaining my language.This is true about the kashmiris whom I have met outside the Valley. Instead of talking in any other language Kashmiris talk in Kashmiri with each because we feel for it. I have seen parents settled abroad who fall in L2 category teaching their children Kashmiri. I stongly believe that we can't generalise that any body who is not living in Kashmir is ready to sacrifice his or her language.
Our Earliest Ancestors
The Genetic Evidence
Contributions of Ancient Kashmir
Early Kashmiri Society and the Challenge of Islam
Some Fallacies of Mediaeval Kashmir History
A Counter Point
An Anthropological View Point
Saints and Sages of Kashmir
Our Cultural Legacy
The Kashmiri Language and Society
Kashmiri Literary Culture and Language
A History of Kashmiri Literature
Kashmir in Hindi Literature
Threats to Cultural Traditions due to Displacement
Environmental Protection in Kashmir
Kashmiri Pandit today
Kashmiri Artists and the Pahari Realm
Aspects of Kashmiri Culture