Violence is Not a Part of ‘Kashmiriyat’: President

Srinagar/New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind sai that Violence, which was never part of ‘Kashmiriyat‘, became the daily reality in Jammu and Kashmir and urged the younger generation to learn from their rich legacy of peaceful coexistence.

He said that they have every reason to know that Kashmir has always been a beacon of hope for the rest of India. Its spiritual and cultural influence has its imprint all across India.

The President was addressing the 19th annual convocation of the University of Kashmir in Srinagar.

The President said that Kashmir is a place that defies descriptions. Many poets have tried to capture its beauty, calling it paradise on earth, but it is ultimately beyond words. It must be this bounty of nature that has also made this place a hub of ideas. This valley surrounded by snow-clad mountains provided an ideal setting for sages and seers a couple of millennia ago.

It is impossible to write a history of Indian philosophy without referring to Kashmir’s contributions to it. One of the oldest manuscripts of the Rigveda was written in Kashmir.
This is the most conducive region for the philosophies to prosper. This is where great philosopher Abhinavagupta wrote his expositions on aesthetics and methods for realisation of God. Hinduism and Buddhism flourished in Kashmir, as did Islam and Sikhism after it arrived here in later centuries.

He said that Kashmir is also the meeting point of various cultures.

“In medieval times, it was Lal Ded who showed the way to bring together various spiritual traditions. In the works of Lalleshwari, we can see how Kashmir provides the very template itself of communal harmony and peaceful coexistence,” he said.

This is also reflected in all aspects of life here, in folk arts and festivals, in food and dress.

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