May 17, 2014
Vaishakha Krushna Paksha Trutiya/Chaturthi, Kaliyug Varsha 5116
May 12, 2014
Subject: Prayer for preventing Islamisation of Kashmir and Protection of Hindu Identity in Kashmir
Sir, on behalf a Delhi-based “Think Tank”, namely, the Patriots’ Forum, primarily engaged in the task of protecting and preserving our age-old Indic civilization, now seriously threatened by a variety of threats that would not be unknown to your august self, we earnestly appeal to you to protect the Hindu identity of Kashmir, known as the “Crown Jewel” of India, as also to prevent its Islamisation. There seems to be a clear and concerted drive by the separatist Muslims, unfortunately appearing to be in concert with the present State government as well, to uproot, if not outrightly destroy, the traces of Hindu culture in this part ofIndia, Bharatvarsh of the Shastras.
Sir, Kashmir was indeed a thriving Hindu Kingdom. It is the quirk of historical process—thanks to Demographic Changes,it has now become a Muslim-majority state. But, it is still an integral part of the Union of India, Art. 370 of the constitution being a ‘temporary’ provision only. Despite the fact that the Indian Parliament has made it abundantly clear that the merger of Kashmir was irreversible, the present Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has shown the audacity to deny that publicly. Sir, we are afraid the Hindu identity of Kashmir is being deliberately destroyed, possibly with his tacit consent.
The facts briefly are:
According to the famous Rajtarangini of Kalhan, King Lalitaditya (697-734 B.C.) and King Gopaditya (426-356 B.C.) had repaired the temple in a big way. Gopaditya had also granted the land at the foothill of the hill to the Brahmins. That area is now calledGupkar. After Kalhan, Abul Fazl has mentioned that King Gopaditya had actually built it.
At some point, not possible to determine when, some of the local Muslins began calling it as Takht-e-Suleman. That had been unofficial until a notice board has been placed outside the gates of the temple, mentioning its name as Takht-e-Suleman,signed by the Archaeological Survey of India.
When the Kashmiri Hindus protested, the ASI remained silent. A photocopy of a signboard put up by the J & K TDC at the foothill, making a crude attempt & trying to mischievously combine both the Hindu and Muslim names, is enclosed.
Sir, we take this occasion to also enclose a brief formal note available on the subject as The Shankaracharya Temple.
While these developments appeared in the print media recently, Omar Abdullah, the Chief Minister of J & K, made a “mischievous” tweet, apparently aimed at diverting from the main issue by making some absurd statements like both ‘yes’ or no, ending with:
“Let me be as clear as I can – there is NO, repeat, NO proposal by the state to change the name of Shankracharaya Hill in Srinagar,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.” He ended:
“From conversations with ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), I have ascertained that there is no such proposal with them either. But, Sir, the signboard at the foothill mentioned earlier disproves that. To make light of the effort to Islamise the matter, the Chief Minister further said:
”There have always been parallel names for Shankracharaya hill and will always be. This isn’t the only place with two or more names,” Omar said. (based on PTI report)
Sir, there thus seems to be an overdrive to skillfully Islamacise the State by gradually ending all historical signs & vestiges of Hindu cultural identity of Kashmir. During Sheikh Abdullah’s tenure as CM, following official state proclamations, the names of over 500 villages were changed to give them Islamic names. A town in south Kashmir – Anantnag – the name very ancient, as is the town, is now called Islamabad – almost officially. Virtually all new settlements have Islamic names. Srinagar is being called, more and more, Akbarabad, and the other hill in Srinagar, Hari Parbat, which was the most sacred temple called Chakreshwar mandir, has begun to be called Koh-e-Maran.
Just a few yards below the Shankaracharya mandir, a large plot of land has been fenced in with a green Islamic flag, and there is a notice proclaiming it to be the holy site related to a local Muslim saint. The Kashmiri Hindus, therefore, most genuinely suspect that very shortly, a grand mosque will be in place there. Shankarachrya mandir and whatever other Hindu sacred places remain in tact there is only because of major presence of armed forces there for protection.
Sir, it may also interest you to know that according to the Government of J & K’s official statement, 208 temples were damaged in Kashmir in the last two decades, as had been reported by one Peerzada Tashiq in The Hindustan Times, October 4, 2012.
Rashtrapatiji, with all these material, will it be incorrect to humbly demand that it is an extremely fit case for immediate intervention by your honourable self. The State Govt. of Omar Abdullah cannot be trusted whatsoever and the Archaeological Survey of India is equally undependable. If our impudence is excused, it may even be worth enquiring from your high office with the ASI under whose instructions they have been indulging in this malpractice of distorting history. Yes, Sir, it is not a case of simple distortion; it is a case of positive, wilful mischievous distortion, warranting necessary action, if we may humbly submit.
Rashtrapatiji, we are hopeful we shall receive due justice from you. And, if required by your goodself, we would be happy to lead a delegation to you, to explain further the hurt feelings of the Kashmiris as well as all other Hindus from the rest of the country.
We remain, Sir.
(President, Patriots’ Forum)
(Former Spl. Director, IB)
1 The photocopy of the sign board: Prayer for Protection of Hindu Identity in Kashmir
2 The note on the Sankaracharya Temple: The Shankaracharya Temple