“To be a good religious being it is mandatory to be a better social being first”
Kashmir a predominantly Muslim majority area of the state of Jammu and Kashmir has always been found in a high religious fever and enthusiasm as the religious discussions and gatherings can be seen in every corner here. The main aspects of the socio-cultural life like customs and traditions in Kashmir too are highly inclined to the Islamic religion as the people believe in religion as a way of life. Kashmir inherited this attitude from a highly pious ancestry which continued to have a deep influence on the common man intellect. It is because of this rich and pious religious ancestry that the valley is also known as the land of Sofi Saints.
But with the fierce changes all around the world in economic, socio-cultural and religious affairs of the life, Kashmir too tried hard to be at par with the rest of the world but it last it’s pace very early in all this except the religion, where it not only maintained the pace but crossed the mark of religious divide as well which has made an unprecedented growth in the religious affairs of the dwellers of Kashmiri .
This divide can bee credited to the highly trained ideologically contrasting indigenous clergy which has played a pivotal role in creating divergence in monotheism here. They seem more busier in serving the interests of their newly carved out Sects than the common cause which has given birth to a chronical sectarianism.
This sectarianisms did not remained confined to the boundaries’ of their centres but crept into the kitchen of the common households and has badly affected the intra household relationships and created a cold war environment between the religious belligerent of the same family. The people have lost their identity of a good social being which is a prerequisite for being a better religious person.
Modern day Kashmir has been terribley hit by the religious conflicts among the religious elites that too in the “religion of no conflict” and the common believer seems mostly unaware about the underlying reasons of this conflict.
This conflict has not only raised the decibels of the loudspeakers but also added some unknown and unwanted religious connotations in the minds of the believers of “religion of peace” which yielded nothing but the chaos.
This all has proved extra fatal for the already divided society in kashmir where religious politics has created a new kind of divide in the society on which the creators of the divide are loosing the control which is a cause of worry.
The problem is touching the heights as the conflict seems catching the fire more and more. But we hope that a new sort of introspection by the champions of this all will take place so that the intra religious harmony will once again be maintained and emancipation will prevail.
Dr Khan Tawseef is a scholar and works in the department of education as a teacher .