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Muharram processions remain banned in Srinagar since 1990. If, as the government argues, the situation has improved considerably, surely the people have a case for revocation of the ban?


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1/D-22
Nov 24, 2012
07:28 AM
I look forward to comments from Saba Naqbi, Ramchandra Guha, Vinod Mehata, Nurul Hussan, ..... and also from Diggy? Why hide, speak up
Pramod
Phoenix, United States
2/D-34
Nov 24, 2012
09:15 AM

 Despots and tyrants will always be terrified out of their wits whenever devotees of truth, sacrifice and martyrdom stand up together, whether to commemorate their traditions or to implement them, so no surprise that the timid tyrants oppressing the kashmiris are trying their best to save their hegemony from the power of the pure blood of Maula Hussain (as).

Highly researched and brilliantly written piece of work. Peace.

Zarqa Sakeenah
kuala lumpur, Malaysia
3/D-38
Nov 24, 2012
09:45 AM

 The reason why the Muslim civilisation reached India, is evident. The Muslims had differences between themselves, and people came for refuge in India, while others, who made people refugees, came to India, so that they could make others understand what religion means to them. Today, it seems, that the U. S. made a diplomatic emmisary to Japan, for roughly the same reason. They were refugees, to the U. S., the original citizens, and they entered Tokyo Bay, as it is now, because they were eager to enter engagement with Japan, when Japan was open to world influence.

Aditya Mookerjee
Belgaum, India
4/D-61
Nov 24, 2012
01:32 PM

The suffering, disruptions and deprivations borne by Kashmiris (Sunnis, Shias and Pandits) seem to be endless. Efforts of central and state governments must be geared towards optimal normalization.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
5/D-96
Nov 24, 2012
04:08 PM

Does Muhurram really cut across the religious divide? Not with fellow muslims it appears. Pakistan has had to shut down its mobile phone networks for this period.  Ironically I can see Hindus taking part in the procession, like in Trindad and Tobago, perhaps not so  violently

Even if we disregard the news  in Pakistan and Iraq, look at todays news in India.

http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=781641

At least two dozen people were injured when a clash broke out between two groups of Muslims during a Muharram procession in the district, police said.

The clash broke out between two groups of minority community at Abdulahpur village yesterday, after one side asked the other group to stop beating of drums during the Muharram procession as a 'majlis' (religious gathering) was going on, SSP K Satyanarayan said.
 

Notice that Anwaar has come out with an extremely bland comment, not like his usual self.

MK Saini
Delhi, India
6/D-112
Nov 24, 2012
06:47 PM

 What about the religious freedom for Hindus and Sikhs - cleansed out from the purified Islamic Kashmir valley within the SECULAR India?

Or, only the Muslims have such rights in this heaven of secularism?

Pradip Singh
STAFFORD, United Kingdom
7/D-127
Nov 24, 2012
08:22 PM

 The morbid self flagellation by Shias including minor children in Muharram procession exacerbates the sectarian feelings in the religion. This is one reason that Shias are killed all over the Muslim holy lands during Moharram. If 58 were killed in Afghanistan in 2011, Shias in Pakistan have been warned in Pakistan this year against the procession. Shias are targeted in Iraq during Muharram for this reason only. Given that Iranian Shia nation has a very discriminatory attitude towards Sunni of that country, the political anger against Shias is understandable.

The equivalence of Amarnath Yatra and Muharram doesn't hold good. The Amarnath Yatra under heavy protection is basically for majority Hindus who live outside  Kashmir . Shias of Kashmir want to have Miuharram procession is legitimate but who can guarantee the safety of Shias during or after Muharram. Moreover, we have to take the view of majority Sunni Muslims too who are generally opposed against the procession. Even there are clashes in Lucknow. Given the barbaric nature of Kashmiri people, Muharram in Kashmir could cause bloodshed like it happens in Pakistan or Iraq. 

rishi vyas
kangra, India
8/D-88
Nov 25, 2012
04:03 PM

 Pradip Singh >> Or, only the Muslims have such rights in this heaven of secularism?

The LIBERAL LEFT BELIEVES That KAFIRS, INFIDELS AND HEATHENS DO not deserve to exist in any form in Kashmir Valley, Pakistan etc.

Ramki
Delhi, India
9/D-192
Nov 25, 2012
10:47 PM

 "In 680 AD, around 1500 years ago, Husain (as)—the beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)—was martyred along with his family and friends in the desert plains of Karbala in Iraq by the armies of tyrant ruler Yazeed"

1500 years ago, there is a power struggle which culminates in a battle and some highly revered leaders are killed on the battlefield. Such events are not unique in history, there are assassinations and massacres all the time. There is a mass outpouring of grief at that moment and the pain may last for a generation or two at the most. But fifteen centuries?

Will what Syed Zafar Mehdi calls "the second mission" ever end? If the mission of "bearing the message of blood to the world" has not succeeded for 1500 years, will it ever succeed?

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
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