Social Codes under Stress

Suba Chandran, D (2017) Social Codes under Stress. Rising Kashmir, 18 July 2017, Kashmir.


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Abstract: The attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in J&K recently has revived the debate on the Kashmiriyat and how such violence in a Sufi society is unacceptable. During the recent years, there have been multiple inputs/debates on the Kashmiriyat and the attacks against it. While a section swears by it, a section is worried about its erosion. A cynical perspective even takes this debate to the extreme and has proclaimed its end. Can social codes, such as the Kashmiriyat, which has formed the essence and fabric of a population in a geographic space for many generations and hundreds of years - come to an end with few militant attacks, and developments in two decades? Are we too cynical, and look at issues from a narrow and contemporary perspective, without understanding the strengths of our society? Or, should we take a bird’s view of developments, and look at what is happening within a particular geographic space (in this context – J&K) in relation with the neighbouring regions? What if, there is a larger pattern, which one has to take into account while trying to find answers to questions in an immediate environment? Perhaps, we should avoid taking extreme views about the strength our social codes and analyse it from contemporary threat and issues, and how best we could protect and save our heritage, so that it continues to secure our future generations. If we fail to appreciate the contemporary challenges and either be over confident of our history, or too cynical about our present, we may fail to save our future.
Item Type: In the Media
Subjects: School of Conflict and Security Studies > Security Studies
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 05:30
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 06:34
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