Before I started studying my family’s genealogy, I had very little ability to retain the dates of important events in United States history. Then, once it became personal, I began to connect particular relatives with particular larger events. A depression explained one family’s relocation. The Chicago fire dislocated a great-grandfather. History came alive for me.

Right now the same thing is happening to me because of this blog and the readers and writers I have connected with. One wrote about the impact of the sudden travel ban by our new President. Another is being affected by the government in The Philippines. I correspond with a graduate student in Turkey and avoid any political discussion lest I cause her trouble.

But the turmoil I was completely ignorant about is in the Indian province of Kashmir. I have been following a thoughtful Muslim young man from there who posts beliefs of Islam. That in itself has been very helpful. Even though I thought I was fair minded, I had been negatively affected by all the anti-Muslim rhetoric pervading our country. I had fallen for the negative generalizations more than I realized.

The fighting in Kashmir has been going on for a very long time, but it is at a peak right now. The Indian government has been responding with measures that are chilling. You don’t have to have a position on Kashmir independence to be distressed by cutting off internet access, shutting down Facebook and closing universities. So I am now praying for the safety of the people of Kashmir, for the freedom of their press, universities and air waves. If you know as little as I did about Kashmir, take ten minutes and check it out.



14 thoughts on ““Kashmir?”

  1. Years back, I visited Kashmir. Its a beautiful place and amazing people but I feel sad for all the events happening. I pray for Kashmir too!


  2. There is a lot one can read about Islam in the Quran. There are English versions today. The media concentrates on extreme Islam while most of the Moslem in the world practice what is now generally termed moderate Islam . Being a westerner, the whole picture may not only be unclear to you, it most likely will not be presented to you. Some of the findings in the holy book are alarming literarily and have been subject to different interpretations. More important than what the book says is how those who practice the belief live. People read people. People don’t read books. Both the moderates and the extremes base their ways of life on the same book. One on one interaction such as the type you described is really good. It will give you insight into one perspective. Hope it will not obscure the larger picture however. As always, I enjoyed reading your post.


    1. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. The whole picture is definitely unclear to me, but it reminds me of the vast differences in Christianity which all also share the same Bible. Once my students, who did not know I was a Christian, when they found out said it was not possible that I was a Christian. I asked them why they said that. They said because I treated all of them(including gay and lesbian students)with such respect. That broke my heart that they thought all Christians were hate filled and intolerant. I told them I believed I loved them the way Jesus would have. I will continue to learn what I can about the Muslim faith as I go forward so that I have a more nuanced understanding.

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  4. what looks more important is the fact that now the struggle has crossed the age and gender barrier, we can see old men ,children and even women who are making inroads in support of the struggle against indian oppression


      1. Definitely….there is an impending sense of injustice among masses and the current scenario in which security forces look to be given a free hand are contributing to the growing hatred


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