They forget their history
Arif M. Khan
at the altar of separatism
Kaabe mein budkade mein hai yeksan teri zia
Mein imtiaze dero haram mein phansa raha
(The divine light equally illuminates the Kaaba and the house of idols (temple), but woe to me that I remained obsessed with the differences and distinctions between the two)
Jonaraja, the 15th century chronicler of Rajatarangini, has recorded an interesting dialogue between Sultan Shihabuddin (1354-73) of
The words were the Sultan's, but it was the soul of
Lall Ded said:
Shiva abides in all that is, everywhere
Then discriminate not between a Hindu and Muslim.
Nund Rishi said:
We belong to the same parents
Then why this difference
Let Hindus and Muslims worship God alone
We came to this world like partners
We should share our joys and sorrows together.
This is the glorious heritage of
The recent blooper by the J&K Government in the case of the Amarnath shrine, when viewed in historic perspective, clearly shows a stark contrast between the inanities of government and the sanity of public mind. The Muslim family of Buta Malik has been guarding the Shrine of Amarnath since 1850 and looking after the devout pilgrims. But the government of the state charged with the responsibility to look after the welfare of any visitor not just the pilgrims shamefully abdicated its duty in the face of threat from the divisive and separatist elements.
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