Salafi extremism the emerging threat to peace in the valley


S Ranjan

The perpetrators of violence have now changed tack to sow the seed of fundamental Islamism by promoting the extreme cult of Salafism. This is because around a quarter of Kashmiri people follow the Salafi-Sunni tradition and it is easy to find recruits from this segment. The recruitment on religious grounds was next to zero a decade back, now it is gaining momentum. Saudi money has come hand in hand with Salafi ideology; money has given access to such mosques and madrasas where conversion and indoctrination can be carried out.

Now, the latest tactic is to ride the international Islamic revulsion for the “anti-Islam film” made in America. Undoubtedly, people across the world have condemned the film, but why was the reaction so violent in Kashmir that curfew needed to be imposed? The separatists who knock at the doors of the United Nations for every conceivable reason should have done so in this instance also. What can be achieved by disrupting the lives of the poor people? This incident is being used to the hilt to whip up passions.




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