ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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From National Liberation to Islamist Jihad?

Changing Course of Kashmiri Struggle

Kashmir in the 1930s witnessed the emergence of the Islamist movement. In its initial years, the movement failed to garner a strong support base owing to the long-standing sufi tradition in Kashmir. However, since the 1980s, the Jama'at-i-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has attempted to restructure the framework of the discourse within which the Kashmiri armed struggle has sought to express itself - the struggle is now being interpreted as a holy war. Not only has there been a growing intervention of Islamist groups based in Pakistan, the nationalist goal of a free Kashmir is being increasingly marginalised.

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