ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Kashmiri Nationalism of the 1970s

The Term Kashmiriyat

The term Kashmiriyat has come to signify a centuries-old indigenous secularism of Kashmir. However, it is of comparatively recent origin, first used in the mid-1970s. This article throws light on the factors which necessitated its creation and how its use has evolved to signify the majoritarian infl ections of thatsecular ideal. By acknowledging the historical context of the term itself, we may be able to attend to the subtle implication of our exercise to retrospectively apply it to earlier historical contexts.

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