Autumn & winter 2016 Edition
The Kashmir region in the northwestern Himalayan region has been very famous for its scenic beauty from ancient times. It is also used as the root of “cashmere“ the high-class fabric. I (the representative of the Himalaya Archive Japan) once visited the Pakistani side of Kashmir and did enjoy the splendid scenery such as sharp crags stretching to the sky, Nanga Parbat the 9th highest mountain in the world at 8,126 meters above sea level blazing with sunlight and so on. Unfortunately, Kashmir has been the about 70 year-world longest conflict region(Kashmir conflict): The region is mainly divided into three parts by India, Pakistan and China. Especially, India ad Pakistan the nuclear armed nations have been fighting each other intermittently over it’s sovereignty. This year, in Srinagar the capital of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, the conflict between local people especially the youths and Indian security forces is getting intense. The two nations have started to accuse each other and the relationship is obviously getting worse. The conflict between the nuclear-armed nations has caused international concern. It seems to me that Gandhi in “the heaven” is deeply mourning the recent situation because he once repeatedly pointed out that if India became divided, that would lead us to serious problems in the future. Through the issue of Kashmir conflict, we could deeply understand worldwide problems such as human-rights violation, reconciliation of religions, nations and ethnic groups, environmental destruction, state control of information and so forth.
The brief explanation of the Kashmir conflict by the British Broadcasting Corporation with text, map, picture and timeline.
The tour from Tokyo, Japan to the disputed Kashmir region by Google Earth
VIDEO / PICTURE
Related News / Article
One of the main causes for the Kashmir conflict is obviously Partition of India. The Partition of India was the 1947 partitioning of the British Indian Empire into India and Pakistan. Gandhi tried to prevent it for his life because he deeply understood that if India became divided, that would lead us to serious problems in the future. Even after Pakistan was founded, 78-year-old Gandhi intended to visit there to reconcile India with Pakistan. Sadly, Hindu extremists hated and considered Gandhi’s consistent attitudes too-large concessions to Muslims, and finally he was assassinated…Here are a documentary and a film about the partition:
The documentary by BBC highlights how people faced difficulties and tragedies in the chaotic situation of the partition, using the period’s file footage and interviews of persons concerned.
The film depicts the tragedy of a family caused by the partition. In the chaotic condition of Indian’s partition, a man had a fateful encounter with a woman. They got married, overcoming their different religious backgrounds. However, the partition starts to cast a dark shadow over the family…
Finally, we would like to introduce a piece of poetry by Rumi, a Sufism’s giant born in Afghanistan the western Himalayan region. He has been loved by not only many Muslims but many Hindus, and Kashmiri people have a deep faith in Sufism.
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion
or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any
origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.