ATROCITIES COMMITTED ON KASHMIRI HINDUS THROUGH THE AGES-AMRIT LAL RAWA;

‘Rajtarangini of Jonaraja’ edited by Srikant Kaul, Published by Vishveshvaranand Institute, Sadhu Ashram,(PO), Hoshiarpur,(Punjab) 1967 says:

 ” Suha Bhatta’s zeal knew no moderation and the persecution of the Hindus started with redoubled fury.

“The religious sacrifices, and the celebrations of Naga festivals were prohibited. For persons desirous of leaving Kashmir permit system was introduced lest the intending emigrants should escape conversion.

“The temple of the coersion in propagating Islam pestered the Hindus’ life, so that there was no way but to protect the traditional raligion by burning, hanging and drowning themselves, and jumping down the precipices. Crowds of Brahmanas ran away in different directions through by-passes. Social life became miserable. Many died from scorching heat, undernourishment, and other calamities, and were in this way relieved of the anguish of life. Others lived on alms in villages en route to the provinces of India. Some twice-born, disguised as Muslims, wandered about the country in search of their distressed families. The means of livelihood were snatched from the twice-bron with a view to cutting at the roots of their urge for education. They are said to have lolled out their tongue like dogs in search of a dog’s morsel at every door. (Among Kashmiri Hindus there was and still is followed a custom to set apart a morsel for dogs before eating meals). (pages: 99-100).

“By his policy of extreme religious toleration, Zain-ul-abidin had endeared himself to the hearts of his subjects. The Hindus heaved a sigh of relief and regained not only the freedom of worship but also the royal patronage. As already stated, many Hindus rose to the position of power and influence. The king encouraged Sanskrit literature and the grateful writers in return raised the Sultan to the status of the God Vishnu.” (p. 111-112)

“The tribal wars, class struggles and acute divisions gave rise to the fourth class, namey the Shudras.” (p. 132) Hindu Kashmir.

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