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Kishtwar Riots: An Ideological Perspective

Who are the Fundamentalists of Kishtwar? Here is an explanation :

Fundamentalism by definition requires an unquestioning commitment to a book or scripture in its pristine original version.

For Hindus, there is no one scripture to revert to for theological purity since there are many scriptures ( Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Itihasas etc) which raise a plethora of beliefs that sustain faith, debates and profound speculations on basic questions and we have Advaita, Dvaita, Dvaita-Advaita, Suddh Advaita, Astika, Nastika schools of thought.

Therefore, questioning debating and synthesising are an integral part of Hindu Theology and this is done through Shastrarath. Nor does Hinduism has just one prophet to revere to or prohibits holding any other view of religious experience.

So, when an unquestioned and unquestionable scripture says, “When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere for them”, it also answers the question as to who were the Fundamentalists of Kishtwar.

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