Demand for political autonomy replaced by Islamist movement in Kashmir: Jaitley



“Hardline Islamist movements such as Wahabism have dislocated Sufism from Kashmir, where the demand for political autonomy has now emerged as an Islamist movement,” Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday.

Jaitley was speaking at a national seminar on Integral Humanism-Indian Way of Attaining Sustainable Development, organised by a Sangh think tank, the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Research Institute in collaboration with the ministry of culture.

Commenting on the orthodox ideology, now prevalent, he said, there has been a churning in the Islamic forces that has made a forceful worldwide appearance, Hindustan Times reported.

“This churning since the last 15-20 years has had some impact in India as well, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, in the secessionist movement in the state. In the Kashmir Valley that was a centre of Sufism, Wahabism has replaced it,” he said.

He also flagged a convergence between the “IS-like elements and the ultra Left”, which was “manifest in the anti-India sloganeering” on Jawaharlal Nehru University’s campus in 2016.

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