Kashmir, symbol of unity in diversity says S K Sinha

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Jammu, Dec 19 (UNI) Commenting on the art and culture of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Lt Gen (retd) S K Sinha today said it is the most diverse state yet a symbol of unity in diversity through the centuries.

Speaking at a function here this morning while inaugurating a two-day preliminary workshop on the project of writings and history of Kashmir philosophy and culture, Lt Gen Sinha said ''This I saw personally when whole of the sub-continent was engulfed in communal holocaust in the wake of partition in 1947 and the valley was free from any communal tension or communal violence.'' He added that he landed with the Indian troops in Srinagar and was overwhelmed to see the mutual love and brotherhood.

The function was jointly organised by the Department of Sanskrit, University of Jammu and Centre for Kashmir Studies, University of Kashmir at Jammu University Campus.

Lt Gen Sinha, who is also the Chancellor of the two universities, elaborately dwelt on the glorious ethos and pluralistic way of life in Kashmir, commonly known as 'Kashmiriyat' and said this embodies the philosophy of amity, love, inclusiveness and tolerance among various communities.

The Governor described India as a wider replica of pluralism and tolerance and said the great Indian civilisation has survived and flourished at the strength of this ethos while all other ancient civilisations perished with the passage of time.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stepped in to assist Institute of Kashmir Studies towards the development and promotion of art, culture, literature and philosophy of Kashmir.

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