Kashmir has always been an important part of mainstream Indian culture: Karan Singh
Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 05:45 PM
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(L to R)  Dr. Amit  Wanchoo , Anant Bagaitkar, Hon. N. N. Vohra, Hon. Dr. Karan Singh, Sanjay Sonawani (Writer), Sanjay Nahar (Founder President, Sarhad)

New Delhi : ‘The pre-Islamic history of Kashmir is not much known to the common people. Kashmir is not merely a mass of land ruled over by the successive dynasties. It has always been an important part of the mainstream Indian culture,’ said former MP and ICCR President Karan Singh here on Friday (11th October).

He was speaking at the book release function of ‘Emperor of Kashmir : Lalitaditya the Great,’ the English version of the original Marathi book written by historian Sanjay Sonawani. Singh was the chief guest while Press Club of India president Anant Bagaitkar was the guest of honour of the function. Former J-K Governor NN Vohra presided over.

The book has been published by Chinar Publishers, under the aegis of NGO Sarhad, Pune being led by Sanjay Nahar.

Singh said, ‘Kashmir has it’s own history. A very proud history. Emperor Lalitaditya was in no way less important than other Indian emperors such as Ashok and Harshawardhana. However, Lalitaditya is not well known. Kashmir’s Shaivism is the land’s great gift to the world. Its proponent such as Acharya Abhinavgupta was as good as Acharya Shankaracharya. But he was ignored being a Kashmiri. It is a land of great seers. Avantivarman was another emperor of Kashmir.’

Reminiscing about Maharashtra and Marathi language and appreciating that the research has been done in Maharashtra, he said that he was born abroad. However, he first stepped on India’s soil in Mumbai. He received his primary education in Mumbai. His marriage took place there and his two sons were also born at the Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai. He said his father Hari Singh, who loved horse racing, used stay in Mumbai during the winter. His family has very close ties with Mumbai.

Drawing a comparison between journalism and history, Bagaitkar said, “Objectivity is needed while writing history and a news report. Unfortunately, attempts are being made to distort both.”

Vohra, Sonawani and Nahar also spoke. Several current and retired top bureaucrats from the central government and Kashmir were present. Dr. Amit Wanchoo compered.

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