Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon
I've been to Kashmir and I can assure you - it is not Indian in the slightest.
They may lay claim to the area (well, the Indian controlled part) but the culture and people have nothing in similar with India as a whole.
I would add that it's the most beautiful part of the world I've seen
The original inhabitants were Kashmiri Brahmins. No region in India is the same. It's a land of different cultures, tribes and races.
You will find the Indo-European tribes up north to the Dravidians to the South. That doesn't mean it's not an Indian land. First of all it's a land of Hindus originally and a land east of the river Sindh which means historically called an "Indian" land.
We don't need another Brit to try and divide us, give me a break.
The word Kashmir is an ancient Sanskrit word which literally means Land of Kashyapa Rishi. He was a Saraswat Brahmin and one of the Saptarishis (scholars), who was key in formalizing the ancient Historical Vedic Religion. The Kashmiri Pandits are his descendants and have named the valley after him, in his honour. Kashmir was one of the major centre of Sanskrit scholars.
These are Kashmiri Brahmins:
Mughals/ Muslims (mongols) came to the area thousands of years later. Violently if I may add.
Many Hindus had to migrate to different places in India because of this. But slowly they're moving back.Edited by IndianBoyz - 5/19/12 at 2:10am