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History of Kas'Mira (Kashmir): Aryans, Naga's, Evolution, Rulers, Religious Beliefs/Worship and Goddesses of Kas'Mira (Kashmir)

Rattan Kaul (Author) S.K. Sinha (Foroward) Leena Gaur (Editor) Aparna Kaul (Editor)

The book is concerned with the transition of the Aryan Saraswat community as a whole through millenniums of religious philosophies, search of identity of the brahmins of Kashmir, their gotra orientation, and their honorifics and Bhatta and Pandit and other select surnames. It aims to discuss the Aryan roots and genesis of specific names and surnames of the community in order to keep them fresh in history and save them from oblivion. It covers topics like Aryans’ immigration into Kashmir, mention of the region in Nilamat Purana, advent of Islam in Kashmir, Mughal, Afghan and Sikh rule in the region and the Dogra rule. The later chapters focus on the religious aspects of brahmins of Kashmir and their worship and rituals relating to goddesses Bhadrakali, Sharda, and others as well as the Kul Devis. It takes up aberrations in eras and erroneous dating in Kalhana’s Rajatarangini.

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About the author

S.K. Sinha

Lt. Gen (Retd.) S.K. Sinha, PVSM, was born in 1926 and graduated from Patna University i 1943. He joined the Army soon thereafter and was commissioned in the JAT Regiment. He saw combat during the Second World War in Burma (Myanmar) and Indonesia. After Independence, he was transferred to 5 Gorkha Rifles (FF). He was associated with the Kashmir War from day one, 27th October 1947, and was intimately connected with it throughout the first Indo-Pak War of 1947-48. He was the Secretary of the Indian delegation to the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) in 1949 to delineate the Cease-Fire Line in Kashmir. During his long distinguished career in the Army, General Sinha held all levels of command from a Platoon to a Field Army. He served as Instructor both at the War College in Mhow and at Staff College in Wellington. He held key staff appointments in field formations besides serving in every rank from Capt. to Lt. Gen at Army Headquarters. In 1973, he was decorated with the highest military award for distinguished services, Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM). His last appointment in the Army was Vice Chief of the Army Staff, when he quit the Service in 1983. Appointed as India's Ambassador to Nepal when Indo-Nepal relations had hit their nadir, General Sinha Played a key role in raising Indo-Nepal relations to a high level of cordiality and also in the restoration of democracy in that country. The Prime Minister of Nepal Wrote, "General Sinha was as much India's Ambassador to Nepal as Nepal's Ambassador to India". In 1997, he was appointed Governor of Assam when insurgency was at its peak in that State. He succeeded in isolating the militants and bringing the people of Assam. The people and the Press referred to him as "Our Man in Raj Bhawan", 'a true son of the soil of Assam, totally Assamese in his outlook". He took over as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 2003 where he still continues to serve. During the last three years, there has been a marked improvement in the security scenario in that State.

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Title History of Kas'Mira (Kashmir): Aryans, Naga's, Evolution, Rulers, Religious Beliefs/Worship and Goddesses of Kas'Mira (Kashmir)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.01.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Gyan Pub. House
Language: English
isbn 9788121212106
length 359p., Illustrations; Some Colour; Map; 23cm.