From pro-Independence to pro-Pakistani militia, the new generation of Kashmiri youth abandoned Kalashnikovs for stones. Twenty years ago, in the summer of , the Kashmir Valley was in the grip of full-fledged insurrection. Hordes of young, Kalashnikov-wielding men roamed the streets and neighbourhoods of Srinagar, the capital, and the valley's other towns like Baramulla, Anantnag and Sopore. The sound of gunfire and explosions mingled with chants of " azaadi " ["freedom"] emanating from demonstrations large and small. People from all strata of society took part in protests against Indian rule.
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Uzbekistan and Kashmir appear like separated siblings living thousands of miles apart and still bearing striking similarities in more ways than one - cultural, linguistic, architectural, culinary and music. And, yes, there is a chance that a security man may stop you and scan your phone for any pictures of sensitive places! In fact, the commonalities are not completely surprising because Kashmir owes much of its cultural legacy to the Central Asian region, including the ancient Persian-speaking Transoxiana what now largely forms Uzbekistan - a land of magnificent mosques, abounding non-vegetarian food and smiling faces of hospitable people with gold-capped teeth. And, despite being an Islamic country, liquor is freely available and there are plenty of beer gardens. For a Kashmiri like me, the seemingly surreal sameness appeared something more than romantic nostalgia for hundreds of Syed families whose ancestors brought Islam, arts and crafts, architecture and language to Jammu and Kashmir and settled in different parts of the state in early 14th century. The journey connected up-close a group of 11 avid Indian travellers to Uzbek history, people and culture - way beyond the textual look-up in history books or common folklore - an experience of seeing is believing. Even in capital Tashkent, a metropolitan and an emerging world class city, similarities pop out in common conversations with locals.
For this reason, he was considered a good ally of the Tang Empire Wink, ; Sen, Chinese chronicles and other literary sources of the Heavenly Empire recently collected in a very interesting study by Tansen Sen, give quite a clear image of the geopolitical situation in the Southern Hindukush region around Sen, The Chinese army was headed by Gao Xianzhi, a general of Korean origins who, later, was defeated in at the famous battle of Talas South-Eastern Kazakhstan by a Turco-Arab coalition. Both these peoples, in fact, adopted the culture of Bactriana but their ethnic affiliation still remains a mystery. Pal argued, the city was possibly populated by a colony of Persians who had escaped during the Arab invasion Pal,
A large number of delegates from different universities of the country as well as some foreign diplomats based in Delhi were also present. These scholars and experts discussed a variety of topics pertaining to history, politics, geo-strategy, geo-economics, and social development of the Central Asian Region. In the inaugural session almost all the prominent speakers highlighted the links which Kashmir has had with Central Asia till the partition of the sub-continent.