Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hard Facts About Kashmir- Geography, Demography, Castes & Language

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At the time when Kashmir is once again boiling over encounter of militant commander, it is very much necessary to look into the hard facts about Kashmir and claims about Kashmiriyat.
Here is Kashmir ground reality on the scale of Geography, Demography, Castes & Language


Area of the State of J & K Under Indian control- 101380 Sq. Km
Kashmir- 15%
Jammu-   26%
Ladakh-   59%

*85,000 sq Km comprising 85% area are not Muslim Majority.*
Population  ; 1.25 Crores

Kashmir :  69 Lakhs ( Only 55 Lakhs speak Kashmiri. Rest 13 lakhs speak Non kashmiri languages.

Jammu : 53 Lakhs (Dogri, Punjabi, Hindi )

Ladakh :  03 Lakhs ( Ladakhi language )

This does not include 7.5 lakh people settled who do not have citizenship

There are 22 districts in J&K. Out of which *only 5 Districts where separatists have the say, namely  Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramullah, Kulgam and Pulwama. 

--Other 17 districts are Pro India, So separatist's writ runs in just 15% of the population. Which is Sunni Muslim dominated.
Interestingly these 5 districts are far away from Pakistan Border/LOC

--There are more than fourteen major Religious/ ethnic groups comprising 85% of the population of J&K. who are Pro India, which include,
Shias ;
Dogras: (Rajputs, Brahmins & Mahajans)
Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs,
Buddhists ( Ladakhis ), 
Gujjars, Bakarwals, Paharis, Baltis, Christians & many more.

Majority of the people in J&K do not speak Kashmiri as their mother tongue. They speek Dogri, Gujjari, Punjabi, Ladhaki , Pahari etc.

Only 33 % people in Kashmir speak Kashmiri & this group controls narrative from Hurriyat to militants and from NC and PDP.
This 33% population controls business, bureaucracy & agriculture. This Sunni 33% is opposed to India although population of all other muslims in JK is 69 %
Shias (12%), Gujjars Muslims (14%), Pahadi Muslims ( 8%), Buddhists , Pandits,, Sufis, Christians and Jammu Hindus/ Dogras ( aprox 45%) are totally opposed to separatism and Pakistan..

Stone pelting, Hoisting of Pakistani flags & Anti India demonstrations are held in just 5 Districts in Kashmir valley.
Other 17 districts never participate in such activities.

--Poonch and Kargil have above 90% Muslim population. There has never been an Anti-India or Separatist protest in these districts.

--It is only the Antinational Media and other Anti India forces* who with their nefarious designs have *created an impression that "WHOLE" of J&K is against India.

--Whereas the truth is that  just 15% of Kashmiri Population comprising Sunni Muslims inhabiting 5 Districts of Kashmir province are fanning the separatist activities.

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