New Delhi, April 8
Riyaz Punjabi, an itinerant educational and a agency proponent of syncretism in Kashmir, handed away right here at present. Born in Srinagar, Punjabi was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2011.
An avid author, Punjabi’s work touched the areas of peace research, human rights, composite tradition, inter-religious conflicts and rise of fundamentalism in South Asia and Sufism. In public life in addition to in personal, mates recall that Punjabi, a person unapologetically keen on his drink, was additionally nonchalant about his stout defence of Kashmiriyat and powerful opposition to utilizing violence to realize political ends.
Punabi was additionally nicely conversant with the Sikh religion and had written a e book on the non secular content material of Guru Granth Sahib. “He was a genuinely liberal Kashmiri. If you can believe that somebody is secular, he was one of them,” stated Harpal Bedi, a journalist. Punjabi can be remembered for a draft paper on autonomy for Kashmir. — TNS