Commenting over the proposed programs on the eve of New Year celebrations at Gulmarag and other places, Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani appealed the people especially youths to upheld their religious, cultural and moral values and do not show the slavish mindset in any way. He said that Islam being the religion of nature doesn’t oppose or ban the expeditions or the excursions but everything in the universe has limits and this activity also has it limits and no Muslim should crossover those limits. In a statement to KNS, Syed Ali Geelani said that the Western culture is now reckoned as rejected culture and the people of New York and Washington too are fed up with the vulgar and horrific actions of this culture. This so-called modern civilization has destroyed the social setup of the Man and has reduced a human being to the level of an animal. The Islamic leader said that the people in West are although running away from their wild civilizations and are taking refuge in religion especially in Islam but some cheap mentality people are still copying this culture here. It is their cheap and slavish thinking that in today’s era of knowledge, they are still mistaking every shining object with the diamond. Syed Ali Geelani said that despite the centuries in slavery, Kashmiri nation had always upheld its rich cultural tradition and had always behaved like a civilized society and the examples of our politeness, brotherhood, modesty and our moral values are famous all over the world. Whatever is being thrusted upon us in the name of New Year celebrations has nothing to do with our rich social values and traditions. It is just a cultural aggression which is aimed to detach us from our religion, society and our rich past.
2015 Kashmir Despatch