Kashmir of the yore has evolved after a long process of confluence and assimilation. It begins with the creation of a social polity shaped by currents and crosscurrents of the civilisational History. It formed the broad base on which the idea of Nationhood was formed.
However, in course of time, the democratic values suffered immensely. This erosion in the value system rendered Kashmir vulnerable to the growing tide of religious assertions. The rise of forces who advocate blatant secessionism,therefore, should not be seen as an abrupt development. It is a product of the interplay between religion and politics which has a long history.