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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pulwama of Utpala dynasty ~ sad killing of 40 CRPF in Kashmir

14th Feb (2019) would remain ever a dark day for the Nation ~ we mourn those heroes who were martyred in a dastardly attack today !
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Utpala dynasty, a Kashmiri Hindu kingdom, ruled over the Kashmir region from 8th to 10th century CE. The kingdom was established by Avanti Varman, ending the rule of Karkota dynasty in 855 CE.  The cities of Avantipur and Suyapur were founded during the reign and many Hindu temples dedicated to both Vishnu and Shiva and Buddhist monasteries were built, notable of which is the Avantiswara and Avantiswami temples.  King Avantivarman  who founded the dynasty ruled between  855 to 883 CE.

Pulwama (known as Panwangam in antiquity] is a town and a notified area committee in Pulwama districtin Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is around 40 km (25 mi) from the summer capital of Srinagar. Pulwama is often called the "Anand of Kashmir" or "Dudha-Kul of Kashmir"  on account of its high milk production.  Pulwama being a part of the beautiful valley is bounded by Srinagar in the North by Budgam and Poonch Districts the west and by Anantnag Districts in the South and East. The District was formed in 1979 by separation of Tehsils Pulwama, Shopian and Tral of District Anantnag. The total area of the district is 1090 Sq Kms as per Census 2011, the district consists of 331 villages including 08 un-inhabitated.

The district is famous for Archeological monuments especially those left by Raja Avantivarman.   The climate in the district is temperate with mercury going 30o C in summer and below freezing point in winter.  The district is reported to be one of the pretty spots on the earth, because of its congenial climate, innumerable springs streams, water falls, fragrant flowers, delicious fruits and other natural sceneries. Besides District Pulwama is famous all over the world for saffron cultivation which is mainly grown in Karewa lands of Pampore, Kakapora and Pulwama Blocks. Agriculture is the main occupation of people.

Today, it is in news for all wrong reasons ~ more than 40 army men killed. .. ..   In a first major terror attack in three years, at least 39 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district when a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into the bus they were travelling in on Thursday afternoon. JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as a local militant. In a telephonic call to a local news agency, Jaish has identified the suicide bomber at Adil Ahmad, a resident of Gundi bagh in Pulwama. The bus was part of an army convoy coming from Jammu to Srinagar. It is the deadliest attack in the state since the 2016 Uri attack.

Terming the attack as despicable, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain. He also spoke with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other top officials in the wake of the attack. The Centre has dispatched teams of NIA and NSG with forensic experts to Srinagar to assist Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the scene of the crime.

Expressing condolences to families of the deceased in the Pulwama terror attack, the Embassy of Russian Federation said they denounce terrorism in all its forms and reiterated the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards, ANI reported.

A very sad day for the Nation !

With profound grief- S. Sampathkumar
14th Feb 2019.

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