One of the numerous guidelines of this jehad is an offensive, which will destroy the will of the enemy, damage his political capacity and expose him to the world as an oppressor. This was Gen. Zia's directive to I.S.I. The cause of Islamic fundamentalism was taken over by the same elements who were responsible for the partition of India and establishment of a separate homeland on the basis of two-nation theory. Imams and Maulvis from U.P. sprang up in the valley. Most of them were given State Subject Certificates and were thus made permanent residents of the state. They were associated with such organisations Tablig-ul-Islam, Ummat-i-Islamia etc. Simultaneously, a well planned offensive was launched through the state's broadcasting system named Radio Kashmir and T.V. Centre (Doordarshan) against India under the guise of catering to the local population. Muslims picked up as Kashmiri authors were invariably given Central awards. Many of these recipients of awards played the double trick. When the Government of India announced an award for a particular author, he would go round fundamentalist centres declaring that he was not going to accept an award announced by these dhotiwallas. He would swear that he had not made his book available to them. They must have obtained a copy on their own. The concerned author would show hate and contempt for India in public gatherings in the city and towns. But would confidentially send a request to the Sahitya Academy, New Delhi that he was having some cardiac problem and it would be difficult for him to travel to Delhi to receive the award. He would, therefore, be obliged if the award money was sent to him by a draft payable at Srinagar. The Academy has been doing the needful faithfully. In fact, it was typical of votaries of Kashmiriyat to flaunt their Islamic and separatist credentials while at the same time thrive on Central subsidies. Two years after the death of Sheikh Abdullah, his autobiography under the title Atish-e-Chinar was published. It was said that he had dictated this to Mr.Mohammed Yusuf Teng, Director General of Libraries and Director, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. The book is full of venom against Jawaharlal Nehru. It also contains most defamatory accusations against Kashmiri Pandits. Sheikh Abdullah, his wife, and Mr.M.Y.Teng had every right to write whatever they liked. They were free to do so. But it was an act of appeasement on the part of Sahitya Academy to select the book for National Award. Normally, biographies or auto-biographies are not given awards. The award was given, which was received by Mr.M.Y.Teng, who was himself member of the Sahitya Academy, on behalf of Sheikh's wife, on the personal directive of Rajiv Gandhi the Prime Minister of India. Rajiv had asked the Security Wing of the Cabinet to go through the book and point out objectionable material. But simultaneously he directed that the award be announced. It could not be known under what pressure Rajiv had done so. There was furore in Parliament. Congress M.P.s were bitter that a book denigrating Nehru had been awarded. But since Rajiv had done it, all were silenced in no time. But this action gave sufficient signals to the State administration and politicians both pro-India and anti- India about Indian Government's perception. And in no time, more or less, the entire administrative apparatus including police found it expedient to switch over their inner loyalty to fundamentalists.
In May, 1983, Syed Shahabuddin addressed the students of Kashmir University on the occasion of seminar on Allama Mohammad Iqbal. He spoke in a highly communal vein and raised it to a highly emotional pitch. His words were full of communal outbursts and bitterness. Only an anti-Indian foreigner could make such sentimental and violent speech. His speech moved the students to raise anti- India slogans. Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah and other Ministers were also present. From August 15, 1983 onwards, there were a series of bomb explosions.