Syed Ali Shah Geelani is a prominent Islamist political leader from Jammu and Kashmir. He is also known as "Bab" meaning the Elder one, Gazi and Gandalf. He is one of the few persons who strengthened the Islamic Movement in Kashmir and is, again one of the few persons who have been leading the Islamic forces quite admirably. During the past 30 years he has manfully braved persecution and faced tremendous difficulties. Syed Geelani commenced his struggle in 1950. Afterwards he associated himself with the Islamic Movement which, under the name of Jama’at-e-Islamic had started its crusade against the Indian imperialism right from 1947 when India committed her ignominious military interference under the grab of a questionable Accession arranged with the fugitive autocratic ruler of the state. In his early life, he formed a party by the name
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