JAMMU Mar 8: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah today called for isolating divisive forces and maintaining harmony, saying the politics of divide is against the ethos of the nation and the State, which encompass all religions, castes and regions.
“We are passing through most difficult times and there is crucial need of maintaining guard against polarizing forces and defeating their machinations by upholding our unity”, Dr Farooq Abdullah said while welcoming prominent advocates and political activists of Basholi into National Conference at a function here this afternoon.
Provincial President Devender Singh Rana was among the prominent leaders present on the occasion.
Dr Farooq Abdullah said division of society under the guise of ultra-nationalism is all the more dangerous, cautioning that those gloating over such posturing are needed to be isolated. He said practicing hate and intolerance is new low in Indian politics that brings one segment of society face to face against another which is detrimental for amity and brotherhood.
National Conference President said onus lies on youth to sensitise the people against divisive politics being injected into the polity thus vitiating the atmosphere with sinister objectives. This may have short term gains for some but the nation is at loss by such misadventure. He advised youth to get abreast with the chequered history of the country and the state that will help them to analyse political developments in right perspective.
The history, he regretted, is now being distorted and the version the young minds are being fed is far from the facts. He exhorted youth to understand the divisive machinations and fight its perpetrators by their weapon of ballot. He asked them to gear up for upcoming elections in a big way, saying their entry into public life will bring a fresh breather in the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir and help in steering it out of the prevailing morass.
“Youth have to be catalyst of change and National Conference has all along provided an appropriate platform to them and harness their energies in productive pursuits”, he maintained.
Dr Farooq Abdullah also dwelt upon the prevailing fluid political situation and said that being premier political party of the state, the National Conference cadre had to get further activated to meet the challenges. “Dejected and disillusioned people of the state are looking towards National Conference with hope and we have to prepare ourselves to meet their aspirations”, he said and asked the functionaries to mobiles workers for identifying the problems and agitating these at appropriate fora.
Welcoming the new entrants, Devender Singh Rana, Th Kashmira Singh, former MLC and Israr Khan exuded confidence that with their joining National Conference will be further strengthened at the grass roots levels.
Those who joined the party included Adv Kartar Singh, Adv Upasana Thakur, Advocate Daljeet Singh and Advocate Vikrant K. S Thakur. They were profusely greeted by the National Conference leaders.