J&K, Ladakh discriminated for 70 yrs leading to violence, separatism: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally on the occasion of his 69th birthday in Kevadiya on Tuesday.(UNI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally on the occasion of his 69th birthday in Kevadiya on Tuesday.(UNI)

‘Will spread wave of trust & friendship’
No drop of blood of jawans will go in vain: HM

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Sept 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh faced discrimination for last 70 years, leading to violence and separatism and declared that due to recent decisions taken by the Central Government on J&K, the State will tread on new path of development.
In a series of tweets and address to a rally at Kevadiya in Gujarat, Modi said Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and Kargil will now march towards new path of trust and development.
“People in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region faced discrimination during last 70 years. The result was bad and this led to violence and separatism. Consequences of this decision were suffered by the entire country,’’ Modi said without referring to abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A on August 5, which led to complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with rest of the country. Click here to watch video
The Prime Minister said he was fully confident that with the active support of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Kargil, they will be able to spread new wave of “trust and friendship’’ there.
“With the blessings of Sardar Saheb (Sardar Patel), the country has taken an important decision. We have taken a decision to tread on new path for solution of decades old problem,’’ he said.
“Jammu-Kashmir Aur Ladakh Kay Logon Ko 70 Saal Tak Bedhbaav Ka Samna Karna Pada Hai. Iska Dushparinaam Hinsa Aur Algaavvadh Kay Roop Mein, Adhoori Aashaon Aur Aakankshaon Kay Roop Mein Poore Desh Nay Bughta Hai (the people of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh have faced discrimination for 70 years. The bad affect of this was violence and separatism and unfilled hopes and aspirations which the entire country had to face),’’ Modi said.
He added that the country is today looking ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’ (One India, Great India) dream of Sardar Patel getting realised. The tasks which couldn’t be fulfilled during independence, the country is trying to fulfill them now, he said.
“Had Sardar Patel not shown farsightedness then, just imagine how much problems India would have been facing today,’’ Modi said, adding that during 100 days of the present Government, one after the other significant decisions have been taken.
Modi lauded the vision of Sardar Patel, adding the BJP-led Government’s decision last month on Jammu and Kashmir was “an inspiration” from India’s former Home Minister.
The Union Government’s decision on Kashmir is inspired by Sardar Patel and is an attempt to find solution to a decades-old problem, Modi, who turned 69 today , said, adding: “The country has taken an important decision with the inspiration of Sardar Patel, to walk a new path to resolve a decades-old problem’’.
The Government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the State be bifurcated into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The Prime Minister said the Hyderabad Liberation Day is a result of Sardar Patel’s vision. September 17 marks the day in 1948 when the erstwhile Hyderabad State was annexed to the Indian Union.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today recalled that it was in the morning of August 5 that the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided that the country should get freedom from Articles 370 and 35-A in Jammu and Kashmir to fulfill the dream of ‘Akhand Bharat’
“There used to be talks within our party on abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A. There was unanimity that these Articles should go but everybody used to ask how it will happen..when it till happen. The Prime Minister took a decisive call on August 5 that the dream of ‘Akhand Bharat should be fulfilled and the country got freedom from the two Articles,’’ Shah said addressing an event of the All India Management Association in the Union capital.
The Union Home Minister said since August 5 to September 17 not a single bullet has been fired in Kashmir…not a single casualty has taken place and Kashmir is open with total peace.
“It was the policy of New India that not even a drop of blood of our soldiers will go in vain and there will be no compromise on even an inch of the country’s territory. We will deal with it strongly,” he said.
Coming down heavily on the previous Congress regime for not adopting a comprehensive national security policy, Shah said the country’s strategic policy was “eaten up” by the foreign policy.
“After the surgical strike and the air strike, the perception of the world has changed and India’s strength has been recognized globally,” he added.
The Home Minister said before the Modi Government came to power in 2014, there was chaos everywhere, there was no security at borders and people had doubts about the multi-party democracy system and wondered whether India’s multi-party democracy had failed.
“If you remember, there was deep disappointment everywhere in 2013. Every Minister had considered himself as the Prime Minister, while no one considered the Prime Minister as Prime Minister,” he said.
“From 2014 to 2019, the people have seen a decisive Government. Normally, five big decisions were taken in 30 years. But in the first five years of the Modi Government, 50 major decisions were taken including the GST, demonetization, surgical strike, airstrike, One Rank One Pension and now Article 370 and Article 35A. These were brave decisions,” Shah said.