NEW DELHI, Dec 16 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Dr Jitendra Singh, today interacted with a group of students from Jammu and Kashmir, currently on a countrywide tour, conducted under the “Watan ko Jano” programme.
In an informal interaction, lasting over one hour, Rajnath Singh was seen engaging himself in one to one interaction individually with several of the students. The students found themselves at ease and came forward with several inputs and opinions about the current situation in the State, as well as the prevailing education scenario.
Rajnath Singh hoped that the countrywide exposure, offered by the “Watan ko Jano” programme, will add to the vision of the young minds and give them new perspective, which would enable them to focus on the growth of the nation and society and as well as their own individual growth. India is a beautiful country, he said, with beautiful people and it is India which gave the world the concept of “Vasudev-Kutumbkam”.
Home Minister advised the students to learn about all the positive attributes about India. He said, unlike any other country of the world, India has people from all the religions of the world living here and all the different sects of Islam are also found here.
Dr Jitendra Singh complemented the paramilitary forces for organizing these programmes regularly for the last few years. He said, it has been his personal experience that after the countrywide tour and interaction with people from different parts of the country, these youngsters have gone back with a reinforced aspiration and determination. This exposure, he said, is perhaps a very strong antidote against the influence that terrorism might sometime cast on these young minds because of its misplaced bravado and misplaced romanticism.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, over the last three to four years, merit list of successful candidates of IAS/Civil services exams has been invariably found to include youth from some of the most terror struck districts of Kashmir. This, in itself, he said, is an indicator that the youth of Kashmir has moved on, even though some vested interests try to hold him back.