Disturbed by the youth resorting to violence in Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged the youth, who have joined militancy or are involved in stone throwing, to shun violence and join the mainstream.
Modi, who was on a day’s visit to Kashmir in May to dedicate to the nation the 330-MW Kishenganga Power Project constructed in the Gurez area of North Kashmir, asked the people of Jammu and Kashmir to make efforts to come out of instability. He said that every stone and weapon raised by misguided youths destabilises Jammu and Kashmir and the country. “The State will have to come out of this atmosphere of instability”, he said.
The PM said the youth need to join mainstream development of India and of Kashmir for their future and that of the coming generation. “There is no substitute for peace and stability. I urge the youth who have lost their way to return to the mainstream. The mainstream is their parents and family. The mainstream is their contribution to the development of Jammu and Kashmir. The responsibility of taking forward the development process and increasing the pride and honour of Jammu and Kashmir lies with this young generation. The State has so much of resources that there is no question that Jammu and Kashmir should stay behind other states”, he said.
Modi said that the solution to the problem is development. “I would urge everyone to channelise their energies in the development of the state. The solution to every problem is only development, development, development,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that ceasefire is a message for those who spread terror in the name of Islam. “The ceasefire during Ramadan is a message for those who in the name of Islam are spreading terror”, he said. He also said that he is a believer of Kashmiriyat. “Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) always advocated and supported Kashmiriyat and Modi is also the disciple of the same Kashmiriyat.”
He said that bullets are no solution to Kashmir, but love is. “I had said from the Red Fort as well that neither abuses nor bullets will solve the problem Kashmiris are witnessing. The only solution is hugging and loving every Kashmiri.”
Modi said the people of the state know how they have been deceived by forces inimical to peace. The Central government has appointed a special representative to speak to all elected people to find a way out of these difficult times, he said. Without naming Pakistan, the Prime Minister said: “There are foreign powers at play in Jammu and Kashmir that do not want development of the State. We need to give a befitting reply to them and move ahead.”
He said that those foreign powers who have been helping violence from across are disintegrating themselves now. “Those who have been helping violence in the State from across our borders are themselves disintegrating this time,” he reiterated.