Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday shared his thoughts with the nation in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme. Modi said “Ekta” (unity) and “Mamata” (love) are the basic mantras for addressing the Kashmir problem even as he slammed those pushing children to create unrest, saying they will have to give answers to those “innocent” kids some day.
Underscoring the need for unity at such times, PM Modi said “All parties are united on Kashmir. They sent a message to the world, to the separatists and reached out to the people of Kashmir.”
Speaking on the unrest in the valley, he said, “From the interactions I had with all parties on Kashmir, one thing emerged from those, which can be put in simple words as ‘Ekta’ and ‘Mamata’. These two things are the basic mantra.”
He said all the political parties had spoken in one voice on Kashmir, sending out a “message to the world as well as separatist forces” besides conveying “our sentiments to the people of Kashmir”. He equated it to the passage of landmark GST Bill by Parliament for which all the parties came together.
The Valley has been rocked by violent protests for more than seven weeks now with 68 dead and thousands injured. The demonstrations were sparked by the killing of insurgent leader Burhan Wani and simmering anger across Kashmir has pushed the government on the back foot.
The administration has blamed separatists and Pakistani-sponsored elements for the violence. “Those pushing youth towards stone pelting in Kashmir will someday have to answer them,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister’s message to trouble-makers in the state – on a platform for positive messages — comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped up the offensive on Kashmir, nominating 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to be despatched to world capitals to highlight the issue.
India has accused Pakistan of fueling the unrest in Kashmir, where nearly 70 people have died and 5,000 have been injured since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.