Unity & Love basic mantras to solve Kashmir issue: PM

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NITI Aayog's first annual lecture on Transforming India in New Delhi on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NITI Aayog’s first annual lecture on Transforming India in New Delhi on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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.

He emphasised that if any life is lost in Kashmir, whether of any youth or any securityman, “that loss is ours, of our own country”.

Speaking on the unrest in the valley in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi 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 were 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.

“It is the view of all of us, the view of 125 crore people from a pradhan of a village to the Prime Minister, that if any life is lost in Kashmir, whether of any youth or any securityman, that loss is ours, our own country,” Modi said.

At the same time, he slammed “those people who push small children to try to create unrest in Kashmir”, saying “some day, they will have to give answers to these innocent children”.

FILE: Srinagar: File photo of clashes between protesting locals and the  security forces, Srinagar, July 24, 2016. Photo - PTI

FILE: Srinagar: File photo of clashes between protesting locals and the security forces, Srinagar, July 24, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The Prime Minister’s remarks came a day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief MInister Mehbooba Mufti met him and presented a “three-pronged action plan” that includes dialogue with all stakeholders.

In this 23rd edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, the Prime Minister also spoke about the upcoming event to grant sainthood to Mother Teresa on September 4 which will be attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

He also talked about teacher-student relationship in the context of upcoming Teacher’s Day on September 5, efforts to clean river Ganga, Swacch Bharat abhiyan, eco-friendly Ganesh ‘visarjan’ and the recent launch of Akashvani Maitri under which content will be shared in Bengali by West Bengal and Bangladesh.

Modi also made a mention of an 84-year-old retired woman teacher, who had written to him, mentioning about her giving up LPG subsidy and donating Rs 50,000 for women who still use firewood.

He talked about floods in various parts of the country and said efforts are being made by local authorities as well as the central government to provide help to the victims.

Speaking about the power of unity, Modi said, “in August 2016, parties having intense political rivalry, parties which do not let go any chance to attack the other, all came together to pass the GST bill.” There are 90 parties in all, he said.

In the context of Teacher’s Day, he showered praise on P Gopichand, a renowned badminton player and coach of P V Sindhu, saying he is a shining example of a good teacher who gets deeply involved in his pupil’s performance.

He said he would not be able to participate in Teacher’s Day events this year as he would be travelling for G-20 Summit in China.