“We are committed to restoring Kashmir’s status of heaven on earth,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing his fourth Independence Day speech from the ramparts of mighty Red Fort in New Delhi.
Pledging that government is committed to bring in peace and normalcy in the state, which is grappling with fragile law and order situation in certain quarters, the Prime Minister flayed terror and said the government will come down heavily on the terrorism.
At the same time, he underlined that reaching out to the people of Kashmir and bringing in the development remains the only way to arrive at the solution.
“Kashmir probem cannot be resolved by either bullets or by abuses. It can be resolved by embracing all Kashmiris,” he said adding “we have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir.”
The Prime Minister also said that only a “handful of separatists” were resorting to different tactics to create problems in the state, while the people of Kashmir wants peace and development.
“We all stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir. They have suffered a lot due to terrorism. We are determined to develop the state, educate the youth, give them jobs, include them in the mainstream, increase business and jobs and give them reasons to rejoice,” the Prime Minister added in his Independence Day speech.
Taking on the menace of terrorism, not just in the state but across the globe, Modi said India will never be “soft on terror”.
“There is no question of being soft on terrorism or against terrorists,” he said adding further that entire world is with India in fighting the menace of terror. “I thank all nations helping us doing so,” Modi added.
Talking about national security, he said it is a priority and the country is capable of defending itself in all spheres.
India is capable of tackling any challenge in any frontier — land, sea or the cyber space, the prime minister said against the backdrop of border standoff with China in Doklam.