Kashmir is Ours, Stop Looking at it from Pakistan's Prism, Urges Ram Madhav as Imran Khan Targets NRC
The BJP National General Secretary claimed that Kashmir was peaceful because people realised that PM Modi was working to ensure development and equal opportunities for all in the state.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav.
Kochi: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday urged Indians to stop looking at Kashmir from the prism of Pakistan as Imran Khan continues his attack on the country.
Taking a dig at political parties opposing the scrapping of Article 370, the constitutional provisions giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Madhav said the issue should not be looked at from the prism of Pakistan. "Some people have a lot of concern for Pakistan. How will they (Pakistan) react, how will the international community react?" he asked. "It is our state. Kashmir is ours...," he said.
He claimed that Kashmir was peaceful not because of the presence of security forces but because people realised that Prime Minister Modi was working to ensure development and equal opportunities for all in the state. "Large parts of the state are out of curfew. Friday congregations in mosques in the valley are peaceful. Barring sporadic incidents here and there, the valley is largely peaceful," he said.
His comments came even as Pakistan PM Imran Khan continued his attack on India with National Register of Citizens (NRC) now figuring on his list. "In Assam, 1.9 million Muslims are about to lose their citizenship. This ideology has also kept nine million Kashmiris under curfew for 26 days in Kashmir," he said at the Islamic Society of North America 56th Convention in Houston.
A day ago also Khan drew parallel between both the situations. "The reports of the genocide of Muslims in the Indian and international media by the Modi government should raise alarm bells around the world that illegal occupation of Kashmir is part of a larger strategy against Muslims," the Pakistan PM tweeted.
Meanwhile, Madhav said connecting with the people of Kashmir was the responsibility of every Indian, as they had been "fed a separative narrative" for nearly six decades.
Making it clear that the entire territory of Kashmir belonged to India, he said, ".... Whatever is under the occupation of our neighbour (Pakistan) is ours, but it will come (to us)."
The BJP leader was speaking on the topic "New India, New Kashmir" organised by the the party's Ernakulam district committee here. Madhav said connecting with the people of Kashmir is the "responsibility of all of us" as they were a society which had been "fed separative narrative for 50-60 years."
".. friends, when we say Kashmir is ours, what we say is every Kashmiri is ours. Today the country has to embrace the entire population of Jammu and Kashmir," he said. "No discrimination, no ill feelings. They are our own people. They are our family," he added.
Noting that the Narendra Modi led government has drawn up a roadmap for Kashmir, he assured that development would reach the door steps of ordinary Kashmiris. "We are going to give them all the political powers that were denied in the name of Article 370. We have already extended economic packages to them. We are extending political reservations for SC and ST...," he claimed.
The BJP leader said the Centre has done away with more than 150 discriminatory laws passed by Jammu and Kashmir Assembly in the name of state subject. "And 120 laws passed by Parliament, which were not extendable to the state earlier, are now being extended so that the dignity of the ordinary human beings, people of the state can be protected", he said.
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