Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has said that the growing divisiveness along caste and religious belief is one of the main reasons behind the strain in community relations across the country. Speaking at the first BK Nehru Memorial Lecture at the Centre of Research in Rural and Industrial development on Saturday, Vohra also said the erosion in tolerance for different views and beliefs was a cause of considerable anxiety, reports The Indian Express.
With keeping the focus of his speech on good governance, Vohra urged the political leadership of the country to accept their responsibilities and assume leadership to play a pro-active role in promoting productive governance in order to get rid of corruption, misgovernance and administrative malfunctions. He said, “The ongoing practice would no longer do to attribute all our failures on various fronts merely to the deficiencies of the bureaucracy”.
Expressing his views on one of the biggest challenges of governance, Vohra said there is a need to tranquilize the social and economic inequalities without wasting more time. He said these inequalities had the potential to unleash confrontations and conflicts which could further create lethal chaos and disorder in the country.
“For this reason alone, it is of vital importance to ensure that the administrative system, all over the country, functions in a manner which ensures against any injustice being done to our people, particularly to those who belong to the disadvantaged segments of our society and are already suffering,” IE quoted the J and K governor saying.
As per Vohra, growing caste and religious divisiveness has disturbed the community relations in several parts of the country.
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Pointing out the responsibilities of both Central and the state government, Vohra said “It would be beneficial to take sustained initiatives for promoting an environment which imbues citizens with values founded in equality and secularism and respect for the diversity of numerous and far spread communities.”
Later in his speech, Vohra also praised the first prime minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru and B K Nehru for implementing an idea of Independence which was not just liberating from foreign rule, but also to change the structure of Indian society.
Serving as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir since 2008, Vohra was the union home secretary, defence secretary, and principal secretary to Prime Minister I K Gujral in 1997-98.