Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said Kashmir youth are ready to defy separatists and be part of the development journey led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Responding to a volley of questions on Kashmir from media persons during Round Table Media Conclave, he accused the separatist leaders as well as so-called mainstream Kashmir- centric leaders of “doing” greatest harm to their own people.
“These leaders are not faithful either to Kashmir or to the cause of so-called Jehad or freedom which they proclaim to fight for.
“If they were honest to the so-called cause of freedom, they would have set an example by first offering their own children to become martyrs and go down in the history like Guru Gobind Singh,” he said.
Kashmir youth are ready to defy separatists and take the benefit of being part of the development journey led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.
Rejecting the observation that people of Kashmir were alienated, Singh said, on the contrary, the youth of Kashmir today is much more closely connected with mainstream India than ever before.
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Living in a global world and closely connected with each other through internet and other means, he said, the youth of Kashmir today understands that his stake and future is best served by a Modi-led dispensation, so that he does not remain deprived of the benefits which have been availed in the last three years by youth in the other states of India.
“This was evident when, the other day, for a mere 700 vacancies of the post of Police Sub-Inspector, more than 68,000 young boys and girls came out to try their luck without being intimidated by terror or the perpetrators of terrorism”, he said.
When asked why the Modi government was not acting against the separatists and others, Singh said, decisive action has been initiated and the results of the same will be seen very soon.
He said, the perpetrators of terrorism are as much responsible as the terrorist himself. None of them would be spared, which was also reiterated by the Defence Minister Arun Jaitley during his press briefing at Srinagar, he added.
Taking a dig at the Congress party, Singh said, what the Modi Government inherited in Kashmir was a baggage of over six decades of sins committed under the rule of Congress and its allies. Today, now when we are trying to redeem their sins, they are holding conclaves so that the Kashmir pot keeps boiling, he said.