Kashmiri people should stand with Govt, not with separatists in fight against terrorism: Jaitley

| | New Delhi
  • 0

Kashmiri people should stand with Govt, not with separatists in fight against terrorism: Jaitley

Saturday, 27 October 2018 | PTI | New Delhi

Kashmiri people should stand with Govt, not with separatists in fight against terrorism: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the people of Kashmir ought to stand with the government and not with the separatists in the fight against terrorism.

"I think it is absolutely essential for all of us ...That in this battle, we need the Kashmiri people on our side. It's a battle for sovereignty, it's a battle against separatists and terrorists and the key is also held by the people," he said.

"And therefore our approach has to be guided by the fact that those people are on our side, and not with the separatists," he said while delivering the first Atal Bihari Vajpayee Memorial Lecture here.

He regretted that at a time when the country is dealing with troubles being fomented from across the border, some local groups have joined them and the worst sufferers are Kashmiri people themselves.

"How do we resolve the situation ? Governments have said that we are ready for the most logical option. We are willing to talk to people, we are willing to even interact and involve regional mainstream parties into it," he said.

Jaitley also said that mainstream regional parties, which speak one language in Srinagar and another in Delhi, must have the courage to face the situation.

They need to create an alternative set of discourse in the Valley for separatists, he said adding "Unfortunately they duck that responsibility. And therefore this is a battle which India has to win and I have no doubt in mind, we will succeed in it at the end of the day because the politics of India has to send a clear message that separatism will never be accepted by India and its mainstream".

He said that every policy and position that the government takes have to be guided by one of the yardsticks that "the people of Kashmir have to be gradually brought on this side and that will be the real".

Jaitley said terrorism and insurgency are the major threats and the government was successful in eliminating or reducing them substantially in three parts of India -- Punjab, north east and southern part of India.

"Two challenges still remain. First relates to terrorism emanating out from Kashmir and the root cause really is that Pakistan never reconcile to Jammu and Kashmir being part of India. They try conventional war and failed. They then resorted to insurgency," he said.

The BJP leader alleged that past governments closed their eyes when with the help of foreign money, the movement from sufism to wahhabism was taking place in Kashmir and the consequences are eminent.

The second challenge of terror is maoism, he said, adding there are ideological maoists, weaponised maoists and poor citizens and tribal who are misled.

Further he also said that poverty still remain a key challenge for the country.

"First challenge is that we must continue to grow and grow fast and the benefits of that growth must be translated and transferred to both, weaker section of society and as also to rural India, and that is perhaps the foremost challenge that Indian democracy has to face," he added.


State Editions

Work underway to make 5 cities plastic-free by 2020

19 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

Sultan of Kedah Malaysia visits IMA Dehradun

19 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

CEO suggests new museum in Kedarnath

19 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

Pritam request Harish Rawat to camp in Pithoragarh

19 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

Youth & women voters hold the key

19 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

Sunday Edition

From the Kehwa Khanas to the Socials

17 November 2019 | Excerpt | Agenda

The Mystic pillars that unveiled a great king

17 November 2019 | Somen Sengupta | Agenda

Guru Nanak’s guide to leading a virtuous life

17 November 2019 | Excerpt | Agenda

Champions of Earth

17 November 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

Talktime | ‘A star abused me on sets’

17 November 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

DIFFerent experience

17 November 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer