J&K crown of India, we’ll pull it out of turmoil: PM

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/28/2020 11:50:51 PM

‘3 to 4 families, political parties were not interested to find solution’

NEW DELHI, Jan 28 (Agencies): Blaming three to four families and political parties in Jammu and Kashmir for the present situation in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that abrogation of Article 370 was aimed at solving long standing problem in Jammu and Kashmir.
Modi said, “Young India is not willing to procrastinate issues and is willing to combat separatism and terrorism.” He was addressing the NCC rally in Delhi today.
Urging the country to develop a youthful mindset and zest, the Prime Minister said that the problem of Jammu & Kashmir had been persisting for decades.
"The Problem of Jammu & Kashmir was persisting ever since the country attained its independence. What has been done for solving the problem? ", he said.
He said, "About 3 to 4 families and political parties were not only interested in finding a solution of the problem but also in keeping the issue unsolved."
“The result of this was that Kashmir got destroyed by continued terrorism in which thousands of innocents were killed. Government was made to stand as a mute spectator as lakhs of people were evicted from their homes in the state," he said.
Referring to Article 370, Prime Minister said it was meant to be a temporary arrangement but that continued for 7 decades owing to the vote bank politics of some political parties.
"Kashmir is the crown of the country and to pull it out of its turmoil is our responsibility", he said.
Prime Minister also said that the abrogation of Article 370 was aimed at solving long-standing problems in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said, "Our neighbour fought three wars with us but our forces defeated it in all the wars. Now it is fighting proxy-war with us and thousands of our citizens are being killed."
"But what was the thinking on this issue before. It was being looked at as a Law & Order problem", he said.
Prime Minister said the issue was kept to linger on and the security forces were never given a chance to act.
"Today India is progressing with youthful thinking and mindset and hence it was able to launch a surgical strike, air strike and directly attack the terror camps".
Prime Minister said the result of these actions is that today there is an all-round peace in the country and that terrorism has reduced considerably.
Prime Minister said that some in the country did not want a memorial for martyrs of the country.
"Instead of boosting the morale of the security forces, there was an effort to hurt the pride of the forces", he said.
Prime Minister said that all over the world armed forces are undergoing a transformation and there is a greater emphasis on the coordination of the Army, Navy & the Airforce.
In this direction, there was a demand for a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) for many decades but unfortunately, the indecisiveness prevailed, he said.
He said drawing the inspiration from youthful thinking and mindset, the Government has appointed a CDS.
"The creation of the post of CDS and appointing the new CDS have been done by our Government", he said.
On the issue of modernization and technology upgradation of armed forces, he said that anyone who loves the country would want his nation's security forces to be modern and upgraded.
But he lamented that even after 30 years the Indian Airforce could not acquire a single Next Generation Fight Plane.
"Our aircraft was old and accident-prone, martyring our fighter pilots", he said.
"We could complete that task which was pending for over 3 decades. Today I am happy that after three decades of waiting, Indian Air Force could get the Next Generation Fighter Plane – Rafale", he said.



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