New Delhi; Addressing the nation on the 71st Independence Day from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, PM Modi said that neither bullets nor abuses but only hugs will resolve the Kashmir issue.
On the eve of Independence Day PM Modi spoke on an array of issues ranging from the recent tragic deaths of children in Gorakhpur hospital to the persisting Kashmir issue.
Here is the detail what he said:
“Na gaali se samasya sulajhne wali hai, na goli se, samasya suljhegi har Kashmiri ko gale lagane se [Kashmir problem cannot be resolved by either bullets or by abuses. It can be resolved by embracing all Kashmiris],” Mr. Modi said in his fourth Independence Day speech.
He said only a “handful of separatists” were resorting to different tactics to create problems in the State and asserted that there will be no soft approach towards terrorism.
The government is committed to make Kashmir a paradise once again, the Prime Minister asserted.
Not only the J&K government, but the entire country is with the people of the State in helping them realise their dreams of development, Mr. Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the deaths of children in a Gorakhpur hospital in Uttar Pradesh. “Sometimes natural calamities become a challenge,” Modi said.
He appealed to the nation to stand together with the families of 60 children who died at a public hospital in northern India after oxygen supply was cut over unpaid bills.
The prime minister also spoke in support of Muslim women who are fighting a legal battle to abolish the practice of “triple talaq” (instant divorce).
India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times.
India’s Supreme Court is soon due to give a ruling in the case.
PM Modi criticised people for using religion to incite violence.
Vigilantes who portray themselves as protectors of cows – an animal considered sacred by Hindus – have been frequently attacking people suspected of smuggling the animal since PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014.
The slaughter of cows is banned in several Indian states.
Nearly a dozen people have been killed in the past two years in the name of the cow. Targets are often picked based on unsubstantiated rumours and Muslims have been attacked for even transporting cows for milk.