NEW DELHI: PM Modi today in “Mann Ki Baat” voiced his concerns about Kashmir with a plan for healing touch — saying “ekta” (unity) and “mamata” (compassion) could be the “twin mantras” for the state.
“From the interactions I had with all parties on Kashmir, one thing emerged, which can be put in simple words as Ekta’ and Mamata. These two things were the basic mantra,” The Prime Minister said in his monthly radio address Mann ki Baat. “It is the view of all of us, of 125 crore people from a pradhan of a village to the Prime Minister, that if any life is lost in Kashmir, whether of any youth or any securityman, that loss is ours”.
He further said all parties were united on Kashmir – something similar to the passing GST bill in the assembly. “They sent a message to the world, to the separatists and reached out to the people of Kashmir.”
At the same time, he sent a warning to the people “instigating the youth in Kashmir”, saying they have to answer to them as well.
The Prime Minister’s outreach comes days after his meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Delhi and the state’s opposition parties, all of whom have pushed for dialogue. In Kashmir, the ruling PDP and Opposition National Conference have welcomed the Prime Minister’s statement.