Lucknow, Dec 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that Article 370 was an “old disease” and it was resolved peacefully.
“How old a disease was Article 370. How difficult it appeared. But it was our responsibility as to how to face such difficult challenges. And, it was done easily. Everyone’s ‘dhaarna’ (perception) was smashed (choor choor ho gaya),” he said.
Slamming those who damaged public property during protests in Uttar Pradesh against the amended citizenship law, Modi said that they should understand that rights and duties go hand in hand.
“They (the vandals) should ask themselves was it right. Whatever was torched, was it not of their child’s use? What has happened to those common people and policemen who got injured?” Modi asked.
He said he wanted to tell those who damaged public property “not to forget that rights and duties go hand in hand”.
Modi was addressing a gathering after unveiling a statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Lok Bhawan here.
He also laid the foundation stone for the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University in the Uttar Pradesh capital.
The Ram Janmabhoomi issue was also resolved peacefully, the prime minister said. On the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Modi said giving citizenship to those who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to “save the dignity of their daughters”, was another problem whose solution was found by 130 crore Indians.
“With this self-confidence, Hindustanis are entering a new decade. Whatever is left to be done, all Indians are trying to find a solution,” he said.
However big the challenge may be, “we are here with a nature to challenge the challenge”, he said.