Kashmir’s identity was buried on Jan 19, 1990: PM Modi in LS
New Delhi, Feb 6:
Slamming former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar
Abdullah for their remarks on abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Kashmir’s identity was buried on January
19, 1990, when Kashmiri Pandits started leaving the Valley due to militancy.
“Who made Kashmir only about land
grabbing? Who made Kashmir’s identity only about bombs and guns? Can anyone
forget that dark night of January? In reality, Kashmiri identity is closely
linked with harmony,” he said.
Replying to a
debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in Lok Sabha, Modi also
slammed the state leadership of Jammu and Kashmir, criticising former CMs
Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah for their remarks post the
abrogation of Article 370.
Abdullah had said removing Article 370 would bring an earthquake that will
separate Kashmir from India. Farooq Abdullah said if Article 370 is removed,
there will be no one in the Valley to unfurl the Indian flag. Can any person
devoted to the Indian Constitution ever accept this?” Modi said.
say such words, they do not trust the people of Kashmir. We trusted them, and
now the region is developing at a fast pace,” he added.
statements made by former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir that were
unacceptable. These are leaders who don’t trust Kashmiri people that is why
they used such language, but we trusted Kashmiris and abrogated Article
370,” the Prime Minister said.
said that the abrogation of Article 370 has led to the complete integration of
Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of the country.
Narendra Modi was
today replying in the Lok Sabha to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s
described Jammu and Kashmir as the Crown of India and that the real identity of
J&K is its Egalitarian attitude towards all faiths and its Sufi Tradition.
In his long reply,
the Prime Minister dwelt at length the situation plaguing the region and said
that the Article 370 of the Constitution was abrogated with full faith in
people of J&K and that the development of the region is at a great speed.
He said the
restrictions imposed on the region are being removed and that the Union
Ministers are going to various parts of the UT and getting direct feedback from
the people and that the Government would definitely act upon the feedback.
said that his Government is committed to working for the welfare of the people
of J&K and for its all-round development.
said that Ladakh would be developed as a Carbon Neutral Union Territory.
his government’s achievements, the prime minister said the people of the
country have seen his government’s work between 2014 and 2019 and gave a bigger
mandate in 2019. “The people of India saw our work for five years. They
once again blessed us, so that we work even faster,” he said.
He also attacked
the Congress for its politics in the last seven decades, saying the party’s
politics of last 70 years has been such that no Congress leader can be
Modi said India
can no longer wait for problems to remain unsolved, and, rightfully so.
“That is why, our aim is speed and scale, determination and decisiveness,
sensitivity and solutions”. “The people of India have not only
changed the Sarkar (government). They want the ‘Sarokar’ (conduct) to be
changed as well. If we had worked according to the old ways and thought
processes: Article 370 would never have been history.
would have kept suffering due to Triple Talaq,” he said. The prime
minister said if his government worked as per the old ways, the Ram Janmabhoomi
issue would have remained unsolved, Kartarpur Sahib corridor would not be a
reality, there would be no India-Bangladesh land agreement.
Modi said the
Congress did not remember to save the Constitution during Emergency and the
‘Save Constitution’ mantra is must “for those who dismissed several state
governments”. Without naming Rahul Gandhi, Modi said, “I heard an
Opposition MP saying- we will beat Modi with sticks in 6 months. I have also
decided I will do more ‘Surya Namaskar’.
This will make my
back even stronger to face abuses. In any case, I have been abused so much for
the last 2 decades that their negativity hardly matters”. On the economy,
the prime minister said the government has kept the fiscal deficit in check,
price rise is also under check and there is macro-economic stability.
Modi said the
agriculture budget, which was earlier Rs 27,000 crore, has now been increased
by five times to about Rs 1.5 lakh crore. The agriculture budget has risen 5
times during the tenure of the NDA Government. The prime minister said driven
by politics, some states are not allowing farmers to benefit from the PM-Kisan
“I appeal to
them- let there be no politics in farmer welfare. We all have to work together
for the prosperity of farmers of India,” he said. He said the PM-KISAN
Samman Yojana is transforming the lives of many farmers. Several farmers have
benefited due to this. In this scheme there are no middlemen and no extra file
Modi said the FDI
in April-Sept 2018 stood at USD 22 billion, while in April-Sept 2019 it increased
to USD 26 billion. This reflects confidence of foreign investors in India, he
said. Referring to the Northeast, Modi said for years, distance became a reason
to ignore this region. Things have changed now and the region is becoming a
growth engine as great work has been done in so many sectors and ministers and
officials are regularly visiting the Northeast.
many efforts, the issue was unsolved for years. Whatever was done earlier was
for meeting political ends, remained confined to papers.
Accord signed now is special because it has brought all stakeholders together
and we are moving towards a more peaceful era,” he said. At the beginning
of his speech, some Congress MPs raised slogans hailing Mahatma Gandhi with
party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury saying, “it is just a trailer”.
At this Modi shot
back: “Mahatma Gandhi may be trailer for you, but he is life for us”.
‘J&K enjoying life post Art 370’
Press Trust of
New Delhi, Feb 6:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reiterated that the situation in
J&K has improved dramatically after abrogation of Article 370 and formation
of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the
entire nation has seen the detailed discussions on Jammu and Kashmir, adding
that an anti-corruption bureau has been established for the first time after
its special status was scrapped.
Replying to the
debate in Rajya Sabha on a motion thanking the president for his address to the
joint sitting of both houses of Parliament, he said for the first time in
decades, people of Jammu and Kashmir got benefits of reservation.
There were BDC
polls, RERA came into being there, he said, adding that for the first time,
Jammu and Kashmir got a comprehensive start-up, trade and logistics policy.
For the first
time, an anti-corruption bureau was set up in J&K, he said.
He attacked the
Opposition for not offering any “constructive suggestion” during the
debate, saying they made a “virtue out of stagnation”.
minister said there is “unprecedented peace in Northeast”, countering
the Opposition charge of unrest in the region following an amendment to the
Modi quoted one
member as saying that the decision to abrogate the special status for Jammu and
Kashmir in August last year was taken without discussion.
is not correct. The entire nation has seen the detailed discussions on the
subject. MPs have voted in favour of the decisions,” Modi said.
not forget things easily. I want to remind the Leader of the Opposition in
Rajya Sabha about the manner in which proceedings regarding the creation of
Telangana took place when the house was locked and televised address stopped
when the bill to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh was passed,” Modi added.
He called August
5 as the “black day” for those who encourage terrorism. It was on
August 5 when the erstwhile J&K was split into two union territories and
the contentious Article was removed.
protest leading to anarchy’
New Delhi, Feb 6:
Hitting out at Pakistan as well as opposition parties for misleading Muslims on
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said
the Act will not harm “any Indian” as well as the “minority” and instigating
such protests could lead to “anarchy”.
Lok Sabha while speaking on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind’s
address to the joint session of Parliament on January 31 — day one of the
Budget session — Modi rejected allegations of various political parties that
the current government led by BJP wanted to make India a Hindu nation.
Minister said Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, had also
used “Pakistan’s minority” word and in November 9, 1950, he had said that those
who had come to India should be given citizenship and if needed there should be
changes in the law. “Did Nehru want to make India a Hindu nation?”
“This Act will
not harm any Indian citizen. It will not harm any minority,” Modi said in his
over 100-minute speech.
Minister said that it is just “vote bank politics” and asked if Congress has
forgotten the 1984 Sikh riots when “our Sikh brothers and sisters were set
“Did they not
belong to a minority community? Why did they have to wait for over three
decades for getting justice? Why did Congress give chief ministerial post to a
person who was involved in Sikh riots? Do they have two different yardsticks
for the term minority?”
Hitting out at
the Congress, the Prime Minister said it is the “misfortune” of the country
that it has found such an opposition which has drifted to a “wrong path”.
Minister said the Congress and its “ecosystem” is creating turmoil on CAA, a
legislation which grants citizenship to six-non Muslim minorities — Hindu,
Sikh, Parsi, Jain, Christian and Buddhist which migrated to India on or before
December 31, 2014 from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
(opposition) have used full power to instil an imaginary fear in the minds of
people against CAA. Pakistan also speaks the same language. Pakistan played
every game to mislead Indian Muslims. But that country’s attempts have failed…A
Muslim is only a Muslim for the Congress, but we see him as an Indian.”
Minister said that minorities in Pakistan are being harassed since the
Partition. However, demonstrations are being instigated in India if “we try to
give citizenship rights to those minorities through CAA”.
India can no longer wait for problems to remain unsolved even after 70 years of
Independence, Modi stressed that the country deserves speedy growth with fine
decisions and decisiveness.
Right to Internet not fundamental, country’s
security equally important: Prasad
Press Trust of India
New Delhi, Feb 6:
Misconception about the right to Internet being a fundamental right needs to be
cleared, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday,
emphasising that the country’s security was equally important.
information technology, electronics and law and justice minister Prasad during
the Question Hour said communication of ideas and views through Internet are
part of fundamental right to speech and expressions.
Court…has clearly stated that no lawyer argued that right to Internet is a
fundamental right…This kind of misconception needs to be corrected. What the
Supreme Court has stated is that for communication of your ideas and views the
use of Internet will also to be held a part of your fundamental right of speech
and expression,” Prasad said in reply to a query.
Prasad said no
one can deny abuse of Internet for spreading violence and terrorism, and
Pakistan has been doing it in Kashmir and ISIS prospered because of Internet.
of Internet is important, security of the country is equally important…. Can
we deny (that) Internet…is abused by terrorists…for violence and there have
been attempts to create unrest in Kashmir from across the border through
Internet,” Prasad stressed.
that the Constitution which provides rights lays equal stress on its
regulation, saying “Use Internet but you cannot create violence…and
weaken unity, integrity and security of nation.”
In reply to a
supplementary question by Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House Ghulam
Nabi Azad, Prasad said that having been a former chief minister of Jammu and
Kashmir, he had also been on the hit list of militants and was well aware of
abuse of Internet.
Whether it is a
BJP government or a non-BJP government, Internet has been restricted on several
times on account of its abuse and “what the Supreme Court has done is they
have said temporary suspension of rules must be periodically reviewed”, he
He said a
committee at the Centre comprising the home secretary, the law secretary and
the IT secretary reviews it periodically while there are committees in states
Prasad said law
and order is a state subject and decisions are taken based on ground situation
which are reviewed periodically.
Supreme Court itself has declared that the use of Internet to propagate one’s
views and ideas will be held to be fundamental rights…I will like to
flag…this will also be subject to reasonable restrictions…for public order,
for security and integrity of India,” he said.
On Jammu and
Kashmir, he said he had recently visited Kashmir and on demand of apple growers
at Sopore, which produces 300 varieties and sends out 450 trucks daily, had
initiated the process of making it an e-mandi.
Kashmir are happy,” he said and added voice, SMS and landline services
have been restored in Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, while Broadband functional
in Jammu division.
allowed it for white listed websites… there are 783 white-listed websites of
government, banking, tourism, ecommerce, transportation, education,” he