NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at elements “instigating the youth to create unrest” in the Kashmir Valley while talking about unity and love being key to bringing back peace in the state. “From the interactions I had with all parties on Kashmir, one thing emerged from those, which can be put in simple words as ekta (unity) and mamata (love). These two things were the basic mantra,” Modi said in his monthly Mann Ki Baat.
“It is the view of all of us, the view 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 security man, that loss is ours our own country,” he said.
Speaking to reporters here, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said whoever was ready to reject violence and help restore peace should be engaged in talks. The “bunch of people” provoking youth to “gherao and attack” security camps should stop abetting violence, she added.
In his radio address, Modi also talked at length about the performance of Indian athletes at the just concluded Olympics in Brazil. Talking about the September 4 event to grant sainthood to Mother Teresa, he said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would attend the canonisation in the Vatican. “Mother Teresa devoted her whole life serving the poor and destitute people in India. When such a person is conferred with sainthood, it is natural for Indians to feel proud,” he said.