NEW DELHI: “Neither bullets nor brickbats will solve the Kashmir issue, only love will” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, India’s 70th Independence Day.
The PM added that while “there is no question of being soft on terrorism”, any “violence in the name of faith cannot be condoned”.
In what was his fourth Independence Day Modi spoke for almost an hour, touching on not just Kashmir and sectarian violence, but also on terrorism, development, technology, corruption and the responsibility of citizens towards a vibrant democracy.
“Na goli se, na gaali se Kashmir ki samasya hal hogi (Neither bullets nor brickbats will solve the Kashmir issue)”, the PM said, adding, “it will only be solved by love and by embracing all Kashmiris.”
“I want to tell the youth of Kashmir and I’ve said this time and time again, come into the mainstream, you have a right to speak in a democracy,” the PM said.
He added that his government is committed to restoring “the lost glory” of Kashmir and its status as ‘heaven on earth’.