Jammu Tawi, October 19
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday underscored the crucial role of media in promoting spirit of inclusiveness in diverse Indian society, especially at a time when fringe elements were out to destroy the time tested fabric of religious harmony and unity.
“As long as we remain united, nobody will be able to weaken us”, Dr Abdullah said in an exhaustive interaction with the fresh batch of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Jammu Chapter, here this afternoon, adding that intolerance has no place in a country that has potential of taking the world along at the strength of its glorious ethos.
Provincial President Devender Singh Rana and President Press Club of India Rahul Jalali were also present during the interaction, which witnessed students raising several subjects including the prevailing situation in the state and across the country over various controversial issues. Dr Abdullah said a duty has cast upon the Centre to rein in the fringe jingoistic elements which are creating an atmosphere of frenzy by inciting passions. “Loose cannons cannot be left free to generate animosity among the communities”, he said while reiterating that unity in diversity has been India’s greatest strength.
He expressed shock over the death of Zahid Bhat and said the killers are needed to be served harsh punishment. He said such incidents were slur on the civilised society which has been corner stone of the state. On response of the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to various challenges confronted to the state, the National Conference President said they have failed in providing good governance and building an atmosphere wherein various segments of the society live in peace and harmony. Dr Abdullah made a fervent appeal to the people for maintaining peace, amity and tranquillity, saying this will be a befitting rebuff to the divisive forces.