Modi sees ‘Mini India’ in Jammu and Kashmir, promises to fulfill Atal’s dream

Invoking Atal Behari Vajpayee’s vision of “Insaaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat” as the only way out to all the problems, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that both the Centre and state government will work shoulder to shoulder for carrying forward Jammu and Kashmir on the path of development.

“Atal Behari Vajpayee used to say that if India has to progress then we will have to take along Jammu and Kashmir on the path of development,” Modi said addressing a rally here. “Keeping in view the concept given by Atal ji, both the Government of India and the state government will work shoulder to shoulder to bring about all round development of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Significantly, Modi invoked Vajpayee’s vision of Insaaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat in the wake of the unrest in Kashmir over Handwara killings as also the tension in NIT Srinagar and Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University at Rajouri following clashes between Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri students. “People in a number of states across the country may not be aware that a “mini-India” lives in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Jammu and Kashmir has a lot of potential in tourism, he said, adding that there are many new areas like adventure tourism that require modern infrastructure. The work on rail line and improving road connectivity is going on at full speed, the prime minister said.

In an apparent reference to travel time between Jammu and Srinagar, Modi said that when distance reduces, more pilgrims coming to Katra will decide to visit Valley as well. “And when a tourist visits Jammu Kashmir, he not only contributes to the welfare of people of the state, but the country as well,” he added.

Meanwhile at the inauguration of Shri Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital here, the Prime Minister said former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed always thought about reducing the gap between Jammu and Srinagar.

The Prime Minister said the state is attracting students from all over the nation and this gives strength to India. He added that the country’s focus should be a holistic approach on preventive health care and wellness.

“We are hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup and this has to be an opportunity for us to celebrate sports. The world should see our ‘yuva shakti’ (youth power),” he said.

Modi said sanitation is the key to keep away from hospitals and illness.

“Cleanliness ensures we remain free from illness… With this hospital people will not have to go very far for treatment. And the weather here is also very good,” he said.

He said the Centre and the state government are working together for the infrastructure development in Jammu and Kashmir.

He hoped that the formation of new government led by young and energetic leadership will usher in a new era of development across the state, PM Modi said. “Mehbooba ji does not talk about weather, but she always talks about the bridge, road and development. When leadership has such much of dedication towards development then development becomes imminent,” he added.

“Whenever we meet, Mehbooba ji always talks about the development of Jammu and Kashmir. When such a thought is there, development is bound to happen. Centre and the state government are working together for the infrastructure development here. Solution to all of our problems is development and only development,” PM Modi said.

Referring to the dream of former chief minister Mufti Sayeed about all round development of the state, Modi said that he was not only concerned about development but he also wanted to reduce the wedge between Jammu and Srinagar. “He had in his mind to make Jammu and Kashmir a place which would be a role model for the entire country,” PM recalled.

“We remember Mufti Sahab (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed). He spent years in public life. He always talked about bridging the gap between Jammu and Srinagar,” he said. Earlier, PM Modi inaugurated the 230-bed Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana super speciality hospital set up in Katra. The hospital is built at a cost of about Rs 300 crore and will be providing much needed specialised medical care to the people of Reasi district.

Prime Minister told the students that the question of “what next” will play on their minds but the person who knows what lies ahead won’t need to depend on others. “Recall what your parents did for you. They sacrificed their own happiness for yours. You may have thought of so much in your childhood but it may not have worked out. Forget that and instead, think of what you have achieved,” he said.

Modi said this university has been built with the contribution of millions of pilgrims, many of whom came from far-away places. “Let’s pledge that we will do something for the poor, because it was the poor pilgrim who contributed to build this university,” he said.

“Our nation is scaling new heights of progress and with such a youthful population we can achieve so much. Dream to do something and not to become someone,” he said. Modi said a unique feature of this university is that while other varsities in the country are run by tax payers’ money given by parents, this one is being funded by millions of poor people who come to pay obeisance to Vaishno Devi shrine.

Invoking former President A P J Abdul Kalam, the Prime Minister said, “You don’t only need facilities but dedication too. “Kalam, who laid the foundation stone of this university and was known as the Missile Man, at one time used to sell newspapers. Darshan Manjhi of Bihar had no education or facilities but he had a dream and he constructed a road all by himself.”

Modi said that if facilities were everything then the people who have all such facilities should have achieved everything in life but that was not the case. The convocation was attended by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Union and state ministers, among others. Prime Minister told the students that ‘Deekshant Samaroh’ (convocation ceremony) has a history of thousands of years as it has continued since the days of ‘Treta Yug’ (mythological period of King Rama).

“You must realise your dreams. Our scientists worked to ensure that a probe vehicle reached Mars in less than Rs seven per kilometre,” he said. He asked the students to not get demoralized if their dreams were not always fulfilled. “Problems come in life but you must strive to move ahead. This university is a mini-India and when you move out of here be the ambassadors of the ‘Crown of India’ (Jammu and Kashmir),” he said.



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