Jammu Tawi, December 5
National Conference Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana on Monday said that secularism was under severe strain with reactionary and fascist forces working overtime to divide the nation on religious, regional, ethnical and caste lines. “Compartmentalizing society on religious lines is against the idea of India”, Rana said while paying homage to Baba-e-Quom Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah on his 111th birth anniversary at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this morning. Prominent among those who paid floral tribute to Sheikh Sahib also included former ministers, Mohammed Shaffi Uri, Surjeet Singh Slathia and Ajay Kumar Sadhotra.
Emphasizing crucial need of strengthening and sustaining time tested unity; the Provincial President reminded secular forces of their responsibility in isolating divisive elements for overall good of the nation.
He said no society will progress if its foundations are laid on myopic considerations. “This (secular bonding) is the spirit which has all along guided National Conference”, he said while recalling the cherished slogan of ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist ethos’ raised by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah during horrendous era of the Partition. He said National Conference has never deviated from the path of secular traditions, which is why the people, irrespective of caste, creed and colour were feeling secure under its umbrella.
“Maintaining secular ethos is the best and befitting tribute to Sheikh Sahib, a towering among tallest of leaders of his times in the sub-continent”, Rana said and urged the people to foil the machinations of all those conspiring to divide the state. “Single entity of the state is guarantee to progress of Jammu and Kashmir”, he declared.