PM breaks silence on Kashmir

Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked the Vajpayee mantra of “insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jamooriyat (humanity , Kashmiri identity and democracy)“ as the principles for a dialogue to resolve the Kashmir conflict, emphasising on development as the solution to the state's problems.
A day after J-K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke of the need to revive former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's approach to heal hearts and minds, the PM said he was saddened that the Valley's youth had been handed stones when they should have had laptops and cricket bats in their hands. “Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jamooriyat will not be allowed to be tarnished. Jamooriyat ka rasta hai, baat-chit ka rasta hai (There is the way of democracy , of dialogue),“ Modi said in his first comments on the violence that followed the killing of Hizbul chief Burhan Wani.
The PM said development was the only road for Kashmir, a formulation that did not leave much room for talks with separatists. “Whatever Kashmiris want for betterment of their livelihood, the Centre will help.“ While pitching for talks, Modi did not offer any hint that this might include separatists.He said he saw the youth in Kashmir as equal partners in India's development. “I urge the youth of Kashmir to come forward and let all of us together make Kashmir a paradise on earth,“ he said. At the same time, he praised the state government for the Amarnath yatra and spoke of the progress of solar projects in Ladakh. He took care to underscore Kashmir's link with the rest of India, saying it was the dream of every Indian to visit the state at least once. Tourism was a huge contributor to the state's economy , he said, adding that those who went on the Amarnath yatra also visited Srinagar.
This is not the first time Modi has spoken of the Vajpayee formula. Unveiling the Rs.80,000 crore package in Srinagar in November last year, Modi said he did not need advice on the way forward as he would be guided by the concepts set out by the BJP patriarch. Even as a likely prime ministerial candidate, Modi had referred to the `Insaniyat-Kashmiriyat-Jamooriyat `formulation in 2013.

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