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Mehbooba Mufti welcomes Modi's remarks on Kashmir

16 Août 2017

India is celebrating its 71st Independence Day on 15 August 2017, with renewed enthusiasm and patriotic fervour.

Prime Minister Modi put special emphasis on the New Years' Day 2018, telling Indians that the year will mark the coming of age of a whole generation which will steer India forward. Internal security is our priority. "No place for intolerance in today's India", PM Modi said. Modi hailed Kashmir as paradise on Earth and the country wants to restore the glory of Kashmir. We are taking the nation on a new track (of development) and are moving ahead with speed.

"But I am absolutely clear about how to fight this battle".

"Neither bullets nor brickbats will solve the Kashmir issue!"

"We have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir. problems can not be sorted through abuses or bullets".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged India to reject religious violence after a series of attacks against minorities sparked debate about whether a surge of Hindu nationalism is undermining the country's secular ideals.

Unlike the previous year, Modi made no reference to Pakistan or the border conflict with China.

Modi had said in his radio programme "Mann ki Baat" in July that he had received letters from people complaining that his Independence Day speeches were "a little too long" while promising to cut short his address. "Casteism and communalism will not help us", he said. "Violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated", he said.

Vowing to continue the crackdown on unaccounted wealth, Modi said more than 2 trillion rupees has reached banks after the government withdrew high-value currency notes in November, and deposits of 1.75 trillion rupees are under scrutiny.

The party also said that Modi's promise of curbing black money "remains a sham". He then went on to talk about how action against benami properties had led to seizure of properties worth Rs 800 crore.

"We are surprised how no one had ever come up with this great thought".

Prime Minister had said that August was the month of revolution.

Still, to keep up with the demands of India's 1.3 billion people, the government needs to create millions more jobs a year, which it is struggling to do. He also took the opportunity to praise women from Muslim community who have challenged the Tripal-Talaq.

According to the official press release, "the Prime Minister called for an end to the "chalta hai" attitude of complacency, and its replacement with an attitude of "badal sakta hai" for positive change".

Mehbooba Mufti welcomes Modi's remarks on Kashmir