Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Aug 2017 11:31:22

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, while unveiling his vision for New India, tried to apply a balm on the sore wounds of Kashmir during his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort, by saying that abuses and bullets will not resolve the problem. It can be resolved by embracing Kashmiris, the Prime Minister said, promising to make Kashmir a paradise once again. Mr. Modi is making an attempt to take forward the policy of ‘Kashmiriyat’, announced by former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee to solve the vexed problem.

Offering one more chance to the militants, the Prime Minister has urged them to join the mainstream, shun violence and put their point of view through democratic ways, while assuring the people of the State that the entire country was with them in realising their dreams of development. The people in Kashmir, who are increasingly indulging in violent protests and attacking security personnel, should respond positively to the offer made by the Prime Minister and shun violence in their own interest. The sooner violence ends in Kashmir the better, which is sapping the energy of the country, stalling its forward march. 

The Prime Minister, in his speech, also echoed the sentiments expressed by the newly-elected President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, who called for ‘compassionate society’ to create a New India by 2022, in his speech on the eve of the Independence Day. The Prime Minister deprecated violence in the name of faith.

“The poison of casteism and communalism can never benefit the country. We have to move forward taking everyone along and that is why violence in the name of faith cannot be allowed”, the Prime Minister said, against the backdrop of lynching of men by the cow vigilantes in some parts of the country. Like the President, who called for a partnership between citizens and the Government to create New India, Mr. Modi also talked of Team India spirit to achieve the goals.

As expected, the Prime Minister talked about the efforts being made by the Government to unearth black money and curb corruption. Mr. Modi proudly told the countrymen from the ramparts of the Red Fort that the Government has confiscated black money worth Rs. 1.25 lakh crore and that Rs. 3 lakh crore had been brought into the banking system after demonetisation.

Mr. Modi also mentioned that the number of new tax payers filing Income Tax Returns has gone up and the Government has seized benami properties worth Rs. 800 crore. Mr. Modi also listed the achievement of GST rollout.

However, it was not all goody-goody speech. The Prime Minister rightly urged the countrymen to shun ‘chalta hai’ attitude and instead adopt ‘badal sakta hai’ for positive change. Mr. Modi has rightly highlighted the problems faced by the people due to sickening work culture. He said, while the nation had the capability of sending ‘Mangalyaan’ in nine months, on the other hand, a rail track project had been pending for over four decades. In order to address the problem, the Government has put the decision-making on the fast-track, the Prime Minister said.

Terrorism, casteism, communalism, corruption, nepotism, lack of access to electricity, water and houses for the poor, decaying healthcare system, growing unemployment, rise in suicides by farmers, the list of problems being faced by the countrymen is quite lengthy. It is not possible for any Government to address all the problems in a single day. But they can surely be addressed by making serious attempts with honest intentions and of course, with the cooperation of the people. Let’s resolve to work on the road map of a New India.