Modi govt’s Kashmir approach based on clarity, conviction: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, Publish Date: Nov 18 2017 12:38AM | Updated Date: Nov 18 2017 12:38AM
Modi govt’s Kashmir approach based on clarity, conviction: Jitendra SinghGK Photo

Union Minister of State (independent charge) in Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday  said that the Modi government is firm and decisive in dealing with militancy and unlike the earlier governments, its Kashmir approach is based on clarity, consistency and conviction. 

He said, as per the figures available, stone pelting incidents in Kashmir have come down by 90% after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation announcement on 8th November last year, which is also a vindication of the fact that militancy related activities in Kashmir were largely due to foreign funding.

Addressing the Valedictory function of 6th International Conference and Exhibition on “Homeland Security” here, Dr Singh said the single-most credit in gaining decisive upper hand in anti-militancy operations goes to the clear directions from the top, without any ambiguity, as in the past.

In response to a query, Dr Singh said, the PEW International research findings testifying that 70% Indians hail the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and over 60% of them endorse his Kashmir approach, is, in fact, a vindication of all that Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands for. He said, the common youth of Kashmir is as much aspirational as youth in any other part of India and does not wish to lose the opportunities provided by the Modi Government in the last three years.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the home security strategies and techniques have come a long way ever since the early years of post-independence when the primary concern was foreign aggression on the borders and home security was never a major issue. In the early 90s and subsequently, he said, the military and paramilitary forces took sometime to get used to anti-militancy operations in civilian areas but now, not only these forces have proved themselves to be among the best in the world, but there is also an exemplary synergism between military, paramilitary and local police. 

Lashing out at the so-called social activists and so-called intellectuals, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in the early years of militancy these wise-worthies  had a free run but now public opinion across the country is in favour of upholding the nationalist and patriotic ethos which has pushed these so-called  intellectuals on the back-foot. 

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