NEW DELHI: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has said that vested interests are seeking to sustain Kashmir militancy, even though the youth of Kashmir have moved ahead.
Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day academic-cum-cultural event “Jammu & Kashmir – A Cultural Prism”, jointly organized by Centre of Indology, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and Millennium India Education Foundation here, Dr Jitendra Singh forthrightly made the point that the so-called freedom movement in Kashmir is, in fact, a mercenary movement sustained by cross-border resources, but what is alarming is that, not only the separatist lobby, but some of the so – called mainstream Kashmir-centric political groups and politicians have also developed a vested interest in the continuation of militancy. This is so, he said, because the political agenda of these activists has, over the last two decades, mastered the art of thriving and surviving in a state of uncertainty and mayhem. There are politicians and parties who look forward to win elections under the shadow of gun with a low and dismal voting percentage and it will never suit them that the field should open up for everybody to participate in the democratic process and enable the popularly elected representatives to take over, he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the post-1990 and post-2000 generation of Kashmiri youth are well informed and well connected, which is increasingly making them realize that they have been held to ransom by certain vested interests.
That is the reason why, he said, the youth of Kashmir do not wish to miss the enormous opportunities made available in the country during the last over three years of the Modi Government.