NEW DELHI: In day-today debate over the Kashmir issue both in Pakistan and Pakistan beside Britain, the significant remarks by the Indian Prime Minister Narindera Modi directly targeted first Prime Minister of independent India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. He said on Wednesday that that if Sardar Patel would have been the first Prime Minister of India, Kashmir issued would have been resolved.
Modi also targeted former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad for his remarks that he doesn’t want `New India’ but wants the `Old India’ back saying Azad is having blurred vision and maybe he is seeing everything from political spectacles.
Narindera Modi was replying to debate on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha. Replying to the Opposition Congress charge made during debate on the Motion of Thanks that the BJP was trying to usurp the legacy of Sardar Patel, the Prime Minister said he still believe that had Sardar Patel been made the first Prime Minister of India, Kashmir issue would have been resolved.
“Sardar Patel lived and died as Congressman. When we are paying tributes to the great leader, the Congress has a problem,” he added.
The BJP has quite often targeted the approach of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the independent India on Kashmir and said had Sardar Patel been the Prime Minister at that time; he would have resolved Kashmir issue then.
Turning towards Ghulam Nabi Azad, Modi said: “I think Azad Sahab is having a blurred vision. Maybe he is seeing everything from political spectacles”.
“Ghalib said something for such people,” the Prime Minister said and quoted famous poet Mirza Ghalib’s couplet “Ta Umr Ghalib Ye Bhool Karta Raha, Dhool Chehre Pe Thi, Aaina Saaf Karta Raha (the entire life Ghalib kept making mistake of cleaning the mirror when the dust my on my face)”.
He tried to drive home the point that fault lies with the Congress and the concept of ‘New India’, which Azad had opposed in his speech, was good.
Taking a swipe at the Congress, Modi said Patel was their party leader and they should at least once go to the Statue of Unity in Gujarat to pay homage. The Congress should in fact hold their Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting there, he asserted.
“Azad Saheb Kuch Din Guzarei Gujarat Mein (Mr Azad please spend some days in Gujarat),” Modi quipped, using a tagline of Gujarat Tourism.
Taking another jibe at Azad, Modi said during the debate some people demanded return to ‘Old India’ instead of ‘New India’, where technology is being used to ease lives and end corruption.
While participating in debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in Rajya Sabha, Azad had stated that he doesn’t want the ‘New India’ but wants the ‘Old India’ back.
“Do they want an ‘Old India’ where Cabinet decision is torn in a press conference, where Navy assets are used for picnic, where scams are order of the day, where `tukde-tukde’ (separatist) gang gets support of leaders, where middlemen are required for Railway tickets, MP’s letter is needed for gas connection, where interviews are held for low-level jobs such as Peon in a Government department and there is rampant Inspector Raj,” the Prime Minister asked.
Modi said the citizens of the country are not willing to go back to the ‘Old India’. The `New India’s is destined to come, he added.
Lynching of Muslim youth
Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence on lynching of a Muslim youth in
Jharkhand, saying it has pained him and the guilty must be severely punished,
but stressed that all incidents of violence in the country, whether in
Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala, should be treated the same and law should
take its course.
Modi, who received flak from the opposition over his ‘silence’ on the lynching incident in BJP-ruled Jharkhand, said “security of every citizen is our Constitutional duty”.
“The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. Guilty should get severest punishment but for this the entire State has been pronounced guilty and everyone put in dock, which is not right,” he said.
A Muslim youth, accused of stealing a motorcycle, was beaten up by a mob and a video showed that he was purportedly made to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’ in the Saraikela Kharsawan district of Jharkhand. He later died.
The Prime Minister said some people in Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. “Is this fair? Why are they insulting a State. None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand,” he said and referred to violence in States ruled by opposition parties.
“All kinds of violence whether in Jharkhand or West Bengal or Kerala should be treated as same and law should take its course,” he said.