March 2018 News

J&K, Gilgit-Baltistan Integral Parts Of India, Says Bhagwat

15 March 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief, said today that Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan were an integral part of India. He stated this while inaugurating the Jammu Kashmir Ladakh Maha Utsav organised by Jammu Kashmir Study Centre (JKSC) in Nagpur. Nirbhay Sharma, Mizoram Governor, was the chief guest on the occasion. 'Jammu and Kashmir is not a 'problem'. The actual 'problem' lies within us because we have accepted the definitions given by outsiders who have worked on the agenda of weakening India by creating divisions and differences,' he said in his inaugural address. 'The issue of Jammu and Kashmir affects the entire India. We don't need to keep announcing that we are one; it is an indisputable fact. We need to remember that this is the land of Acharya Abhinavagupta, who was one of the greatest proponents of Shaiv philosophy. Some people use terminologies like 'Kashmir Shaivism', but Shiv 'bhakti' is one. There cannot be any difference,' he said. 'Truth needs no proof. But sometimes it is essential to support it with strength, so that negative powers don't overshadow it,' he said while referring to the role of the security forces in fighting terrorism in J&K. 'We are one, and will always remain so. Entire India is our own and we all belong to India. It is essential that we carefully nurture and safeguard this sense of belonging,' he said in the context of entire Jammu Kashmir, including those areas that are under occupation. Mizoram Governor Nirbhay Sharma, a former Army officer who was posted in Jammu and Kashmir for almost two decades, also shared his experiences on the issue. He expressed regret that young minds were being strategically brainwashed in Kashmir. He said J&K was not merely a piece of land. 'It is an integral part of the Indian ethos, our faith and beliefs,' he said while talking about Kashmir references in the Mahabharata, the Nilamata Purana, Rajatarangini etc.