Srinagar: Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi said on Monday that the bias against the people of Kashmir was prevalent in India and can be ended only if cooperation can be fostered between the two.
“We are ready to fight for an inch of land. We say ‘Kashmir hamara hain’. We should say Kashmiri hamare hain. When will we shed this bias? Kashmiris should also shed it. Then we can create a strong connection between the youth. We would say the people of north east are ours,” Oberoi told reporters here.
Oberoi, who is on his maiden two-day visit to the Valley, put a rider on adopting flood-affected people or villages. He had adopted a few villages destroyed by a tsunami in south India.
“I am waiting for the (J&K) poll verdict. If a government comes to power which envisions progress and development… as adopting a village needs cooperation of government,” he said, after watching a performance by disabled children at Voluntary Medicare Society (VMS), an NGO.
Oberoi said he had been yearning to visit Kashmir after listening to tales about the place from his father Suresh who did films in the Valley.
“I always wanted to visit Kashmir in happier times. But when I heard about the floods, I decided to see the situation myself and help the people here. I want to contribute and help for the betterment of the people,” he added.
Oberoi, who is currently shooting for a film, Bank Chor, under the banner of Yash Raj films, said that he would appeal to his fans to contribute money for the VMS.
“My aim is to make the VMS strong. I would perform at fund-raising events in the US and the UK for the people. While government will be rebuilding structures, my aim is to make this center vibrant again,” said the 38-year old actor. He distributed winter kits among the flood-hit people.
Replying to a query about Bollywood’s efforts in helping the people affected by the flood, he said that several stars had performed at Umeed-e-Kashmir event organized for the purpose and contributed several crore of rupees to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.