- Omar, Mufti invoke Gandhi’s ‘ray-of-hope’ statement while calling for religious harmony, brotherhood
Srinagar: Both houses of the assembly passed a resolution calling for maintaining brotherhood and religious harmony in the state, while urging the Indian political leadership to ensure peace and harmony in other states.
“This House reasserts the need for strengthening further the bonds of brotherhood and fortify the values that have distinguished Jammu & Kashmir in the entire subcontinent in the most trying circumstances, which led the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to see a ray of light here,” said speaker Kavinder Gupta while reading the resolution.
The resolution, which was introduced by leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah, said the “leadership and people throughout the country should create an environment of peace and harmony so that all sections of the society become real stakeholders in the idea of India.”
Referring to the BJP legislators’ assault on independent MLA Engineer Rashid, Omar said that yesterday’s incident does not reflect the “reality of Jammu and Kashmir”.
“Whatever happened yesterday is not the real face of the J&K. That unfortunate incident is talked about not in India but across the world. It is this place from where Mahatma Gandhi saw a ray of hope of secularism when the country was being divided,” he said.
According to him, attempts are being made to divide the people in the name of religion under a well-planned conspiracy.
“We have different religions but we must respect each other’s sentiments and maintain brotherhood. There is no space for extremism in India. We have to rectify what went wrong yesterday and pass a unanimous resolution to reject extremism and maintain brotherhood,” Omar said, who was seconded by chief minister Mufti Sayeed in the House.
Speaking on the resolution, Mufti said, “Kashmiris strengthened secularism and Mahatma Gandhi saw a raw of hope from Kashmir in 1947…When Ali Mohammad Jinnah came to Kashmir prior before 1947, Kashmiris took a different stand and rejected his idea of a separate Muslim state under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.”
He appreciated National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah for “his vision”, saying “we are here (in the House) because of him”.
“Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah developed a different roadmap and turned Muslim Conference into National Conference to give good governance. He was an inclusive leader but could not take his mission ahead because of we people (sic),” the CM said.
“Now we have to show the way and reject extremism. India has diverse peoples and we have to economically empower it and to make that happen we all have to be united. The 17 crore Muslims living in India have maintained secularism. If we are divided in the name of religion then we will destroy the country,” he said.
In the legislative council, education minister Naeem Akhtar introduced the resolution and it was unanimously adopted by the members.