Jammu: Governor N N Vohra in his R-Day message on Wednesday referred to the uprising in Kashmir valley in the follow up of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani saying the prolonged disturbance in the Valley resulted in large human losses and an unprecedented number of security forces personnel were injured. “I share the grief of all those who have lost their dear ones,” Vohra said.
He blamed the pro-freedom leadership for the hardships faced by the people. “The hartals, which extended from week to week, caused large economic losses and particularly severe hardships for the daily wage earners. The violent agitationists burnt several dozen schools and set ablaze government offices, police stations and private properties,” he said.
The recent disturbances caused irreparable damage to the functioning of the educational system. The studies of over 14 lakh school going children and nearly a lakh college and university students were severely disrupted.
“In the past several years I have been repeatedly cautioning against the serious consequences of a confrontationist approach being followed to resolve our problems.
“I yet again appeal to the leaders of all social, cultural, religious, political and other organisations in the state to seriously ponder over the happenings in the past months and recognise that the recurring agitations are causing varied adverse consequences for our people, particularly those who live in the Valley. Time has come for the leaders of various movements in our society, and all those who follow them, to accept that the continuation of hartals and violent protestations, of the kind we witnessed last year, will yield no other result except dragging our people and our State to slip further far behind,” he said.
An environment of distrust, confrontations and violence will disrupt our society and further retard the growth and development of our State. It is, therefore, of crucial importance that all the stakeholders must not lose any further time in accepting that the only way forward is through reconciliation, restoration of communal harmony, and engaging in dialogue to resolve all our issues.
In Jammu and Kashmir, our greatest strength is our youth, who comprise almost half of our population. Besides excelling in studies and winning awards and national fellowships, a growing number of our students have been gaining high positions in the All India Services, Central Services, Defence, Central Police Forces and other Services.
A matter for even greater pride, in the past year our young boys and girls have won medals in various sports at National, Asian, Common Wealth and World Championships. And, more recently, one of our bright young girls from the Valley has made an excellent beginning in the cinema world.