Deeply regretting spate of attacks on Kashmiri students and businessmen in many regions across the country, one of the most senior political leaders of contemporary India, Ghulam Nabi Azad today sought to remind the nation that against Pakistani onslaught in 1947 Kashmir was secured for India by Kashmiris.
Azad said, when Pakistan backed tribal raiders attacked Kashmir in 1947 there were no India forces in the Valley back then. The Kashmiris fought against the tribal raiders to secure Kashmir for India. It was many days later that Indian forces arrived.
In the backdrop of Kashmiris being targeted in some parts of the country in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, the Congress appealed to state governments to ensure that students from the Valley are treated well and their efforts to join the mainstream encouraged.
Azad said as a representative of Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament and belonging to that state, he was saddened by reports that in Agra a hotel put up a board saying Kashmiris are not allowed to stay.
“This used to happen during the British rule. But this has happened for the first time in Independent India,” he said, adding, people from all regions and religions are standing with the Army following the Pulwama terror attack.
“I want that no political party, individual or section taking advantage of the terror attack, indulges in politics of religion,” Azad said.
He appealed to people to treat Kashmiris who come for trade, business or for studies, well as they want to be a part of the mainstream.
“Those students who have come from Kashmir for studies, it means that they don’t want to be part of terrorism, it means that they don’t want to become terrorists, they want to study and join the country’s mainstream. It means that they condemn terrorism, they reject the appeal and money of terrorists,” the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said.
“I would appeal state governments that in their educational institutions they should not just issue advisories, but send people to colleges and explain to students to help Kashmiris join the mainstream,” he said.