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New Delhi, April 25, 2017: Enthused by the response to first-ever national Khadi exhibition in Jammu and Kashmir last year, Union Minister Kalraj Mishra on Tuesday said that involvement of people through Khadi industry can help tackle problems in Kashmir.

“We want to generate maximum employment with our motto ‘One Yarn, One Nation’. We are going to organise such exhibitions regularly in the valley (Kashmir), as this symbol of self-reliance can give the people enough courage to tackle the problems there,” the Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) said.

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Addressing the 644th meeting of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at Gandhi Darshan (Rajghat), Mishra said that initially people were apprehensive of taking part in the KVIC’s national exhibition-cum-sale.

“But in a day or two, people there realised that making Khadi products can be the best way for them — to eke out a proper livelihood,” he said.

Mishra said that the government would spare no effort in establishing coordination between vision and action, to fulfil the combined cherished dreams of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.

“Now, the time has come to involve maximum number of people — especially from the weaker sections of the society and women — with different KVIC welfare schemes,” he said and stressed upon maximising the reach of Khadi works to the remotest areas. (IANS)

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be forced can cross the border to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“Kashmir is, was and will be ours always. No one can take it from us,” Rajnath Singh said, addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit.

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He praised the Indian Army for its valour to secure the country and warned Pakistan, saying “we not only secure India within but can also cross the border to protect the country, if needed. No one should take it otherwise.”

He said India wanted good ties with Pakistan, provided it stopped aiding terrorists.

“Now the US is condemning Pakistan. I don’t know what happened to Pakistan. We want good relations with Pakistan but it has refused to accept our offer of friendship.

“Pakistan is giving legitimacy to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed who is establishing a political party there and wants to contest in elections.”

The Minister said the government was keen on finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem and was open to speak to anyone.

To resolve the Kashmir issue, Rajnath Singh said, the government-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, is moving forward and has invited people from all sections for talks.

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He said Kashmir’s children were like his own and would not allow anyone brainwash them into radicalisation.

“I want to tell those who are trying to teach jihad to innocent Kashmiri youths that they should first learn the real concept of jihad in Islam.”

The Minister said he had personally asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ignore cases filed against the first-time stone-pelters.

Earlier in 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders.

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“We have forgiven first-time stone-pelters. They might have been influenced by others. They are young. We need to give them a second chance,” he said.

The Home Minister said the government never differentiated between the children in Kashmir and those in the other parts of the country.

On the issue of terrorism, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting global consensus and managed to bring the international community on board. Rajnath Singh also highlighted the government’s efforts in dealing with Maoists.

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“Naxalism was a huge problem for India but in the last four years we have now achieved major success in that space.”