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New Delhi:  Following the incident of Dadri lynching, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, stating that core values of the civilization could not be allowed to be wasted, appealed for tolerance and showing restraints.

“We can’t allow the core values of our civilization to be wasted. The core values are that over the years, civilization celebrated diversity, promoted and advocated tolerance, enjoyed plurality. These core civilization values keep us together over the centuries,” Mukherjee said at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

“Many ancient civilizations have fallen. Despite aggression after aggression, our civilization has survived because of our core civilization values. If we keep that in mind, nothing can prevent our democracy from moving ahead,” he added.

The remarks come after a 50-year-old Muslim man, Mohammed Akhlaq, was beaten to death by a mob on the night of September 28 in Bisara village in Dadri near the national capital over rumours that he ate cow’s meat.

Mukherjee was speaking after receiving the first copy of a coffee-table book on him titled “The Nationalist President – Pranab Mukherjee” from Vice President Hamid Ansari, who formally released it at the function.

The president said he felt “humbled” on the occasion and has received much more from the country than he has given to it.

The president said he had seen political developments in the country for a considerable period of time, adding, “India has made tremendous progress and there have been many advancements but we will have to do much more.”

Before releasing the book, Ansari said it was a record of the president’s enlightened vision.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on the occasion that during the last five decades, Mukherjee dominated the political scene and has been known as an eminent political leader and a consensus builder.

The book is edited by senior journalist Prabhu Chawla and produced by the senior editorial team of The New Indian Express.

 

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Won’t mind crossing border to protect Kashmir: Rajnath

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

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Mr. Singh mentioned the Indian brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims in India and mentioned strict action against Pakistan terror aids to India in his Kashmir speech
Rajnath Singh went harsh on Pakistan in his Kashmir speech
  • Union minister Rajnath Singh said that Kashmir is India’s
  • He said he’ll cross borders if he has to
  • He also praised Indian army for their services towards the nation

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.

Rajnath praises indian army for its services.

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.

Kashmir is ours and ours only, says Rajnath. delhinewsagency.com

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.

Anything to protect Kashmir: Home minister, Rajnath.

“The battle against Naxals can’t be won through bullets. We are taking several developmental initiatives in this direction. We are trying to reach those areas which have remained unreachable since independence.

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