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Only love can resolve Kashmir’s problems: Modi

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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Only love and not bullets or abuse can help resolve the dragging problem in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

“We are committed for the development of Jammu and Kashmir and this is also the resolve of every Indian,” the Prime Minister said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort here.

Modi said the separatist campaign in the state cannot be resolved by “gaali se” (abuse) or “goli se” (bullet) but by embracing every Kashmiri.

But Modi made it clear that there would be no let up while dealing with the separatists.

At the same, he appealed to the terrorists to join the mainstream. “You have every right to make your voices heard in Indian democracy.”

Many countries are actively helping India in the war against terror, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

Addressing the nation here on India’s Independence Day, the Prime Minister thanked these countries but without naming them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday unfurled the national flag at the Red Fort to mark India’s Independence Day.

Modi, who reached the 17th century monument to give his customary Independence Day speech, was received by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.

Later, he received a Guard of Honour from a contingent of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police.

The Prime Minister then unfurled the national flag amid a 21 gun salute.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday mourned the deaths of children in a Gorakhpur hospital in Uttar Pradesh as he spoke about the challenges of natural calamities.

“Sometimes natural calamities become a challenge,” Modi said in his speech here on the occasion of Independence Day.

“Good rains help the country to flourish,” he said, quickly adding that climate change had led to conditions which had affected many parts of the country.

The Prime Minister also referred to the deaths of over 60 children in the Gorakhpur hospital.

“People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur,” Modi added.

The surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in Pakistani territory proved to the world India’s strength, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

Praising the armed forces on the occasion of Independence day, Modi said: “In free India it is very important to protect the country. The surgical strike was a proof to the world about India’s strength.”

Modi said every soldier, irrespective of whether he was in the Army, Navy or Air Force, was contributing to the country.

“Our soldiers have stood against everything that is against the country such as infiltrators, militants… The world has seen our strength.”

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