Centre Hardens Stance, Hints At Crackdown On Pro-freedom Leadership

NEW DELHI: Two days after a report prepared by Union Home Ministry suggesting control on Mosque, Madrassa and Media to control situation in Kashmir, a minister in Prime Minister’s Office on Monday hinted at crackdown on pro-freedom leadership in J&K.

Attacking the resistance leadership for “doing politics of convenience and indulging in anti-national activities”, he said, “they (referring to separatists) are the people who are instigating their neighbours’ children to involve in stone pelting on security force personnel. Why don’t they ask their own children to do it?

He was talking to reporters on the sideline of a function at Lalit Kala Academy here.

“Their children study in good schools and colleges outside Jammu and Kashmir and they are playing with the future of the youths living in the state. These people are doing politics of convenience in the name of ‘jihaad’. Why don’t they ask their own children to indulge in such activities to get the jannat (heaven)?” the Minister asked.

Dr Jitender Singh, a Lok Sabha member from Udhampur constituency of the state, said the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir is a result of failure of successive governments led by Congress.

“The (bad law and order) situation in Jammu and Kashmir is result of failure of the successive Congress governments at the Centre. They ruled the country for long.

“Especially, if former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had allowed the then Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to handle Jammu and Kashmir instead of himself intruding into the Home Ministry’s domain, the situation in the state could have been different,” he said.

Meanwhile, he added, that India will not allow premium on anti-India activism and there is a need for drawing a bottom line to check such activities, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Monday.

He was responding to questions regarding ongoing row over the clashes between students unions — Left-affiliated AISA and the RSS-backed ABVP — in Delhi University’s North Campus.

“Message should go out loud and clear that India will not allow premium on anti-India activism. Even the most liberated democracies of the world including the US and UK have drawn bottom line for it.

“Freedom of debate doesn’t allow debating to instigate anti-India activism and there is a need to draw a bottom line on it,” said the Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office.

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