Jammu- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday said the government is making efforts to “eradicate terrorism” and working with the firm intention to establish peace in the Union Territory.
Addressing a function here to pay homage to poet and freedom fighter Sarwanand Koul Premi on his death anniversary, he also said that “we have got success to an extent in destroying the terror ecosystem” that has inflicted a deep wound not only on Jammu and Kashmir but the entire country.
“I can say one thing with confidence that we have no intention to buy peace. But we are working with the intention to establish peace (in Jammu and Kashmir). We have got success to an extent in destroying the terror ecosystem,” Sinha said.
Terrorism has inflicted a deep wound not only on Jammu and Kashmir but the entire country, the lieutenant governor (LG) said.
“It is not the wound inflicted on Jammu and Kashmir but on entire India. Efforts are being made to eradicate terrorism and the terror ecosystem (from Jammu and Kashmir). To what extent we have been successful, I cannot say,” Sinha said.
There are people who have “infiltrated the ecosystem (of governance) from here to Delhi during the past 75 years”, he said.
“They don’t allow people to stay (to work in the system). But the situation has changed. Those people who watch Jammu and Kashmir, also agrees on for this,” the LG said.
Sinha said Jammu and Kashmir will gain back its glory. “It is not only important for Jammu and Kashmir but for the whole of India,” he said.
Earlier, the LG paid tributes to poet Sarwanand Koul Premi, who was killed by militants on this day in 1990.
Remembering the legendary poet and freedom fighter, the LG said Sarwanand was a towering man of ideas and ideals, and was undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of his time with deep commitment for upliftment of downtrodden & weaker sections of society.
“Sarwanand ji made great contribution to freedom struggle and infused new life in the bonds of our national unity. Throughout his life, he followed the universal and eternal values of peace, co-existence and cooperation,” the LG said.
J&K, he said, is called the heaven on earth, not only because of its scenic beauty, but the great personalities like Sarwanand, who dedicated his life to serve the others.
“Sarwanand ji was not only a famous writer but also a well known teacher in Kashmir valley who became the medium of divinity for many and inspired the masses to follow the ideals enshrined in our ageless culture and selflessly served the society,” he said.
“His life and teachings will continue to be relevant in the 21st century. I would urge the social and literary organizations to come together to spread his teachings to the people across the country,” he added.
The LG said that J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages should promote the literary work of Sarwanand Koul Premi by publication and translation of his books so that the coming generations could take benefits of the rich literary heritage of J&K.
“This should be taken on priority. There will be no shortage of funds,” he added.
Sarwanand Koul Premi was conferred with lifetime achievement award posthumously, by J&K Government in 2022. A Higher Secondary School in his village Sof-Shali (Saft-Shaleshwar), Anantnag, was also named after him in 2022.
His name was also included in the list of Unsung Heroes of the freedom movement under Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav. A special postal cover and postal stamp on him was released by the Ministry of Communication in 2021. (With PTI inputs)
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