Terrorism or tourism, throw stones for destruction or break them for development, says Narendra Modi to Kashmiri youths after innaugurating Chenani-Nashri Tunnel

Ravi Kaushal
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated Asia’s first and longest bi-directional highway tunnel ‘Chenani-Nashri’on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Accompanied by Union minister Nitin Gadkari, state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and other officials, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday reviewed the facilities inside the tunnel after its inauguration.  Later, addressed a public rally in Jammu’s Udhampur which […]

Udhampur, April 2: Addressing a rally in Udhampur after inaugurating the Chenani-Nashri tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took on stone pelters in the valley and said that they must learn from those Kashmiri youth who have worked tirelessly in making the India’s biggest tunnel. PM Modi also urged Kashmiri youths to choose tourism over the terrorism. Almost a year had passed the valley has seen a surge in the violence after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani. The violence brought the valley to a standstill suspending all economic activities. The valley recently witnessed the death of three stone pelters who tried to interfere into a terrorist encounter carried by the Indian Army in the Budgam district of Kashmir.

Emphasising on the development work in the valley, PM Modi said, “Ye sirf lambi surang nahin hai, ye lambi surang J&K ke liye lambi chhalaang hai [This is not only a long tunnel, this is indeed a big leap for Jammu and Kashmir]”.

Citing the futility in realising political goals, PM Modi said, “40 saal ho gaye anek nirdosh logon ne jaan gawayi, kisi ka fayda nahi hua. Agar lahu luhan hui toh meri Kashmir ghaati hui hai [It’s been 40 years already since the violence erupted. No one has benefitted from it and it has only led to bloodshed in Kashmir]”. PM Modi added that “if these 40 years been invested in tourism, the whole world would have came to Kashmir”.

Coining the formula of Kasmiriyat, Insaniyat, Jamhhoriyat [Kashmiriyat, Humanity, Democracy], PM Modi said that these principles will be guiding the development of the Jammu and Kashmir government led by an alliance of People Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janta Party. Also Read – PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Chenani-Nashri tunnel: Promise to build 9 more subways in coming years; Highlights

Launching a scathing attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the development of the government will show the politicians of Pakistan that they have nothing to Kashmiri youth. PM Modi said, “After this development, we will show the people of Pakistan that their politicians are doing nothing for them”.

Union Minister of State in PMO, Jitendra Singh, who also hails from Jammu and Kashmir told reporters, “It is a matter of great pride for the people of Jammu and Kashmir that this great tunnel is being dedicated to the nation by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi – the most popular PM. It is dedicated to the nation in keeping with his call for a new India.” The tunnel will save fuel worth nearly Rs 99 crore a year. Rs 27 lakh worth of fuel is likely to be saved per day,” Singh had said.