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Unity leads to success!

Unity leads to success!

Author: Editorial
Publication: News Today
Date: August 15, 2008
URL: http://newstodaynet.com/newsindex.php?id=9971%20&%20section=13

Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 61st Independence Day Parade from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that divisive politics would lead the country nowhere and appealed to the political parties to keep the long-term interests of Jammu and Kashmir in view.

He sounded deeply concerned about the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and sent out a warning that dividing people in the name of religion could pose a threat to the unity of the country and asked all political parties to come together to resolve issues related to Amarnath land row through dialogue.

There cannot be a second opinion to what the Prime Minister has 'generally' said, but with regards to the specific Amarnath issue, Manmohan Singh needs to introspect and realise how his government and the State government led by his party have created this problem.

Having sowed the seeds for trouble, his party must attempt to solve it amicably and only in the event of a failure, it must request the other parties for help. Instead, the Prime Minister's call to other parties to come together for solving the issue sounds hollow and smacks of an attempt at being smart.

This is not the first time the Manmohan government finds itself at the receiving end after creating a problem on its own. The last four years of 'governance' shows that the government has been reaping what it has sown.

The nation has seen the 'Muslim head count' in the Armed Forces, repeal of a vital laws like the'POTA' and its painful consequences, alarming increase in enculturation methods and evangelisation, extension of reservation policies in education and employment through casteist quotas, budgetary allotments exclusively for minorities, subsidised pilgrimages only for the minorities, separate reservations for minorities based on religion.

The latest in the line of Manmohan Singh government's divisive politics is the refusal of a paltry 100 acres of land in Kashmir for the help of the Hindu pilgrims, who propose to use that land for only forty five to sixty days in a year by constructing temporary tenements.

Heading such a government, it is rather perplexing to see the Prime Minister talk about the perilous consequences of divisive politics. It would have added more sense if he had appealed to the Kashmiri Muslims to stop ranting on 'Azadi', and such an appeal along with a clear statement that the valley is not separate and belongs to India, on the Independence Day would have sent a strong message to them.

For her part, President Pratibha Patil in her Independence Day message has appealed to the people to shun violence and stand united against the threats emanating from terrorism.

It is very sad and unfortunate that even after 60 years of independence, the State Heads had to talk about terrorism, violence, disunity, divisiveness and appeal for unity, non-violence, and peace.

While making such speeches, the State heads must understand that they too, along with the other politicians, have played a role in bringing the country to the present perill.

On the other hand, the people also must realise that they have played into the hands of these reckless politicians, who have divided them on religious and caste lines for their own interests. People have exhibited a sense of unity only at the time of crises or calamities and on other normal occasions they have stood divided.

Such an attitude must be given up and the people must stay united for the progress of the nation and prevalence of peace and harmony. If the political class is made to relaise the fact that the people are united, then they will automatically fall in line.

The progress of a nation is in the well being of democracy and the success of democracy is in the hands of the people and the people must feel that they are not only independent but also the authority in a democracy.

Let the 61st year of this young democratic nation bring peace and prosperity to the people.

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