Plight of minorities in India getting worse: Mehbooba
Says people cannot be forced into subjugation
Srinagar: PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said while New Delhi was “preaching” other countries to treat minorities in a dignified way, the plight of minorities in India was getting worse.
Mufti was referring to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s statement during his visit to Sri Lanka.
It is in Sri Lanka’s own interest that the expectations of the Tamil people, for equality, justice, peace and dignity, within a united Sri Lanka are fulfilled, Jaishankar said in Colombo.
The former chief minister of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state said in a tweet, “Preaching to other countries about treating minorities in a dignified way even though the plight of minorities in India is getting worse.”
The Peoples Democratic Party president said social cohesion was essential for progress of any country, including India.
“The only Muslim majority state here has been dismembered & disempowered. Social cohesion is essential for progress of any country, including India,” she added.
Later Mehbooba on a visit to her father’s graveyard said that voices of people can’t be suppressed through power, stating that dialogue is the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue.
Mehbooba after paying tribute to his father, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed at Daro Shiku Bagh Bijbehara on his fifth death anniversary, said that his father was a visionary leader who always put emphasis on peace and dialogue.
“He took several confidence-building steps to bring J&K out of this bloodshed and he always wanted that J&K should act as bridge between India and Pakistan,” She said, adding that he believed that every issue can be resolved through dialogue and dialogue is the only way to bring peace here.
She said that if Government of India wants peace here then they have to adapt the vision of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
“Mufti sahab has always put emphasis on India to hold dialogue with all stake holders of J&K and have friendly relations with all neighboring countries including Pakistan.”
She said that J&K sided with India despite being a Muslim dominant state, however, the illegal decision of scrapping of special status of J&K on August 05 last year further alienated the people here.
“Dialogue is the only way to resolve Kashmir issue,” she said, adding that even USA is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan now and holding dialogue with Taliban to resolve issues.
She further said that through power “you can never win hearts and minds of people and you can cage people but you can’t cage their thoughts.” (with inputs from PTI, KNO)