NEW DELHI: Breaking his silence on ongoing protests in Kashmir, PM Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that “it is sad that boys who should be holding laptops, cricket bats have been handed stones in their hands.”

“Every Indian loves Kashmir. The freedom that every Indian has also belongs to every Kashmiri. We want the same bright future for every youth in Kashmir,” PM Modi said while addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur district.

“Whatever Kashmiris want for betterment of their livelihood, the Centre will help. We want development for Jammu and Kashmir. Be it the J&K government under Mehboob Mufti or the central government, we are finding solution to all problems through development,” the PM said.

The PM said that a few misguided people are trying to create disturbance in the Kashmir valley but the government is determined to restore normalcy in the state.

“There are ways, including dialogue, to resolve issues in a democracy. My government believes in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mantra of “insaniyat, jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat (humanity, democracy and Kashmiriyat),” the PM said.

As many as 55 persons including two cops have been killed and several thousand others injured in the clashes between protestors and security forces since the killing of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter. Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8. PM launches ‘Yaad karo Qurbani’

Earlier, the Prime Minister launched “70 saal Azaadi, Yaad karo Qurbani” – a programme to commemorate the sacrifices of freedom fighters.

Modi became the Prime Minister to visit the birth place of revolutionary leader Chandrashekhar Azad at Bhabhra in Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur district and paid his tributes to the freedom fighter.
The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has changed the name of Bhabhra as “Chandrashekhar Azad Nagar” in memory of the revolutionary leader. The house where he was born on July 23, 1906 was developed into a memorial and named as “Azaad Smriti Mandir.” A small museum is also exists at the place which showcases his life.

Azad, who plunged into freedom struggle at a very young age by joining the non-cooperation movement, later chose the revolutionary path to fight the British rule.

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