The BJP counts the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the scrapping of its special status granted by the Constitution’s Article 370 ads one of its major achievements. The Prime Minister made multiple references to the issue today as well.
Towards the end of his hour-and-45-minute speech, PM Modi said earlier when Kashmir was mentioned in parliament, it caused furrowed brows, sparked allegations and counter-allegations.
“But today, the discourse there is one of unprecedented change. Tourism is up, G20 summits happen there. The whole world praises it,” he said.
“But ultimately who had created this situation? Who had hit the country on the head? Who left this huge split in the constitution? If we name Nehru ji, they (the Congress) feel bad. But the problems that Kashmir had to face — its root was in his policies,” he said. PM Modi also accused Nehru of not having faith in Indians or their capabilities.
“In India, there’s no habit of working hard compared to Europeans, Americans,” he quoted Nehru as saying “from the Fred Fort”. This, he insisted, proves that the first Prime Minister of India considered Indians “lazy and lacking in intelligence”. His daughter, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, had a similar opinion, PM Modi said.
“Once again, speaking from the Red Fort, she said, ‘It is our habit that when a good work is approaching completion, we become complacent. And when an obstacle comes, we lose hope. Sometimes it seems the whole nation has accepted defeat’,” PM Modi said.