CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said that the kind of religious tolerance and plurality that Mahatma Gandhi envisioned for India which was most evident in Kashmir in those hard days of trial and turbulence, is under serious attack by RSS led Sangh Parivar. In a statement issued to KNS, Tarigami said: “It is very unfortunate that the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir refusing to recognize the ground realities in the country issues sweeping certificate of tolerance and inclusiveness to Mr Modi, Prime Minister of India. It is gratuitous and insulting to all those who value the traditions of plurality and harmony.” He added that at a time when communal disharmony, regional tension and hate mongering are being perpetuated by the RSS led ruling coalition and the intelligentsia of the country has risen in massive protests; PDP leadership should have desisted from projecting Modi and his RSS led government as “maseeha” of tolerance and communal harmony. “The hype being given to Prime Minister’s J&K visit and creating a sort of hysteria by calling it historic and something unique is quite absurd,” he said. He added that the ruling PDP-BJP leadership was desperately giving an impression that J&K is getting a huge economic package as a favour. “The self respect of the people of J&K is not for sale and any economic package should not be taken as alms which the Union Govt. gives away from its private coffer,” he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch