Save secular India Gandhi, Azad dreamed of, says Farooq Abdullah

Save secular India Gandhi, Azad dreamed of, says Farooq Abdullah

"Save the secular India that Mahatma Gandhi and Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad had dreamed of," said former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Farooq Abdullah to minorities in the state.    

Speaking at the JD(S) state-level minorities' convention in Tumakuru on Sunday, Abdullah alleged that political parties were seeding differences among people in the name of temple and masjid.    

"Only parties such as JD(S) are trying to imbibe secular strength. You should choose secularism," he advised.  

When temples were washed out during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir, there are many instances of Muslims helping Hindus to rebuild those temples. This is an example of our secular nature, Abdullah added.      

"Don't look on Kashmiris with a suspicious eye. Kashmir is not Pakistan. Many Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives to gain independence for India," the former CM said.  

"Even today, if a war breaks out between India and Pakistan, a majority of the people killed will be Kashmiris. Under such circumstances, we are trying to strengthen secularism in the country," Abdullah said.  

 

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