Fear in Kashmiri minds that they have no place in India, says Abdullah

Srinagar: Farooq Abdullah, President of the National Conference has said that Kashmiris fear that they have no place in India.

The statement comes days after National Conference decided to stay away from Local Body Polls.

“There is the fear in Kashmiri mind and the young mind that they have no place in this India. How do I convince them that they have a place, when I see people lynching people or when I see just because of your religion you are targeted? How do I convince them? We need to wake up. If you can’t wake up there will be no India, it will fall apart”, said Abdullah while addressing an event in New Delhi.

At another event in the Indian capital , he said the democracy of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru doesn’t exist anymore.

“Politics is not bad, politicians can be bad. Many of us join politics for service and many of us join politics for making money. God doesn’t live in temples, mosques or gurudwaras, he lives in people and if you serve people you are serving God,” he said.

“Since independence, each election has divided India instead of uniting it. We fight for temples and mosques, we don’t fight for people. We lie and we fear that if we’re honest, we won’t win. We are wrong. You have to tell them that you can’t do things beyond a certain point,” he opined.

“Every election that has been held in this nation has divided us rather than uniting us and we continue to get divided. Where is the democracy anymore that Gandhi preached us or which Nehru spoke of? India is going through a very difficult phase,” he said.

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