Geelani reminds PM Modi about India’s past; says Mughals, British too led mega development projects

Srinagar: Terming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s to the state as ‘mere military operation,’ Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said that Indian premier deliberately shied away from mentioning the historical facts.

“The fact is that development like roads and building, markets and mansions, came up only under Mughal and British rule and even today’s India is recognized and known for the remnant of that era. Had the economic reforms and development been able to lure the aspirants of freedom—India would have been contented with that glorious slavery,” he said.

He said India has realized that despite economic perks and unparalleled force, they have not been able to win the hearts of Kashmiris, except a few “belly slave” class of the collaborators.

Referring to Modi’s wherein he called upon the youth to “join mainstream”, Geelani said that “it is the arrogance, military might and barbaric attitude of the oppressor which has forced our nation to the unending bloodbath and economic destabilization, otherwise our people are peace loving and fertile brainy, once we get rid of military occupation, we can flourish both politically as well as economically and will not only be self sufficient, but can extent a helping hand to the needy people of our neighbours including India.”

“Highly qualified and well placed professionals are up in arms against the occupation as their long and bitter experience of subjugation is enough to make them understand that their life, livelihood, honour, culture, faith and dignity — nothing is safe under the Indian occupation and we are left with no option then to strive and struggle to fight for our existence,” Geelani said.

The Hurriyat (G) chairman said that converting the whole city into an army garrison, curbing and curtailing the movement of common people, suffocating the whole nation and then sarcastically labeling the state of Jammu and Kashmir as the “Crown”, is nothing but to befool the people.

He said that Kashmir problem is not an issue of economic deprivation and perks and packages are not a solution to it.

“It is an issue concerning the basic and fundamental rights of more than 14 million humans- but beating the drum of ‘Development’ as the only remedy for all the issues—looks not only unrealistic but insane as well,” he said.

“No nation has been enslaved through economic privileges and developmental lollypops. One who thinks so is either unaware of the history or lives in a fool’s paradise. If India garnishes ours roads with gold and builds castles of Diamonds and Gems, People of Jammu and Kashmir will never accept and legitimize the forced Indian occupation,” Geelani said.

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