Indian PM Modi: Any life lost in Kashmir is our own loss

Indian prime minister also spoke about the response of Indian government's toilet building campaign and highlighted the efforts made to attain sanitation. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 28, 2016, 05.06 PM (IST)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the lives lost in Kashmir unrest on his radio programme - Mann Ki Baat - on Sunday. He said that any loss of life, whether of Kashmiri youngsters or security personnel, is a loss to the nation.

"Any life lost in Kashmir, whether of any youth or any security personnel, is our own loss. Those who are trying to disrupt peace in Kashmir by instigating innocent, young children, they will have to reply to these young children," Modi said.

" All political parties need to put forward their views on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley in one voice. `Ekta' (unity) and 'Mamata' (affection) was the crux of all interactions I had recently on Kashmir situation."

Modi addressed Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir as a part of Jammu and Kashmir during his all-party meet on August 12 where he discussed on-going issues of the state.

Modi told listeners that India's interior minister Rajnath Singh spent two days in Kashmir capital Srinagar last week where he met with a cross-section of Kashmiri society.

He also added that "there cannot be any compromise on national security, but we have to win the confidence of the people in Jammu and Kashmir." 

Modi also spoke about the response of the Indian government's toilet building campaign and highlighted the efforts made to attain sanitation.

"On 15th July, students from Kabirdham in Chhattisgarh wrote letters collectively to their parents that they should build toilets in their homes."

"The government has asked people to make two to three-minute films on clean India and enter into a competition to show their creativity. You will get the details on the website. You can even shoot on your mobile phone and enter the competition. Best entries will be awarded on the basis of the competition and screened on October 2- Gandhi Jayanti," he said.

In addition to the above points, Modi also appreciated the coaching skills of Pullela Gopichand, who has trained India's Olympics silver-medallist P V Sindhu in Badminton.

(WION with inputs from ANI)