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Bridge information deficit between Kashmir and rest of country, say RSS leaders

At a two-day brainstorming session held at Bengaluru that concluded on Saturday Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders admitted existence of an information deficit between rest of country and Jammu and Kashmir. The session attended by top RSS brass including union minister Prakash Javdekar and deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Singh called for bridging this gap and also to attend to the misinformation about rest of country inside Kashmir. Some 300 activists and scholars deliberated on the issues related to J&K.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar announced that government will promote research and disseminate works of 11th century Kashmiri Pandit scholar Acharya Abhinavagupta. The minister declared him as the “greatest philosopher on earth”, whose contributions have been so far ignored by rest of country.

“We have been the knowledge destination of the world, even thousands of years ago. Had there been a system of international ranking those days, Indian thinkers would have certainly bagged all the positions from 1st to 10th,” he said.

The All India General Secretary of the RSS Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, sniffed a conspiracy to present a distorted image of Kashmir to the world.

Dr Singh said, “Jammu Kashmir is the land of Shakti, of Ma Vaishnodevi temple, Kheer Bhawani temple… It has been the land from where teachings on cultural values have emanated. We have to work towards making Kashmir the same land of knowledge, peace and awakening that it was,” Bhaiyyaji told the gathering.

Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravishankar said ‘Om Namah Shivay’ chant connects India from Kashmir till Rameshwaram.

The RSS Pracharak and member of the All India Executive Council Arun Kumar firmly believed that root cause of discourse on Kashmir was misinformation in Jammu and Kashmir and lack of information in rest of country.

“So when there is lack of information, then perception is wrong and that leads to wrong decisions. And when decisions are wrong, their implementations cannot be right,” he said, stressing there was need to change the basic perspective about J&K.

Significantly, he said country should free itself from all kinds of “isms” and should also free itself from the Left or Right Wing camps and set up a discourse based on facts, correct information and evidence. “This discourse will be in national interest, integrates the society and will be in our country’s interest,” Arun Kumar said.

“There is a concerted effort by anti-India forces to polarize the people of Kashmir, especially the youth. Religious factors have nothing to do with this polarization. The recent turmoil is a case in point. The last three generations of Jammu Kashmir’s leadership have also continually misled the people of Kashmir. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of scope for creating a positive atmosphere in Kashmir.”