JAMMU, JANUARY 25: Governor N. N. Vohra, today observed that it is the duty of all citizens to protect and preserve the unity and integrity of the nation, adding that towards the attainment of such an objective all of us must join hands to negate all divisive and communal forces and promote societal harmony and brotherhood.
Greeting the people on the 67th Republic Day, in a message, the Governor said that it is equally important that we learn to settle all our disputes and disagreements, such as they may be, through dialogue and discussion. He said that it is necessary to remember that we shall be able to achieve growth and development and eradicate poverty and illiteracy only if peace and normalcy prevails in the land.
Referring to the development scenario in the State, the Governor observed that for the past over two and a half decades, the growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir has been adversely affected by the continuing proxy war launched by our western neighbour. He said that in the past year, besides the repeated incidents of cross border firing and attempts at infiltration, there were five terror attacks: two across the LoC in the Tangdhar sector, two across the IB in Samba and Kathua, and one at Udhampur.
The Governor said that India remains committed to maintaining friendly relations with all its neighbours and our Prime Minister has launched fresh initiatives for securing peaceful relations with Pakistan. It is hoped that his endeavours will bear fruit and people of Jammu and Kashmir would be able to live and work in a peaceful environment in the coming time.
The Governor said that on the joyous occasion of Republic Day we must pay homage to the great leaders who carried out a prolonged struggle to liberate India from the colonial rule. He said that we must also pay tribute to the founding fathers of the Constitution of India who set for us the goals of nationhood.He greeted the people of Jammu and Kashmir on this occasion and prayed that this year will usher peace and normalcy and bring happiness and prosperity to one and all.