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Pointless to ask PM Modi to reverse what he did in Kashmir, former CM Omar Abdullah in new book

Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah

Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah, in his recently launched book India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political leaders, said that it was pointless to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reverse what he had done to Jammu and Kashmir. Nothing justifies what India did to J&K on the 5th of August, 2019, Abdullah said. 

The 50-year-old leader said that his eight-month detention period made him bitter, resentful and angry, but it won’t change his time-tested stand that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.
Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. As much as I would like to say that my detention and the circumstances of the 5th of August have caused me to shift my thinking on that, it hasn’t, he said. 
Omars father, former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, was also charged under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and released on March 13 after 221 days in detention. 

 

However, Omars sister, Mehbooba Mufti, who’s a PDP leader and former CM of Kashmir continues to remain under detention at her home in Kashmir.

 

He further said, I have reconciled myself to the fact that I will never be Indian enough for extreme right-wing nationalist politicians. But then I’ll also not be Kashmiri enough for those who don’t see Kashmirs future as part of India. And, therefore, it is best to be true to oneself.
In his new book, Abdullah mentioned that Jammu and Kashmir has been treated very, very badly and every single promise made to it has been broken. 
Why would I ask Mr. Modi to reverse what Mr. Modi has done? It’s stupid. It’s pointless. It’s just tokenism. It’s the worst form of politics because all I’d be doing is trying to appease the voters, knowing full well that nothing will come out of it. And I don’t want to do that. I think the politics of appeasement is the worst thing I can do to people here, Abdullah explained. 
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Hardik Patel quits Congress, says no youngster is willing to work, vote; accuses leaders of ‘enjoying in abroad’

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Radhika Dhawad | Vadodara
Gujarat Working President Hardik Patel tendered his resignation from the Congress party today morning. Patel took to Twitter to announce his decision and shared an image of his resignation.
 
Patel said, “Big leaders of Congress in Gujarat are far away from issues of the state but are more focussed on ensuring that chicken sandwich for leaders who have come from Delhi is delivered on time!”
In the letter, he also said, “The party has constantly been working against the interests of the country and society.”

Hardik Patel’s letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi

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BJP on course to retain power for 2nd straight term with CM Yogi Adityanath as CM again

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Radhika Dhawad | Lucknow

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Early numbers reveal that the BJP has crossed the halfway mark with over 271 seats in Uttar Pradesh at 12:07 pm thus making its way to retain power for the second straight term in the state. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is all set to become the Chief Minister for the second time. 


While the BJP was leading in 271 seats, Samajwadi Party (SP) managed to secure 121 seats so far. The BSP has managed to secure five seats while Congress so far has four seats.

(With total 403 seats in UP, 202 is the halfway mark)

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Indian student killed during shelling in Ukraines Kharkiv

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An Indian student was killed during shelling in Ukraines Kharkiv on Tuesday morning, Ministry of External Affairs informed in the afternoon. The Ministry tweeted: ?With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the family.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, videos showed extensive damage from the Russian military assault. One video showed the city’s largest government building blown up.

While the student is yet to be named by the MEA, sources in the Karnataka state government told The Quint that he had been identified as Naveen Shekhrappa, from Haveri district, Karnataka. The 21-year-old was a student of medicine at Kharkiv National Medical University.

The News Minute reported that Shekhrappa was standing in a queue at a supermarket in Kharkiv to buy food when Russian shelling began.



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