On the occasion of 71st Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that violence cannot be a solution to any issue and any problem can be resolved by seeking solutions and not by creating another one.
On the 71st Republic Day, Modi appealed to the youth in the Northeast to return to the mainstream and work together with the government to build a new India. The Prime Minister was sharing his thoughts in the 61st episode of Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio on January 26th, 2020.
Replying to the tweeted, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal wrote,” Rightly said! Violence has no place in today’s society. Under your guidance, #NorthEast has seen a new era of peace. The youth want development and we can together build #NewIndia.”
“Insurgency in the Northeast has considerably reduced. And the biggest reason for that is that every issue of this region is being honestly and peacefully solved through dialogue. On the solemn occasion of Republic Day, I would appeal to anyone in any part of the country, who’s still seeking solutions to problems through violence and weapons, to return to the mainstream. They should have faith in their own capabilities and the capabilities of this country to resolve issues peacefully,” Modi said.
He added, “We live in the 21st century, that is the era of knowledge, science and democracy. Have you ever heard of a place where life has turned better due to violence? Have you ever heard of a place where peace and goodwill have been impediments in the quest of a good life? Violence never resolves any issue. No problem in the world can be solved by creating another problem. It can only be solved by seeking an optimal solution. Come, let’s together forge a new India, where every issue is resolved on a platform of peace. Solidarity should be the key to resolving every issue. And brotherhood should foil every separatist attempt to divide us.”
During his address to the nation, Modi also spoke about 644 militants pertaining to eight different militant groups, surrendering with their weapons in Assam’s Guwahati. He said, “Those who had strayed towards the path of violence, have expressed their faith in peace and decided to become a partner in the country’s progress and return to the mainstream.”
He mentioned that last year, in Tripura as well, more than 80 people left the path of violence and returned to the mainstream. “Those who had picked up weapons thinking that violence could solve problems, now firmly believe that the only way to solve any dispute is peace and togetherness,” the Prime Minister said.
Modi also spoke about the signing of an agreement with Tripura, Mizoram and representatives from the Bru-Reang community in New Delhi on January 16th, 2020.
“Life in camps meant that they were deprived of all basic amenities. For 23 years – no home, no land, no medical treatment for their families, no education facilities for their kids. Governments came and went, but there was no cure for their pain. This agreement also epitomises the inherent compassion and sensitivity of Indian culture. Considering everyone as its own and living with the spirit of togetherness is embedded in the ethos of this holy land. I would once again like to congratulate the residents of these states and the Bru-Reang community,” Modi said.