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Post August 5, 2019, a new era of peace & development has begun in Kashmir: Amit Shah

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LG says, with installation of Statue of Peace, J&K is sending a message of peace, unity, harmony and brotherhood to the world

Srinagar: The administration in Jammu and Kashmir has established a decisive domination over terrorism under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday.

“Today, under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Jammu and Kashmir is on the path of peace and development. Sinha has established a decisive domination over terrorism there under the leadership of PM Modi,” Shah said addressing a function here through video conferencing.

The home minister was speaking after unveiling of the ‘Statue of Peace’ of philosopher and social reformer Ramanujacharya in Sonawar.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, along with saints and followers of Swami Ramanujacharya from across the country attended the unveiling ceremony at Shuryar Mandir, Srinagar.

Shah said the administration headed by Sinha has also delivered development to the people of Kashmir without any discrimination.

“For a long time, the nation had a hope that Jammu and Kashmir will be irreversibly integrated with the nation by removal of Article 370 and Article 35A, and that hope was fulfilled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On 5 August 2019, a new era was established in Kashmir,” he said.

He said he was feeling peace that the Surya (Sun) temple in Srinagar had been restored and renovated.

“…The unveiling of the statue of peace in Srinagar is a good sign for the people of India, especially the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Shah said.

“I believe that the Statue of Peace will bring the blessings and teachings of Ramanujacharya to the people of all religions in Kashmir and take them on the path of peace and development,” he added.

Throwing light on the life and teachings of the philospher, Shah said he had worked mostly in South India but had visited Kashmir to procure an important manuscript called ‘Bodayana Vritti’, a treatise on the Brahma Sutras, as the only copy of this manuscript was in the royal library of the Valley.

“The King in Kashmir not only opened the doors of his library but also welcomed Swamy Ramanujacharya,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor said Swami Ramanujacharya Ji is the inspiration for eternal peace, unity and integrity of the country, social reform and upliftment of the downtrodden.

With the installation of Statue of Peace, J&K is sending a message of peace, unity, harmony and brotherhood to the world, he added.

I am confident, Jagadguru Ramanujacharya’s life and message, emphasizing peace, love, truth and equality of all human beings will continue to inspire and guide people of J&K, the Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor expressed gratitude to Home Minister for unveiling the Statue of Peace. He said under the guidance of Prime Minister, UT Government will continue to make efforts to establish a prosperous, progressive and egalitarian society in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Lt Governor said the Statue of Peace symbolizes the values on which the Vishishtadvaita philosophy was founded by Jagadguru Ramajunacharya to show humanity the right path of peace and love. Jagadguru gave birth to idea of social equality and contributed immensely for developing the spiritual consciousness in the society.

“I believe that the efforts for establishment of peace, progress of the society are not limited to any one area, but it is a movement of the entire humanity. Jagadguru also traveled to Kashmir to fulfill this purpose”, the Lt Governor said.

Speaking about the reforms brought in J&K after August 2019, the Lt Governor said the new reforms have transformed the lives of people of J&K and built a better future for them.

The four-feet-tall statue shows Ramanujacharya sitting with his hands folded. The 600-kg statue carved from white granite has been placed three feet above the ground.

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