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Kashmiris want development, hatred won't succeed: Modi

Kashmiris want development, hatred won
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that people of Kashmir want to join the mainstream of development and those trying to spread hate and...

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that people of Kashmir want to join the mainstream of development and those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in Kashmir will never succeed.

In his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' broadcast, he cited a recent government exercise - the "Back to Village" programme held in June in Jammu and Kashmir that drew enthusiastic response from in remote villages in Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag where government officials had gone to discuss development schemes with locals.

"It shows how keen people of Kashmir are to join mainstream of development... Such programmes and people's participation in them show that people of Kashmir want good governance…. the power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs," he said in his 25-minute address.

"It is clear that those who wish to spread hatred and pose hurdles will never succeed in their sinister plans," Modi said.

He also hailed the hospitality of Kashmiris saying that over three lakh pilgrims have completed the Amarnath yatra since July 1 and hoped that tourism will get a boost in the state.

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