Harmonize, don't polarize: Rana

JAMMU: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday exhorted people to rise above political affiliations and contribute towards bringing harmony in the society, as attempts of polarization would only lead the nation and the state of Jammu and Kashmir to biggest catastrophe.

"We have to preserve the idea of India and Jammu and Kashmir which is embedded in harmony, inclusiveness, peace and tranquility", Rana said at Diwali Milan, hosted by a prominent citizen Dayal Singh at Agore in Mathwar block of Nagrota Assembly Constituency this evening. Prominent citizens of nine Panchyat Halqas participated in the Diwali Milan function, which witnessed unique blend of religious togetherness.

Rana said polarization has cost the nation hugely lately, as some elements in the mistaken belief of gaining mileage from hate politics have vitiated the atmosphere that has generated mistrust and apprehensions in different segments of society. Such a situation is needed to be contained by building trust between various communities. This can be the biggest resolution on the auspicious occasions like Diwali, which marks triumph of good over evil.

"A country known for its pluralistic ethos cannot afford drift between people belonging to different faiths", he said and made a fervent appeal to the people to isolate such forces in the larger national interest.

The Provincial President referred to the presence of cross section of people in the Diwali Milan and said this is the spirit of Indian civilization that has grown and flourished the world over for its cultural richness and spiritual awakening. He greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Diwali and hoped that this festival will be harbinger of peace, amity and brotherhood. He hoped that such festivals would be celebrated as per glorious traditions of the state.

"Let's make a pledge on this occasion to work for further cementing the spirit of brotherhood by isolating polarizing agents", Rana said and stressed the crucial need of respecting each other's sentiments. He also urged the people to dedicate themselves to the great task of steering Jammu and Kashmir to peace and tranquility.

On this occasion included Roam Dev Singh,ex-BDO, Satdev Singh, Rajiv Sharma, Ghulam Mustafa, Randeep Singh Jamwal, Rafiq, Bishan Dass, Bhagat Ram, Pawan Sharma,Rafeeq and others.

Rana welcomed the new entrants into the party fold and hoped that they will work for the betterment of the people and the state. He said National Conference is the only party that can meet challenges posed to the State and steer it to unity and prosperity with equal opportunities of progress to all, irrespective of their religious and regional affiliations.

The National Conference leaders profusely greeted the new entrants, hoping this will further strengthen the party at the grass roots level.

Those who were present on the occasion included Shamlal Sharma, Block President , Jagdeep Singh, Rakesh Bharti, Nakshater Singh ,Dayal Singh Lucky, , Ravinder Singh Peter, Balbir Singh, Sanjeev Singh, Rekha Langeh, Kuldeep Singh Jamwal, Talib Hussain, Zorawar Singh, Tejpal Singh and others.

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