Srinagar: Political parties across the spectrum in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday welcomed President Pranab Mukherjee's speech, saying they were hopeful that steps will be initiated by the Centre and the state government to address the grievances of people of the state. (Agencies)
"It was a welcome speech. When a person no less than the President of the country admits that there is grievances, it indicates that the grievances of the people are genuine," ruling National Conference spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said.
Sadiq said an exercise needs to be carried out to build an opinion on how to address these grievances, which will lead to restoration of peace not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in the entire sub-continent.
Speaking at the 18th convocation of the Kashmir University, Mukherjee had said yesterday that, "Many important issues need deft handling and speedy resolution."
Reaching out to people who have suffered decades of violence, Mukherjee had candidly acknowledged that they have grievances.
Sadiq said the "grievances of people of the state started cropping up as the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir was eroded and the accord between Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Jawahar Lal Nehru was violated. For us, restoration of autonomy and strengthening the special status of the state is the way to address these grievances".
NC's coalition partner Congress said Mukherjee's speech was a direct and unambiguous message to youth of the state.
"It was a good, direct and unambiguous message from the President that youth of the state should participate in broader world of opportunities that India presents," JKPCC chief Saifudin Soz said.
Soz said the President simultaneously said grievances of the people can be straightened through dialogue and "it is the duty of Government of India to respond to it positively".
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also welcomed the President's speech but called for steps, both by the state and the Centre, that will give people a sense that the Indo-Pak dialogue process is aimed at resolution of Kashmir issue.
Educationists should imbibe Tagore's spirit of pluralism
Mukherjee has asked Vice Chancellors and educationists to imbibe Nobel laureate poet and writer Rabindra Nath Tagore's spirit of universalism and pluralism.
The President called upon them to not just achieve high standards but also maintain them on a sustained basis.
Mukherjee said he has asked the Union Minister of Human Resource Development to convene a conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities so that problems affecting higher education in the country can be discussed in detail.
Complimenting the gathering for their contribution to higher education, he reminisced how the first Prime Minister of the country Jawahar Lal Nehru had once said that if given an option, he would choose the job of Chancellor of Vishwabharati University over being the Prime Minister of India.
Recalling his days in Shantiniketan, the President called upon intellectuals to imbibe and implement in their university the spirit of universalism and pluralism that Tagore expounded.
The President also said that a country like India with a billion plus population had no option but to deal with the dual challenges of quantity and quality simultaneously.
Governor N N Vohra apprised the President about the rapid growth of higher education in the State in recent years with the establishment of many new universities and colleges.
The participants put forth several suggestions, including the need to emphasise upon quality of teaching and research, the importance of equipping students with required skills to enhance their employability as well as identifying core areas of excellence for each university.
Srinagar: Political parties across the spectrum in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday welcomed President Pranab Mukherjee's speech, saying they were hopeful that steps will be initiated by the Centre and the state government to address the grievances of people of the state.