India@70: When Modi invoked Krishna-Arjun in his Independence Day speech

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha-led team in Kashmir on Peace Mission

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Kashmiris have always rejected elections held in Occupied Kashmir and have been observing India's Independence Day as Black Day as they did this year as well. "There won't be any place for crony-capitalism in New India", he added.

Modi said that good ideas are important for development, but there is also a need to work in their execution.

Modi, who rode to power in 2014 on promise to eliminate black money, said the crackdown on ill-gotten wealth will continue.

"We are stunned by Prime Minister's statement, Kashmir issue can be only be solved by removing Article 370 from the constitution", the party said.

Taking exception to the remarks, AICC spokesman Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Gali aur goli (abuses and bullets) at Kashmiris have both been coming from you".

Attacking Modi for talking about uniting the country, Azad said the prime minister is calling to unite India which it already is, but "his own people like the RSS" are breaking India. He spoke against casteism and communalism.

PM Modi also talked about violence committed in the name of religion. He also took the opportunity to praise women from Muslim community who have challenged the Tripal-Talaq. "We hope India and USA can develop relations which are conducive to regional peace and development". Is he now befooling the people of India? Almost a dozen people, mostly Muslims, have been killed in the past two years in the name of the cow.

"The Kashmir Valley has been in turmoil and the use of force is the only distinctive approach of the Centre to deal with the unrest among the people", it said.

"Independence Day thus showed the vast gap between what Modi preached from the ramparts of the Red Fort and what is actually been put into practice". In a rare gesture, Trump himself picked up the phone to call Modi to congratulate the 1.2 billion citizens of India.

Former chief minister and National Conference (NC) leader, Omar Abdullah, who was the first to react to Modi's statement, tweeted "PM Modi's words for Kashmir have been very well received by people here but everyone here is tired of yet more talk & no concrete action".

Similarly, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan unfurled the national flag and urged people to defeat the attempt to "poison" the idea of nationalism in the country. It's a national holiday and government offices celebrate the day by distributing candies.

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