New era of progress, peace and prosperity has begun in J&K: Murmu

Srinagar, Oct 11: President of India, Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday said Kashmir is taking a new turn and a new era of progress, peace and prosperity has begun in the region.

She expressed confidence that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will continue to march ahead together on the path of peace, progress and patriotism.

The President was addressing a civic reception hosted in her honour at Rajbhawan Srinagar. Murmu arrived on her first visit to the Valley on Wednesday after she became the country’s President.

At the civic reception, the President said that today’s Kashmir is taking a new turn following its heritage.

“ A new era of progress, peace and prosperity has begun. There has been a massive change in infrastructure development, e-governance, healthcare, housing, women empowerment, tribal outreach and inclusive development,” she said while expressing here happiness that till September this year, about 1.7 crore tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir, which is a record.

The President said that the country is passing through Amrit Kaal and the people of Jammu and Kashmir are also moving forward with enthusiasm towards making India a developed nation by the year 2047.

She expressed confidence that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will continue to march ahead together on the path of peace, progress and patriotism.

The President thanked the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the warm welcome on her first visit as the President of India.

She was happy to note the presence of eminent personalities of Jammu and Kashmir who have made their mark in different fields. She said that they have enhanced the reputation not only of this region but of the entire country.

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The President said that Kashmir has been a major centre of art, culture and education since ancient times.

“About 2000 years ago, the 4th Buddhist Council was held in Kashmir. Scholars believe that about 1300 years ago, in Srinagar, Shankaracharya had composed Saundarya Lahari and Ananda Lahari to describe the glory of Shakti.,” she said. “The words of Lal Dyad and the advice of Sheikh Nooruddin are still showing the right path to humanity. Rulers like Zain-ul-Abidin promoted etiquette and spirituality. Abhinavagupta who made amazing contributions in both the fields of religion and literature, had explained a very good principle of literature in the 10th century which proves to be true for every aspect of life. He had said that ‘Shanta Rasa’ is the source of all ‘Rasas’.”

The President emphasised that we have to continuously strengthen Jammu and Kashmir’s legacy of considering peace and tranquility as supreme.

Earlier in the day, the President attended the 20th convocation of Kashmir University. She also interacted with the members of local tribal groups and women Self Help Groups at Raj Bhavan, Srinagar.

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