Anfield has fallen: Burnley end Liverpool's unbeaten Premier League home run    Sisi orders improving environment to comply with state's strategy for good governance    Sisi orders Interior Ministry's new facilities comprise service complexes    At least 15 killed, 11 injured in nursing home fire in Ukraine    Lebanese prosecutor questions governor Salameh after Swiss request    Egypt's parliament approves re-extending state of emergency for three months    AfDB, EIB ink joint action plan to boost public, private investments in Africa amid COVID-19    British FM in Khartoum to discuss Sudan-Ethiopia tension    Africa's economy shrank by 2.1% in 2020, will grow by 3.4% in 2021: AfDB's president    Cup clash offers United another chance to strike blow at Liverpool    Egypt's banking sector forecast to remain stable in 2021 – Moody's    Egypt seals 5 gold exploration deals in Eastern Desert for $13 mln    Africa's COVID-19 death rate now higher than global rate    Live score: Liverpool v Burnley (English Premier League)    On Britain's COVID-19 frontline, medics and patients fight for life    Egypt reports 789 new coronavirus cases, 51 deaths on Wednesday    Donald Trump says goodbye to the White House    BREAKING: Egypt resumes diplomatic relations with Qatar ending 4-year boycott    Egypt reports 899 new coronavirus cases, 58 deaths on Tuesday    Egypt's newly elected parliament reviews the government reform plan    Back, and better    Happy New Year Bel Araby show at The Marquee Theatre is a must go    Isis Temple reopens    New discoveries at Saqqara    Egypt sends medical supplies to help Jordan battle coronavirus    Egypt supports tourism, aviation sectors with EGP 5bn during COVID19 crisis    Egypt government allocates $1.6 billion to buy COVID-19 vaccines – FinMin    Egypt eyes gradual return for tourism after revenues fall to $4 bln in 2020    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    Coronavirus strikes Egypt's youth team as 17 players, coach test positive    Nassef Sawiris plans to up his stake in owner of New York Knicks, Rangers    Cairo International Book Fair suspended for five months over coronavirus concerns    Egypt unveils largest archaeological discovery in 2020 with over 100 intact sarcophagi    Trump says won't blame Egypt for being ‘upset' over GERD dispute with Ethiopia    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    Global Finance: Egypt's Tarek Amer among the world's top 20 central bank governors    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

India's Modi takes political campaign to Kashmir separatist stronghold
Published in Ahram Online on 08 - 12 - 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took his political campaign to the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, promising jobs and water supplies to win support in a region at the heart of nearly seven decades of hostility with Pakistan.
Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party is making a bold attempt to win power in a state election under way in Muslim-majority Kashmir and bring it closer to the Indian mainstream, a long-running goal of the right-wing party.
But the BJP's "Mission Kashmir" has already raised tension, with political rivals and separatists accusing the party of fomenting divisions in the region, which includes Hindu-dominated Jammu and Buddhist Ladakh.
Militants have also stepped up violence coinciding with the election, killing 11 soldiers and policemen in an attack on an Indian army camp on Friday, the worst losses for security forces in six years, and inflaming sentiment across India.
Strong voter turnout in early poll rounds showed people had rejected violence and seek development, Modi told a huge campaign rally in Jammu.
"The power that you have is greater than those holding the AK-47 (assault rifle)," he said. "He can only kill, while you can change the fortunes of a country with your vote."
Tens of thousands of people applauded Modi as he promised greater development if his party won.
"People want jobs for the youth, water for the farms, medicines for the elders," he said. "Even those who have strayed and taken up the gun are feeling burdened by it."
Modi's harder test was in Srinagar, the state's summer capital, which is at the heart of the 25-year revolt against Indian rule.
Modi promised to help rebuild Srinagar and nearby areas that suffered the worst flooding this year in more than a century. He said he had turned Kutch in his native western state of Gujarat into India's fastest growing district after a devastating earthquake in 2001.
About 3,000 paramilitary troops and sniffer dogs guarded a cricket stadium where he spoke on a cold, overcast day. Militants have in the past tried to stage attacks during visits by Indian leaders.
The BJP has long sought to end Kashmir's special status under the Indian constitution, seeing the region as key to its vision of a strong, united India.
Pakistan calls the election meaningless, urging instead talks to resolve a dispute that has festered ever since independence from Britain in 1947.

Clic here to read the story from its source.