Terrorism in J&K due to mishandling by Nehru: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is a cumulative effect of a series of misdoings in last 60 years beginning from the mishandling by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Union minister Jitendra Singh said in New Delhi on Saturday.

Terrorism in J&K due to mishandling by Nehru: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is a cumulative effect of a series of misdoings in last 60 years beginning from the mishandling by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Union minister Jitendra Singh said in New Delhi on Saturday.

"If only Nehru had allowed the then Home Minister, Sardar Patel to handle Jammu and Kashmir instead of himself intruding into Home Ministry's domain, history of Indian sub-continent would have been different," Singh said at a round-table conference on "Countering Pakistan State Terror" organised by Global Counter Terrorism Council (GCTC).


He said the recent surgical strike inside Pakistan territory is one of the examples of the decisive steps taken by the NDA government against terrorism sponsored by the neighbouring country.

Singh advocated the decision of demonetisation saying it "has drastically reduced terror-related transactions, preceded by the decision of surgical strike inside Pakistan territory".

"When the Modi government took over on May 26, 2014," Singh said, it bequeathed a huge baggage of cumulative liabilities from the past.

There was a feeling of pessimism and hopelessness all over the country, but within two years, he said, not only the common man in India is feeling proud to be an Indian, but the Indians settled abroad are also looking for an opportunity to return to their motherland.

"This itself is a vindication of the kind of redemption which the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in bringing about in just two-and-a-half years," said Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office.

"Not only this, at least two printing press units in Pakistan which were printing Indian fake currency and pumping into India have been compelled to shut down because there are no takers for that brand currency," the Minister said.

Similarly, the incidents of stone-pelting have also gone down drastically, he said.

Singh said, decisions like surgical strike and demonetisation have hit the "Achilles' heel" of Pakistan and these are some of the decisive steps which no government in the past dared to take.