Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has mentioned that “bullets and abuses” can’t carry peace in Kashmir, because the nation celebrates 70 years since independence.
In a speech in Delhi, Mr Modi accused Kashmiri separatists of “scheming”.
Muslim-majority Kashmir is on the centre of a decades-old territorial dispute between India and Pakistan.
Mr Modi mentioned solely “hugs” might remedy the issues of the territory, which frequently sees clashes between protesters and Indian safety forces.
India is celebrating its 70th Independence Day a day after its neighbour Pakistan.
Mr Modi urged Indians to face along with Kashmiris to rediscover “the misplaced paradise”.
He additionally appealed to the nation to stand together with the families of 60 children who died at a public hospital in northern India after oxygen provide was lower over unpaid payments.
The prime minister additionally spoke in help of Muslim girls who’re preventing a authorized battle to abolish the apply of “triple talaq” (on the spot divorce).
India is certainly one of a handful of nations the place a Muslim man can divorce his spouse in minutes by saying the phrase talaq (divorce) 3 times.
India’s Supreme Courtroom is quickly attributable to give a ruling within the case.
Mr Modi additionally criticised individuals for utilizing faith to incite violence.
Vigilantes who painting themselves as protectors of cows – an animal thought-about sacred by Hindus – have been regularly attacking individuals suspected of smuggling the animal since Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Get together got here to energy in 2014.
The slaughter of cows is banned in a number of Indian states.
Almost a dozen individuals have been killed prior to now two years within the title of the cow. Targets are sometimes picked based mostly on unsubstantiated rumours and Muslims have been attacked for even transporting cows for milk.