New Delhi: Accusing Pakistan of supporting terrorism against India, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the entire world has come together to isolate Islamabad on the issue even as he asserted Jammu-Kashmir is an integral part of India and there could be “no compromise” on it.
“Our neighbour is aiding, abetting, funding, trading terrorists. They have made terrorism a state policy. Entire world has come together to isolate Pakistan and condemn Pakistan(-backed) terrorism. Terrorism is not acceptable at all. We have been very clear about it,” he said, without making direct mention of Uri terror attack.
The Union Urban Development Minister said, “(no matter) how many times they (Pakistan) raise the Kashmir issue, Jammu and Kashmir will remain an integral part of India and there is no question of compromise on it.” Naidu made these remarks during an event in which he renamed the Paryavaran Bhawan, located in Central Government Offices (CGO) Complex, as ‘Pundit Deendayal Antyodaya Bhawan’.
Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also attended the event to mark the birth centenary of BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay. He said that the NDA government does not work on communal line and added that a terrorist is “neither a Hindu nor Muslim” as he pitched for “integrated nationalism”.
“We should seek inspiration from our history. You may (religion wise) be Hindu, Muslim, Christian, but we all are Indians. Our ancestors are one,” he said. Naidu, while referring to the debate on nationalism, said the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is not a dialogue of any film but an act of “uplifting poorest of poor” of the country.
The Minister also took a veiled dig at Gandhi family for allegedly naming majority of country’s memorials, projects and institutes after its members. He termed first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as a “great patriot”, but added Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and Subhas Chandra Bose “too were great patriots”.
Naidu further said the NDA government is trying to name memorials, institutes and government structures after “forgotten heroes” of the country. He also lauded BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay for “guiding” people “to work for uplift of the last person in the society” as he defined the concept of ‘antyodaya’.
The building, which houses Minority Affairs Ministry and other government offices, has been renamed after former Union Minister Najma Heptulla made a proposal to this regard in March this year. The building was named as Paryavaran Bhawan as it would earlier house offices of Environment Ministry. The Environment Ministry offices were shifted to a separate building called Indira Paryavaran Bhawan located in Jor Bagh in 2014.