The minister's words came in the backdrop of prolonged stone throwing protests in Kashmir and its terrible human costs. For more than six months after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, protests had continued in Kashmir, in which many died and more than a thousand were injured.
Since then, many of the young men from Kashmir have joined the ranks of Pakistan-sponsored terrorists. The Central government has put in place several initiatives to bring them back to mainstream.
The children of Jammu and Kashmir, Rajnath Singh said, were an asset not only of the state, but of the entire country. "It is inhuman to give stones to other kids... Every work should be impartial," he said, pointing out that a lot of students from Kashmir are succeeding in all-India competitive exams like UPSC, IIT and IIM.
"Tajamul Islam -- she was such a bright kid... What are we doing? We need everyone's help," said the home minister, who is on a two day visit to the state with a peace initiative. Besides reviewing security for Amarnath yatra, he also expected to explore two crucial issues -- the possibility of extending the Ramdan ceasefire and talks with the separatist group Hurriyat, sources said.
Earlier today, the minister had spoken of the Narendra Modi government has a "lot of love" for the state and plans to change its face and destiny.
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