New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Saturday cautioned against increasing
radicalisation of youth, saying this "growing extremism is not
the prerogative of one community alone".
"Democratisation of traditional societies, unleashing the
forces of political mobilisation also hold a potential for
increasing radicalisation of the youth in the name of religion
and caste," he said speaking at the 15th National Integration
Council meet here.
He said efforts are being made to "manufacture"
exclusive community and religion based identities which are
different from the rest of the society.
"These radicalised elements regrettably, make it appear
that either you are with them or with the enemy. However, this
growing extremism is not the prerogative of one community
alone," Omar cautioned.
He said the solution to all such problems lies in
launching a sustained campaign for the inclusive development
of all the communities in the country.
He said it needs to be understood that the root cause of
communalism is not the presence of many religions in the
country. "It is only when the religious sentiments are
exploited with an economic or political motive, that the
resultant effects give rise to communalism."
The chief minister said internal security problems are
rooted in politics and armed insurgencies are basically
struggles for political space.