SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha attended the launch of “Hum Sab Ek Hain,” an initiative by the Sarhad Foundation in Pune. The event was graced by Eknath Shinde, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The occasion marked the launch of the Maharashtra and J&K Friendship Chapter and an e-learning lab for students in Kupwara, commemorating the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Individuals from various fields were felicitated for their selfless service to society.
The Lt Governor paid tribute to the martyrs of the Police, Army, and CAPFs who sacrificed their lives to safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of J&K.
“J&K UT is currently undergoing historic transformations across various sectors. Frustrated by the progress in J&K, our neighbouring country, a failed and terrorist state and the biggest sponsor of terrorism, perpetrates cowardly terror attacks,” he stated. “We have complete faith in the bravery and courage of our Army, Police, and CAPFs. Every drop of blood shed by our soldiers and innocent civilians will be avenged. Terrorists and their sympathizers will face a heavy price.”
Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, highlighted the strong bond shared between Jammu Kashmir and Maharashtra in his address. He assured support from the Maharashtra Government to the people of the UT of J&K and expressed gratitude to the Lt Governor for facilitating the establishment of Maharashtra Bhawan in Jammu Kashmir.
Sinha appreciated the Sarhad Foundation’s efforts to strengthen people-to-people connections between J&K and other parts of the country.
“Unity in Diversity is our strength, deeply rooted in the core values of our civilization. We have a longstanding tradition of peaceful coexistence, and India is home to almost all known religions and sects, enriching our spiritual and cultural diversity,” said the Lt Governor.
Our ancestors advocated the ideals of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam‘ – the world is one family. He noted that the Prime Minister has acted upon this timeless wisdom by fostering consensus among powerful nations on contemporary global issues.
From the Himalayas to the Sahyadri, from the Shivalik to the Satpura, Jammu Kashmir and Maharashtra share deep connections. He emphasised the need to establish an egalitarian society and contribute to realising the vision of Viskit Bharat.
During the occasion, the Lt Governor highlighted the transformative reforms introduced by the Prime Minister for the betterment of the country’s citizens.
The Lt Governor assured the Chief Minister of Maharashtra that the UT government would allocate land for the establishment of Maharashtra Bhawan in J&K.
A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the brave police and army personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty in Anantnag encounter.
A souvenir and monogram of the Maharashtra-Jammu Kashmir Friendship chapter were also unveiled at the event. Artists presented cultural performances and songs celebrating unity in diversity.
Dr Hina Shafi Bhat, Vice Chairperson, KVIB; Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Sanjay Nahar, Founder of Sarhad; senior officials from Civil and Police Administration, and a large number of people were in attendance.