Srinagar: National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah Monday chaired an interaction with the party functionaries of district Srinagar at the party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar.
A statement of NC issued here said that interacting with the functionaries, Abdullah said, “NC is the byname of the aspirations of people of J&K. The party has been at the forefront of J&K politics for nearly a century now, playing a pivotal role in the socio-political emancipation of its people. We have a long and proud history of struggle and triumph. It was not until the leadership of Sheikh Sahib that the people of JK began to truly unite as one people in their fight for the restoration of their rights. His philosophy of secularism and equity was very successful in rallying our people behind the cause of our growth and development. The philosophy is very relevant today.”
He said that it is important to underscore one vital truth: J&K cannot do without NC.
“What it stands for, and the space it occupies, are essential for the JK to survive and thrive. The party should not merely be seen as an instrument for fighting elections every few years. There is a great deal that it can and must do between elections. We have to return to the ethos of politics as social work for those who cannot help themselves. There is no other way to protect our identity and unique culture,” he said. “We also need to articulate a vision for the future that embraces the aspirations of J&K's youth who have been hit by the double whammy of unemployment, and fear. Youth of J&K must believe we understand their aspirations.”