"I would also like to take this opportunity, while I am among the bright young people here today, to highlight the relevance and the urgent need for greater tolerance in our society. No problems are ever resolved by violence. It only aggravates the pain and the hurt on every side. The healing process must be nurtured with love, compassion and patience," said President Mukherjee in his speech at the 18th convocation of the University of Kashmir here.
President Mukherjee said the Central Government and the Jammu and Kashmir Government are determined and duty bound to ensure that every Kashmiri lives with dignity having equal rights and equal opportunities.
"I am aware that there are grievances. Many important issues need deft handling and speedy resolution. The Government of India and the State Government of J and K are determined and duty bound to ensure that every Kashmiri lives with dignity having equal rights and equal opportunities," said President Mukherjee.
Expressing his view that Jammu and Kashmir should lead the way in the building of a new future for India, President Mukherjee said: " Let it set an example to the rest of India and the world by showing how the entire region can be transformed into a zone of peace, stability and prosperity."
Image: President Pranab Mukherjee presents degree to a student as Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah look on, during the annual convocation of University of Kashmir in Srinagar on Thursday, September 27, 2012.