''We have to rise beyond communal, regional and the ideological divides and strive to recreate a peaceful environment across the State'', the Governor said, and urged the people to totally shun the path of violence and maintain peace and calm in this difficult hour, in keeping with the glorious traditions of secularism, brotherhood and communal harmony.
He reiterated his commitment to continue the dialogue process involving the representatives of various agitating groups for evolving an amicable solution.
''It should be our collective responsibility to resolve the most contentious issues through the democratic process, based on dialogue and conciliation, he maintained.
The Governor noted with satisfaction the country's march towards building a strong and vibrant India and said that Jammu and Kashmir has not lagged behind in this odyssey, notwithstanding the traumatic period of militancy which impeded growth and development for very many years.
He said the State has achieved appreciable progress on many fronts over the years.
Mr Vohra extended his good wishes to the brave citizens of the State, Civil Administration, Police, Army and the Security Forces on the auspicious occasion of the Independence Day and exuded confidence that Jammu and Kashmir would overcome all its difficulties and its pristine glory will be fully restored.