Srinagar, Sep 29: Describing Jammu and Kashmir as a glowing model of unity in diversity, Governor N N Vohra stressed the need for strengthening the cherished values of secularism, the corner-stone of Indian nationhood.
Interacting with senior officers of the Higher Command Course, led by Maj Gen G S Malhi, at Raj Bhavan last evening, the Governor dwelt on the developments which had contributed to the recent disturbances in the two regions of the State.
Mr Vohra emphasised the need for strengthening the cherished values of secularism, the corner-stone of Indian nationhood, and said fair, honest and responsive governance and opportunities for growth and employment are essential for sustaining normalcy and removing alienation among the people.
The Governor answered questions raised by officers on various aspects of the prevailing situation in the State.
He gave an overview of the internal security situation and expressed optimism that peace and normalcy would soon be restored in Jammu and Kashmir.
On a specific question about the role of media, the Governor said the electronic and print media play a pivotal role in moulding the public opinion. He hoped that, being part of the civil society, media will discharge its responsibilities objectively, with a view to help in forging the bonds of brotherhood and amity between various segments of society.
In all 70 officers - 58 from the Army, 10 from the Indian Air Force and two from the Indian Navy- had a 90-minute interaction with the Governor.
An official spokesman said they are the nominated officers for the prestigious course having put in 21 to 25 years of service.