Addressing a gathering at Panjab University in Chandigarh, the Vice-President, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu, lashed out at the Western media’s 'false, anti-India propaganda' on the abrogation of Article 370.
'It is a step in the right direction. It ensures the unity and integrity of the nation,' he said, citing news reports in 1963 and 1964 to highlight several MPs belonging to various parties, including the Congress, had favoured scrapping the state's special status.
Quoting a November 1963 report, Mr. Naidu said, 'The Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, replying to a question on Article 370, had said it was a temporary provision.' He cited another report in 1964 to establish that several MPs belonging to the Congress and other parties were in favour of its abrogation.
'We should not accept anti-India propaganda... We should avoid petty politicking on issue of national importance,' Mr. Naidu said, addressing the first Balramji Dass Tandon Memorial Lecture at the university.
Mr. Naidu pointed out that a French journalist had reported on the 'negative coverage”'that had followed the abrogation of Article 370, especially by the Western media. He refrained from naming any newspaper or television channel.