03/04/2017 11:24 AM IST | Updated 03/04/2017 11:25 AM IST

PM Modi Praises Sufi Culture, Says India Will Be 'Pushed Into Darkness' Without It

"It is priceless."

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UDHAMPUR -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the future will be pushed into darkness if the priceless culture of Sufism in Kashmir is forgotten.

"Sufi culture is priceless and if we forget this culture, we will forget our future too. We will push our future into darkness," Modi said while addressing a public rally at Batal Balina in Udhampur.

"I got the opportunity to live in the Valley during my work for our organisation. I know the people of the state. I know the Sufi culture of Jammu and Kashmir well," he said.

He said Kashmir was the pride of India and people should connect with its culture and civilisation to make themselves proud. He said they should work shoulder-to-shoulder with the government for the state's future.

He said development was their mantra and they wanted to take along the youth of India on the path of development.

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