Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that bullets and abuses cannot bring peace in Kashmir, as the country celebrates 70 years since independence.
In a speech in Delhi, Mr Modi accused Kashmiri separatists of scheming disunity.
The Indian Prime Minister said only hugs could solve the problems of the territory, which often sees clashes between protesters and Indian security forces and also criticized people for using religion to incite violence..
Mr Modi urged Indians to stand together with Kashmiris to rediscover the lost paradise.
He also appealed to the nation to stand together with the families of 60 children who died at a public hospital in northern India after oxygen supply was cut over unpaid bills.
The prime minister also spoke in support of Muslim women who are fighting a legal battle to abolish the practice of instant divorce.
Muslim-majority Kashmir is at the centre of a decades-old territorial dispute between India and Pakistan.
India is celebrating its 70th Independence Day a day after its neighbour Pakistan.