Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury is of the opinion that there is very few things to celebrate in India now. He said this as a response to people who wished him on his birthday on social media.
Yechury said the current atmosphere in India is at its darkest point preventing him from celebrating his birthday.
He listed issues in Kashmir, economic distress, and the floods as the top three reasons that contribute to the darkness in India.
Yechury is among the major political leaders who slammed the Narendra Modi-led government over its controversial decision to take away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said he is thankful to those who wished him on his birthday, but added that leaders of his party do not celebrate birthdays. And there is nothing much to celebrate amid economic distress, the floods and the undemocratic clampdown in J&K, the senior Communist leader said on Twitter.
Yechury had visited Kashmir last week after the abrogation of Article 370 and the government clampdown in the valley. However, security officials detained Yechury and CPI leader D Raja at Srinagar airport. Both the leftist leaders were sent back thereafter.
Yechury said he was detained even though he had informed the Jammu and Kashmir administration about his visit. His visit to the valley was to meet CPIM MLA MY Tarigami and other workers of his party. Yechury said Tarigami was unwell.
The CPIM leader also said his thoughts are with the people of Kashmir, who are detained in their homes, on the occasion of Eid.