STATE TIMES NEWS New Delhi: After a controversy erupted over his remarks that people in Kashmir only use Internet for “watching dirty films”, NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat on Sunday said he was quoted “out of context” and apologised if it has hurt anyone’s feelings. Talking to PTI, the former director general of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said he had not spoken to the media about “dirty pictures” and asserted that he was misquoted. Saraswat made the remarks in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar on Saturday after attending the convocation of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology.
He said he addressed the students on various issues related to technology and 5G communications.
“During the conversation somebody talked about Kashmir and I said ‘yes internet is required and I respect the feeling of all Kashmiris in this regard that they should be provided internet and agree with the fact that they should have the freedom’.
“But sometimes governments have to take action for maintaining law and order and security to shut down the internet for sometime. Then the conversation was over and we were talking about many other things. And from many other things, they picked up all this nonsense. I have been misquoted, I have been quoted wrongly and out of context,” he said.
“I have also said that because of being misquoted by the media, if it has hurt the feelings of people of Kashmir or anybody for that matter, I apologise for that,” he added.
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