Jammu, February 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Wednesday hailed Prime Minister rendra Modi’s affirmation on India’s plurality and co-existence of people belonging to different communities and creeds. In a statement issued here, he said: “Though the prime minister’s response to the divisive policies of certain elements did not come too soon, but his assertion on inclusive and pluralistic character of the country should help in sending right sigls to the world that the idea of India would continues to offer inspiration for peaceful coexistence of communities and ethnicities.” He was responding to Modi’s speech in New Delhi Tuesday where the prime minister said his government will ensure complete freedom of faith and will not allow any religious group to incite hatred against others “overtly or covertly”.
Sayeed expressed hope that the assertion would prove as a turning point in “silencing the loose cannons of extremist schools of thought”. “Most of the people within the country and its well-wishers outside have had a sense of unease for the past many months over the divisive practices followed by some fringe elements which had created apprehensions among the minorities and a large section of the majority community. “The idequate response, so far, from the ruling party’s top brass had added to the feeling of scare and unease. The affirmation from the prime minister, though belated, has come as a breather for the minorities,” he said. (ians)