PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said Prime PM Narendra Modi's belated assertion on pluralistic and inclusive character of the country would prove a turning point in silencing the loose cannons of extremist schools of thought.
"Though the Prime Minister's response to divisive policies of certain elements did not come too soon, his assertion on inclusive and pluralistic character of country should help in sending right signals to the world that the idea of India would continue to offer inspiration for peaceful co-existence," Mufti said in a statement issued from Mumbai, where he is staying now.
Modi had on Tuesday said his government will ensure complete freedom of faith.
"The inadequate response, so far, from the ruling party top brass had added to the feeling of scare and unease," said Mufti. He said the affirmation from the PM, though belated, has come as a breather for the minorities.
"Most of the people within the country and its well wishers outside have had a sense of unease for 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," Mufti said.
He said by its very nature India is an inclusive country and has established itself as the only civilization outliving all others in terms of diversity and cultural vibrancy.
The PDP patron said the regimentation of thoughts and attempts at enforcing a single religious code is an antithesis of the ethos of India.
"Prime Minister Modi has earned his current status as head of world's largest democracy on the promise and vision that India will soon grow as a global power. For it to happen, it is necessary, that the internal differences are harmonised into a creative energy and external challenges met with boldness and understanding," he said.
Mufti expressed the hope that Modi's clear message to trouble makers would go to the ground level as minorities are an essential part of this country and they cannot be browbeaten or teased into a particular mould under any circumstances.