Need to create environment where Muslims feel safe, secure: Mufti

‘They stood like a rock with India since 1947, also deserve sense of ownership of this great country’

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 07: Emphasising upon the need for affirmative action for social up-liftment of 17 crore Muslim population of the country, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,Wednesday said India’s largest minority see their future in secular India.

Referring to the Sachar Committee Report, he called for creating environment conducive for the development of Muslims, who have stood like a rock with India since 1947, when the country was divided on religious lines.

The Chief Minister was addressing a large public meeting, here this afternoon.

Describing India as a confluence of distinct cultures, the Chief Minister said if India has to realize its dream of becoming a world leader, it will have to take all people, including Muslims, along and deal with those with an iron hand who try to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the country.  He said the Sachar Committee Report reflects the state of affairs of the Muslims in India, who lag behind, like Dalits and other weaker sections of the society, on all parameters of development.

Referring to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s slogan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, the Chief Minister said we need to win the hearts and minds of the Muslims, who also deserve sense of ownership of this great country.

The Chief Minister observed that the essence of democracy in India flows through its powerful people who have brought stalwarts, belonging to different schools of thought, including Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Rajeev Gandhi, VP Singh, Deve Gowda and Atal Behari Vajpayee to power as country’s Prime Ministers.

Describing growth of democratic institutions in India as its real pillars of strength, Mufti Sayeed, said on the contrary, in the neighbouring country such institutions have failed to evolve. “Pakistan is going through a prolonged phase of instability and is fighting its own battle. In J&K, we created Hill Development Councils in Leh and Kargil, which is a real example of democratic decentralization of powers,” he added.


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