Intolerance, Hate Hitting Country's Core Values; Pluralism Only Option: Mufti

21 October 2015
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said intolerance and hate are hitting country's core values and posing great threat to pluralism, the only option for achieving the goals India has set out. Mufti while speaking at Police Martyr's commemorative Day at Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar said that recent communal attacks are not in the interests of the country and stressed for pluralism. 'Pluralism is the only option. We have to take everyone along. Some unfortunate incidents have taken place in the country. It is not in our interest. This (India) is a composite culture. No one has domination in it. We have to keep this civilization alive. If we get derailed, then we can't achieve what we have set out.' Chief Minister said acts of intolerance and hate are hitting at India's core values and posing a grave threat to the country's plurality and inclusiveness. He said Pakistan, which was still in search of a political model that matches one which has been perfected by India. Mufti complimented the State Assembly for sending a message of peace and communal harmony to the rest of the county. 'I compliment the opposition in piloting a resolution which was unanimously passed by the State Legislature that conveyed message of peace and communal harmony to the rest of the country,' he said. Chief Minister recalled the events of 1947 when Kashmir became a torchbearer of peace and communal harmony for the country in the midst of communal frenzy that led to partition. Mufti said if India has to become a world power, it will have to maintain friendly relations with all its neighbours. He quoted former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's statement 'friends can be changed, not neighbours.' The Chief Minister said that uncertainty and violence on borders impacts the local population most and derails the Government's efforts for ushering in a new era of development in the State. He said that message of Islam which preaches peace is being distorted. He reiterated that gun will never be a solution to any problem. 'Na Bandook Se Na Goli Se, Baat Banegi Boli Se. I feel pain when I see Islam's message of peace being distorted in such a manner,' he added. The Chief Minister lauded late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah for creating political space when he returned to power in the State. 'He gave good governance and created much-needed political space for leaders like me,' he added. Mufti said the State will always remember those police personnel who have fallen in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives for safeguarding the future of our citizens. 'We can never repay debt of our police martyrs. We salute our heroes and pray for their eternal peace and highest place in Heaven,' he said. He lauded the sacrifice of 10 gallant CRPF personnel at Hot Springs, Ladakh, in 1959 while repulsing Chinese aggression, in whose memory Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21. Mufti asked police to focus on prevention of routine crime in the society besides dealing with law and order problems.'Law and order should not be your only focus. Police should also focus on prevention of crime by strengthening prosecution wing so that the criminals do not go scot-free,' he said. He said the State is facing the challenge of rising drug addiction, violence against women and other crimes taking root in the society. Immediately upon his arrival, a Roll of Honour was presented in memory of those policemen who had sacrificed their lives in the line of duty during the past one year and Chief Minister laid floral wreath at the Martyrs' Memorial. Earlier, Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar read out the names of 437 police personnel, including 24 from J&K Police and 15 from CRPF and BSF, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty during the past one year across the country. Paying homage to all martyrs, Kumar made a special mention of Sub Inspector Altaf Ahmad Dar, who was killed by militants in Bandipora recently. The DGP also highlighted various welfare schemes run by J&K Police that provide financial assistance to the families of martyred police personnel, in particular towards their rehabilitation and education of children. Kumar said that since the inception of militancy in the State in 1990, 966 officers and jawans of J&K Police, 486 SPOs and 131 Village Defence Committee members have died in service of the State and the country. The DGP mentioned various welfare measures taken by the Police department for the families of the martyr's and retired police personnel. 'We have formed district level scheme headed by a DySP who maintains a regular contact with the families of police martyrs so that they do not have to face any problems,' he added. Former Chief Ministers, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah; Minister for PHE, I&FC, Sukhnandan Kumar; Minister for Transport, A G Kohli; Deputy Chairman, Legislative Council, Jahangir Hussain Mir; Legislators, Farooq Andrabi, Abdul Rahim Rather, Raja Manzoor and Rani Bloeria; Principal Secretary Home, R K Goyal and Director General of Police, K Rajendra Kumar were present on the occasion.