Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday appeared to disapprove the use of "harsh and unpleasant words" by political parties, saying criticism should never be "undignified."
"Criticism has a place of its own in a democracy and in a progressive society. However, criticism should not be undignified," he said addressing the nation on the 64th Independence Day from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort.
"We should have the capacity to reconcile opposite points of view on important issues through debate and discussion. I would request all political parties to consider this issue," Singh said.
The Prime Minister said the use of harsh and unpleasant words in the political discourse has increased in recent days.
"This is against our traditions of generosity, humility and tolerance," Singh said.