Divisive forces must be dealt with, says PM

Updated on Feb 16, 2008 04:34 AM IST
PM Manmohan Singh said those who seek to divide society on the basis of domicile will not serve the nation’s unity, reports Aloke Tikku.
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

In the backdrop of the “hate-north Indians” campaign launched by Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said those who seek to divide society on the basis of domicile would not serve the nation’s unity.

“Those who seek to divide on the basis of religion, caste or the place one belongs to, I think they do not serve the cause of national unity or national progress,” he said without naming anybody or party.

There is a need to find a “practical and pragmatic” solution to deal with such tendencies and “if not curbed, it can have destablising tendencies”, he said at the release of a book written by senior Congress leader Vasant Sathe at his residence here.

Noting that he had often said that India did not face any “serious external constraints” to realise its ambitions, the PM said: “Our problems are at home.”


    Aloke Tikku has covered internal security, transparency and politics for Hindustan Times. He has a keen interest in legal affairs and dabbles in data journalism.

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