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'External forces trying to break India's social fabric'

The government on Saturday said certain "external" forces were trying to "break" the social fabric of the country.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2007 17:07 IST

The government on Saturday said certain "external" forces were trying to "break" the social fabric of the country, threatening its internal security.

"We are a nation of multi-religion and multi-culture. Certain external forces are constantly trying to break our social fabric as they wanted to give us maximum damage internally rather than externally," Union Minister of State for Home Shriprakash Jaiswal said in New Delhi.

Addressing a seminar on 'India's security concerns; external and internal', he said the threat has been continuing for the last 30 years and might increase manifold in the coming years if not dealt properly.

"India cannot ignore the possible dangers that can harm the social fabric of the world's largest democracy," he said.

Jaiswal said the need of the hour was to deal with the situation in such a manner that the evil designs of external forces were defeated by taking in minimum damage.

"We are aware of the dangers facing internal and external security of the country. Naxalism, terrorism, communalism, military strategies of India's neighbours are some of the perceived and identified threats which are being grappled by our various enforcement agencies and defence establishments round the clock," he said.

Jaiswal, however, admitted that situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Northeast and some Naxal affected states continued to be a matter of concern.

"The recent activities of the ULFA are also issues which require the strengthening of our national resolve to strongly fight back the divisive tendencies among some segments of society who are anti-social in their approach," he said.

First Published: Jan 27, 2007 17:07 IST