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“Vested interests are inciting violence to divide India”: Dr Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

“Vested interests, both external and internal, are inciting and exploiting communal passions and violence to divide India”, says Dr Manmohan Singh


New Delhi | Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that vested interests both external and internal, are inciting and exploiting communal passions and violence to divide India.

Remembering former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, he said these trends are repugnant to promotion of peace, national integration and communal harmony, which are cherished objectives enshrined in our Constitution.

“All of us need to reflect on how we can contribute to arresting these trends,” he said.

He said that no religion preaches hatred and intolerance.

“Nothing is more important than the unity and integrity of our nation. India is indivisible. Secularism is the bedrock of our nationhood. It implies more than tolerance. It involves an active effort for harmony”, said Dr Mahnmohan Singh, recalling the words of former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.

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“These unpleasant trends of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, growing incidents of violent crimes propelled by hatred of certain groups and of mobs taking the law in their own hands can only damage our polity,”

He was speaking at an event by the Rajiv Youth Foundation and presented the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Janma Pancha Sapthathi Puraskar’ to prominent personalities.

He recently got elected in Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.

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