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PM takes on 'those who seek to divide'
February 15, 2008 19:25 IST
In an obvious reference to the campaign against North Indians launched by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] today said that 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, on the basis of caste or on the basis of 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 a political party.
There was 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 while releasing a book written by senior Congress leader Vasant Sathe.
Noting that he had often said that India did not face any serious external constraints to realise its ambitions, the Prime Minister said, "Our problems are at home. Our challenges are at home and there are enormous opportunities".
"The things that we do and the things we do and not do will have profound consequences for our ability to emerge as a true global power," he said, adding that an internally divided and divisive society could not project an external image of strength and power.
Such internal cohesion could not be imposed. "That is not the way in which the Indian people wish to govern themselves," he said, adding that these guidelines should guide the political pundits.