Unpleasant Trends of Intolerance, Disharmony Can Damage Our Polity: Manmohan Singh

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Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former vice-president Hamid Ansari, former president Pranab Mukherjee and former PM Manmohan Singh paying tributes to the former prime minister the late Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, at Veer Bhumi in New Delhi, on Tuesday. — PTI

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NEW DELHI — Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said “unpleasant trends” of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, and incidents of violent crimes propelled by hatred of certain groups will damage our polity.

Dr Singh was speaking at an event organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to present the “Rajiv Gandhi Janma Pancha Sapthathi Puraskar” to those who have made valuable contributions to society in the last decade.

Remembering former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, he said that the party continues to mourn the untimely loss of Rajiv Gandhi, who served as the prime minister from 1984 to 1989.

“He was the one who truly set the direction for equipping our nation for entering the new millennium with a progressive, modern and scientific outlook … If Rajiv ji were to be with us today nothing would give him greater comfort than to see how many of his ideas have now come to be accepted as the reality of our development, thinking for the 21st Century,” the former prime minister said.

He said the  “unpleasant trends” of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, and incidents of violent crimes are repugnant to the 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.

(With inputs from PTI)

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