India determined to meet terrorism challenge: PM

August 15th, 2008 - 10:30 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Condemning the terror attacks in Bangalore and Ahmedabad and other parts of the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said India was determined to crush terrorism. He also urged state governments, political parties, civil society groups and social and religious leaders to cooperate with the central government in “rooting out terrorism from our country.”

“Terrorism, extremism, communalism and fundamentalism have emerged as major challenges to the unity and integrity of our country. The recent terrorist attacks in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and other parts of the country have shocked the nation,” he said in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

“What words can I find to condemn such acts of barbarism? I share the sorrow and grief of people affected by terrorism. The government of India will take concrete steps to rehabilitate and help such families,” he said.

Serial bomb blasts May 13 in Jaipur killed 61 people and injured over 200 people. And similar bombings in July in Bangalore and Ahmedabad killed a woman and over 55 people dead respectively.

The prime minister said the need of the hour was “hard work and unity of purpose”.

“(Today’s challenges) require a politics of consensus, not confrontation. This requires dialogue among communities, not discord. The challenge of communalism, of extremism and of terrorism cannot be won by a nation divided.”

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