PM worries over rising communal incidents
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is worry over rising number of communal incidents in the country in the past few months as he expressed his concern over resuming of ethnic tensions in the country and over its quick diffusion throughout the country using the modern technologies especially through Social media such as social networking sites and bulk SMS and MMS.
Addressing the annual conference of state police chiefs in the capital, the prime minister expressed his concern as "The increase in communal incidents in the country in the past few months, and the revival of ethnic tensions in the northeast in recent weeks, have been, particularly, causes of concern to all of us. The ethnic disturbances of the northeast assumed a national dimension with the flight of people belonging to the northeast from various towns of south and western India," said Dr. Singh.
"This further strained the communal situation in the country, which was already showing some signs of deterioration, particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala," he added.
"There is a need for re-orienting police forces to effectively track the sentiments of the people and inter-community tensions as they rise," PM said.
Commenting upon the alleged wrong use of social media as a tool the spread hate in the country, Manmohan said, "We also need to devise strategies to counter the propaganda that is carried out by new means of communication. Any measure to control the use of such media must be carefully weighed against the need for the freedom to express and communicate."
Manmohan Singh said that controlling the organised crime and protecting the vulnerable, requires focused attention. He stressed on the need for the robust security structure partnerships among the government, academia and private sector was essential.
"There is a need to fully understand how these new media are used by miscreants," he said.
The Prime Minister honoured Olympic medal winners MC Mary Kom and Yogeshwar Dutt on the occasion.
--With Agencies Inputs--
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