New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday described terrorism and Naxalism as two big challenges facing the nation, while underlining no loss of innocent lives in pursuit of any ideology can be justified.
Addressing the meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) here, the PM said terrorists’ misplaced sense of ideology cannot justify violence.
The pursuit of ideologies that cause violence cannot be justified in any form, he told the gathering.
"No civilised society can bear the loss of loved ones," he said, just days after a blast rocked the Delhi High Court killing 13 people.
Stating that the country needed to combat divisive forces and radicalisation of youth, Prime Minister Singh stressed on the need to beef up intelligence gathering mechanism to tackle terror, adding there can be no let up on vigilance.
"The Delhi blast shows that there can be no let up in intelligence. Security methods have been internally reviewed. We need to combat divisive forces and the radicalisation of youth," he stated.
While stating that probe agencies have been bolstered in the last two years, the PM said “we must continue to strengthen investigative agencies and intelligence gathering operations”.
He added that there was a need to ensure that probe agencies are free from any bias while investigating cases.
Singh informed the gathering that state and central security agencies are being connected on a computer network for better coordination.
Stressing on cooperation, PM Singh said Central and state governments have to work together to counter threat to internal peace.
Speaking about Naxalism, the PM said the problem has a development angle.
The PM added that his government has taken up security issues with neighbours, adding the response of some of them has been positive.
He however maintained that the “concerns remain”.
The NIC meet discussed measures to promote communal harmony, eliminate discrimination especially against minorities and scheduled tribes and ways in which the state and police should handle civil disturbances.
The last meeting of the NIC was held here on October 13, 2008.