As Modi warns cow vigilants, Manmohan Singh worried about rise of communalism

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh. Photo: PTI
After Modi warns gau rakshaks, Manmohan Singh expresses concern over rise of communalism

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday expressed concern over the kind of atmosphere being created in the country in the name of religion.

Everybody should try to ensure communal harmony in the society and live like a family, Singh said at an Eid Milan function in New Delhi.

"We all Indians have to defend the country by walking shoulder to shoulder. We have to stay in brotherhood and create an atmosphere that is in accordance with the path shown by our Constitution", he said.

"Whatever atmosphere is being created in the name of religion (in our country), I am reminded of Iqbal's couplet...'Mazhab nahin sikhata aapas mein bair rakhna, Hindi Hain Hum, Watan Hai, Hindosta Hamara' (Religion does not teach us to bear ill-will among ourselves; We are of Hind, our homeland is Hindustan)", he added.