Addressing the 16th meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) here, Shinde said: "The statistics on communal violence show an increasing trend in the last two years. The frequency of incidents, especially in the last few months, seems to suggest that there is a sinister motive behind them."
"It is noticed that the communal forces seem to have got emboldened and are trying to polarize the society. Minor incidents tend to get escalated into major incidents of violence leading to displacement of affected communities," said Shinde.
He further said: "I firmly believe that only a small group of people amongst us is responsible for creating divisions amongst us. It is our duty to resist these forces.
"In addition, I feel, the institutions of our democracy must also be strengthened to meet the challenges that are becoming a threat to our pluralistic ethos."
"I would urge this forum to suggest the measures that should be adopted to strengthen the forces of national integration and to resolutely fight the divisive forces that threaten our social fabric," said Shinde.
--IBNS (Posted on 23-09-2013)