Hyderabad: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said terrorists were targeting research and scientific institutions because of the emergence of India as a knowledge power, and asserted that no force on earth could weaken the resolve of Indians to emerge as a great and modern nation.

"It is a symbol of success of Indian science and technology, of our emergence as a knowledge power, that the symbols and temples of our knowledge society are today being targeted by terrorists," he said referring to the killing of Prof. M.C. Puri at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Speaking at the Indian Science Congress here, Dr. Singh said Prof. Puri was a soldier of knowledge who lived a life of peace dedicated to science and education.

"No civilised people can condone such an uncivilised act [Puri's killing]." - PTI

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