"Prof. Puri lived a life of peace dedicated to science and education"

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 in the December 28, 2005 attack at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

"Join the struggle"

Inaugurating the 93rd Indian Science Congress here, the Prime Minister said: "I am confident that all our knowledge workers will close ranks and join the struggle to make India a great nation, a humane and modern nation in knowledge power". Paying homage to Prof. Puri, Dr. Singh said he was gunned down "in the greatest temple of Indian science by the most reprehensible and cowardly enemies of our people." 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." - PTI