Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says there is an urgent need in India to counter a sense of alienation among its minority Muslims.
He told a meeting of state chief ministers in New Delhi that they should make sure that efforts to end Islamist militancy do not victimize the entire community. He said no innocent person should be harassed in India's struggle against terrorism.
Mr. Singh said any kind of insecurity among India's 140 million Muslims could have extremely damaging effects on the country and fuel more terrorism.
His remarks came less than two months after train bombings in Mumbai were blamed on domestic Islamist militants with links across the border in Pakistan.
The bomb attacks in Mumbai prompted police raids on the city's Muslim ghettos and the detention of hundreds.
Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.