Madurai: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said that people should put country before regional and religious considerations and start thinking what was good for India.
Speaking at the 110th birthday celebrations of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Kamaraj in Madurai, he said "when it comes to between the state and country, one should think about what is good for the country and what is good for the welfare of the people".
"That is what Kamaraj, who made two Prime Ministers and two Presidents of the country did. Such was his greatness and broad mindedness," Chidambaram said. "At least Congressmen should think like that. They should not fall a prey to parochial attitude. We should not have a narrow attitude and remain within a circle. We should have a broad outlook...," he said.
Speaking in Madurai, Chidambaram said when it comes to between the state and country, one should think about what is good for the country.
"If everybody started thinking only about their own state only, panchayat, community and religion, then what would happen to India?" he asked. "There is nothing wrong to love one's state and district and even religion. But when it comes to what is first... country should be first in the mind," he said.
Kamaraj had a long political career and he was a colossal figure in Indian politics, he said.