Legal luminaries, RSS leader express concern over politically-linked violence in Kerala
New Delhi [India], Jan.30 (ANI): The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Left Front government in Kerala have been strongly criticized by the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) and some legal luminaries for allegedly scuttling freedom of individual expression and eliminating political rivals in a violent manner in the southern state.
Addressing Delhi University students at a seminar organized by the Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA) over the weekend, J. Nandkumar, all India Prachar Pramukh of the RSS and K.N. Pillai, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India specifically pointed out the fact that Kerala today is in the throes of a "political campaign to terrorise, counter political activities inimical to Left Front interests and objectives and scuttling of freedom of individual expression etc."
To back their contention, both listed close to 20 murders taking place in the state since the Communist Party of India-Marxist came to power in the state, adding that a majority of them were RSS or BJP workers, some of whom had been CPI-M members earlier.
They maintained that administrative apathy has turned Kerala from "God's Own Country" into a "Devil's Backyard".
Mr. Pillai went to the extent of claiming that "violence has become the main political narrative of the blood-soiled region".
"Political violence has been normalised in the state, reminding us of a West Bengal where political murders were a routine affair during the Communist regime. Now, it is state sponsored terrorism in Kerala," Mr. Nandkumar added.
A report released on the occasion, listed the atrocities allegedly committed by the Marxists, and was termed as "the spread of the Red Terror".
According to the report, Kannur, Chief Minister P. Vijayan's home district, alone has reported as many as 301 incidents of political violence in the first four months of his tenure. This northern district, considered the cradle of the Communist movement in Kerala, has reportedly emerged as the epicentre of political violence in the state.
Ms. Monika Arora, Supreme Court advocate, and Convener of the Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA) a non-aligned body of professional women, specifically highlighted the recent clashes taking place in Kannur district.
Presenting her eye-witness account of the torture and sufferings of the people who did not want to be part of the CPM-party villages, Ms. Advaita Kala, a writer and film script-writer recounted the case of a family whose young son's skin was peeled off in front of the old mother and pregnant wife.
There were few eyes that were not moist in the packed hall after hearing the narrative of violence prevailing and being allegedly encouraged in Kerala. (ANI)