The brutal oppression of Hindu activists in Kerala continues unabated under the ruthless communist hardliner CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Santhosh, a BJP worker who was warned by CPM against campaigning in the CM’s home turf of Pinarai, Kannur district, was hacked to death last night in Dharmadam.
According to Times of India, Santhosh was the former Mukhya Shikshak of the RSS unit in Andallur and the booth president of BJP. As many as 40 BJP-RSS workers have been attacked in the communist-led state during the past one year. On 6 January, a 50-year-old BJP worker Radhakrishnan died of burns after goons from CPI (M) set fire to his house in Kanjikode, Palakkad. After Radhakrishnan, his brother’s wife, Vimala also died on 16 January of the burn injuries suffered in the same attack.
Such is the terror in Kerala now that CPM (Communist Party of India – Marxist) / DYFI (CPM’s youth wing) /SFI (Student Federation of India – CPM’s student wing) are emboldened enough to attack police as well.
The fascist violence unleashed by CPM is not limited to BJP/RSS workers alone – it impacts all sections of Kerala society – anyone who dares to hold an opposite view to the CPM party line is a legitimate target today in Kerala.
When an SFI leader at Dhanuvachapuram dared to leave the party, CPM goons attacked him with rods.
Dalits are also not spared by CPM, while ironically the party claims to be the protector of the poor and oppressed masses. When a Dalit student tried to start an Ambedkar group in University, he was beaten up by SFI and CPM activists.
Last year, the CPM goons did not spare even a reputed retired 70-year-old diplomat TP Sreenivasan, who was thrashed for attending an education summit which CPM was opposing as it would “accelerate the commercialisation of higher education”
— J Nandakumar (@kumarnandaj) January 18, 2017
CPM’s culture of violence
We have gone into the roots of the political violence in Kerala & West Bengal, the two big states where CPM has a dominant presence, in an earlier article. Below is an extract –
“As the CPM and Congress have found common ground at the national level in order to stop the rise of ‘communal’ forces (read BJP), it has led to their differences in Kerala getting more subdued. But it is this common enemy that CPM believes has to be dealt with in their old-fashioned way – 267 people related to the RSS have been murdered in the last 50 years in Kerala, of which 232 were killed by the CPM. The epicenter of this violence is Kannur district, which has seen over 180 political murders from the 1980s onwards.
In 2014, Congress MLA A.P. Abdullakutty, who was earlier with CPM, had revealed that in 2008 then CPM State Secretary & now Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan had asked his party workers to follow the Bengal communist style of killings opponents – ‘bury their bodies in a deep pit along with a sack of salt. The world never comes to know about the blood, photographs or the news about such killings.’.
“The earliest political murders (in Kannur) were reported in the early 1960s, though on a small scale,” says Babu Bhaskar, a well-known journalist. The reason was usually because an individual left the Communist Party — later the CPI-M — and joined a rival political party. If it was to join the Socialist Party and the Congress in the 1960s, it is the RSS today.
Sujith was a member of the CPI-M till three years ago. His abandoning the party was apparently not taken kindly to by some in the local Marxist leadership.”
TP Chandrashekharan Murder
Another case which quite clearly shows the fascist & intolerant nature of CPM is the 2012 murder of TP Chandrashekharan, a local leader who in 2009 had left the CPM to form a splinter communist party called Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP). In midst of the state wide upheaval against CPM over this brutal hacking, M.M.Mani the Idukki district secretary made a dramatic disclosure of organised homicides against political enemies of the party, that had been conducted in past. Ex-CM and veteran CPM leader V. S. Achuthanandan issued a strong-worded letter of disapproval of current party stance and its leaders over the murder – the party apparatus then was firmly in control of state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.
In 2014, a special court sentenced to life imprisonment three CPM functionaries and eight others in the TP Chandrasekharan murder case. Judge R Narayana Pisharodi held “political animosity” as the motive for the murder of the CPI(M) rebel who floated the Revolutionary Marxist Party challenging the parent party’s supremacy in the red fortress Onchiyam in Kozhikode district in north Kerala. The judge held that the first seven accused, who executed the murder, were “tools in the hands of the persons who entertained political enmity towards the deceased”.
K.K. Rema, wife of the slain RMP leader, said she was not fully satisfied with the verdict and has demanded a CBI probe. Here is an extract of an interview conducted by Manorama Online with KK Rema in May 2016 –
“The RMP is noted for its opposition to CPM’s violent brand of politics. Still you are giving more prominence to development than politics.
The very reason for my candidature is the CPM’s politics of violence. We want that issue to be discussed here. My presence as a candidate ensures that the discussions centre round it. We cannot let another family to go through this. We need social security and security. That is what we are discussing here. We also want development to be discussed. That is the reason we have stressed on development in our manifesto.
P. Jayarajan (accused in 2014 murder of RSS worker Manoj) recently said that the CPM pays back its dues. That is an open challenge to the Kerala society. That statement proves that they never learn from experiences. The politics of violence should definitely be discussed in this backdrop.
How do you see Pinarayi Vijayan’s campaign?
This is a farce. I know a woman who broke her television screen when Pinarayi Vijayan’s face was flashed on it. That is the picture women have about him. That is not going to change no matter whatever he does.
The CPM is posing as the guardian of free speech, particularly in the backdrop of national events like the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar. What is your experience with the party?
That is a hollow claim. CPM workers insist that no other party can work in their strongholds. Nobody can raise their voices in those areas. You would know if you go to areas in Kannur. If you rub the party the wrong way, you cannot live there. I would need the party’s permission to anything, even if I have to sell my property. How can they speak against fascism when they do such things in Kerala? They foment fascism here.
Is there any promises from the BJP leadership or Central government related to T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case?
No. We approached them with our demand. We have submitted a plea to personnel ministry. And I also wrote directly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The RMP leaders have discussed the same with the state BJP leadership. At this time, many tried to create controversies alleging that I met BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan. I didn’t meet him. But I spoke to him through phone regarding the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case. Kummanam then said he would bring it up to the Centre’s attention. But we don’t know what will be the decision. I think all this is just political drama.”
It would not be amiss to say that Kerala presently has a ruthless, fascist murderer in the CM’s chair. But whether courts, media, civil society or even the Central Government will take cognisance of this matter is doubtful – these, dear readers, are the wages of socialism and secularism that we are reaping 70 years after Independence.
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