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Attempts to polarize 'God's own country'
By Ram Puniyani
Earlier in the year (2017) BJP President Amit Shah had launched 'Jan Suraksha Yatra', a two-week program to highlight the death of RSS workers in Kerala. Many BJP dignitaries (twelve Union Ministers and five Chief ministers) participated in this. The one who made big news was Yogi Aditya Nath. The slogan of Amit Shah was that CPM has been indulging in political violence, which has led to the death of RSS workers in Kannur- Kerala. He wanted to draw the attention of people to Jihadi-red terror in Kerala.

Yogi Aditya Nath, Chief Minister of UP was offering advises to Kerala about health care and administration. This did reflect his audacity as we have recently seen the death of number of children in Gorakhpur hospital due to lack of Oxygen in Hospital. The Chief minister of such a state offering advice to Kerala is one among the many ludicrous acts of Yogi, as Kerala tops in the welfare indices in the whole country.

The whole propaganda unleashed by the BJP is reflective of the pattern of their politics. The statistics shows that during last seventeen years, the number of political deaths in Kerala are as follows: those dying from CPM-85, RSS-65, Muslim League and Congress-11 each. Kannur has seen the rivalry between CPM and RSS, in which on frequent intervals the political workers have been killed from both the sections. Shah's attempt to show that it is RSS workers alone who are being killed is a fake breast beating.

He knows well that CPM workers have also been killed. RSS cabal as such has built itself up around identity issues which have led to massive killings. Leave apart the earlier issues raised by RSS-BJP, the latest such have been Ram Temple and Holy Cow. Both these issues have led to violence and killings. The RSS combine has been deflecting the blame on the victims in a clever manner. It delves on selective presentation of facts, raising of emotions and consequent violence.

In MP it tried to consolidate it's position by raising the issue of Kamaal Maula Masjid (Bhoj Shala), in Karnataka it raised the issue of Baba Budan Giri, calling it Datta Peetham). Capitalisation of issues around identity is the speciality of RSS combine. Can their ploy succeed in Kerala? Kerala is one place where the representation of different religious communities is matching. The first Christian community begins on the Malabar Coast, with coming of St. Thomas in AD 52, establishment of series of Churches and the beginning of Christian community. The Arab traders have been coming for trade all through and from Seventh Century onwards Islam comes. The first mosque, Cheraman Jumma Mosque also came up in Kerala. While Amit Shah thrives on dividing the communities along religious lines, Kerala has been the place of inter-community harmony from ages.

Also, Kerala is a place where social reform has been in the forefront. It's here that great social reformer Narayan Guru preached for casteless society, equal respect for all castes by establishing temples where people from all castes were welcome. Same Narayan Guru also organized the first Parliament of religions, breaking the religious divides to build one Humanity. The latter Communist Government of Namboodripad brought in land reforms, rare in other parts of the country, to bring in economic succour for the landless peasants. This is what led the foundation for other changes making Kerala number one state in social development indices.

The attempt to communalise Kerala has been very intense on the part of BJP-RSS, it has been raising the issue of love Jihad on regular basis. Many investigations by police authorities have concluded that there is no organized attempt to woo over Hindu-Christian girls to convert them to Islam. It is an occasional case of inter-religious marriage. It is the harmony and bonding of intercommunity relations to which Amit Shah tribe is opposed, leading to harassment of girls and torture of the boys, who happen to choose their life partners on their free will.

Amit Shah has not only been sowing the divisive seeds through his efforts, he has also been highlighting the Brahmanical nature of his politics. On Pongal, the biggest festival of Kerala, he brought out posters celebrating Waman, calling the festival as Waman Jayanti, wished the people of Kerala happy Waman Jayanti. The legend is that King Mahabali was killed through deceit by Waman, the Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Pongal as such is regarded as King Mahabali visiting his subject one's in a year. The legend goes that the king belonged to low caste, and treated all the castes with same respect.

While BJP has been going strong guns in different parts of the country by its tactics of promoting sectarianism and subtle Brahmanism, it is unlikely that Kerala, the very enlightened state, with better social welfare and amity, will fall prey to Shah's tactics. He has been labelling the violence as Red-Jihadi violence, by calling it so he wants to kill two birds in a single stone. Kerala has a large Muslim population; Jihadi word is to demonize them. It is likely that this time around these tactics will boomerang on the saffron party as Kerala is the bastion of social reform and political awareness.

While RSS has been coming up here from last many decades, its political child BJP has not been able to make any headway barring one seat in Assembly. One knows that there is a rise in the electoral votes lately, can that trend grow is a matter of conjecture and depends on how CPM and other parties respond to these attempts by BJP and company.

It is heartening to know that Left parties have kicked off yatras, Jan Jagrata Yatra (People's awareness), to promote the democratic values. Also, it seems Congress (UDF) is also planning Yatras. Time for these elements to wake up to the fact, that they need to coordinate their efforts to save communal amity, their coordination on this will help the matters to a great deal.

News Updated at : Tuesday, November 7, 2017
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