Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan: Religious belief, communalism, different things: Kerala Chief Minister
Religious belief and communalism are two different things, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday, urging those who believe in secularism to come forward and fight all forms of communalism prevalent in the country.
Chief Minister Vijayan attacked the Sangh Parivar, alleging the group was trying to drive a wedge between the country’s minority communities and said it was engaged in a systematic program to change the basic structure of the Indian Constitution.
Inaugurating a national seminar on “The World of EMS” held as part of the 113th birth anniversary of communist stalwart EMS Namboodiripad, Vijayan criticized the Union government for its decision to repeal the article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Reports of attacks on minority communities, including Muslims and Christians, come from all over the country. This program of the Sangh Parivar is not part of its so-called ‘aarsha bharatha’ culture. It is only propagated by any of the sages. It’s not there in any of the Vedas or Puranas. But they follow Hitler’s Nazi propaganda,” Chief Minister Vijayan said.
He said the Sangh Parivar was buttering up the Christian community in Kerala, but the same community was under attack in neighboring Karnataka.
“They are trying to drive a wedge between minority communities. We can see an example of this in Kerala. Sangh Parivar says they are with a particular community. Why? What we need to understand is that religious belief and communalism are two different things. Those who believe in secularism should come forward and oppose communalism,” he said.
He said that believers have a major role in the fight against communalism.
The left-wing leader said the Sangh Parivar’s communal agenda has fueled “minority communalism”.
“Those who propagate minority communalism think that they can protect the whole community. However, what they do not understand is that one form of communalism cannot be countered by another form of communalism We must fight communalism with secularism,” Vijayan said.
The Chief Minister said the Union government has affirmed that the problems in Jammu and Kashmir will be solved with the repeal of Section 370.
“Jammu and Kashmir was divided into pieces violating the promise made to the people of this region. The Union government claimed that the problems would be solved by repeal. But that did not happen and the people are still suffering, which proves their claim was wrong,” he said.
Addressing the crowd gathered in Malappuram, Chief Minister Vijayan said the current left-wing government is following in the footsteps of the first communist government led by Namboodiripad.
The Chief Minister has declared Namboodiripad to be the architect of modern Kerala.