Bombshell: Kerala RSS wants to be friends with CPM!

RSS mouthpiece proposes cordial ties with red party

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has expressed a desire to foster bonhomie with the CPM, its bitter political rival in Kerala.

A lead article in the latest edition of “Kesari”, the RSS’ mouthpiece  in Malayalam, stressed on the need for “friendly” ties between the two organisations. The politically sensational piece was penned by T G Mohandas, former general secretary of the Bharatiya Vichara Kendra, the “intellectual wing” of RSS in the state.

The RSS’ overtures have created a flutter in the political circles, especially as the two parties have a history of violent face-offs that have claimed over 150 lives in the north Kerala district of Kannur, in the last two decades.

The article is all praise for the CPM, deeming it to be the largest party in the state in terms of mass appeal and membership. Insisting that the rivalry between the two organisations was almost on the wane, the article stated there was no basis for believing that there is no space for “the atheist in RSS and no entry for believers in CPM.” The article further states that there was no truth in the allegations that the CPM is helping Muslim fundamentalists, though “it had an electoral understanding with Madani’s PDP.”

Mohandas further argued that branding RSS a communal organisation was not appropriate, as it has no history of attacking Christians or Muslims “merely for their belief.” Mohandas wrote that both organisations are fighting a relentless war against corruption. “A tie between them is a need of the hour,” he said. Though RSS and BJP leaders clarified that the article does not convey the party’s official view, they were of the view that there was no point in treating each other as “untouchables.”

Former minister and BJP leader O Rajagopal said: “Political parties should join hands at least on matters of their common interest and there should not be any permanent enemies in politics.”   Reacting to the article, CPM politburo member M A Baby said a tie between the two organisations is a wishful thinking of the RSS. “Our agenda is to isolate the RSS which has been courting communal and fascist ideology.’’ Political analysts aver that in the present scenario, both organisations will face “ideological difficulties” in burying the hatchet in public.

However, in the last six months, there has not been any major instance of violence involving the two organisations in the north Kerala district of  Kannur. Besides, CPM Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan visited the home of ABVP leader Sachin Gopal who was killed by the Popular Front of India (PFI) members. In reciprocation, RSS leaders visited the CPM office at Pannur which was allegedly ransacked by Muslim extremists.

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