Reply to Communism & Secularism Letter by K M Divakaran
This has reference to the letter Communism & Secularism by K M Divakaran (TNIE: Dt::05/01/2016).
The writer has wondered about the celebration of Sree Krishna Jayanthi and Ganesh Chathurthi by the CPI (M) and conducting Yoga programmes. More over the party has also asked its cadres to take over the temple management observed the writer.
There lies the crux of the issue. Advising the party cadre to take over management will result in not only looting of the temple funds but also by sitting in the management they can alter the tradition and practices of the temples in Kerala known for strict adherence by westernizing them. It will be easy to siphon out the temple funds for their political activities.
The communists hitherto showed strictness to its cadres not to follow their religious practices starting from the ordinary religious symbols in the forehead which the Hindus used to do as a daily routine. Only if the forehead does not shown any mark of sandal paste and free from any mark one is considered secular. Even the comrades used to visit each other to observe whether any religious practices are followed in the families of the other comrades. This was the shadowing practices adopted by the communists. The party was that much rigid in the case of Hindus alone. Where as if it is one Imbichi Bava or M A Baby, to name a few they have not shown this hard and fast rules.
Minorities have exception. The leaders who are not christians freely visit the assemblies in the churches and wait for hours to draw the attention of the Bishops to seek their blessings, and see the photos appear in the vernacular press. If the communists decides to enter a place, that means, there are funds and they have found a greener pasture. Mr.Somnath Chatterjee one of the secular pillar silently entered Sri Ramkrishna Mutt and became a member of the management committee. It was not known to the outside world also.
Only when some questions were raised in the Lok Sabha regarding the members of parliament and ministers holding positions in various organisations, Somnath Chatterjee’s double standard came to light. The veteran parliamentarian neither aplogized for it nor explained why he sought a membership in the Board of the Mutt.
The communists always used to keep one section of a community against the other. In Assam and Tripura they pit the tribals against the non-tribals and created a constituency for them.In Kerala they aroused the passions of the downtrodden sections of the society called them in the name of their castes and sharpened their thoughts against the upper castes and gained a strong vote bank.
They called the upper castes with a pet name “savarnar” to shed blood and life and also to retain their support base. Incidentally those who used the term savarnar, very often were in fact hailing from the Savarnar section of the Hindus.
By following this Savarnar leadership the followers have counted how many precious lives were lost by them.
They also have found that their own community men are holding the leadership in
the BJP and holding key positions in that party and the Savarnars have no difficulty in accepting and following them.
The caste groups which were blindly following this Savarna leadership have started realizing their folly and have almost come out of the communist fold breaking the barricades.
To prevent further exodus, the CPI (M) may be adopting a different stance.