Thiruvananthapuram: Huge rallies by Solidarity Youth Movement in Kerala were not mere an expression of Muslims’ emotion. They were in fact strong protest and warning against the imperialistic agenda embraced by a section of police and media. The recent incidents of letter bomb and email threat against the Prime Minister were used as tools for tarnishing and torturing Muslims in the name of terrorist hunt. The police and media harassed Muslim youths and indulged in criminal and provocative statements. But by the grace of Almighty their agenda collapsed within no time.
The police celebrated the terrorist hunt in the letter bomb case for two weeks with the backing of a section of visual and print media, which cooked stories according to their own whims and fancies. A Muslim youth was being harassed in custody and the police endeavoured to unearth his ‘terrorist link’ in their own typical way. The police tried to get him for the brain mapping. The media was in a festive mood as they joined the war on terror led by America.
But the real culprit was a Hindu youth! Then the whole picture turned down and the police said that he had some mental problem. They did not probe into the link he had with the Sangh Parivar nor did the media.
Then the various Muslim organisations smelled the intrusion of North Indian style of policing. The Solidarity rose to the occasion and came forward against the conspiracy and vested interest of the police and the media. They conducted mass rallies at Kozhikode and Kollam towns. Thousands of people especially youths participated in the rallies and raised slogans against the imperialistic-fascist agenda. They expressed cut-up with the Left government attitude towards police action.
T. Arifali, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Kerala, inaugurated the conferences. Noted columnist and human rights activist Dr. Ram Puriyani and Mr. Balaraman, former chairperson of State Human Rights Commission attended the conferences at Kozhikode and Kollam respectively. Sheikh Muhammad Karakunnu, O. Abdurahman, Abdul Hameed Vaniyambalam, P. Mujeeb Rahman, K.A. Shafeek, P.I. Naushad also addressed the rallies.
T. Arifali exhorted the people of Kerala to be vigilant on imperialistic-fascist combined move in Kerala. Now there is a planned move to frame Muslims as culprits in the terrorist acts. And even the Communist government in Kerala also has become a tool and it is evident in their passive stand on the police deeds against minorities, he said.
We could wash off the venom of communalism in the past but now it is a hard task to overcome the imbroglio as this malice is injected deep in the State. The government and the media bear a profound responsibility to maintain communal harmony.
Arifali also criticised the Central government for its dilly-dallying stand in Saddam’s case. The government should have shown courage, he said.
Dr. Ram Puniyani explained that there was no connection between religion and terrorism. It is political. Terrorism is the response and revenge against injustice. Sometimes it has political motive. When Muslims are dubbed terrorists, the Hindus and Christians are not maligned for the activities of Tamil Tigers and Irish Republican Army. Terrorism can never be connected with Islamic ideals. In Islam killing a man is equal to annihilate all mankind. So no Muslim can be terrorist. And Osama and Al-Qaeda are not representing Islam but they are the products of America , Ram Puniyani said.
The rallies were an eye-opener to the whole society in Kerala.