What Many People Fear about Kerala…”The God’s Own Country”

On Saturday, Bengaluru witnessed candlelight protest to condemn attacks on nationalist workers in Kerala.  City-based not-for-profit outfit-Citizens for Democracy had organized a candlelight demonstration in front of Bengaluru’s popular landmark-Town Hall during yesterday (Saturday) evening. Activists condemned attacks and murders of several ABVP, BJP, and RSS workers in the state of Kerala.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the site and shouted slogans against communist goons who have a “license to kill in Kerala.”

Protesters were addressed by Rajesh Padmar and Radhakrishna Holla from Citizen for Democracy. They were accompanied by social activists- Vinod Krishnamurthy, Sudip Nair, Chandrashekar Jagirdar and blogger Rakesh Shetty. They expressed their solidarity with the victims’ family members.

Activists have urged Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seriously look at the list of BMS, ABVP, RSS workers as well as other social workers who have faced atrocities in Kerala. They urged the Communist Party to be tolerant and also to take action against its workers involved in violence.

What can you do to ensure justice in these cases?

God’s Own Country has been facing political violence since several decades. But, the situation has become alarming since last two years. Several RSS, BJP, ABVP members have been attacked as well as killed.

This year’s first political murder in Kerala happened in February. A-27 year-old man was hacked to death, right in front of his parents in the Kerala’s Kannur district. His name was Sujith, and he was associated with BJP- RSS. Reports suggest that he was murdered by members of CPI (M). In fact, police arrested eight CPI (M) supporters in this case.

The most recent political murder was that of a 26-year-old BJP worker-Bineesh, during the first week of September. He was a resident of Kerala’s Kannur district. Before this murder, a crude bomb was hurled at BJP’s Thiruvananthapuram office. Voters from the state replaced Chandy with Vijayan this year. Two days back, Vijayan assured Union Minister Rajnath Singh that he would take necessary steps to control political violence.

You may not have time and money to file PIL in the SC. You may not be able to influence the mainstream media and force them to organize debates to discuss these murders. Mitali Saran and Karan Thapar won’t write columns on this issue for you.

But, you should never forget that you have the power to elect Parliamentarians who are answerable to you.

You can write to your city’s MP and urge him/her to debate this during next parliamentary session. You can also email your concerns to Chief Minister”™s office Kerala ([email protected], Additional Chief Secretary, Home- [email protected]), Human Rights Commission Kerala ([email protected]) and Union Minister Rajnath Singh”™s office (Joint Secretary– [email protected]). Let’s urge them to look into this matter and to at least give justice to victim families if not 2BHK flats, millions of rupees, and a government job.

Nitten Gokhaley