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Saturday, September 16, 2017

ideological ... celebrate birth of Lord Krishna ! organise rally yet shall not pray ??

God’s own country has got some great Temples of Lord Krishna – Guruvayur, Ambalapuzha, Thiruvambady Sri Krishna Temple and more .. .. birth of Lord Sri Krishna was grandly celebrated here too - .. but .. something with commies too. 

Kerala has seen lot of killings, turf war between workers of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Sangh Parivar in Kerala – at times the Kerala’s ruling community seemingly endorsing the blood spilling on the roads.  Sadly, there could be politics of blood shed in celebrating the birth of Lord too as there were to be parallel processions and pageantry on the occasion of Sree Krishna Jayanthi. The events, organised under the aegis of Balagokulam and Balasangham, children's outfits backed by RSS and CPM respectively, passed off peacefully on Tuesday. But the unease they created in a district which has already witnessed violent clashes may linger on.

Media claims that the police averted a showdown between the two warring groups this year by assigning separate spots and routes for their respective processions. The police also did not allow them to go beyond 6 pm. Over 3,500 policemen, including armed personnel, were deployed in sensitive areas of the northern district.  Fact would remain that Balagokulam  has been conducting the programme for the last 40 years, organised processions in about 450 centres in the district with a natural flair for celebrating birth of Lord Krishna. Children dressed up as Krishna and Radhika in glittering robes took part in processions in over  300 processions organized so.

The CPM, which suddenly took to celebrating the function since  the first time in 2015, used the same religious symbols. But following criticism from several quarters, the party kept out deities the next year and instead depicted social reformers like Sree Narayana Guru and Ayyankali, freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh and Mohandas Gandhi, and former president APJ Abdul Kalam. But the processions organised by CPM this year did feature religious symbolism alongside cultural leaders. The CPM had earlier opposed the Shobha Yatra, saying it was a strain on children. The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of the party, had even undertaken a door-to-door campaign against parading children on the streets.

The BJP views the CPM's bid as an attempt to disrupt the Balagokulam's Shobha Yatra. The party's state president Kummanam Rajasekharan termed it as a challenge to the believers and the children. He said it was against the spirit of the peace meeting initiated by the government to end the spate of political violence in the district.  RSS leader Valsan Thillankery said the CPM was organising parallel events after the party found its cadre increasingly being drawn into the saffron fold. He said that a large number of CPM workers belonging to the Hindu community have been joining BJP in Kannur, as they felt that the latter was the best defender of the community's interests. "The CPM is rattled by the spiritual awakening among Hindus. They are experimenting with new tactics after they failed to use muscle power to stop the exodus of cadres. But this too will not succeed. CPM workers are fed up with the party's outdated philosophy," he said.

However, P Jayarajan, CPM's Kannur district secretary, said there was nothing religious in the party's programme ! of organizing rally on the occasion celebrating birth of Lord Krishna !!!! Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said CPM's decision to organise the programme on Sree Krishna Jayanthi revealed its ideological bankruptcy. The party is trying to counter RSS by staging religious events, as it is clueless about its political standing, he said. Political observers view the CPM's indulgence in the Hindu religious activity as a sign of the communist movement's decay.

Kannur, the cradle of Communism in the state, has been gripped by waves of political violence ever since RSS made inroads into the Marxist bastion in the 1980s. More than 250 people have been killed and hundreds maimed in cross-fire in the district over the last three decades  ~ and how good is Communist idealogy ?? 

Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran’s action of offering prayers at the Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple in Thrissur district on the auspicious day of Ashtami Rohini on 12 September has kicked off a debate within the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the state on the issue of faith.  Surendran, who belongs to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), was shown in television channels as performing pushpanjali (offering flowers to God) and praying with folded hands at the sacred steps during his day-long visit to the famed temple. Temple officials said he had also contributed money for annadhanam, a long-held, sacred tradition followed by the temple of offering food. The minister has justified his action saying it was part of his duty as minister in charge of temple affairs. However, some of his fellow comrades in the ruling front have rejected his claim. They say participation in temple rituals was not part of the minister’s duty.

Clear ideology ~ go to Temples, shall not pray ! celebrate Krishna, all for votes !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
16th Sept. 2017.


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