Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Leaders of the

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) said here on Monday that India needed to revert to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to counter the imperialistic attitude of the United States.

Addressing a news conference, IUML State president Panakkad Mohammedali Shihab Thangal and State general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty said a State committee meeting held here had adopted a resolution seeking the Centre not to succumb to the pressure tactics of the U.S.

India ought to have an independent and fresh outlook in the wake of contemporary issues such as the provocative statement of the U.S. President that India was contributing to the food grain shortage in the world, the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal that has been put on hold and India getting closer to Iran following the visit of the Iranian President to the country, the Thangal said.

The League had no second thoughts on airing its views, particularly on the imperialistic regime of the U.S., the IUML leaders said replying to a question pointing out that the party’s senior functionary E. Ahamed was a Union Minister of State in the UPA government.

The Thangal said the State committee had also called for a protest on Friday against the statement of U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the burgeoning Indian middleclass consumed more food leading to spiralling prices in the global market. The U.S. wanted India and Latin American countries to remain poor like African nations. On the one hand America was plundering all the natural resources and manpower of the world and on the other hand exercising a policy of arms trading and creating wars between nations, he said.

The party had also decided to mobilise support from like-minded organisations and political parties to fight the “anti-minority” policies of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front government in the State.

The Thangal had already been entrusted with the task to chalk out agitation programmes in this regard.

Various Muslim organisations, other minority groups and Dalit organisations would come on a common platform to launch a battle against the LDF government’s policies impinging on the rights of the minorities. The agitation would be issue-based without any politics, Mr. Kunhalikutty said.