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‘Strong opposition to extremism in Muslim community’

Campaign to make youth reject extremism

‘Woman who disowned her son a role model’

Kozhikode: Close on the heels of the tough stand taken by Indian Union Muslim League’s (IUML) leadership against organisations like National Development Front (NDF), leaders of the Muslim Youth League, youth wing of IUML, have said that strong opposition against religious fundamentalism and extremism has emerged in the society in general and within Muslim community in particular.

Youth League’s leadership has said it would launch a campaign to strengthen this mood so that youngsters would reject extremism.

Against NDF

Youth League at a meeting of its State Working Committee held recently in Kozhikode resolved to step up its campaign against NDF which it suspects is “misleading the youth into the path of violence and religious extremism with militant slogans.”

“It is significant that a woman had disowned her son who had gone from Kannur to Kashmir to take part in what is believed to be militant activities and got killed there. Her stand lends hopes and strength to the campaign against extremists. She is a role model for parents whose children are being lured into religious militancy by extremist organisations,” a spokesman for Youth League said on Monday.

At least a section of IUML leadership has declared that it would not seek support of NDF in the coming elections. IUML State general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty had recently alleged that political parties that had been attacking League were responsible for the growth of religious extremism in the State .

League had all along taken a moderate course on sensitive social issues, including demolition of Babri Masjid but was attacked for taking such a stand by certain Muslim political parties, he said adding that Left parties had struck poll alliances with these anti-League forces for political gains .

Mr. Kunhalikutty had alleged it was such an alliance at recent Assembly elections that brought about defeat of some League candidates in its traditional strongholds.

IUML and its feeder organisations have chalked out a plan of action to strengthen party base by highlighting the dangers of religious extremism.