he Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretariat is understood to have resolved to persist with its efforts to expose the collusion between the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam leadership and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the State, even as it makes it clear that the party is not against Sree Narayana Guru or the Ezhava community.
The party secretariat, which met in the Capital on Wednesday, felt that while there was some failure on the part of local party leadership in the display of a tableaux showing ‘crucifixion’ of the Guru, the message that was sought to be communicated through the tableaux remained valid. The party’s opposition was to the attempts by the SNDP Yogam leadership to place the community at the feet of the Sangh Parivar forces and not to the teachings of the Guru or the members of the community.
The general mood of the State party leadership was abundantly in evidence on Wednesday itself when Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on the Yogam leadership for what they termed as its attempts to hitch the movement launched by Sree Narayana Guru, who saw the entire humanity as belonging to one religion, with those who advocated the supremacy of one religion and set sections of the people against each other in the name of religion and caste.
Unveiling the statue of late Communist veteran A.K. Gopalan in the city, Mr. Achuthanandan said the State was passing through disturbing times when certain religious and community leaders and the upper crust leadership of some caste organisations were aiding attacks on the gains of social justice, secularism and equality achieved through struggles founded on the teachings of social reformers like Sree Narayana Guru, Ayyankali Pandit Karuppan and leaders such as AKG, P. Krishna Pillai, E.M.S. Namboodiripad and Vagbhataanandan. “Sangh Parivar forces and caste-religion leadership are engaged in an unholy nexus that is a shame on the secular convictions of Sree Narayana Guru,” Mr. Achuthanandan said.
Elsewhere, Mr. Vijayan said the CPI(M) would continue with its opposition to the SNDP leadership till it gave up attempts to weld together the Guru’s all-embracing principle of humanity as one religion with the positions of those who declared all but those belonging to one religious enemies of the nation. “We have always respected Sree Narayana Guru’s philosophy. He had given shape to SNDP Yogam to propagate teachings. His teachings cannot go along with the ideals of those who believed that there could be only one religion in the country,” Mr. Vijayan said.
The CPI(M) says its opposition is to attempts of the SNDP to place the community at the feet of the Sangh Parivar forces.