Radical groups in Kerala unite against ’state terror’May 22nd, 2008 - 12:58 pm ICT by admin
Kozhikode, May 22 (IANS) Fringe political groups in Kerala with radical leanings have overcome their differences to forge a movement against “state terror”. At a convention Tuesday, which brought together organisations like the extreme Left group Parottam and the radical Muslim National Democratic Front (NDF), delegates called for resistance against state terror on Maoists and Muslims.
“Our effort is to enlighten people about citizens’ rights. The arrest of P. Govindankutty (editor of a Maoist publication) has created an atmosphere favourable to such an initiative in the state,” M.N. Ravunni, general convenor of Porattom, told IANS.
Govindankutty, editor of the Maoist publication People’s March, was arrested December 2007 in Kochi and went on a month-long hunger strike in prison.
“The new platform is an informal grouping with only issue based agenda. The committee that was formed for the convention has now been disbanded and we have an informal arrangement for holding consultations with each other,” Ravunni added.
Acknowledging that it was an unlikely alliance, brought together by an abhorrence of “the upper caste ruling elite, forces of Hindutva and imperialism who have the agenda of hunting down Maoists and Muslims”, Ravunni said: “A lot of complexities are involved in this coming together.”
Added P. Koya, supreme council member of the NDF: “We are for issue based involvement. This is for upholding human rights and to stop the fascists.”
He said this was an effort to uphold the rule of law.
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