India cannot fight terrorism unless it tackles communalism: Karat

January 3rd, 2009 - 10:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Jan 3 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said Saturday the country cannot succeed in the fight against terrorism if it does not first tackle communalism.”Communalism creates polarisation. In the recent past, we’ve seen a series of terrorist attacks in India which were (allegedly) carried out by Hindu extremist groups in Malegaon or ethnic terrorist groups in the northeastern region,” Karat told a seminar here.

“We’ve to put all these terrorist groups into one single basket if we want to put an end to this growing menace. This is a big challenge before us,” he said at the seminar organised by Ganashakti Patrika, a vernacular CPI-M mouthpiece brought out by the party’s West Bengal committee.

“India has a notion that terrorism can only be fought with the help of the US. I feel if our country can knock the door of the United Nations’ Security Council and seek a remedy from them, it’ll be easier to put more international pressure on Pakistan,” he said, accusing the US of “double-standards” in tackling global terrorism.

Karat was in the town Saturday to celebrate the 43rd foundation day of Ganashakti Patrika. He also attended party’s state secretariat meeting.

“What prevents India from going to the UN and furnishing all the evidence before it, instead of sharing it only with the US? We all should internationalise the issue of the Mumbai terrorist attack and get multilateral support from various countries,” he added.

Hinting at the possibility of forming a Third Front at the centre, Karat said the Left parties were trying to gather all the political forces under one umbrella to push for the demand of alternative economic policy in India.

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