The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has expressed grave concern over the growing radicalisation of jehadi forces especially in Southern states and the continuous negligence of land border by the government. In a resolution adopted at the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) meeting in Kochi on October 26, 2013, the RSS demanded that the Union and the concerned State governments should undertake extensive investigation by Central agencies about the nature of clandestine activities of the radical groups, their links and source of funding both within and outside the country and take firm measures including a ban on organisation like PFI, to put an end to these forces. It also appealed to all patriotic forces including media to be vigilant about such elements and prevail upon the political parties and governments to act firmly against these anti-national activities.
The resolution said although separatist and secessionist activities exist all over Bharat, its menacing portents in recent times especially in southern Bharat in terms of their penetration among Muslim youth; terror training and export modules; attacks on Hindu activists; and active connivance with anti-national Maoists and international jehadi elements pose an unprecedented challenge to the national security.
The emergence of Popular Front of India (PFI) and its front organisa-tions in Kerala consequent to the ban on SIMI should be seen in this context. It’s formation as a coordinated effort between organisations like Karnataka for Dignity (KFD), Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP) in Tamil Nadu and National Development Front (NDF) in Kerala, under the purported aim of ‘promotion of democracy and social justice’ is nothing but a camouflage to perpetuate hard-line ideologies. Large scale brainwashing and weapon’s training of Muslim youth; export of such terror elements in other parts of Bharat as revealed by recent designated NIA court’s verdict in the ‘Kashmir recruitment case’; the penetration in Police and Government machinery; admission by Kerala Government to the State High Court about the links with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and al-Qaida clearly reveal the real face and agenda of these outfits. Their attempts to develop a political face with a pan Indian presence should be nipped in the bud. Apart from Kerala the tentacles of terror have engulfed the adjoining states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka too.
In another resolution the ABKM cautioned the countrymen to not assume that the border security is the responsibility of the Government and the armed forces alone. Patriotic countrymen should constantly keep a vigil on the situation along the borders and be ready at anytime to safeguard them.
The ABKM regretted that the 4,057 km long most sensitive Bharat-Tibet border is the most neglected one. In many sectors, carpeted roads end 50-60 km short of the borders, causing immense difficulties to the people living in border villages. Transport facilities are meagre; several villages have a bus service once a week only. Schools have no proper buildings; hospitals don’t exist; electricity is erratic or non-existent; telecommunications facility too is unavailable for many villages. Market places are far off, forcing villagers to crossover to the other side for their daily needs.
In view of the prevailing situation, the ABKM called upon the Government to:
1. Give top priority to building basic infrastructure like roads, rail network, electricity, water supply, schools, hospitals, etc. along the borders
2. In border areas constitute Village Defence Committees and give appropriate training and incentives to people in border villages and make them stake holders in border security and management
3. Constitute an independent border management authority to manage the affairs of all borders
4. Complete the fencing along Bharat-Bangladesh border and strengthen border security by effective deployment of forces along all other borders
5. Provide proper compensation to the people who have lost access to their lands due to fencing, land mining, etc
6. Develop ancient religious and other potential tourist sites along the borders. Encourage border tourism which will benefit the people living in border areas, while at the same time countrymen at large develop emotional attachment with the borders
7. Create a mechanism for effective operational coordination between military and para-military forces engaged in border security
8. Develop a mechanism for dialogue and co-operation between the people on the borders and the armed forces.