Various nationalist organisations, political parties and Hindu organisations collectively staged a protest in solidarity with the slain workers of Hindu Munnani and other Hindu organisations
Vibrant voices echoed the poet’s Thiruvalluvar memorial Valluvar Kottam in the heart of Chennai in evening of October 8, condemning the killing spree against the cadres of Hindu nationalist organisations by anti-social elements, particularly the anti-Hindu forces. Various organisations expressed the solidarity with the victims. The slogans they raised that reverberated the entire area with arousing support for the Hindu cause.
There was a lull in jihadi killings after the BJP led government at the centre. Unable to digest the resurgence of Hindu organisations after witnessing current year’s Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrations and the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tamil Nadu, the Islamic fundamentalist organisations are back again in unleashing terror.
Before the blood of Coimbatore Sasikumar was dry, on October 5, an RSS functionary, Narahari of Triplicane in Chennai was attacked while on his way to the office. While escaping from the attackers he cried aloud and shouted, “Thulukkans (how Muslims are called) are killing me… protect me”. With multiple fractures on his hands and legs, he is recovering at Apollo Hospital in Teynampet. Another BJP cadre Janardhanan was hacked to death in full public view in Villupuram.
However, this is not the first time that the RSS and associated organisations have been at the receiving end of this violence and brutality.
The attacks are not new to this state. If we see the genesis, it goes back to1980s. “It all started with an attack on then state BJP chief Jana Krishnamurthy in early 80s. After the attempts for mass conversion Mandaikaadu in Kanyakumari District and Meenakshipuram in Tirunelveli district in 1982, there was a resurgence among Hindus to protect themselves from the praying wolves and underlined the importance of unity. That spirit was the impetus and main ingredient for the growth of and popularity of Hindutva outfits in the so-called Dravidian fort. In 1989, in Coimbatore, Hindu Munnani cadre Veera Ganesh war murdered by the Al-Ummah, a Muslim fanatic group. There were murder attempts on Hindu Munnani leader Ram Gopalanji,” pointed out a leader from the organisation. The major plot was the Coimbatore bomb blasts which occured hours before L K Advani’ s meeting. Only a minuscule group is fighting to protect Hindu cause despite all odds. In Muslim majority areas, Hindus can’t perform their religious rituals. They are not even allowed to draw kolam (Rangoli) with rice flour.
Over the years, the Islamist fundamentalists became more powerful and vigorous in their attack on the workers of Hindu nationalist organisations. During the DMK rule, so many Muslim terrorists were released from jail. The present ruling AIADMK, with its much-avowed appeasement policy, also helps them to expand their clout. Certain police officers are also helping them with their full might. Naturally, they are in an unhindered attacking spree, said R Gauthaman, a chronicler. “Since the days of Indian Freedom Movement, Tamil Nadu has been a hotbed of separatism and Islamic Secessionism. The British sowed the seeds of Dravidian Separatism and nurtured it through Dravidian racist outfits such as Justice Party and the likes. The Islamic secessionism was fuelled by tactic support to the Muslim League. The ascendancy of Muslim League in politics of Tamil Nadu was phenomenal and every Muslim pocket in the elsewhere Madras Presidency backed Islamic secessionism,” he said.
Recalling the reasons, Gauthaman said, “Emboldened by the softness of the DMK regime, the Jihadi outfits in Tamil Nadu became more aggressive, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Be it, attempting to block the placement of Vinayagar Vigrahas, thwarting Visarjanam processions or stoning idols (Vigrahas) during the processions. Attacks and protests against Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations have been increasing every year since 2006. The Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP) was giving “military training” (fully uniformed with arms) with the full knowledge of Q branch police. AIADMK aligned with Manitha Neya Makkal Katchi, the political arm of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagham (TMMK), which is known for its active terror cells and responsible for a spate of Islamic terror killings. When SIMI was banned, its new avatars like Al-Umma, were formed. In 1993 Chennai RSS office was attacked with a powerful bomb in which 11 were killed. From 1989 to till date nearly 138 people have lost their lives besides leaving hundred in a crippled condition. This includes RSS—Hindu Munnai functionaries, policemen and general public,” stated Gauthaman. The prominent presence of Hindu organisations such as Hindu Munnani, RSS, etc. was able to safeguard the Hindu community through proactive measures. While the killings were on, there was a section in the intelligentsia belonging to the Left-Secular-Dravidian yore that the ‘anti-Muslim propaganda’ was responsible for the killings,” he added.
“Repealing of anti-terror law and indifference towards Islamic fundamentalism with an eye on minority votes provided a fertile ground for the reincarnation of Islamic terror outfits in the state. These had percolated deep down into the administration resulting in total failure of all organs of the Government in discharging their duties to tackle the menace of Islamic terror. The total break-down of intelligence and the fear psychosis instilled by the Islamic terror groups in the minds of police and administration can be seen from the behaviour and functioning of the departments. The Dravidian politics from its inception revolves around the fulcrum of anti-Hindu and anti-national forces. In this scenario, pro-Islamic and pro-secessionism becomes a corollary,” he further said.
The State BJP and Hindu Munnani leaders met PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and submitted a detailed memorandum and sought their intervention. After the spate of September-October attacks, a memorandum was presented to the acting governor.
“We can’t squarely blame the jihadi groups, Popular Front of India (that is the conduit for the IS recruitment in southern states) Tamil Nadu Jawheed Jamath, SDPI and other splinter Muslim groups. But we have to think of the others too. The Dravidar Kazhagam, the left parties, and Thriumavalavan’s Viduthalai Siruthaigal which are on the verge of political isolation due to their
unpopularity, might have a hand in these attacks and the killings of Hindus. They have lost their ideological war with the Hindutva wings. If we fail to initiate appropriate actions right now, Tamil Nadu will turn another Kashmir where majority Hindus are eliminated quietly,” said a political commentator.
Before another Jammu and Kashmir like situation happens, the Centre and the State should realise their duties and protect the Hindus. The Muslim presently has a share of 6.5 percent of the total population before the touch the thresh hold limit of 8 per cent, warns a Hindu Munnani leader.
With the State a passive onlooker and hand in glove with the extremists, it is the Centre’s responsibility to take stubborn measures to contain this alarming trend before it goes out of control. Today it is in Tamil Nadu and tomorrow it may happen to any State that ultimately affects the integrity of the nation. n