Thiruvananthapuram : The Hindu nationalists always perceived Gandhiji as enemy, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Gandhiji was well aware of the terror threat the majority community posed. To his last breath, Gandhiji stood for Hindu – Muslim amity, said CM.
It is 75 years since martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi. India, as envisioned by Gandhiji is in stark contrast to the Hindutva nationalism of the Sangh Parivar. When the religious fanatic Nathuram Vinayak Godse, shot dead Gandhiji, the ideology of India became wounded. Gandhiji had sacrificed his life to protect the ideological foundations on which the modern democratic India should be built.
With seven decades past Independence, our country still grapples with multidimensional challenges. The country's secularism, pluralism and federalism are being attacked. RSS became a banned outfit when Gandhiji was assassinated. That very RSS now, leads the country’s administrations and moves forward throwing all Constitutional values to the wind.
The Sangh Parivar is pursuing its countrywide political goals by deploying politics of hate and division. There came to be adopted the denial of citizenship based on one’s religion. Efforts are on to dilute the country’s federal principles to encroach up on power of the States.
The religious fanatics did away with Gandhi for envisioning a secular India. At several places today, instead of telling children that Gandhiji was killed, they are being taught that Gandhiji had died. It’s proof that Sangh Parivar has been always fearful of Gandhi. The memory of Gandhi is an eternal antidote to communal divisive politics in India.
On this day of Gandhiji’s martyrdom, we assume commitment to build broader democratic resistance against communal politics. On this day, our pledge must comprise the declaration that we are ready to fight to protect the country’s Constitution and secularism, said CM.