The major Left party Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI(M))’s senior-most Polit Bureau member S Ramachandran Pillai popularly known as SRP was actively involved with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He was not a simple member of RSS. He was a leader and rose up to Shikshak level too in his younger days. For people belonging to the Left parties these revelations that are now emerging from Kerala will be a shocker. As Kerala is going in for Assembly elections next year all kinds of mudslinging is going on. It is the usual habit of accusations by the two major parties Congress and the Left in Kerala to accuse the opponent as an RSS agent or a BJP agent to cut down his image among the Muslim and Christian electorate which totally comprises around 50 percent.
The recent controversy and mudslinging started with the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) sparring over the gold smuggling through UAE Consulate’s diplomatic baggage, leading to the link of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s Principal Secretary M Sivasankar. First Congress accused that CPI(M) is in a secret deal with BJP to save it from the cases of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the cases filed by the Customs Department. Then CPI(M) countered that Congress’ Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala was in the RSS and working as a BJP agent. Both sides are trading accusations that the other side was an RSS or a BJP agent trying to grab Muslim and Christian votes.
In Kerala, both fronts usually tarnish each other with of links with the RSS or the BJP as if that is a crime. Such is the level of political maturity in Kerala which enjoys a high literacy rate.
Then came the clincher from BJP’s organ in Kerala – the Janmabhumi newspaper. In a long article, Janmabhoomi said Congress leader Ramesh was never with that RSS or BJP but that his father was an RSS sympathiser. The Right-Wing newspaper report went on exposing that in fact CPI(M) Polit Bureau Member S Ramachandran Pillai was with RSS in his young days before joining the Communist party. Pillai, a former Rajya Sabha MP is now 83 years old and the senior-most member of CPI(M) highest body Polit Bureau and stationed in the party’s headquarters in Delhi for the past 30 years.
The BJP’s newspaper says S Ramachandran Pillai popularly known as SRP was not only an RSS member but also in charge of their unit (Shakha) in Pullikanakku in Sreekrishnapuram Panchayat in Alappuzha district. Pillai was an RSS Shikshak (trainer) and attended many RSS district level meetings till 1955. Later he joined the Communist Party of India (CPI) in 1956 and went to CPI(M) in 1964 when the party was split on the ideological war on what should be the relation to kept with Congress party.
There is nothing wrong in changing parties. But in Kerala, Congress is rejoicing at the revelation of the BJP’s newspaper that CPI(M)’s senior-most Polit Bureau Member was an RSS Unit leader in his younger days. In Kerala, both fronts usually tarnish each other with of links with the RSS or the BJP as if that is a crime. Such is the level of political maturity in Kerala which enjoys a high literacy rate. The newspaper also revealed that former Congress Chief Minister R Sankar (1962-64) was also an RSS Pracharak in the 1940s.