Kerala heading towards some renaissance or Islamic fundamentalism?

The orthodox Islamists are against displaying the photographs of women. Which way is Kerela going renaissance or Islamic fundamentalism?

The orthodox Islamists are against displaying the photographs of women. Which way is Kerela going renaissance or Islamic fundamentalism?
The orthodox Islamists are against displaying the photographs of women. Which way is Kerela going renaissance or Islamic fundamentalism?

CPI(M) dumped the renaissance and resorted to Islamic fundamentalism

The CPI(M) leadership had staged a Renaissance Wall across Kerala on January 26 against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which saw millions of men and women standing like a human wall from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram[1]. But when it was time for the local body election in the State, the CPI(M) dumped the renaissance and resorted to Islamic fundamentalism.

A drive through the Muslim dominated districts of Malappuram and Kozhikode will take you to a different era and place. If the traveler doubts whether he has reached Taliban Land, none can fault him. The flex boards spotted along the National highways passing through these districts are full of pictures of Muslim men soliciting votes for their wives who are contesting from municipal, panchayat, and block panchayat wards reserved for women[2].

The CPI(M) which swears by secularism, socialism, gender equality, and all other progressive ideas have taken a lead in this segment too by blacking out pictures of women candidates from flex boards and other advertisements.

As per Islamic custom (prevailing in Kerala), Muslim women do not pose for pictures as photography is haram for the community. The Islamic fundamentalists have been joined by the CPI(M) comrades who have installed flex boards featuring husbands of the women candidates pleading with voters to elect the party candidate…a candidate from amongst us! “Please elect Aamina Hassankunju, wife of Hassan Kunju from Pekkappilli Ward.” Please do not search for Aamina. But larger than life-size posters of Hassan Kunju is everywhere.

Image 1: Hassan Kunju asking vote for Aamina Hassankunju
Image 1: Hassan Kunju asking vote for Aamina Hassankunju

Appathinkattil Ali, Congress leader, pleads with voters to elect Haajra Ali, from the 13th ward in Vilayoor. There are no signs of Aamina and Hajara but their spouses are visible everywhere.

Image 2: Appathinkattil Ali asking vote for Haajra Ali
Image 2: Appathinkattil Ali asking vote for Haajra Ali

“Whom we need is a person from amongst us,” says Shamsuddeen, CPI(M) activist who pleads with voters to elect his spouse Jamsheela as ward councilor.

Image 3: Shamsuddeen asking vote for Jamsheela
Image 3: Shamsuddeen asking vote for Jamsheela

Mohammed Kunjippa, Muslim League leader is in the field for his wife Rejeena.

Image 4: Mohammed Kunjippa asking vote for Rejeena
Image 4: Mohammed Kunjippa asking vote for Rejeena

The CPI(M) which swears by secularism, socialism, gender equality, and all other progressive ideas have taken a lead in this segment too by blacking out pictures of women candidates from flex boards and other advertisements. The men comrades plead with the voters soliciting votes for their better halves. Interestingly all these candidates have been allocated the hammer-sickle-star symbol, the official symbol of the CPI(M).

“It is their way of telling the electorate that though they are contesting the election as CPI(M) candidates, they follow orthodox rules of the Islam,” said Ali Akbar, noted movie maker. He said that the orthodox Islamists are against displaying the photographs of women. “This is yet another sign that the Jamaat-e Islami has established its hold in the CPI(M)[3]. This does not augur well for the Muslim community in the State in the long run,” said Akbar.

References:

[1] Kerala: 7 million join human chain against CAAJan 27, 2020,
Matters India

[2] Political parties engaged in old dogmas, beliefs for campaigningOct 28, 2020, The Pioneer

[3] CPI(M) accused of ties with Jamaat-e-IslamiOct 19, 2015, The Hindu

3 COMMENTS

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    The Virus is slipping out of our vision (everywhere, but no where) like a dream.
    We must maintain a distance. We must from distance ; learn to identify the different covers, facades this creature would use.
    We must defend our existence, protect existence resources and our loved ones. Descend down from the celluloid cloud/cocoon you have gotten accustomed to.
    Take no chances, finding your guards down, the chameleon would devour you.
    A Mob-rule ?
    One is of course free to pass one’s life in comforts of one’s Dreamland.
    But using coercion, assertion that an Outsider must follow, demand for a topography, tangible picture of that land is your birth right.
    A few years back, a litigation in USA went all the way to the highest court.
    The court decided against the plaintiff/Complainant.
    A private citizen of Middle-East, « I want a driver’s liense to drive a vehicle, car on streets, roads of USA, and my religion does not allow me to give a photograph ».
    A common citizen’s reaction to the Plaintiff, « Why do not you ask the super-rich Sheikhs in Middle-East to send you the money (for building a dream world) so that you can buy a piece of land within USA and drive your vehical on that land without ever having a driver’s license ».
    Did President of the country invite you to come & live in his/her country ?
    Under US law, »If a person applied for US citizenship and gave false information in order to influence the decision, that citizenship can be withdrawn at any time-say 30 years PLUS ».

    Innocent people of India have been fooled long enough, it is time-now to say ‘STOP’.
    Before Nawab Nehru distributed millions of free travel vouchers to Saudi Arabia ;
    How many Nawabs, Badshahs, Sultans travelled to Mecca for Haj ?
    When ? Since when ?
    Is there a verifiable reference (days, dates etc .) which describes such travels ?

    Usually, the constitution does not allow a Dreamer :
    To take flour from one law.
    To take sugar from another law.
    To take butter from some other law.
    And thus law forbids the dreamer to make a cake of one’s choice.
    There are countless events in the past after 1947 :
    Burqa clad females smuggled AK-47 across the border in to India.
    A male wearing Burqua boarded an all female compartment/zone/area and robbed all the females of their valuable jewellery.
    Before 600 AD, and after 600 AD (CE) a choronology for democratic institutions and its functions should be required.
    When and how was Democracy in one’s book defined or inserted ?
    Why shouldn’t Witnesses be asked to undergo probity verification in a language understood by all ?
    Mob-rule ?
    Bunkers in the system (democratic, tolerant society) have been built over a period of time. (*) At opportune moment unidentifiable ‘Trojan Horse’ would be re-named, white-washed, painted over, convenient rituals most likely be introduced. This cycle would repeat but remain opaque. (*) The underground secret tunnel between the ‘Bunkers’ would by then be ‘off limits’ to the basic tenet of democracy, e.g. transparency.

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