Congress Reveals Communal Face

03 December 2015
The Revolutionary Left has always maintained that the soft-Hindutva of the Congress has been one of the most important reasons behind the spread of communal ideology in the country as well as the meteoric rise of the ultra-right BJP/Sangh Parivar. History provides numerous examples of this – from the pampering of Hindutva forces over the Babri Masjid issue, leading to escalation of brutal violence, to the Nellie massacre. Recently, however, in its role of Opposition, the Congress has made a great show of attacking the BJP as communal.

But all the sad efforts of the Congress to portray itself as the champion of secularism has come to naught in the wake of the public comment made by senior Congress leader and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat. Terming those who slaughter cows as the ‘country’s biggest enemies’, Rawat said on November 19 that such people had “no right to live in the country”. “Anyone who kills cows, no matter which community he belongs to, is India’s biggest enemy and has no right to live in the country,” Rawat said addressing a function in Haridwar. Rawat said his government had already passed a proposal against cow slaughter. Clearly, the poison of Hindutva fascism flows through the very veins of the Congress. It is up to the revolutionary left to unite against the venomous Hindutva fundamentalism that is threatening to ruin the country
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