THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Centre is not taking effective measures to curb atrocities unleashed in the name of religion, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Friday.
He was addressing a candle light vigil organised by the State Youth Welfare Board and Kerala University Union in memory of the slain journalist Gauri Lankesh.
The present situation in the country is such that it provides ample encouragement for such interferences in religious matters, food habits and thought.
Any one section does not have the right to violate democratic principles, Pinarayi said. ‘’The Centre is not ready to effectively combat such a move. This cannot be a coincidence. Attempts are being made to push the nation back into the dark ages,’’ he said.
“Gauri Lankesh was brutally murdered by people who feared her voice and writings. The murderers of Lankesh used weapons against her realising that their own ideologies were not strong enough to take on her ideas. Lankesh’s murder underscores yet again the need for secular forces to come together in strength with greater unity,” he said.
Youth Welfare Board vice-chairman Biju presided over the function. V S Sivakumar MLA and personalities from the political, and cultural fields attended the event.