VIJAYAWADA: The rise of Sangh Parivar after BJP coming to power at the Centre portended a major threat to the country’s secular fabric, CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the inaugural of the delegates session of the party’s state conference here, the CPI leader said that more than the damage to the country’s economy, it is the threat to secularism that was causing major concern at present.
“The RSS has given a call not only to set up Nathuram Godse’s statues over the country but also ensure that they are bigger than those of Mahatma Gandhi. This alone shows the hidden agenda of the RSS which dictates the functioning of the BJP government,” he observed.
Sudhakar Reddy said it is distressing to note that Narendra Modi, who is known to have directed the police not to bother when members of the Minority community were being butchered in Gujarat in 2002, is now the country’s prime minister and Amit Shah, who is considered an embodiment of arrogance and communalism, is heading the BJP. After the advent of BJP, Hindu reactionary forces have got a new lease of life and now an attempt is being made to convert India into a Hindu Rasthra, Sudhakar Reddy said.
Another disconcerting development is that Narendra Modi is bending backwards to please US which is out to plunder countries like India.
“CPI is not against US or its citizens,” the CPI general secretary said. Referring to the ruling class patting its own back for ensuring economic growth, Sudhakar Reddy said that if growth did not make living easy for common man, it was no growth at all. More than the economic growth, what a country should strive for is improving the human development index. This is the real indicator of how well off the citizens of a country are. “If you go by this yardstick, you will be shocked to know that we are at the 150th position in the world, much below several African countries,” he said.
He said that CPI was ready to work with any other secular and democratic forces but will never compromise on its stand of fighting on behalf of the disadvantaged sections in the continuing class struggle. “We are happy that the Communist parties are coming back into reckoning and now there is more focus on the need for Left parties waging joint struggles.