KOZHIKODE: In a strategic move to establish a strong relationship with the Muslim community in the state, Kerala unit of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is gearing up to set up the Rashtriya Muslim Manch (RMM), an exclusive Muslim outfit that will work in tandem with the RSS.
The RSS leadership has decided to give impetus to the formation of the RMM considering the growing need to win the confidence of the Muslim community in the state and counter the negative image propopagated by its political rivals, including LDF and UDF.
Though the RMM has been active in northern states of the country for the last few years, no concrete efforts have been made so far in Kerala to establish it here. “We had a first round discussion with a few Muslim leaders for setting up the RMM. Even women from the Muslim community attended the meeting. We are prioritising it because RMM will help us to remove misconception of our activities among the Muslim community,” RSS Prantha Karyavahak P Gopalankutty Master told “Express”.
Gopalankutty Master said once the modalities for setting up the organisation were finalised, efforts will be on to establish its units in all districts of the state. Through RMM, the RSS is planning to make use of Muslim scholars to sensitise Muslim youth against the designs of the terrorist outfits.
The RSS leadership has also decided to take up massive awareness campaigns across the state after 21 people reportedly left for Syria to join terror outfit the Islamic State (IS). RSS has been betting big on the RMM to get to the grassroot level in the Muslim community.