PM need not remind us of Gandhi’s ideals: Left parties on cow vigilantism

On Prime Minister's Narendra Modi's statement that unleashing violence against others went against the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: "We do not need him to remind us of this."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 29, 2017 9:14 pm
Sitaram Yechury, cpm, farmers,narendra modi CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi need not remind people of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals but should ensure strict action against those attacking people on the pretext of protecting cows, Left parties on Thursday said. On the prime minister’s statement that unleashing violence against others went against the ideals of Gandhi, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: “We do not need him to remind us of this.”

“We are aware of Gandhi’s principles … We want to know what the prime minister proposes to do to stop such mobocracy,” he said.

In an open letter, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy welcomed Modi’s “another” warning to the “so-called” cow vigilantes. “In spite of Modi’s severe warning to them”, anti-social elements are continuing with their activity. It is not clear to people what is encouraging them, it said.

Ministers in the BJP-ruled states are supporting cow vigilantes, directly or indirectly, through their statements. No action has been taken against cow vigilantes or in cases of attacks on Dalits, he alleged. “It is more like a warlord’s regime of Middle Ages then a democratic government of the 21st century in India, especially in BJP-ruled states … Real, serious steps should be taken to stop these killings at once,” he added.

CPI national secretary D Raja said a series of protests against mob attacks targeted at minorities impelled the prime minister to speak on the issue. Raja said Modi being the prime minister has all information on such incidents and can take necessary steps to control the situation. “Incidents of lynching are occurring mainly in BJP-ruled states. So, he should direct these states to take action,” he added.

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    Achyuth Kumar
    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:27 am
    As I felt it, some miscreants in the name of cow rakshaks have started this wrong doings. They are not part of Hindu Organisations or part of BJP/RSS /ABVP etc., The persons creatining this high drama are those against the current government in centre and thier survival through selfish, anti national agenda has been under scanner. Most of them are the supporters of communists and UPA allies and under them they have grown full pledged making money, name and fame. They contributed to the relative parties during elections and afterwards. Genuine People should understand this and act against this anti national and social force. In case of Communist leaders they are against the ethos of the heritage of this great nation. They are the persons who propagated violence in social stream, Naxalites are thier off shoots. Today's Karala is witnessing this. Just because RSS is against Their philosophy, there cadres are killing innocent swayam sevaks in kerala. Progress is mirage under their rule.
  2. L
    Jun 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm
    This Yechury is like devil quoting from scriptures. They daily kill their opponents in Kerala.
  3. R
    Jun 29, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    First thing in stopping mobocracy is to ban all anti-national organizations like communists, media like IE/NDTV and some politicians like Azam Khan,Owasis etc. who spread false rumors and create fertile ground for IS entry into India. Next is strict implementation of cow protection laws, national cow slaughter ban to recognize sentiments of crores of Hindus who worship cow and bringing a law like POTA to arrest law breakers and people who use 'freedom of eating' to instigate riots in the name of right to eat beef like congress/communists routinely do by holding 'beef festivals' in Kerala, Hyderabad etc. For that to hapen we need to wait for next round of elections so that nationalist parties get 2/3 majority in LS,RS and most assemblies and anti-nationals like Yechury,kejirwal,momota,lalu-raulcan't use RS toi block such laws.