People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 45

November 16, 2008


Take Firm Action Against Extremist Elements

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on November 7.

The investigation into the Malegaon bomb blast have revealed the involvement of certain extreme Hindutva organisations and elements. The role of some retired army officers and the case against a serving army officer have disturbing implications for national security.

The new dimension to the growing terrorist threat must be fully investigated and the entire network and persons involved uncovered. Instead of strongly coming out against such extremist groups resorting to terror, the BJP has dismissed the serious development as a “sponsored investigation”. The RSS and its outfits are making absurd statements that Hindus cannot be terrorists. These are the same people who go on talking about “Islamic terrorism”.

What needs to be recognized is that some extremist elements both amongst the Muslims and Hindus are resorting to terrorist violence. They will have to be dealt with firmly and their networks dismantled irrespective of the community they belong to. The Central Government must take the reports of Hindutva infiltration in the army seriously. The role of the Bhonsala Military School has to be investigated. No private educational institution can be allowed to provide military training. This must be immediately stopped and the school should conform to the regular educational curriculum.