People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 03, 2007
‘Stop Misuse Of Religious Faith’
THE Haryana state committee of CPI(M) has expressed deep concern over escalation of confrontation between Sirsa-based Dera and Sikh religious organisations. In a press release, state secretary of the Party, Inderjit Singh, asserted that in a secular democracy there was no scope for intolerance and hatred in any religion. He described as unfortunate the recent developments leading to heightening of tensions and atmosphere in the region.
The CPI(M) state unit felt that the present developments are actually the result of misuse of religious faith of common people and continuing trend of political misuse of religion. As a result of these dangerous trends our country has already paid a heavy price in Punjab and other states, he said. As no one is above Constitution and law, the arbitrary dictates of any group cannot be justified under the rule of law.
The CPI(M) has recalled that serious allegations of criminal nature including sexual abuse and murder have been pending against the Dera chief for the past few years. It is highly objectionable that instead of proving himself innocent, his followers have resorted to display mob tactics to prevent the CBI from conducting inquiry at the instance of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The statement further criticised certain political parties who have been providing patronage to religious bodies in lieu of electoral favours.
The CPI(M) has warned the Akali-BJP government in Punjab to desist from partisan behaviour and called upon it to not allow any fundamentalist religious forces to use the present situation. The government and administration of all concerned states should ensure sufficient security to all communities and sternly deal with anti-social elements.
The CPI(M) has also appealed to all sections of people to use restraint and not to be carried away by the forces of communalism.