People's Democracy

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


No. 34

August 31 , 2008


CPI(M) Condemns Sangh’s Fascistic Attacks In Orissa

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on August 26, 2008

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the inhuman attack on a church-run children’s orphanage at Phutpali in Orissa by sangh parivar criminals in which a young woman student who was looking after the children was burnt alive. It is a reflection of the fascistic mindset of these organisations that they could attack a place housing innocent unprotected children. In other incidents of violence unleashed by front organisations of the RSS, another member of the Christian community was burnt alive while houses and places of worship across Orissa are being attacked. Several have been injured. The human targets mainly belong to poor tribals and scheduled caste Christian communities living in the most deprived regions of the state. All this is supposedly in retaliation to the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmananda and four of his supporters reportedly by Maoists. While the killing is condemnable and action must be taken to identify and punish those responsible, it is shocking that the sangh parivar should use this as an opportunity to further its violent agenda of attacking the minority communities.

The communalists have been emboldened because of the support being extended by the BJP, a coalition partner in the Orissa government. The CPI(M) demands immediate action by the state government to take measures to stop the attacks, arrest those responsible for the violence and ensure protection of the Christian community in the state.