On Thursday the opposition leader Ramesh Chennitala said that Chief Minister of Kerala Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan had ignored the storied contribution of the Muslim and Christian communities in the hard ford struggle to achieve social reform in India. The Chief Minister has sought to build a human wall of women to protect Enlightenment values by embracing a preferred Hindu caste organisations over other communities which had an equal stake in transforming Kerala from a medieval society into a modern society. At the press conference, which was held yesterday Mr. Ramesh questioned Mr. Vijayan’s contention that progressive value faced by a grave and imminent threat in Kerala.
According to officials, Mr. Ramesh said that the “caste wall” ran against the grain of the Constitution and violated the concept of equality propounded by social reformers. He also added that the “CM has channelled public funds and marshalled the State machinery for a communally divisive end.”
The Deputy Opposition Leader of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) M.K. Muneer said Mr. Pinayari Vijayan has attempted to build a “Berlin” wall in the minds of people by weaponizing caste identity to gain short-term political advantage over the Opposition on the Sabarimala issue. Mr. Muneer alleged that K. P. Sugathan, one of the primary movers, had infamously urged the honour killing of a Hindu woman who married a Muslim man on her own volition.
Vijayan’s book on social reform in Kerala had described Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) general secretary Vellapally Natesan, another champion of the CM’s cause, as a “caste maniac”. The Government was coercing employees and women self-help groups to join the wall.
The Congress leader of Kerala Mr. K. M. Mani said that the Opposition would seek legal and political means to counter the socially divisive move of the ruling front.