6 CPM activist have been arrested for the murder of RSS activist in Kannur, Kerala

Political clashes became endemic in the state only after the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that backs the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started establishing their base in the state in the 1940s. RSS leaders consider the Communist attack on its gathering in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram in 1948 addressed by Sarsanghachalak M S Golwalkar as the beginning of political violence in the state. They viewed another attack on a similar gathering addressed by Golwalkar at Alappuzha in 1952 as a continuation of the violent politics.

This was followed by a series of murders of RSS workers in Ernakulam, Kottayam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts. However, these attacks did not manifest into pestering frictions in many of these places. They fueled relentless hostility leading to cycles of brutal killings and counter killings only in Kannur. Historians trace the roots of the political violence in Kannur, which incidentally has a strong legacy of warfare between warrior groups in the past, to a host of factors. Even though they do not rule out the influence of the warrior culture, represented by martial art (Kalarippayattu) and the ritual art (Theyyam) on the violence, they feel that it got an organic shape with the fight against the British rule.

When the Leftists were killing RSS people in Kerala, BJP and RSS thought to back off. You can see uptill now BJP and RSS had no base in Kerala. But when the reports started flowing in that Hindus are becoming minority  in Kerala (There were 90% Hindus in 1951 Census while they are less than 50% now.) RSS thought of coming with full power in Kerala and educate Hindus not to convert.

On one hand RSS has been educating Hindus not to convert and setting up the base for BJP in the state while on the other hand CPM (Marxist) have been killing the RSS men in the state for doing so.

Now for the recent murder of an RSS man in the state police has arrested 6 CPI (Marxist) men.


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