2015-09-07 / .

'Crucifixion' of Narayana Guru lands CPI-M in trouble

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M in the State has come in for flak from some religious and cultural outfits over alleged depiction of saint-reformer Sree Narayana Guru as being crucified during a recent party-supported cultural procession in the politically sensitive Kannur District.

The outfits have come out against the CPI-M, which leads the LDF opposition in the state, after pictures of a tableau in which the 19th century Guru was seen 'crucified' during the procession organised by arty-backed 'Balasangham' went viral on social media.

Besides depicting the Guru as fixed to a cross, his well-known message - one caste, one religion and one God for mankind - was also allegedly seen 'distorted' during the procession, held on Sept 5.

Sree Narayana Dhrama Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, a prominent social organisation of numerically strong Ezhava community founded by the Guru, condemned the CPI-M for the depiction.

Guru was a legendary social reformer who paved the way for renaissance in the state and any one who try to picturise him in poor light would have to face 'strong consequences', Yogam General Secretary Vellappalli Natesan said.

Hundreds of SNDP activists staged a protest rally here last night accusing CPI-M of having 'insulted' the Guru and his ideologies.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad said the CPI-M's attempt to 'humiliate' Guru was a challenge to the Hindu community.

Guru was a legendary figure who had brought Kerala from darkness to light and any attempt to tarnish him was a crime that does not deserve pardon, VHP state President S J R Kumar said.

Swamy Sivaswaroopananda, the Secretary of Aluva-based Advaita Ashram, said any attempt to insult Guru by any party would only result in destabilising its own support base.

Reacting to the controversy, CPI-M State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan denied the allegation that the party had insulted Narayana Guru.

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