Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said terrorist forces should be isolated politically instead of banning them.
“Prohibition is not a permanent solution to anything. What happened after the ban on RSS thrice?” Yechury told the media while responding to the ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI).
“The RSS was banned three times but there was no result. On one side of the political murders in Kerala is the RSS. If the RSS violence ends, the problems in Kerala will be solved to some extent. Whoever commits terrorist acts should be politically isolated.”
He said the CPI (M) opposes all forms of terrorist activity and had always condemned the violent activities of the PFI.
However, declaring the PFI an unlawful association is not the way to tackle this problem, he added.
The CPI-M said the PFI was an organization with extremist views and had been indulging in violent activities against its perceived opponents.
Past experience has shown that bans on organisations like the RSS and Maoists were not effective. But there has to be firm administrative action under the existing laws against the PFI whenever it indulges in violent activities.
The PFI and the RSS have been engaged in killings and retaliatory killings in Kerala and coastal Karnataka, vitiating the atmosphere to create communal polarization, the Marxists said.
There are also extremist organisations like the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, elements of whom have been implicated in the killings of noted secular writers and personalities, it said.