CPM and its leader Pinarayi Vijayan
caught off guard by the salvo by a channel interview of Karunakaran.
Introduction & the past: There wont be many Keralites who does
not know about the Rajan case. It is a very famous incident during emergency. On March 1, 1976, P. Rajan, a final year student of the
Calicut Engineering College, was whisked away from the hostel in the early
hours along with another student, Joseph Chali. Rajan’s disappearance and
his father Eachara Warrier’s legal battle to trace the killers have since
been known as the Rajan case.
Rajan was brutally murdered and
allegedly by the police excesses during the period. Karunakaran is
particularly part of the story because he was the home minister during the
period and it has been alleged that he did nothing to save Rajan.
Rajan case and atrocities
committed by official machinery during that time has always been CPM and its
other student, youth organizations main tool for political encounters.
The present: A TV Channel conducts an interview of
Karaunakaran and is asked about Rajan case. Karunakaran and CPM does not
want to be reminded of the Rajan case at this point of time because
they are in a marriage of convenience (read seat adjustments) facing the
imminent election .
Pinarayi is first sweet & then sour
about Karunakaran: At first Pinarayi Vijayan
had only sweet words about Mr. Karunakaran because they have a special
relationship now. He said that it was not Karunakaran but the congress party
who had been primarily responsible in the Rajan case. However he never knew what a
mess he was getting into by being sweet.
He senses the mood, and the mistake in
his defense of Mr. Karunakaran and faced by
questions from his opposition, moves on to a new statement. This time
radically opposite to his first statement. That, the leader Karunakaran
cannot evade responsibility in the Rajan case, and that “the blame would be
attached to him till his end”.
VS does his part
VS Achuthanandan enters the
scene calling Karunakaran primarily responsible in the Rajan case. Personally, he
might have never fully accepted the DIC(Karunakaran) alliance. He had been involved in
an awful fight with his arch enemy Karunakaran all his political life; he
probably could not suddenly change stand about Karunakaran as easily as Mr. Pinarayi.
The Opportunism & ideology: When you live a truthful life, you can
live a fearless life. This is the same for individuals and politicians. If
you practice what you preach you can be at peace.
However, when you make dishonest
associations, while you very well know that you can never connect to that
person or organization due to fundamental differences in ideology and the
past wars you fought incessantly, it is better to say NO to an alliance. But
for our politicians, it is always marriage of convenience. They have long
forgotten their ideology.
The political fall out: People channel, the media that ignited the current
political debate deserve commendation for making the political masters
succumb meekly. Our top politicians inflicted self injury by taking utterly
opportunistic political stands.
Now the followers of the party have been
profoundly confused by the ongoing events and do not know which stand to
take. In fact this is nothing for our leaders. They have thicker skin and
they will come out of this current storm unscathed.
But, for you, see how foolish
we (the public) continues to be.
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