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Sunday, December 13, 2009 12:00:37 PM, News Desk

Former Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University B. Ekbal inaugurating the State conference of the Kerala Yukthivadi Sanghom in Kannur on Saturday.

(Photo: SK Mohan/The Hindu)

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Malegaon: B. Ekbal, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kerala, has said that political Islam that advocates the religion’s capture of political power has to be seen as no less dangerous than the fascist Hindutva forces, reports The Hindu.


"Religious extremism and a soft Hindutva mindset are gaining strength in the State. Society often seemed to be taking a soft approach to a special kind of religious extremism, while opposing the politics of religious extremism", The Hindu quoted Dr. Ekbal as saying.


Former Vice Chancellor of Kerala University Dr. Ekbal is also a public health and science activist. His observations came while he was inaugurating the State conference of the Kerala Yukthivadi Sanghom (rationalists’ association) in Kannur yesterday.


He said the growth of political Islam ran parallel to that of U.S. imperialism. Both had to be opposed strongly.


He said upper-caste fascists contended that while all Muslims were not terrorists, all terrorists were Muslims. While this view was unacceptable, the perception that extremist tendencies were absent among Muslims should be opposed.


Lamenting that Kerala society had forgotten its scientific and rational legacy, Dr. Ekbal said the State had now become a breeding ground for irrational ideas. The State might be experiencing industrial stagnation, but a spiritual industry was gaining ground here.


“Kerala is witnessing export and import of fake spiritualism,” he said adding any irrational thinking easily got acceptance here, forgetting the rational legacy upheld by Sahodaran Ayyappan, M.C. Joseph, Kuttippuzha Krishna Pillai and Ayyankali.


“The people of Kerala are now paying a heavy price for the absence of rational thinking,” he said. He urged the rationalists to seek the support of peace-loving believers to fight religious extremism.


Dr. Ekbal said rational thinking never had a greater period of acceptability worldwide than today as science had unravelled many mysteries of life and universe. The growth of the fake spirituality industry in the State was an aberration.


While the program was presided over by U. Kalanathan, president of the sanghom,  Karivellur Murali, Kureepuzha Sreekumar and Gangan Azhikode also addressed the audience. The program was followed by a seminar on “Secular democracy against religious terrorism”.







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