GUWAHATI, Jan 27 - The democratic polity and plural society of the country are facing a grave threat today from the advocates of Hindutva. Those who are advocating Hindutva are in fact trying to debase the basic tenets of the country�s constitution and turn it into a theocratic one. They are also out to suppress its dalit, tribal and women population based on the principles of Manusmriti.
These observations were made by CPI-M politburo member and former MP Brinda Karat at a seminar on the threat of communalism in the context of present-day India at the Lakshmi Ram Barua Sadan here this afternoon. The seminar was organised by the CPI-M State Committee.
Citing the example of the proposed move to amend the Citizenship Act, she said it clearly shows that those who are advocating the amendment are doing so with the intention to turn the country into a Hindu state. Moreover, they recently held a Hindu conference in Guwahati, which is also very much against the secular character of the country�s polity. She said the Supreme Court has made it amply clear that religion and politics should not be mixed and they should be kept separated.
The function was presided over by senior CPI-M leader Uddhav Barman.