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Madrasas in Kerala act as ISI agents - Vidyasagar Rao

Madrasas in Kerala act as ISI agents - Vidyasagar Rao

Author: Pradeep Kumar
Publication: Organiser
Date: April 21, 2002

Inaugurating the delegate session of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) at Kozhikode in Kerala recently, the Union Minister of State for Home, Vidyasagar Rao said that madrasas in Kerala were serving as bases for ISI agents to operate from.

"ISI agents are luring students in many of these religious institutions to carry out militant mandates. We really need to be alert against the mushrooming of such madrasas all across the State", he said and added that the Central Government was not against all madrasas per se, but only those with such dubious designs.

The Minister maintained that certain human rights organizations too were in cahoots with the ISI, helping its operations in the State. "The BJP-led Government is duty bound to thwart attempts to destabilize the nation. But the opposition, during the last four years, did not put forward a single suggestion how to contain this menace", he told the massive gathering of youths.

The opposition and a section of the media did not take a firm stand behind the Government even when terrorists attacked Parliament", he added.

Shri Rao said that the responsibility of containing violence and communal strife lay squarely on the political parties, police personnel and the media. Crticising the role of media for its role in the recent outbreaks of communal violence he said: "We have enough laws to punish political leaders and police personnel who are found guilty of inciting communal passion. But there is no provision to punish press people who indulge in false information".

He asserted that POTA is essential to quell the militant activities of organizations like SIMI.

BJP State president C. K. Padmanabhan who spoke on the occasion said that Hindu organizations should realize the real intentions of the UDF, which had been pampering the communal forces ever since it came to power.

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