Comrade Yechuri equates Jamaat-e-Islami with RSS in his book

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

New Delhi: While communist parties are reportedly making efforts to establish close contacts with Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), senior CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechuri’s book in which he has equated JIH with Rashtriaya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and condemned Maulana Syed Abul Ala Maudoodi, can play a spoilsport.

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Hindu communalism cannot be defeated by Muslim communalism. They are two sides of the same coin, wrote Yechuri in his book “Indian Democracy, Challenge and Solution”, says a UNI report. The book has been published on his 57th birthday. He was born on August 12, 1951 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Rajya Sabha Member and CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Yechuri wrote in an article in Frontline dated March 12, 1993: “Two years after this book [M.S.Golwalkar’s We or Our Nationhood Defined] was published, the Jamaat-e-Islami was founded. On August 26, 1941, under the leadership of Maulana Abul Ala Maududi, the founding conference was held in Pathankot. Maududi is to the Jamaat what Golwalkar is to the RSS. The similarity of their political project and roles is indeed remarkable.”

The same points he has raised again in his book. He has further written in the book that just as Golwalkar rejected the concept of modern human civilization – liberty, equality, fraternity, secularism, democracy and parliamentary institutions – as ‘alien concepts’, so did Maududi and his philosophy of Muslim fundamentalism.

Ex-student of Delhi University’s St. Stephen College Yechuri wrote that Hindu communalism and Muslim fundamentalism feed each other.