>> Sunday, July 25, 2010
PFI trying to make Kerala a 'Muslim country', says V S Achuthanandan
Adopting a belligerent stand against Muslim extremism, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Saturday said the radical Popular Front of India (PFI), which hit the headlines recently after its activists were accused of chopping off the hand of a college lecturer, was aiming to convert Kerala into a "Muslim country" in the next 20 years.
Using unusually harsh language, the Chief Minister said the PFI was pumping money to lure youth into Islam and persuade them to marry Muslim women. "Their strategy is to make Muslims a majority community in Kerala... In 20 years, they want to make Kerala a Muslim majority state," he said. The lecturer's hand was chopped off after he had prepared a question paper that allegedly insulted the Prophet.
The CM's comments came a day after CPM general secretary Prakash Karat spoke about the threat of Muslim terrorism in the context of the PFI activities. The CPM had named the PFI while talking about increase in terrorist activities in the country and pointed out that there was an "interconnection between communalism and the spawning of such terrorist activities".