The scene of DYFI, the youth wing of CPM, protesting in front of the Brazilian Embassy in Delhi left netizens to laugh aloud while the news was carried away by trollers for their celebration in the social media. What is more fascinating for them was the youth wing’s double standards while hindering in social issues in Kerala ruled by their own mother-organisation.
It was through a Facebook post of P.A. Muhammad Riyas, President of the organization DYFI, netizens know about the protest that was held on yesterday. The photo captioned ‘DYFI protest against Brazilian government who are unwilling to take necessary steps to control fire in the Amazon rain forest’ invited thousands of comments, but unfortunately either teasing or criticizing the organisation’s contradictory stands on various issues.
It has been pointed out that the ruthless exploitation of nature in Kerala ruled by the parent organisation of DYFI the reason behind the recent floods and landslides in the state. The government takes no action against the hundreds of illegal quarries operating in the state where soon after a major disaster the government permitted the legally existing quarries to continue exploiting nature.
The youth organisation that pledges itself for protecting nature had not involved in a number of environmental issues that shook the state in recent years. ‘Save Alappad, Stop Mining’ campaign to stop mining black sand from Alappad beach had gained traction, however, was ignored by the left-led government.
The organisation also remained silent as nature lovers protested to save Shantivanam, a green abode with sacred groves and ponds at North Paravur in Ernakulam which was later suppressed by the government. While these incidents could be quoted as just a couple of examples of the double standards of the organisation, the stance of DYFI, one among the major political wings that are believed to be behind the bloodshed in the state has invited stringent criticism from environmentalists.