A day after former Kerala police chief TP Senkumar came under fire for his anti Muslim statements, an IPS officer served as the Superintendent of Police in Malappuram district, has come out detailing how an increased population of Muslims in the state would make Kerala a better place to live.
Sethu Raman, a native of Tamil Nadu, in his Facebook post, elaborated the contribution Muslim community has been making in Kerala’s socio-cultural and political sphere.
He said he encountered the real Malayalees in Malappuram district.
Raman is currently working as Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRO) in Ernakulam district.
In the Facebook post, he said that one can find “paccha Malayali” ( pure Keralite) only in Malappuram district where Muslims are the majority and people there are ready to help anyone at any time.
As police officers, we have travelled throughout the state and know people from every corner of the state. Everywhere I have come across only Hindu, Muslim, Nair, Ezhavan, Christian, Dalit etc. But in Malappuram, one can find paccha Malayali. Anyone is ready to help anotherSethu Raman, IPS officer
He also said that the district has no history of communal riots and people in Malappuram are extremely law abiding. “If Muslim population increases it will certainly increase the Malayaliatha, and youthfulness. It will reduce communalism and casteism”, he said.
Raman, in the post, later named a few artists, writers, critics and actors from the Muslim community who has rewritten the cultural history of Kerala.
Kerala is going to be enriched culturally. We need more Basheer. One can not think of any other actor other than Mammooty in vadakkan veera gatha, amaram , rajamanikyam, franchiyettan etc. It is Fazli who has given us Manichitrathazh. Who is more progressive and liberal than M.N Karassery in Kerala ? I learn Malayalam from his beautiful writing. Polyglot Samadani sahib’s speeches are enticing to every secular Malayali. Muslims have among them the best of critics and rationalists in Kerala. Hamid Chenthamankaloor seamlessly writes about Kerala society and polity. No one challenges fundamentalists better than E.A Jabbar Maash and Ayub MaulaviSethu Raman, IPS officer
Raman also added that the political culture of Muslims in Kerala is a model for other minorities. “There are more than five crore Muslims in UP. It is undemocratic that not a single MP to represent them. Number of MLAs in assembly is too few proportionate to population. In Kerala, Muslims are part of state building, thanks to mainstream politics. It is encompassing and liberal. Any one can go to Panakkad , to Thangal or kunchalikutty sahib and feel at home”, he said.
Countering what Senkumar said, he stated that 'more Muslims means more Indians, more Malayalis, more investors and more consumers'.
He said that the list of investors from Muslim community is too long to mention in the post adding that Kerala would have been a basket case without remittances from Islamic countries.
He also ruled out the claims that Muslims tend to have high fertility citing birth rate in Indonesia and Bangladesh.
“Birth rate in Indonesia and Bangladesh is lower than UP and Bihar. Birth rate is high in poorer communities. If you want to reduce Muslim population , make them rich. Give them opportunities. Rich and literate Muslims tend to have smaller families”, he added.