‘Talibanisation’ gathering strength in IUML

published on July 19, 2008

Author: M P Prashanth


KOZHIKODE: The move against IUML state secretary M K Muneer for singing a song in a movie signals the increasing ‘Talibanisation’ among a section of the Muslim League.

Muneer is the second politician in the IUML who became the target of the orthodox elements in the party for getting associated with films. Muslim Youth League state president K M Shaji had incurred the wrath of these elements for producing ‘Balance Sheet’, a film on the history of the party.

The religious organisations supporting the IUML


‘Balance Sheet’ to be shelved as the central character in the docu-film was a woman.

But Shaji went ahead with the project and screened the movie at various places, openly challenging the orthodoxy.

The controversy over Muneer singing a song in Chempada, the film by Robin Thirumala, had its origin at a meeting of the Youth League at Nadapuram a few months ago. A local leader, who belongs to the anti-Muneer group, tried to move a resolution condemning Muneer’s act. But the resolution was not allowed.

Later, shots were fired from different angles at Muneer. But the IUML did not openly take any stand on the issue.

There are many within the party who are vary of the Talibanisation trend. They believe that the orthodox section in the community is putting its hand only on the soft targets, sparing the big guns who have done more morally degenerated things.

“Why no one dares to speak against Ibrahim Kutty, Mammootty’s brother, who is the leader of the IUML’s cultural organisation.

He is also a film actor.What is their opinion about the acclaimed actors in the Bollywood who are Muslims,” asked an IUML local leader.

The progressive sections in the party fear that these kinds of incidents will dent the secular credentials of the IUML.

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