Gautam Guha, Agami Kalarab: The Popular Front of India (PFI) is an extremist and militant Islamic fundamentalist organisation in India. PFI is expanding base to disintegrate India by spreading a belief among the Muslims, Leftists,Separatists and Adivasis that they are being cheated by the political parties. It is a major cause of worry. The new found nexus of PFI and Bhim Army is likely to turn into an armed insurgency in UP and Bihar. It is also known to be reviving contacts with Khalistanis at the behest of ISI to revive the Khalistani movement in Punjab. PFI’s soft corner for and association with the Rohingyas is also well established. Some of the PFI cadre had also gone to Syria to join the ISIS. With the disintegration of ISIS many of them must be looking to sneak back into Kerala. The various allegations include connections with various Islamic terrorist groups, possessing arms, kidnapping, murder, intimidation, hate campaign, rioting, Love Jihad and various acts of religious extremism. The Popular Front of India is a symbol of fanatic Muslim extremism. They are constantly behind the scenes of drug trafficking, forced conversion, jihadi mentality among the children. The intelligence agencies should remain on a very high alert to beat this desire of theirs, else they could become the mastermind of jihadi movement in India since they are very highly indoctrinated. It also has a well-established social media network that was used in 2012 to launch a SMS hate campaign in South India threatening the people from North-East to leave or be prepared for dire consequences. It created a scare among the youth from the North Eastern States and resulted in an exodus of about 30,000 people from important educational hubs in the South as well as from Delhi and Pune. A later enquiry revealed that 28-30 percent of these messages were uploaded from Pakistan, establishing its links with Pakistan. The social media network is reported to have been used extensively during the current riots to galvanise the cadre and miscreants. Like the Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan, PFI also claims to be a missionary organisation with neo-social ideals committed to empower people to ensure justice, freedom and security.
PFI believes in ISIS and Taliban type of Islam and has been blamed for killings of many RSS and ABVP activists and leaders. It is believed to be responsible for radicalisation in Southern Indian states particularly North Kerala. Various acts of religious extremism, including the assault on Professor T. J. Joseph who had set a controversial question paper supposedly insulting the Prophet Muhammed are also attributed to PFI. Some of the PFI cadre had also gone to Syria to join the ISIS. With the disintegration of ISIS many of them must be looking to sneak back into Kerala.The intelligence agencies should remain on a very high alert to beat this desire of theirs, else they could become the mastermind of jihadi movement in India since they are very highly indoctrinated.
The growing pan-India axis between the PFI-Anti Nationals and Radical Islamic terrorists is a grave and serious threat to national security. Unless dealt with an iron hand straightway there is every likely hood of PFI posing a grave challenge to nation’s unity. The organisation should be declared a banned organisation and action taken to demobilise and de-radicalise its cadre.