Asserting that terrorism knows no religion, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has praised the display of Hindu-Muslim unity in Malegaon following the deadly bomb attacks.
"All patriotic Indians, who have the welfare of the secular democratic republic in mind, must stand unitedly to rebuff such terror," said the People's Democracy, the CPI-M's official organ.
"This ... is the most powerful answer to those who seek to perpetuate communal divides to achieve their political objectives."
The editorial said that Malegaon's people "displayed the most heart-warming maturity and refused to fall victim to the trap set by the terrorists" after the September 8 bomb explosions that killed 38 people and injured many more.
It went on, "In this Muslim dominated town, hundreds of Hindus came forward to donate blood to save the injured, like Muslims did in Mumbai after the train blasts (in July).
"The Muslims in Malegaon formed a human chain so that hundreds of Hindu girls struck in the Zilla Parishad school could be safely evacuated." The journal called it "a display of fraternity that Malegaon had seldom seen in the past".
"Terrorist outfits should realise that India as a secular democratic republic will unflinchingly uphold the rights of all its religious, linguistic, cultural, ethnic minorities to build a harmonious plural society."