Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stop attacks on minorities

Urge noted citizens; NHRC chief frustrated over failure to protect them

The formation of citizens’ committees composed of political leaders, intellectuals, cultural activists and general masses in every locality is a must to resist repressions on the minority communities, speakers told a roundtable yesterday.
They said torture on the minorities, which has been a recurrent phenomenon across the country, is now increasing geometrically.
The recent attacks on them, particularly the Hindus, have serious dimensions in terms of its characteristics which lead to a silent but rapid migration of the persecuted people, they added.
Sampreeti Mancha, a citizens’ platform, organised the roundtable titled “Duties to resist minority repression” at TSC cafeteria at Dhaka University campus.
The lawmakers will have to go to their own constituencies not only to stand beside the victims but also to unite local leaders and people to raise a defence against any repression, the speakers observed.
They also suggested the lawmakers initiate a new cultural revolution in their localities.
Pointing at the recent attacks on the minorities across the country, Prof Ajoy Roy, president of the Mancha, said the migration rate of the Hindus has increased to a large extent with the wealthy and meritorious people of this community leaving the country.
The marginal Hindus, especially the poor, are the victims of the recent attacks, he said, adding, “We have to stand against the attackers and resist them unitedly.”
Expressing frustration over the recent attacks on the minorities, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman said there will be no Hindu citizen left in Bangladesh after 20 years.
“Because we did whatever is needed to force them [Hindus] out of the country and we have always failed to do what was needed to protect them,” he added.
The NHRC chief cautioned that whatever has happened in the recent time was merely a rehearsal and the final act was yet to come.
“Are we — the citizens, civil society members and the government — prepared for that? It’s not the time for talks only; it’s high time we came forward and acted to resist that quarter which is playing a game to destroy the state,” he said.
“We have to form citizens’ committee in every vulnerable areas,” Prof Mizanur said, demanding that the government quickly rebuild the damaged houses and temples of the minorities as it did in Ramu.
Kajol Debnath, presidium member of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, suggested the government get prepared to thwart possible violence centring war crimes verdicts to be delivered in the coming days.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Mujahidul Islam Selim, its presidium member Haider Akbar Khan Rono, general secretary of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum Sanjib Drong and Mancha leaders Sourav Sikdar and Robayet Ferdous also spoke.

  • Samih34

    This’s in response to your comment to me on “AL spoils spirit in Jamalpur” on March 27.
    Of course you’re living in a safe heaven on Earth (Canada) & that’s what I clearly said. Otherwise, could you’ve made comments wishing all these political ‘culprits/criminals’ to hell while enjoying Allah’s heaven? Anyway, are you sure you’re prepared to leave that cozy life from where it’s so easy to make sweeping comments from reading news from mostly biased local media to a life what we live here – particularly now? I could definitely work for you if you promised to be non-partisan. But I can not guarantee providing you with “—-people of the locality those who have white beard, women (old and young), children along with student of school and Madrasha” as I am not, unfortunately, of that category. Moreover, people with beard – white or black – are less seen in public now a days apparently for the fear of being identified with Jamat or Shibir or fundamentalist & thus the possibility of being grabbed by their beard & be assaulted!

  • Samih34

    If you please allow me to suggest, please go by doctor’s order & stay in Canada. The situation here is like Bush doctrine : ‘Either with me or against me.’ However, as an ordinary person, only place you can feel safe here is the Shahbagh Chattar with four tier fully armed state security, CCTV & all the other fringe that goes with such thing.

  • Samih34

    Are you quite sure? I shall not go too far. Starting only from last BJP government, thousands crossed over to Bangladesh alone. My chauffer, who is from Bihar, first came in late ’90s & than gradually brought over his entire family including his parents gradually. During my stay in Delhi for over a year in mid-2000, we had a Christian maid from Jarkhand who begged to take her & her husband with two children back with us when time for our final departure came. Till this day we feel sad that we couldn’t help her. There are countless such stories if you care to look around. So, the myth of Incredible India is not as glossy as it is advertised. And, of course, Islam is religion of peace like any other & there should be no doubt about it. Just see the reaction of Muslims of Bangladesh when Muslims in thousands were butchered in Gujrat in particular under active collaboration of the state machinery under Nireandra Modi (who still is a persona non grata in USA for his actions). The Indian central government final report says it all. And there were several terrorist attacks on mosques, Muslim populated localities in 2000s alone. There were verbal protests & condemnation all over including in Bangladesh but never any Bangladeshi group under any banner tried to march in to India to ‘protect’ the Muslims! Anyway, it’s very wrong to blame any religion. It’s actually SOME people behind who misinterpret it for their own gain. Only difference is that: The magnitude of ‘SOME’ in a country like Bangladesh is a drop in the ocean compared to the ‘SOME’ in Incredible India! Let us hate & condemn the people who use religion as a tool – BUT NOT the religion itself!Thank you for your time in reading this.

    • Dev Saha

      I am positive and pretty sure. No wonder why Indians have been erecting walls to keep Bangladeshis pouring into India. As for Modi’s “crime”, I can conclude that it was rather minor incident as compared to the Hindu genocide of 1971. There used to be some 37-40% Hindus living in East Pakistan/Bangladesh and now hardly 10% can be accounted for. At the same time Muslim population has grown. In certain states (bordering Bangladesh) it has surpassed 25%. So, proof is in the pudding! I live in Bangladesh and I know how Hindus have been prosecuted since 1947. Things have gotten worse since 1971. I simply do not buy your Bihari argument. Thank you.

  • Dev Saha

    Sir, I was born and brought up in Bangladesh with a permanent address. I am not foreign agent and you are not the owner of the country. Thank you.

    • Ash C.

      By the type of a number of comments you made above, you just proved that you’re an agent provocateur – no matter if you’re holding Bangladeshi or Indian nationality.

  • Dev Saha

    As many of you enjoyed the Pak hospitality!

  • Israr Bannerjee

    Dev Saha Sir, we will fight all this radicalisation!