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US shows Concern over minorities killings in Bangladesh

Many of them have been hacked to death. Islamic extremist group has even claimed the responsibility for many of them

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Protest against brutal killings, Wikimedia commons

Washington DC, May 12: “Members of the South Asian community held a candlelight vigil at the historic Dupont Circle to protest against the recent spate of murders targeting minorities in Bangladesh”, according to news agency PTI.

Presently, religious intolerance is going on against minorities and their practitioners. Especially in countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar there is a whole other conspiracy going on. Among minorities such as Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, secularists and several others, mainly Hindus are targeted by Islamic extremists. Scandalous genocide of Hindus is taking place.

Among the attendees, there were several organisations such as

  • BHBCUC (The Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council)
  • HAF (The Hindu American Foundation)
  • WHCA (World Hindu Council of America)
  • CFI (Centre for Inquiry)
  • LGBT groups (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)

Intellectuals such as Tapan Dutta of BHBCUC condemned the attacks and further added that he has urged Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take stronger measures to secure the homes, temples, and the lives of the country’s indigenous Hindu community.

One of the members of the vigil said “we are quite concerned with the ongoing killings of our Hindu brothers and sisters. We condemn the attacks and demand the strongest action against the perpetrators.”

Bangladesh: A deeper look

Situations in Bangladesh are becoming worse day by day. Recently a 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad was hacked to death in the national capital after speaking out against the persecution of religious minorities and social media. Brutal assassinations targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners have now become a regular occurrence. Simply in the name of Hindu, women are raped here.

The Bangladesh National Party was accused of supporting “Anti-Hindu” views and sentiments among the Muslims majority. On International Human Rights Day, Bangladeshi Hindu minorities protested against the injustice and atrocities inflicted on them.

Tofique Hassan (Senior Counsellor at the Embassy of Bangladesh) mentioned that “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina adheres firmly to a zero tolerance policy against terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, and violent extremism.” Even the US Ambassador has expressed concern regarding  attacks on the Hindus community of Bangladesh.

Many bloggers, secularists including Avijit Roy,Oysiqur Rahman, Ananta Bijoy Das and Niloy Neel, have been hacked to death. Islamic extremist group has even claimed the responsibility for many of them. However, Bangladesh has denied those claims saying that the killers are home grown, extremists. The local minority says if these people are not spared then we have hardly any left for ourselves.

Bangladeshi minority groups, Wikimedia commons
Bangladeshi minority groups, Wikimedia commons

Alexandra Stark (Research Assistant of the World Faiths Development Dialogue in Washington, D.C.) further elucidates: Because of the sizable amount of aid that Bangladesh receives from the United States, European countries, and international organizations, the West has significant untapped leverage that could be used to push the government in the right direction.” But things are totally the other way round.

Related article: Decimation and missing of Hindus in South Asia

H. Res.396.

Calling for an end to violence against religious minorities, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (an Indian-American lawmaker from Hawaii) introduced H.Res. 396 in July 2015. She mentioned in the U.S House that the government of Bangladesh was expected to protect the rights of all its religious minorities including Christians, Hindus, Atheists and others. She further emphasized the need to take immediate action against this senseless violence. H. Res intends to bring global attention towards the Islamic extremists

Jay Kansara (HAF director of Government Relations) said: “we won’t let the people of Bangladesh stand alone as they confront Islamist extremism”. He encouraged attendees to support H. Res. 396.

It is indeed high time that major global organisations come forward and take a stand against these genocides. Be it Bangladeshi or Pakistani minorities, Noone has any right to take away lives of innocent peoples.

Prepared by Pritam

Pritam is a 3rd year engineering student in B.P. Poddar institute of management and technology, Kolkata. A simple person who tries to innovate and improvise himself. Twitter handle @pritam_gogreen

  • Pritam Go Green

    Not only US .. Even other superpowers should come forward in support of these minorities.
    If we’ll not take a stand against these extremists then they’ll dominate and will continue the brutal killings.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    There are many countries in our world which face such cruelties. Other neighboring countries should take a step so that they are safe in their countries.

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Not only US .. Even other superpowers should come forward in support of these minorities.
    If we’ll not take a stand against these extremists then they’ll dominate and will continue the brutal killings.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    There are many countries in our world which face such cruelties. Other neighboring countries should take a step so that they are safe in their countries.

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Is this the age of hypocrisy? Yes, it quite seems like. Hypocrisy and double-dealing are what characterize the social and intellectual nuances of present India. Nothing could be so disgusting than the fact that when you speak the truth and follow the truthful people then you are accused of being a follower of Saffron party. ‘Bhakta’, ‘Sangi’ are two terms much going around which are coined by those extra smart class of Indians

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Is it a crime in India now to admire those who really deserve?

By Salil Gewali

Just a few days back I was incisively criticized by one of such smarts – Mr. Sekular. He put forth very weak reasons to undermine my article on PM Modi as if it is outrageous to praise PM Modi’s dedication and activities. My article was intended to bring to the limelight a few of the rare achievements of the present government and how it brought about the overall development in the country and the appreciations PM Modi received from the countries abroad. Is it a crime in India now to admire those who really deserve? Here follow how I rebut that write-up by Mr. Sekular.

  • I am not a follower of any political parties. Nor am I associated with any organizations, so I do not have an allegiance to a specific political party. Nevertheless, I do support, and do not hold back to uphold the truth and do not shy away from admiring those who are genuinely truthful and putting themselves in the service of the nation. The nation belongs to me, my family, my village; and as a result, me, my family, my society, my culture, my language and my identity are inseparable from this land.   Well, even if I am a supporter of the Saffron party of PM Modi, what is the big deal about it? Does one commit a sin by supporting and encouraging persons who truly love the country and who want to do something substantial for the nation?
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Why do Mr. Sekular and his kind hold the contrary ideas about the safety and security of this sovereign country?
  • Here my pointed question to that Mr. Sekular is, on the other hand, why does he support those parties and those “forces” whose “integrity” is very doubtful. Why do Mr. Sekular and his kind hold the contrary ideas about the safety and security of this sovereign country? Why do they discreetly, even openly, invite Bangladeshi infiltrators, and thereby put the peaceful Indians to great hardship? On the other hand, don’t they vehemently oppose CAB bill? Why so opposing views, conflicting perspectives?  Well, if trusting and espousing the “truth” and human “values”, and loving the country and its language and its culture will be equated with supporting the saffron party of India then I will never mind even if the whole world calling me as a leader of that party, lol. Why should one deviate from the “pathway of truth” lest somebody would label him as a certain thing or other?

 

  • Please watch out, if the same principle is applied, the leaders and country heads of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Palestine, South Korea, Japan are fast becoming the followers of the saffron party. They all have applauded the activities of the Supreme head of the saffron party – Mr. Narendra Modi and awarded him with the states’ highest honors. What is too disquieting here is that the president of Russia – Mr. Vladimir Putin also has jumped on the bandwagon. His government has recently announced to honor Shri Narendra Modi with the country’s highest award – Order of St. Andrew the Apostle. According to Mr. Sekular, I guess, it is objectionable. Well, barring a few, all world leaders have established the personal relationship with the saffron head.  Is Mr. Sekular aware that Tulsi Gabbard, who is now running for the President of America, is a passionate follower of Narendra Modi? One wonders what Mr. Sekular and his ilk will do if the US Congress’ leaders cry at the top their lungs – “America Mata Jai” in case Ms. Tulsi wins the election in 2020? Her name itself is Indian and so off-putting, isn’t it?
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One wonders what Mr. Sekular and his ilk will do if the US Congress’ leaders cry at the top their lungs – “America Mata Jai” in case Ms. Tulsi wins the election in 2020? Her name itself is Indian and so off-putting, isn’t it?
  • Further, I guess, Mr. Sekular must not have completely read my articles and viewpoints, and therefore he is conveniently misinterpreting it to create confusion among other readers. His intention is seemingly not very clear. Almost all my l articles, starting from 1990, frankly speaking, invariably seek to bring about the harmony, peace, and co-existence among all peoples and the welfare of the whole humanity in the world. I personally have never compromised on the misconceived ideas and principles against human values and against the country, nor have I knowingly ever set out to cause a division, hostility, acrimony, hatred, among anyone through my write-ups.  And, despite that, if anyone draws the negative meanings from my writings then I am totally helpless. Of course, people usually understand a subject which is based on their already programmed and conditioned minds. The acquired information and impressions in the past only help them form ideas and conclusion. We usually become victims of wrong propaganda and misinformation and start to believe them as being right. One has to be extra alert in this age of digital media as there are many SECULAR propagandists around.

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Lastly, Mr. Sekular should note that my two eyes still clearly differentiate between right and wrong, and virtue and evil. Hence, I am deeply suspicious of those intellectuals who glorify “aluminum”, not “gold”, heap praise upon the terror-manufacturing countries, not upon where they have taken birth in, hate the native culture but eulogize and adopt the culture from the far-off lands. We must caution ourselves of these hypocrites who trifle with the country, its ethos, its sanctity and thus mislead the masses with wrong narratives.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali