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Hindu Community

STRAIGHT LINE

Behind the bigotry

THERE is no denying that in late July and early August this year, there have been attacks on Hindu community's houses and places of worship on different pretexts. Whether it was altercation in the playing field or so-called mischievous posting on the Facebook or attempts to grab property, the fact was one of blatant assault and intimidation of the Hindu community. That the tolerance threshold and mischief-mongering of a section of people has reached an unspeakable level is borne out...

What would Bangladesh want to erase?

WE regret to inform you that we are no longer able to show you the following pages from your website in response to certain searches on European versions of Google,” says Google. In May, a European Union's top court ruled that individuals have a “right to be forgotten.” Right after that order Google has been receiving 1,000 requests per day for the removal of search result links. So far Google has received 70,000 erasure requests for over 250,000 web...

Hindu family comes under attack in Lalmonirhat, 4 hurt

Hindu family comes under attack in Lalmonirhat, 4 hurt

Four people including two women were stabbed when supporters of a Jamaat-e-Islami activist attacked the house of a Hindu family in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat this morning. They also set the house on fire during the attack, which was made in a bid to grab the land, reports our Lalmonirhat correspondent quoting police. Later, police...

Editorial

Attack on minority community

A Hindu man was beaten up and along with him not only his but houses of several other members of his community were vandalised in a village of Faridpur upazilla of Pabna district. The person manhandled was alleged to have been stalking a girl. Even the police who came to intervene and calm down the situation was not spared by the local public. We condemn this act of violence and demand exemplary punishment of those who indulged in such an...

GROUND REALITIES

Faces of extremism in South Asia

BARELY a fortnight ago, a fringe group of Hindu fanatics forced the clamping of a ban on Wendy Doniger's extremely insightful work, The Hindus, in India. Not long ago, the now deceased leader of the Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray, openly suggested that Muslims in India be thrown into the sea. In the early 1990s, Muslim fanatics in Bangladesh forced the outspoken writer Taslima Nasrin out of the country for what they called her blasphemous views on Islam. Since she was...

Editorial

Outrage at a temple

INTIMIDATION of minority communities assumed a new dimension with Tuesday's attack on a Kaliakoir temple in Gazipur where miscreants left a note warning Hindus of further assaults on them, if they did not stop worshipping idols. The note also had the temerity to ask the Hindus to convert to Islam or migrate to India. How dare the criminals behind this dastardly incident have thrown an open challenge before the law-enforcing agencies? From the brazenness of the act as well as...

Plight of Hindu women in Bangladesh

I am a university educated Hindu woman and got a prestigious scholarship on my own merit to do Ph.D. in a foreign university in 2008. I also had the opportunity to visit many countries in Europe and North America between 2009-2013. I take this opportunity to tell readers about my life before I could come out of Bangladeshi Hindu society. I did my MA in 2000 and taught at a university college in Dhaka. I was married after my...

To ban Jamaat or not

FEW believe Islamic fundamentalist party Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh when it persistently denies that it has been involved in the recent spate of violence that saw Hindu women gang-raped, their houses torched and their properties looted or vandalised. The attacks on the Hindus soon after the January 5 parliamentary elections in the Jamaat-dominated districts, especially Sathkhira and Chapainawabganj, have been particularly harrowing. The attackers made little effort to hide their motive. “We are giving you a hard lesson for going to...

STRAIGHT LINE

Beyond communal attacks

Beyond communal attacks

RECENT attacks on Hindus and their property demonstrate the immensely sad but blunt reality that even after forty two years of democratic pluralistic existence, the religious minority of Bangladesh have not been able to save themselves from the deadly embrace of communal fire. When the battered Hindu citizens propose to disenfranchise the entire...

From fear to fearlessness

From fear to fearlessness

WITHIN a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure.” -- Aung San Suu Kyi,...

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