• Friday, August 01, 2014

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Hindu Village Torch

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,...

How to stop attacks on minorities?

HINDU-Muslim clashes started during the beginning of the last century and are still continuing. Millions of people were killed due to these clashes during partition and there seems to be no end to this criminality in the subcontinent even today. There are political and economic reasons for these clashes, camouflaged in “religious and cultural attire.” In Bangladesh, we have two major communities, Muslims and Hindus. Muslims comprise almost 88%. What are the reasons for the attacks by the vast majority Muslim...

Editorial

Violence against minorities

WE fully endorse the call by some civil society members that the perpetrators of violence against minorities in Bangladesh should be tried by special court and examples be made of them for their heinous acts. Needless to say, it is the regime of impunity, perpetrators getting off scot-free because of political links or legal lacunae that are responsible for the recent spurt of communal violence in Bangladesh. It is a pity that this should happen in a country which prides...

Going to the moon and protecting Hindus

AWAMI League leader Suranjit Sengupta has criticised the government for failing to prevent attacks on Hindus. The High Court 'directed the government to provide adequate security to the minority community who came under attacks across the country after the January 5 general election.' Why did the High Court direct the government, not others, to do so? It's because legally the responsibility falls solely on the government though the moral responsibility falls on all in the country. A government should...

CROSS TALK

When every individual is a minority

THIS nation was still reeling under the burden of conscience after the concept of majority was taken for a ride in a disputed election. On the heels of it came depraved attacks on a minority population when miscreants descended on Hindu villages and ransacked their homes. They threatened men and women who had voted for their party of choice, their atrocities culminating in the rape of two women and death of one elderly man. One doesn't have to be...

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