• Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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Attack On Hindus

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...

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...

Action against attackers of Hindus: PM

Action against attackers of Hindus: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today that the government is determined to bring to the book those militants and terrorists who attacked the houses and temples of Hindu community during the national election. She expressed the resolve while delivering a speech at Sarda Police Academy after taking salute at the training completion parade of the trainee assistant superintendents of police of the 31st BCS. “The joint forces and police personnel were very much active to contain the violence unleashed by BNP-Jamaat-Shibir, before and after the election. After that, this communal force attacked the houses and temples of Hindu community. The government is determined to bring these militants-terrorists to book,” she said. The...

Editorial

Failure to protect minorities

HINDU families under attack and fleeing their homes in different districts before and after the January 5 election are in a state of panic. It is shocking that the outrage had taken pace despite a substantial deployment of security forces in areas identified as potential flashpoints. Who's largely to blame for this disastrous situation, if it's not the Election Commission (EC)? Being in charge, along with the proper conduct of the election, its overall responsibility was also to ensure security,...

Try 'real' culprits behind minority attacks: BNP

Try 'real' culprits behind minority attacks: BNP

Main opposition BNP has demanded that the government bring to justice the ‘real culprits' responsible for attacking Hindus across the country. “We urge the government and the law enforcing agencies to take swift action in this regard,” Bangla daily Prothom Alo quoted BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman as saying. He was addressing a press briefing at his Banani residence today.

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