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Minority Community

Protect indigenous Rakhines

The state must ensure that the indigenous Rakhines, whose population is down to a few thousand now, do no get wiped out from the country, a citizens' group said yesterday, after a recent visit to two southern districts where the minority community lives. Subjected to land grabbing and faced with discriminations at different administrative levels, many Rakhines have left the country, the group's leaders told a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity. The group comprising academics, writers and activists visited the...

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...

Protect minorities from violence: US

Protect minorities from violence: US

Condemning the attack on minority communities, the US has called the political leaders of Bangladesh to refrain from supporting violence. "We call on all to stop committing further violence. And Bangladesh’s political leadership and those who aspire to lead must do everything in their power to ensure law and order, and refrain from supporting violence – especially against minority communities – inflaming rhetoric, and intimidation," said Jen Psaki, spokesperson of the US Department of State. She made the comment on January 17 during a question answer session on their position on the allegations of violence...

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