what mulayam singh yadav and arjun singh have planned for the remaining hindus in india.
this is a crime against humanity.
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On the Brink: A Saga of Hindu Minorities of Bangladesh
Dedicated to the uprooted Hindu Minorities of Bangladesh, the blog will
depict their decades old plights. The selective genocide of Bangladesh
Minorities in general and Hindus in particular still continues in Bangladesh
which have it's root in the "Two Nations Theory" of the British India.
Muslim League's politics of religion which has devastated the subcontinent
for generations to come is still practiced in Bangladesh.
Friday, January 5, 2007
Blood on the Street: Hindu Massacre of 1946
From the Magazine | The World
Blood in the Streets
Posted Friday, Jan. 24, 1964
In 1947 the partition of India into two independent nations unleashed such
bitter religious strife between Moslem and Hindu that the subcontinent
nearly drowned in blood. More than 100,000 people were killed and 12 million
left homeless in an orgy of butchery, rape and destruction. Last week the
horrible memories of those ugly days came back to India as mobs ran loose in
Kashmir, East Pakistan and West Bengal.
First came the troubles in Indian Kashmir's capital of Srinagar, where the
loss of a treasured Moslem relic kindled anti-Hindu feelings (TIME, Jan.
10). As rumors spread, Moslem mobs in East Pakistan sacked Hindu shops and
homes, left 29 dead before the army restored order. Panic-stricken, hundreds
of Hindu families poured across the East Pakistan border into West Bengal,
then headed for Calcutta, 35 miles away.
Spreading Infection. Calcutta's explosive social conditions had already
brought relations between the city's Hindu majority and its 1,000,000
Moslems to the boiling point. Tens of thousands sleep on the streets or in
abandoned sewer pipes and gutters are clogged with garbage, cow dung and
human excrement; the water is polluted, epidemics frequent, poverty rampant,
and unemployment endemic. In this morass of 6,500,000 people, the Hindu
refugees' Moslem-atrocity stories spread like an infection. Inevitably,
Calcutta's Hindus retaliated.
Pouring into the streets, Hindu mobs tossed kerosene-soaked rags into Moslem
shops, then lit them with fireworks. Looters paraded their booty in
handcarts for public view. In one outlying district, four police constables
stood off hundreds of looters until their ammunition ran out. One constable
escaped; the rest were killed on the spot. Moslem pedestrians were grabbed
in the streets and beaten to death, and knifings were so numerous that
Calcutta police simply released the total of stabbing deaths each day
without giving details.
Swinging Pendulum. For four days smoke billowed over Calcutta's skyline.
Finally, Home Minister G. L. Nanda ordered two army battalions into the
city, told them to show "no mercy in quelling the disorder." The army
clamped martial law on five of the city's 25 police districts, gunned down
looters and arsonists in the streets, threw more than 10,000 demonstrators
into jail. By the time order was restored, 200 were dead, 600 wounded,
73,000 homeless, and whole portions of the city razed. Hoping to minimize
the religious aspect of the rioting, West Bengal officials took pains to
claim that the death total was evenly distributed between Hindus and
Moslems. But the pendulum had already swung back the other way. More than
5,000 Moslems left West Bengal and fled across the border to East Pakistan.
At week's end, in the East Pakistan capital of Dacca, mobs killed 50 Hindus.
From the Jan. 24, 1964 issue of TIME magazine
Posted by Turth of Bengal at 11:02 PM
Islamic Fundamentalism and Bengal in early 1900: An interview
Nalini Mitra, age 93 years, lived in Dhaka before Partition. She witnessed
how the atmosphere of communal amity in Dhaka changed drastically in the
second half of the '20s. However, a college lecturer herself and a dedicated
social worker, she did not cross over to West Bengal till 1950. After her
migration she worked as the Principal of an industrial home at Chunar in UP
where displaced women of East Pakistan were given vocational training.
Thereafter, she became the Director of the Refugee Rehabilitation Department
of the West Bengal Government. She recalls her days in Dhaka and describes
the situation which had compelled her to leave her beloved city.
(Interviewed by the Research Team, SWS.)
Mashimaa, (Auntie) let us start with your life in Dhaka. As we know, prior
to 1926, Dhaka experienced communal amity. The atmosphere was friendly and
cordial. Would you narrate your experiences of those days...