The War on West Bengal's Hindus


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The pro Islamist nexus in Bengal Politics always victimized the Bengali Hindu People. The Present regimen of TMC in a right legacy of Left front ruling in Bengal, is doing much harm to the Bengali Hindu People going to be a minority soon. Dr. Richard L Benkin, an International Rights Activist with reputation and Expert on decaying Bengali Hindus, penned down this extract views from the reality of contemporary.

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The War on West Bengal's Hindus

  1. 1. The War on West Bengal’s HindusDr. Richard L. BenkinHindu Existence recently published an article about an anti-Hindu pogrom in Medinipur Town, WestBengal, India. Over 200 Muslims destroyed an idol of the goddess Kali earlier this month and engaged inother acts of hooliganism against individual Hindus and Hinduism. Instead of protecting its Hinducitizens, the West Bengal police and government attacked them and arrested several of the victims.While Hindu Existence published this piece of news, the major media, Indian and foreign, were silent; asthey have been time and again about cases of anti-Hindu persecution. Smaller but potential outletlikeHindu Existence and my web site, InterfaithStrength, are almost alone in their efforts to educatepeople about the ongoing brutalization of Hindus in Bangladesh and even in the world’s largest Hindunation, India. Are my resources and those of Hindu Existence and itseditor, UpanandaBrahmachari,greater than those of CNN, The New York Times, The Times of India, Reuters, AP, and others? Obviouslynot. Yet, with our limited resources, we will continue to unearth incidents like this even whilerecognized journalists do not.Clearly, the anti-Hindu pogrom in Medinipur Town was an isolated incident. It would be tragic enough ifit was. But it is not isolated, not a function of individuals, or one of individual officials. And it will get noresponse from either the West Bengal government or other authorities.
  2. 2. Yes, jihad has come to India, and the world better wake up to that fact, and soon.Here is something else the major media studiously ignored. In February, AnimitraChakraborty, oneRights Activist of Bengal linked with Hindu Samhati and I visited several places under the DiamondHarbour police station in West Bengal including the home of 18-year-old “Bharati.” For her security, weare using a pseudonym that reflects this young woman’s fidelity to her people. Bharati lives with herdisabled brother and aged parents in one of her village’s last Hindu homes. Local Muslims have beenbuying up or seizing Hindu lands. They harass, abuse, or otherwise intimidate those who will notcooperate into fleeing the area. One of their favorite methods is to assault Hindu women and girls andmake them fearful of moving about in their own communities. About “six or seven months” before wearrived, they tried to rape Bharati. It was not the first time local Muslims assaulted this petite youngwoman with a childlike laugh, but it was the final straw. She and her disabled brother went to the localpolice for help and even traveled to Kolkata where they petitioned Chief Minister Momata Banerjee’spersonal assistant; but neither provided them with any effective help. Not to give up, they filed a civilsuit and secured an injunction; but the miscreants were able to ignore it because the police refused toenforce it. Things got even worse, and the threats became more violent. Bharati’s abusers cut downfruit trees on the property and dried up the pond where they raised fish in an attempt to starve themout of their home; but they still stood tall and refused to drop their lawsuit or flee.
  3. 3. Seeing that the police would not stop them, the Muslim thugs grew even bolder and invaded the familyhome. In November 2012, they tried to steal the legal papers and rape Bharati, who escaped only afterher aged mother’s screams started drawing attention. In December, they tried to abduct the youngwoman from her home. Fortunately, she struggled and fought until others came and the invaders ranoff. After the November attack, Bharati and her brother went to the local administration, but it refusedto acknowledge any case except simple burglary. So, they again traveled to Kolkata. Police there didaccept a wider case but have taken no action on it. She again went to the local police after theDecember home invasion, offering extensive evidence including eyewitnesses, but the police did notwant any. She soon heard back from them; they made an arrest: Bharati herself! The accused mensummarily denied the allegations. The police accepted the Muslims’ denials without any investigationand went after the young Hindu girl. “What more can they do,” she said to us, “besides kill me?”Bharati’s case is unique only in the details and in the strength and courage she and her brother haveshown—strength and courage that has not found support from other Bengali Hindus outside of braveindividuals like PintuMahish, PratapHazra and some others linked to Hindu Samhati. Throughout theDiamond Harbour area, we encountered Hindus who complained of attacks, intimidation, and Muslimdemands that they get out and do so quickly. Without exception, they told us that Hindu women andgirls are afraid to move about because of insulting catcalls, molestations, threats, and the knowledge ofwhat happened to other women. They fear being raped, abducted, or both with no protection from theWest Bengal police.
  4. 4. The story was the same when I visited the Deganga area in West Bengal two years earlier. After policedeployed to stop Muslim rioters, they merely took their violence further from the road, attackingisolated Hindu settlements, destroying homes, and assaulting women. One woman told me how shewas spared only because she fled quickly and hid in the high grass away from any homes. Most of theHindus had left Deganga (2010) when I got there, and many of those who remained were seriouslythinking of leaving. They, too, told me that Hindu women who venture forth alone almost certainlysuffer abuse up to rape and abduction. In response to all of this, the police were searching high and lowto arrest one individual; but like the Diamond Harbour case, they were looking to arrest a Hindu whotried to defend himself against the mob. And not far from Diamond Harbour, the repetition ofbrutalization upon Hindus came down to the Hindus of Naliakhali (Canning sub-division) in the recentpast without a little hindrance from any of political parties of Bengal.Nothing was done then about this creeping jihad and the West Bengal police’s complicity; and as a resultthings have not improved for West Bengal Hindus. If anything, they have gotten worse. Many areaHindus, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals by Muslims or local officials, told us that they expectan armed takeover by Muslims—some of them local, some recently arrived from Bangladesh. Muslimsparade openly with their extensive arms cache, threatening Hindu residents, and police do nothingabout it. They asked us for “arms” so they could protect themselves “because the police will not.” The
  5. 5. accompanying picture is of an individual whose fingers were blown off in what Palestinian terrorists calla “work accident,” that is, when the bomb they are building explodes pre-maturely.There are other remedies. The major reason that these injustices proceed is because no one raises ahue and cry about them. There seems to be a total information blackout about the persecution ofBengali Hindus outside of a very small group. We can change that. RashidaManjoo, United NationsSpecial Rapporteur on violenceagainst women is holding meetings in Bangladesh, adjacent to WestBengal, and has invited human rights activist RabindraGhosh to testify about violence againstBangladeshi Hindu women and children. I have sent a letter offering to testify about the confirmingevidence I have. If others can keep up the pressure not to cover up atrocities against Bengali Hinduswith similarly aggressive offers of verified evidence, maintaining India’s secret jihad and Bangladesh’snot so secret jihad will become unsustainable.Indian Hindus must also recognize that it is they themselves—not politicians, Muslims, or leftists—whoare preventing a political solution to this problem. I would not presume to know Chief MinisterBanerjee’s thoughts, but if she is like politicians everywhere, she will respond first and foremost to
  6. 6. pressure at the poles. West Bengal Hindus, however, have not formed any sort of strong and unifiedpolitical organization. Thus, they seem to have no real alternative to her Trinamool Congress forsecuring their safety. The Left Front was no better when they ran West Bengal; the Congress Party hasnot opposed similar anti-Hindu actions elsewhere, and Hindus have made the BJP rather marginal inWest Bengal. If West Bengal Hindus want things to change, they have to seize the opportunitythemselves. Whether they turn to the BJP or try to work with Trinamool, they have to make it clear thata party’s action (that is, not mere words) will be the single issue on which it can secure this very largevote bank.Politicians everywhere have various constituencies with countless issues. It is impossible for any officialto satisfy them all. A major determinant of who gets their attention is who demands it; and who canmake it hurt on Election Day if they do not. So, how does one go about such organizing? It is not forme, a foreigner, to tell citizens of India how to exercise their rights in the world’s largest democracy. Ido, however, know that the key for West Bengal Hindus is to demand the rights and protection that istheirs and show West Bengal leaders at the poles the consequences of ignoring a large and organizedvote bank.Demographer BimalPramanik has documented how these changes, coupled with illegal immigrationfrom Bangladesh, has changed the demographic balance in some areas. Between 1951 and 2001, forinstance, West Bengal’s Hindu population tripled while Muslims quadrupled. He also noted that thedisparity between Muslim and Hindu growth rate was especially pronounced in the West Bengal districtsbordering Bangladesh. He noted that “this is a religio-cultural process taking place in a geographicalspace considered to be strategically important…. At least three factors, facilitating the process ofIslamisation, are...a secular political environment… the appeasement of aliens for the purpose ofgarnering votes [and] a weak, undefined and unorganized secular frame.”West Bengal’s Hindus have a shrinking window of opportunity to act as a powerful vote bank. Withnational elections less than a year away, this is their opportunity to become significant to the politiciansor continue to be dismissible and dismissed. If they do not act, West Bengal Hindus will find themselvesin the minority in more areas of the state, and the political option will be off the table.What will happen then?