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Re: ARTICLE : Ethnic cleansing: Bangladesh style

Posted By Shrisha Rao (shrao@nyx.net)
11 Jan 1997 06:02:13 -0700

In article <ghenE3q2Bz.AC8@netcom.com>,
Ashok V Chowgule <ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in> wrote:
>Publication: Hindu Jagriti Kendra
>Date: Dec 15, 1996.
>Bangladesh, like nearly all Islamic states, practises ethnic cleansing of
>non-Muslims on a large scale. There are, however, two unique features of


>Jagadish Chandra Ray (son of late Tarini Ray), aged 45, left Bangladesh for

>Gyanendranath Ray (son of late Akhil Ray), aged 50. came away from Bangladesh
>to India in 1993. Muslims conspired to force Gyanendra to resort to a

>Gourangalal Ray (son of Gyanendranath Ray) took a certain quantity of paddy -

>the legitimate price. In about three months, at the age of 30, he fled to
>Duttapukur in West Bengal. Initially, Gouranga stayed In a relative's house.
>and later shifted to some other place.


>panicky about what would happen in the foreseeable future that, in order to
>safeguard his honour, he moved to India in 1993 at the age of 30.


>thirteen kathas of Sunil's land. With this harrowing experience, at the age
>of 32, Sunil left for India in


>honour as well as money. In 1994, at the age of 37, Nripen was compelled to
>come away to the Salt Lake area in Calcutta.

>haunted by a sense of insecurity. In 1994, at the age of 31, Rabindra
>migrated to India.

>Sunil Biswas (son of Bani Kanta Biswas) responded to a cry of alarm raised by

>possessed firearms. In 1994, at the age of 33, Sunil was forced to flee to
>Khardaha in West Bengal.


>Gedu Biswas was the younger brother of Sunil Biswas (in case eight). Gedu

>1994, when he was 28 years old.


Sorry for the long list of quotes, but I wanted to illustrate
something. Why is it that terror strikes Bangladeshi Hindus only when
they are men between the ages of 25 and 50, and mostly in their late
twenties and early thirties? Quite obviously, this is not evidence of
"ethnic cleansing" per se. Economic factors are clearly at work here,
with men seeking greener pastures early in their working lives.
Notice too that there is no direct force stated that cause people to
leave, nor any evidence given of a planned campaign by the state
authorities of Bangladesh that would qualify under the grandiose title
of "ethnic cleansing" -- what are narrated are just some random
incidents of misbehavior by hoodlums, etc., the likes of which I'm
sure happen in India as often as anywhere else.

Surely it would be as well if all Hindus were to learn enough
discrimination to avoid accepting such stupid misreporting of facts as
in that essay. There are enough real problems that we can all do well
without having to waste time on charging windmills.


Shrisha Rao


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