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Time to Stand Up For Bangladeshi Hindus

Editorial in Dhaka Tribune

November 6, 2016

The Hindu community in Bangladesh is under assault.

Every Bangladeshi with a conscience needs to stand up for them, and stand alongside with them.

The ruling party deserves praise, as it has always historically been the party of pluralism and minority rights, and the strongest political force against extremist elements in the country.

It is good see that the Awami League has suspended three of its own leaders of Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria for their involvement in the burning down of six Hindu households.

However, more needs to be done.

The government needs to make it clear that it supports the Hindu community in this dreadful time, and that violence will not be tolerated.

A message of solidarity goes a long way, but we also need to act so that these attacks never happen again.

Religious extremists are sowing seeds of division amongst us. They are insidiously spreading hatred by making fake online posts and creating diversions, making it look like minority communities are to blame.

We cannot let hate tear this country apart.

Bangladesh was founded on secular principles, which are written into the constitution. Every Bangladeshi deserves protection from the law, and has the right to live without fear of attacks based on religion.

The nation is facing a crisis right now, and unity is what is required from all.

The future of the country is at stake.

Source: sabrangindia.in/article/time-stand-bangladeshi-hindus-dhaka-tribune-editorial

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/current-affairs/dhaka-tribune/time-to-stand-up-for-bangladeshi-hindus/d/109032


  • Of course, every Bangladheshi Hindu deserves protection from the law and has the right to live without fear of assault based on religion.
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 11/24/2016 11:00:26 PM

  • May be Muslim not doing anything new in Pakistan or Bangladesh. As they say all Arabia converted to Muslim once Islam brought by Mohmmad paigamber, this  may be the perfect example that how'd minority is finished when number of Muslims grow.
    By Aayina - 11/7/2016 11:10:35 PM

  • It is time to stand up for Bangladeshi Hindus. It is also time to weep for the dehumanization of Islamists.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 11/7/2016 1:47:51 PM

  • More importantly.... It is time to think of India my dears and STAND FOR THE INDIAN MUSLIMS.
    By Shadaab - 11/7/2016 7:50:07 AM

  • deja vu?

    a similar statement attributed to the qaid e azam has worked so far only in the obverse in pakistan. the minority population there has now hit rock bottom. a similar process has been ongoing in bangladesh for decades - right from the days after mujib ur rehman's overthrow.

    whoever rules dhaka has to be in the good books of the hugely popular conservative sunni ulema caucus. otherwise the ulema will unleash the mob.

    the hefazat e islam rallies are gigantic. not like the diffident half thousand or two thousand crowds protesting the murder of bloggers.

    when the 'war criminals' are executed after forty or years of picnic, the jamaat ulema e islam draws such massive crowds of fanatics in protest, that it would be foolish to imagine that bangladesh is going to be any different from pakistan.

    as long as muslims have only a single point (islam) to rally round, shariah cannot be very far behind. muslims need to rally round other things as well. if islam is the only thing muslims do, shariah cannot be taken out of the formula.

    right now in indonesia, things are quite hairy. the rally demanding the arrest of the mayor for "insulting the koran" brought out tens and tens of thousand fanatic muslims on to the streets. pancasila is out the window.

    the moment asia bibi's case comes up for hearing in the pakistani supreme court either the sunni extremists bring out another mammoth rally or some supreme court judge develops trembling and weakness in the knees.

    either way, the average muslim of pakistan, bangladesh and indonesia or even turkey leans more towards islam and shariah rather than towards secularism and parliamentary legislation. if shariah courts are operating in england, can bangladesh keep still?

    after the ousting of hosni mubarak in egypt, it was not a secular government that was voted to power with massive majority. it was the muslim brotherhood.

    turkey is on its way to pakistanization, with its own "strategic assets" in the syrian killing fields as well as in iraqi wastelands. never mind. they can always blame it on the kurdistan worker's party. even if the next morning the isis takes credit for any truancy!

    maldives is what we can call a living example of islamization of public discourse.

    of course we all know that the western countries or the zionist lobby or the enemies of islam or growing islamophobia is the real culprit.

    there is nothing wrong otherwise. hunky dory!

    By hats off! - 11/7/2016 7:22:48 AM

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