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Bangladeshi Hindu activist: “Sheikh Hasina’s government helps the Rohingya but neglects non-Muslims”

In an exclusive interview, Shipan Kumar Basu, the head of the Hindu Struggle Committee, emphasized that Sheikh Hasina’s government is rushing to help Rohingya Muslims but is systematically discriminating against Hindus, Buddhists and Christians in her country including the Rohingya Hindus who came to her country seeking shelter from ethnic cleansing.

In an exclusive interview, Shipan Kumar Basu, the head of the Hindu Struggle Committee, stressed that Sheikh Hasina’s government is rushing to help the Rohingya Muslims who have come to her country even when it contradicts Bangladesh’s national security but is harming the Hindu minority within her own country: “The Sheikh Hasina government and her party leaders have shown so much kindness to them that they have even forgotten about their own security. There are reports that Rohingya fringe groups have started to loot and steal in the areas where they are given shelter.”

“The security of Bangladesh is at stake,” Basu proclaimed. “Yet, Sheikh Hasina does not care about that for she wants to show the international community that she is a great humanitarian. But on the contrary, the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian minorities within her country are being tortured every day. Millions of minorities have been forced to leave Bangladesh. Their exodus was prompted by her government’s policies. The Awami League has never supported the minorities within Bangladesh.”

According to Basu, the Sheikh Hasina government has always instigated violence against the Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities within Bangladesh: “They then pass the buck onto their adversaries like the BNP and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. In order to look clean themselves, they have thrown many leaders from political parties that they oppose in jail on false charges. When addressing Bangladeshi minority leaders and the international community, they evade responsibility, blaming their adversaries instead.”

“They do this even as hundreds of homes were burnt, women were raped, minority lands were grabbed, Hindu idols and temples were desecrated, and minorities were suppressed and mistreated within Bangladesh,” he noted. “The minorities are suffocating in Bangladesh under the Sheikh Hasina leadership and yet they have the guts to pretend to be innocent while pointing the accusatory finger at their political opponents.”

“Sheikh Hasina’s agenda have been exposed numerous times by her adversaries,” Basu added. “However, in order to stay in power as long as she can, she suppresses the opposition and the minorities while showing the world that she is being open-minded and has a big heart to help the Rohingya Muslims. She has given refuge to millions of Rohingya Muslims while discriminating against the Hindu Rohingya as her party followers and leaders systematically suppress the rights of the minorities within Bangladesh.”



Rachel Avraham
Rachel Avraham

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights. For 7 years, she has been an Israel-based journalist, specializing in radical Islam, abuses of human rights and minority rights, counter-terrorism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, Iran, Kurdistan and other issues of importance. Avraham is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media," a ground-breaking book endorsed by Former Israel Consul General Yitzchak Ben Gad and Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara that discusses how the media exploits the life stories of Palestinian female terrorists in order to justify wanton acts of violence. Avraham has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University. She received her BA in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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