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Bangladeshi Hindu activist calls upon India to stop supporting his country’s government

In recent times, diplomatic relations between Israel and India have been stronger than ever. Israeli Druze diplomat Mendi Safadi, who is a strong advocate for Hindu human rights, is set to meet in the coming days with India’s Deputy President and other senior level Indian politicians. Given this, it is the hope of Bangladeshi Hindu human rights activist Shipan Kumer Basu that Safadi will use Israel’s influence with India in order to get them to stop supporting the present Bangladeshi government.

“We have a lot of documents in our hands that Bangladesh is now not safe for Hindus,” he proclaimed. “Just recently, a Hindu woman in Bangladesh was raped just because she is Hindu and for no other reason. This woman merely wanted to receive counseling to help her daughter’s marriage and she ended up being raped in addition to having her body parts bitten, her clothes torn and various organs burned with a gas lighter. However, her story has not made headlines around the world merely because she was born into the wrong faith.”

“Unfortunately, we Hindus from Bangladesh are invisible to many in the international community,” Basu declared. “The abduction and rape of our women, the slaughter of our men, the desecration of our temples and the forceful seizure of our homes happens on a daily basis. However, the world does not care about us for we are brown skinned, are not from one of the three monotheistic faiths and do not come from an oil producing country. However, we are hoping that India will be different from the rest of the world since we share the same faith and have the same skin color. We hope and believe that India will take the necessary action and will stop supporting this government in Bangladesh especially if advised to do so by a strategic ally.”

“The Safadi Center, headed by Mendi Safadi, has always stood in the best interests of my people in our struggle against the terror implemented by the Bangladeshi government,” Basu added. “During Safadi’s meeting with Indian politicians, I would like to ask the Indian government to rethink their policy on Bangladesh as the current government is double faced. On the one hand, they say nice things in English and then they treat the Hindus horribly behind the backs of the international community.”

“Presently, the Bangladeshi government is misguiding the Indian government as they continue to brutally repress the minorities in the country,” Basu proclaimed. “As Hindus are being silently ethnically cleansed from the country with the seizure of minority properties under the Vested Property Law, India must recognize the true face of the Bangladeshi government and to stop supporting them.” Basu noted that it is still possible for India to reach out in friendship to the Bangladeshi people without supporting this present government which abuses the human rights of India’s Hindu brothers.

Bangladeshi dissident Aslam Chowdhury is a known advocate of Hindu human rights. He is presently being held by the Bangladeshi government due to the false charge that he is working with the Israeli Mossad in order to topple the Bangladeshi government. According to Basu, “this charge is false, baseless, and imaginary and such claims prove the incompetence of the accusers; Aslam Chowdhury is a real hero and is also highly educated, honest and has many merits as a leader.” Basu believes that if India intervened and supported him, it could be a sign of support for the Bangladeshi people against an oppressive regime and it could potentially help a wonderful dissident who worked on behalf of minority rights to obtain his freedom.

Basu emphasized that Chowdhury is innocent of the charges that the Bangladeshi government made against him: “They completely failed to prove his crime. So regarding the sedition case, he got bail. However, he was not released from prison due to various pretexts because the current so-called government has realized very well that since Aslam Chowdhury is with the people, the stability of the present ruling Awami League government could evaporate. Therefore, they decided to brutally repress him. For this reason, I call on India and other countries in the international community to intervene so that he can be free. “

 

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Rachel Avraham
Rachel Avraham

Rachel Avraham is a senior media research analyst at the Center for Near East Policy Research and a correspondent for the Israel Resource News Agency. She is based in Israel and publishes in a variety of media outlets throughout the world. She is the author of "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media." Avraham has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University and a 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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