Ex-ambassador: Bangladeshis don’t trust Hindus

banglaLove[1]In December 2015, Ram Madhav, secretary-general of prime minister Narendra Modi ruling party BJP in an interview with Al-Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan on Head to Head spilled true agenda of Hindutva fascism. He claimed that both Pakistan and Bangladesh will soon join India to be part of Akhand Bharat (Mother India). Listen to interview below.

Ram Madhav, former leader of Rasthriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is still living in his past. It was RSS Hindu fanatic Nathuram Gonde who murdered Mahatma MK Gandhi in 1948 for extended hand of friendship to Pakistan.

All India Muslim League that fought and secured a separate Muslim majority Pakistan on August 14, 1947, was founded by Bengali Muslim leaders in Dhaka in 1905.

Bangladeshis have cultural and linguistic links with Hindu-majority Indian state of Bengal. It has 20% Hindu population and didn’t suffer massacre at the hands Hindu and Sikh militants during the partition of British colonial India.

Pakistanis, on the other hand, have cultural and linguistic links with Iran and Afghanistan. Pakistan’s largest religious minorities are Christians (6%), and Hindus (2.5%). Pakistanis lost nearly one million men, women and children as result of Hindu fascism during the partition.

Several former Indian government officials and analyst have admitted that Israel and its lobby groups in the West played a significant role in the break-up of Pakistan in 1971 and the creation of Bangladesh out of Pakistan’s eastern province separated 1,100 miles by Indian territory.

Logically, Bangladesh ruled by prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid, an Indian agent, has more chances to federate with India than Pakistan, whose people hate India more than Israel.

Frankly, I was surprised to read the response to Ram Madhav by Muhammad Azizul Haque, Bangladesh’s former ambassador to China and Sweden.

The idea of Akhand Bharat is a dream of the RSS, and of the BJP, which is a right-wing party with close ideological and organisational links to the former, and of other Hindutvadi organisations and their adherents. I am not going to speak for Pakistan. But, whether future generations of Bangladeshis will reunite their country with India will depend fully on those generations that are probably yet to be born,” Haque said.

A separate State was not in the minds of the Muslims at the beginning. But the Congress’ intransigent opposition to any measure by the British Government aimed at benefiting the minority Muslim population – like the 1905 partition of Bengal, grant of separate electorate for the Muslims, giving power to the Muslims in those provinces where they were in majority – compelled them to demand a separate homeland. The Congress repudiated all British government plans that stipulated power-sharing with the Muslim League – the party that at those times epitomised the aspirations of almost all Muslims of India,” Haque added.

Have the basics of the Hindu-Muslim relations changed in India over the last 68 years? One proof that they have not changed much is the fact that right-wing Hindutvadi cultural and political organizations such as the Hindu Mahasabha, RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, BJP, etc., that envision India as a Hindu country, still wield enormous popular support and influence. In effect, they regard Muslims as outsiders. Even after about 70 years of existence of the democratic and constitutionally secular India, Muslims are killed there for eating beef.  The Muslims in India could still be coerced into converting back to Hinduism under the Ghar Wapsi program. Celebrity actors like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan felt insecure and alienated in an atmosphere of growing religious intolerance in India in recent months; and they faced severe backlashes for voicing their sense of insecurity, Haque said.

 

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