Kolkata, Apr 3: A group of alleged Naxalites tried to disturb the international seminar on Bangladesh Minorities organised in the Jadavpur University (JU) under the auspices of Campaign against Atrocities on Minorities in Bangladesh (CAAMB) on April 1-2, 2017.
According to ‘Hindu Existence’ many intellectuals, writers, thinkers and activists participated in the seminar. The Naxalites had tried to intimidate them by resorting to physical assault, it was reported.
For the safety of the foreign delegates, the organisers sent them out of the venue by car, but a group of the hooligans physically assaulted some local invitees in the seminar. They allegedly threatened in most abusive language and asked the organisers not to conduct any such ‘Hindu Fascist Forum’ program in the future in the Jadavpur University.
The attack came on the second day of the seminar as the attackers could not venture in on the day one due to heavy security as the Governor of Tripura Tathagato Roy inaugurated the event.
According to the report, the cops did not take any action against the attackers even as they sought police protection for the delegates who attended the program on the second day in the Academy of Fine Arts, Cathedral Road, Kolkata.
The seminar was held with a view to highlight the plight of the religious minorities of Bangladesh namely, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. The seminar was supported by the Centre for Research in Indo-Bangla Relations, Kolkata. The inaugural program was held at the auditorium of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers in JU Campus.
Delegates from Bangladesh, the USA, the UK, Frqance, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and India participated in the seminar. The event highlighted the degree of persecution and existential threat to religious minorities and indigenous people in Bangladesh in the Islamic regimes of the past and the present.
The deliberations of the first day were focused on ‘Ethnic Cleansing of Minorities in Bangladesh- Responsibility of Diaspora in West Bengal and Abroad’, ‘Rise of Fundamentalism and Fate of Minorities’, and ‘Indo-Bangladesh Relations and Minorities in Bangladesh’.
The seminar was attended by Ushatan Talukdar, Member of Parliament, Bangladesh and Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Janasanhati Samiti; Arun Kumar Dutta, Coordinator, Bangladesh Minority Rights Alliance, Toronto, Canada; Sitangshu Guha BHBCUC, USA; Dr. Chitta Das, General Secretary, Oikya Parishad UK; Ms. Garg Maity, Director-Bangladesh Women’s Unity Council, USA; Advocate Gobinda Chandra Pramanik, Secretary General of Bangladesh Jatiyo Hindu Mohajote, Dhaka; Advocate Rabindra Ghosh, President, Bangladesh Minority Watch; Pinaki Das, Joint Secretary, Sanatan International Foundation (SIF), Dhaka; Ripon Dey, Juba Hindu Mohajote, Dhaka and many others NRIs and NRBs. The delegates presented their views on the given topics with documentations.
Manas Ghosh, Ex-Editor of Statesman; Rantideb Sengupta, Ex- Editor of Saptahik Bartaman, Prof. Achinta Biswas – Ex-VC of Gour Banga University; Prof. Esha Dey, eminent writer; Binayak Bandyopadhyay, eminent poet & writer; Prof. Joyanta Roy; Sudhendu Mohan Talukdar, National President, Bharatia Gana Parishad, Assam and WB BJP State President, Dilip Ghosh also shared their opinions in this International seminar.
In his inaugural speech Tripura Governor Tathagato Roy highlighted that fanatic Muslims in Bangladesh have forcefully encroached upon 8,000 sq km area of Hindus in these years. “The enactment of Enemy Properties Law in 1965 and culpable encroachment of Hindu properties forced million of Hindus to leave their motherland Bangladesh”, Roy said. However, he hoped that the Present Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina would take care of the Minorities in Bangladesh with her able initiatives.
BJP State President Dilip Ghosh said that the persecuted Hindus in Bangladesh must build a real unity. Many organisations in the same purpose, vested interest and inner conflicts in them will cause a failure to attain the goal.
Both Roy and Ghosh opined that Bengali Hindus in WB would not be mute spectators after seeing the persecution and atrocities upon minority Hindus and Buddhist, Christians, and Tribal people in the neighbouring Bangladesh.
Advocate Gobinda Chandra Pramanik (BJHM), Advocate Rabindranath Ghosh (BDMW) and Advocate Subrato Choudhury (BHBCUC) from Bangladesh shared their experiences of persecution as minority Hindus both in BNP and Awami League rule in Islamic Bangladesh. The seminar was well conducted by Dr Mohit Roy of CAAMB and Bimal Pramanik of CRIBR.