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Hindus in Bangladesh do not Feel Safe: BJP National Executive Committee Member

BJP National Executive Committee Member Arun Halder, while on a trip to Bangladesh to attend a religious conference, told an international news media outlet that Hindus in Bangladesh do no feel safe and that they would be forced to flee to Bharat if the attacks on them continued.

According to this report

People of the Hindu community in Bangladesh do not feel safe, according to BJP National Executive Committee Member Arun Halder.  He told BBC Bangla yesterday that he would convey this notion to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Halder and two other Indian politicians came to Bangladesh a few days ago to attend the “International Sanatan Religion Conference” in Madaripur.  The delegation also visited Jhalakathi, Patuakhali and Chittagong.  Talking about the conference, Halder said the Hindus at the meeting raised the issue of their protection and said if protection was not ensured, they would migrate to West Bengal.

He said India was concerned about attacks and repression on the Hindus in various places in Bangladesh. However, he did not blame the government for the situation.  “The Awami League government always protects the interests of the Hindus. This information is well known in India too,” Halder told the BBC.”

While the Sheikh Hasina Government must be appreciated for its prosecution of the Jamaat-e-Islami war criminals, who along with the Pakistani Army murdered lakhs, mostly Hindus, during the 1971 war, the Government of Bharat must keep up the pressure on Bangladesh at all possible forums to ensure the well-being of Hindus. Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party also has Islamist elements who harass and persecute Hindus. Bangladesh has witnessed a series of brutal hackings of Hindus and secular bloggers recently – and the police in Bangladesh seem helpless to stop these brazen attacks. Heart wrenching cases of murder, rape, and dispossession of Bangladeshi Hindus are a regular occurrence.

But it is a welcome first step that more BJP leaders talk vocally about the persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh and elsewhere.

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