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Friday, September 30, 2022

“Small incidents” – Diplomats and bureaucrats like Dinesh Patnaik who belittle the anti-Hindu pogrom in B’desh are a blot on Bharat

This is probably the first time that an anti-Hindu pogrom in any country is being recognised in real time by international bodies like UN, US government, Amnesty. Even biased, openly anti-Hindu entities like USCIRF have been forced to condemn the ongoing anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh.

This is happening because Hindus have stood up for their rights, together. The meticulous way in which each attack has been recorded and disseminated over social media, and the ensuing protests all over the world have ensured that even the usual deniers cannot brush this anti-Hindu violence aside.

The response of the Bharatiya government has been disappointing to say the least. On October 14, the day after the violence erupted over a fabricated Quran ‘desecration’ incident in a Durga Puja pandal in Cumilla, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi noted that the Bangladesh government ‘reacted promptly to ensure that the situation was under control’ and said the Indian mission is in ‘close contact’ with the Bangladeshi authorities over the matter. Actually, some of the worst violence occurred in the following three days, including after Friday namaz last week. At least 70 Hindu homes were vandalized or burnt down in Rangpur district on Sunday night, and reports of violence and attacks are still coming in.

The true scale of the violence is yet to emerge in media reports. 335 Hindu temples have been vandalized across 33 districts in Bangladesh, 7 priests (just priests) killed, as per activists on the ground. 23 women have been raped as per one source, including the gang-rape of 3 members of one family in Hajiganj – a 10-year-old girl, her aunt and grandmother – in which the child reportedly died. The Bangladesh police have dismissed this as a ‘rumor’.

But a statement given yesterday by IFS diplomat Dinesh Patnaik, who is currently Director General of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), reeks of utter insensitivity and callousness.

(Above Tweet archived here)

“Small incidents don’t make a difference in larger picture of diplomatic relations b/w India-Bangladesh & leadership of both countries are mature enough. It is the 50th year of India-Bangladesh diplomatic relations,” Dinesh Patnaik was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

As many are calling out on social media, this trivialisation of Hindu lives, homes, temples and religious freedom is appalling. The erasure of genocide and religious persecution as “small incidents” is representative of everything that is wrong with the modern Indian state and its institutions – bureaucracy, government, judiciary.

One tweet says – “Shame on the govt for belittling the suffering of Hindus in Bangladesh through their pathetic ministry. This Bureaucrat needs to be suspended and a case of misconduct registered against him.”

Another tweet says – “Any incident in India where a Muslim is beaten even in personal enmity, is picked up by Pakistan and taken to all forums, from UN to OIC, from Twitter to US universities. Meanwhile, a well documented case of pogorom against Hindus is officially declared as small incident by GoI”

In the pursuit of ‘good relations’ with Bangladesh, the Government of India has decided to turn a blind eye to naked Islamo-fascism and attacks on a persecuted religious minority whose only spiritual homeland is Bharat/India.

When Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina can allude to the partition-era hostage population theory by warning India against ‘incidents’ that could affect Hindus in Bangladesh, why can’t our government issue a statement condemning the actual violence taking place in Bangladesh and urge their government to not just put an end to it, but bring all perpetrators, including those who planned this premeditated orgy of violence, to justice?

Dinesh Patnaik

We would like to reiterate that this is not a personal criticism of Dinesh Patnaik, but of the mindset which many of our bureaucrats, diplomats, policy wonks, judges, academics, politicians, businesspersons, generals and other elites share. This group is self-alienated and mentally seeped in Western intellectual frameworks. They believe that even acknowledging genuine Hindu grievances is somehow ‘communal’ and ‘anti-liberal’, and thus the best course of action is to whitewash or water down crimes against Hindus.

Sometimes, we need to look at individuals to understand and deconstruct mindsets of a like-minded group. As per the ICCR website:

    • Shri Dinesh K. Patnaik is a career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service with experience of over 25 years in a variety of interesting and challenging assignments.
    • He has served in Indian Missions in Geneva, Dhaka, Beijing and Vienna.
    • At Headquarters, he has served in the Europe West, External Publicity, Africa and UN Divisions.
    • Shri Patnaik served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Vienna from 2009 to 2012.
    • He was India’s Ambassador to Cambodia from 2012 to 2015.
    • He was India’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco from 2015 to 2016.
    • He was Deputy High Commissioner of India to London from 2016 to 2018.
    • He was Additional Secretary (Indian Ocean Region) from November 2018 to July 2019 and thereafter Additional Secretary (CPV&OIA) from July 2019 to January 2020 in the Ministry of External Affairs.
    • He is currently Director General in Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
    • Ambassador Patnaik holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata. He also holds a Master’s degree in Advanced International Studies from the University of Vienna and Certificate in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna.
    • Ambassador Patnaik is married to Poonam who is an international educator. They have two daughters.

Patnaik’s twitter bio says “Diplomat, culture aficionado, DG, ICCR, IIM Kolkatta, relaxed golfer.” On LinkedIn, his interests are listed as below –

A Bharatiya diplomat who is ‘interested’ in Hinduphobic and anti-Bharat media outlets like New York Times, Thomson Reuters, Al Jazeera (Qatar-based Islamist media network)! This is not a case of a diplomat reading up on all kinds of international reporting to stay abreast of what is being said about Bharat – that is fine, even critical to the role. This is about someone declaring on a professional networking site that he is interested in these outlets, i.e. he considers them credit-worthy. Can someone with such a mindset really represent Bharat’s best interests in the cut-throat world of global diplomacy?

This is how Patnaik greets on Diwali (emphasis added) –

“Lighting Diwali lamps makes me pray for an India that treasures the light of knowledge, the glow of kindness and the brightness of diversity. India without the glare of hubris, the darkness of prejudice and the smoke of intolerance. Proud, My India shines.”

This is how he greets on Christmas –

“For me, Yuletide is about friends, family and food. I am lucky to have lots of these 3 Fs. The 4th F which is faith, is slow in arriving but with age, should come soon. Merry Christmas.”

From Bollywood celebrities, to sports stars, to diplomats – all of them believe that no Hindu festival greeting is complete without a moralizing tone and social reform message embedded within. Is this not the ‘civilizing mission’ that colonizers fabricated to justify their colonial loot and plunder?

Hindus of a village in Rangpur break down in tears after Muslim zealots torched their houses and looted cash and valuables. Losing their homes in the attacks, 66 families in Boro Karimpur village of the district’s Pirganj upazila are now living under the open sky. The perpetrators also vandalised two shops and two temples in the area. Photo: Collected/ Kongkon Karmaker

Living in plush environs of diplomatic enclaves, or in tax-payer funded govt. bungalows in Lutyens’ Delhi, celebrating their children’s marriages in luxury hotels like Taj Palace, do the likes of Patnaik have any inkling of how their smug statements belittling a horrific pogrom as ‘small incident’ sound to the Hindus who are mourning their dead, their destroyed temples and homes, and living under open skies in utter destitution?

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  1. Deafening silence from Modiji as well.
    I hope BJP administration has the guts to cleanse the IFS of the likes of Dinesh Patnaik.These babus do not have interests of Bharat at heart.They care more about being liked and approved by BBC,CNN,NYT,The Guardian,WaPo – enemies of Bharat.

  2. The Indian bureaucracy is completely aloof from the country, it’s people and its strategic needs. Most got into the government to have an easy life, handsome money including bribes, and power over the people they are supposed to serve. Modi should look at the selection and training of bureaucracy which has completely forgotten the expectations placed in them by Sardar Patel. This joker should be sacked for speaking out of turn on a matter that lies outside his domain.

  3. Total idiots are the people who call these events “small incidents”. They will wake up only when their family is subjected to such small incidents.

  4. Mr Dinesh K. Patnaik did not loose anything during the recent spate of violence in Bangladesh. He neither got his house gutted, nor his wife/daughter raped , nor his son was butchered. This arm-chair bureaucrat only thinks of his personal gain, personal interest thru ‘diplomacy’. It matters little to this Oriya whether pogrom of Hindus perpetrated by pro-Islamist groups in India, or Bangladesh or Pakistan or Afganistan. His deceptive stance attests to the fact that he is a gardar to Hindus to which he belongs.


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