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Enough is enough!

It is a great shame for us, as a nation, to see how hundreds of our minority siblings fled with terror their homes in post-poll violence. News agencies report, more than a couple hundred houses were burnt to ashes by the anti-liberation forces. Why do we have to see such a tormenting scenario even after 42 years of our Liberation War?

Simply blaming the anti-liberation forces for such anarchy is nothing but one of the best ways of rejection and withdrawal. It is principally the responsibility of the Government to ensure the safety and security of the citizens, without any discrimination, with a special emphasis on the vulnerable groups, however. And to be specific, the Government largely failed to do so, especially over the last few months.

Minority violence has shamefully become an integral part of the history of Bangladesh over the last few decades. As Napoleon is famously quoted to have said, “I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate…and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself”, the anti-liberation thugs burn the minorities only when they win, to celebrate, or only when they lose, to console themselves. And it becomes epidemic during episodic polls, and endemic blockades.

This vicious cycle is never-ending. These evils get official support from the Government when their allies are the majority in the parliament. Disgracefully, they are allowed to continue doing so when their opposition, i.e., pro-liberation forces are in power. Well, so it is “natural” to have the minority people brutally burnt and tortured no matter who wins the race!

I hear people surrounding me, both on- and off-line, saying in terrifying voice that the opposition calls for another blockade, and so there must be another episode of minority violence; the war criminals’ verdict is due some Monday or Tuesday, and there must be minority violence, no matter what the verdict is! If the war criminal is given a capital punishment, the Pak quislings would burn the minorities alive to take revenge; if not, they would do the other way around, this time they would instead burn them to death!

So, the minority violence has seemingly become an inevitable consequence of all their political agenda! And, alas, it has become so ‘natural’ that we, unlike the Economists and Weather Forecasters, can forecast with almost pure certainty!

This is the worst possible outcome the social psyche may experience ever. This is what is academically termed as ‘normalisation’. For example, smoking, despite its proven potential of causing cancer, has become so much natural in Bangladesh, especially in public places. Bribery, corruption, domestic violence…you name it! However, if these are comfortably allowed to thrive and grow, they would not only spread like a cancer, they would become immune to any possible treatment options. The superbugs are often manmade!

It is already long overdue to bring an end to such impunity. The Prime Minister declared that she had already ordered the law enforcing agencies to take appropriate actions against it. However such actions are yet to be implemented! Dear Prime Minister, you are lauded for standing strong in bringing the war criminals under justice amid all sorts of international pressure. However, scoring really high in one subject does in no way permit you the right to score adequately poor in another notably major subject.

The only solution to such anarchy is to denormalise it. It has to be addressed with sufficient rigor, and there should be zero tolerance to any such activities. An exemplary punishment of these scoundrels is immediately mandated, as a short-term treatment. However, there should be a long-term social initiative to make sure not a single event ever happens. Such a heinous act should be abolished altogether the way Satidaha Protha was.

While it is arguably plausible, and historically implied, who the masterminds of these atrocities are, attributing such activities blindly to Jamaat/Shibir leaves the loophole that allows other miscreants to take the chance, or at least provides the so-called “Neutralists” with a point to be pointed to! The bottom line is that bring these criminals under justice with immediate priority, no matter who they are.

The so-called “Neutralists” a.k.a. Talk-Showers need to keep arguing while people are being killed since this has become a very fertile source of income without much effort. Since they are professional (should I say commercial) Neutralists, clients are their Gods; they became commodities! They have to present themselves to be acceptable to seemingly opposite parties (you see how difficult job they are doing, successfully)!

While we specifically condemn that this is a clear failure of the current Government, there is extensive supposition/rumour from other school of thought that the Government is not taking stern actions against them to show the countrymen what cannibal these thugs are. If this is the case, trust us, we know better than anybody else how infernal they can be, and we assure you that we do not need any further lessons on this. There have been widespread assumptions and hypotheses of conspiracy around the War Crimes Trial, but you proved them wrong. Prove them wrong yet another time, not for the sake of proving it, but for the sake of humanity and fundamental justice.

You literally have lost almost all your family members. You also have lost your so-called ‘neutrality’ with regard to War Crimes Tribunal. This is what was expected! You cannot remain ‘neutral’ when you are expected to raise your voice for justice. Such neutrality only goes against those who are oppressed as Desmond Tutu boldly pointed out, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Well, the so-called Neutralists/Talk-showers have the fear of losing yet another fresh cheque, what do you have to lose, Madam Prime Minister?

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Nazrul Islam is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia.

20 Responses to “Denormalising minority violence”

  1. uzzal chakraborty

    আসুন,পাশে দাঁড়াই

    উত্তর ঢেমশা,সাতকানিয়া থেকে এসে

    আজ রোববার,১৯ শে জানুয়ারী ২০১৪,রাত নটা য় এই নিবন্ধটি লেখার সময়ও ৭টি পরিবারের অন্তত ৩০ জন মানুষ খোলা আকাশের নীচে শীতের রাতে বসে আছে।সাতকানিয়া উপজেলার উত্তর ঢেমশা গ্রামে গত ১৬ ই জানুয়ারী রাত আনুমানিক ১.৩০ ঘটিকায় সংগঠিত অগ্নিকান্ডের ফলশ্রুতিতে ৭ টি পরিবার গৃহহীন হয়ে পরে।আমরা চেস্টা করেছি ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত ও প্রশাসনের পক্ষ থেকে সংগৃহীত তথ্যের ভিত্তিতে একটি রেখাচিত্র দাঁড় করাতে।খুব সামান্য তথ্যই আমরা পেয়েছি আতংকগ্রস্ত মানুষগুলোর কাছ থেকে।

    আলোরাণী দাশ—রাত ১০ টার দিকে একবার মোবাইল এসেছে,কিন্তু কথা স্পস্ঠ না-তাই ঘুমিয়ে পরি।এর পর ঘুম ভাঙ্গে বাঁশ ফাঁটার শব্দে।খালিহাতে বের হই,ঘর থেকে বের হয়ে দেখি চারদিকে আগুন।চীৎকার শুরু করি,প্রায় সংজ্ঞাহারা হয়ে যাই।প্রায় ৫৫ মিনিট পর ফায়ার বিগ্রেড আসে কেরাণীহাট থেকে।
    হারাধন দাশ—বৃহস্পতিবার দিনের ২ টায় পৌষ-সংঙ্ক্রান্তির মোয়া মুড়ি নিয়ে যাই মেয়ের শশুর বাড়ী পদুয়ায়।খবর পেয়ে রাত ৩টায় এসে দেখি সবকিছু পুড়ে শেষ।
    যুঁথী দাশ-(কান্নায় ভেঙ্গে পড়েন তিনি।কিছু বলতে পারেননি)
    কন্কন দাশ-আমাদের সাথে কারো রাজনৈতিক দন্দ্ধ ছিলোনা।হঠাৎ করে নির্বাচন এর পরে এই ঘটনা।আপনারাই অনুমান করতে পারেন কি হতে পারে।
    নারায়ন দাশ-বাঁচবো কিনা সন্দেহ।আতংক নিয়ে বসে আছি।বাজারে কিভাবে যাব।পরিবার-পরিজন নিয়ে আতংকে বসে আছি।কোন সময় আবার এসে আগুন ধরিয়ে দেয়।যদি ঘুম থেকে জেগে না উঠতাম তাহলে তো ঘুমের ঘোরেই মরে যেতাম।
    সাতকানিয়া থানার ওসি খালেক সাহেব-গতকাল রাতে মামলা নেয়া হয়েছে।আমরা চেস্টা চালিয়ে যাচ্ছি।suspect কে নাম বলা যাচ্ছে না।আশা করছি খুব শিগগীরই আমরা একটা সিদ্ধান্তে পৌঁছব।
    সাতকানিয়া ইউনিয়নের চেয়ারম্যান রমজান আলী সাহেব-যখন ঘটনা ঘটে আমি তখন কক্সবাজার ছিলাম।রাত চারটায় রিং এসেছিল।রিংটোন অফ্ থাকায় শুনতে পারিনি।পরদিন সকালে তড়িঘড়ি করে গ্রামে যাই।ওসি সাহেবের সাথে কথা হয়েছে।ইউ.এন.ও সাহেবের সাথে কথা হয়েছে।গতকাল ঢেমশা স্কুলের মাঠে আমরা একটা সভা করেছি।তাছাড়া ক্ষয়ক্ষতির পরিমাণ উল্লেখপুর্বক ১৬ লক্ষ টাকার ক্ষতিপুরণ দাবী করে সরকারের কাছে লিখেছি।আমি আসলে ঘটনাটা কে করেছে জানিনা।কারো লাগিয়ে দেয়া আগুন হতে পারে।কারন যেখানে আগুনের সুত্রপাত সেখানে কোন চুলা নাই।কিন্তু কে লাগিয়ে দিছে আমরা হুবহু কোন মন্তব্য করতে পারবনা।

    এই ঘটনাটি ঘটে গত ১৬ই জানুয়ারী।এটা হয়তো নির্বাচন পরবর্তি সহিংসতার ধারাবাহিকতা অথবা বিচ্ছিন্ন কোন ঘটনা,যাই হোক সেটা বিচারের ভার প্রশাসনের কাছে।কিন্তু আজ এই মুহুর্তে ,আমরা একবার অন্তত মনে মনে হলেও এই ৭ টি পরিবারের ৩০জন গৃহহীন এবং আতংকগ্রস্ত মানুষের পাশে দাঁড়াই।

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    হিন্দু ডক্টরস এসোসিয়েশন
    চট্টগ্রাম মেডিকেল কলেজ হাসপাতাল
    বাংলাদেশ।
    1973uzzal@gmail.com
    Let’s stand beside the affected

    Coming from North Demsha, Satkania,Ctg,Bangladesh

    Today, the Sunday,19th January,2014 at 9 pm, while preparing this manuscript at least 30 people of 7 families remain under open sky in this chilly night. They become homeless as a result of planned firesetting in the village north Demsha of Satkania Upazilla on 16th January at around 1.30 pm. We have made an attempt to prepare a sketch on the information obtained from the affected &administration.

    Alo Rani Das: I received a phone call once at about 10 pm but felt sleep because the conversion was indistinct. Then my sleep was interrupted with the cracking sound of bamboos. Came out of the house barehanded & found fire all around. I started shouting loudly to become faint soon after. Fire brigade from Keranihat came about 55 minutes later.

    Haradhon Das: I went to Padua, Satkania to my daughter’s father in laws house with puffed rice with molasses mixed puffed rice on the occasion of “Poush Festival”. Having the news I came back and saw everything is finished.

    Juthika Das: Busted into tears, could not tell anything.

    Kancheon Das: There was no political conflict of anybody with us. This firing happened all at once after the election. You can guess, what may be the cause?

    Naryan Das: I doubt about my survival. How to go to the market? we are living in panic with the family members. When they will set fire again? If we would not wake up we would die in sleep.
    Officer in charge, Police station, Satkania Mr. Khaleque: The case was filled last night. We keep on trying. The suspect cannot be mentioned. Hopefully we will reach a decision soon.

    Mr. Ramjan Ali, Chairman of Satkania union: I was at Coxs Bazar when the incidence took place. There was a phone call at 4.00 pm. I could not hear because the ring tone was left silent. I rushed to village next morning. I had a talk with O.C. I also talked to UNO. We arranged a meeting at Demsha school field yesterday. We applied to government describing the loss of wealth taka 16 Lucks. I really do not know the culprit. Fire may be set by somebody. Because there was no burner at the source of fire. But I cannot comment exactly who set it.
    The incidence happened on 16th January. It may be the continuation of post election violence or it maybe a separate event. Whatever it is, the judgment lies with the administration. But today at this moment, we at least feel to stand by the side of this homeless & horrified 30 people of 7 families.

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    HINDU DOCTORS ASSOCIATION
    CHITTAGONG MEDICAL COLLEGE & HOSPITAL
    BANGLADESH.

    1973uzzal@gmail.com

    Please circulate this to your beloved

  2. Yuba Raj Subedi

    This is the practice since East Pakistan period. What a shame for democratic country!!!! Hope Bangladeshi friends stand for peace and save minorities.

    • Riddik chaudhury

      Yes I am agreed with this writer to speak truth that one Muslim realized (Writer)how much humanitarian broken into in so called Pakistan (present Bangladesh). I called New form of Pakistan because the people of Pakistan and present so called Bangladesh (Pakistan)is same. We know this new form of Pakistan (Bangladesh) created from Original Pakistan.(1971)

      So these Pakistani Muslims still in Bangladesh and they never changed their character and mind set.They want all Hindus and other religion should leave from the new Pakistan (so called Bangladesh) and they will get all these lands and properties without cost.

      I hate people those called Hindus as minority people. They made the Hindus so called minority and it is now used as a Brand for Hindus and other religious people on Bangladesh except so called Bangladeshi Muslims. Because why so called Indian Muslims are patriot but Bangladeshi Muslims are traitor. They say one thing and do different. I think they should stop now to call Hindu as a minority people. Which is very much insulting to them. They should call them directly Hindus or belong to ‘Sanatan’ religion people.

      It does not matter anything happened in so called Bangladesh stats to attack Hindus without reasons. Which is very un -human being and barbarian for the defeated Muslims of so called Bangladesh. Because without help of Hindus and India in 1971 this so called Bangladesh never freed without helped of Hindus and India.So Hindus and Indian did wrong job in 1971 because so called Bangladesh is still exist Pakistani original Muslims and their same activities. So all times are attacking the weak Hindus without reasons and no protection from so called Muslims supported government (Awamaleauge). Who took the most advantages and benefits to tortured and attacking them. Now both BAL and BNP blamed each other and justice for this brutal incidents.So there is no different original Pakistan and New Pakistan (So called Bangladesh). If the justice done in one case previously, this will not happened again. BAL and BNP both are involved with this incident. It is cleared that no parties wants justice. Because they blamed each other and never justice been done. More beneficiary is BAL in the name of Secularism (Which is under cover Islamic terrorist party in Bangladesh)

      In UK or USA the government never called any Bangladeshi or Indian minority because they are citizen of UK or USA not classified as their originality like what is doing in Bangladesh and created and artificial division. Because USA and UK wanted all citizen should equally participate in the main stream line of their countries. But what is happening in so called Bangladesh.

      Hindus are not poor not ignorant or illiterate like Muslims. These very intelligent people in part of the society. Please do not kill and torture them in Bangladesh. Help and respect them as respect with other religion or citizens. Hate all bad activities of bad Muslims but not hate good Muslims like our writer of this topics.

  3. Rahman

    Let us show our hatred towards those corrupt and duplicitous politicians of all parties.

  4. An Observer

    To each of my Hindu brothers and sisters in Bangladesh, as a Bangladeshi I apologize to you for the barbaric behaviors of those terrorists. If someone is minority in this country, that would be those fear mongering, inhuman, uncivilized people who attacked you. PM should take bold steps to bring all those to justice. And Khaleda Zia should condemn the attacks with the harshest words and should ask all of her party members and their Jamaat allies to stop this brutality. The nation came to its knees today.

  5. biswas

    This writer either blind in one eye or does not know what BAL can do to further its agenda. Whenever someone is caught-red-handed while doing these evil act they are found to be BAL cadre BUT whenever they are not caught they are Jamaat-Shibir. This govt completed a fraudulent (s)election, now it’s time for them and Inidan govt. (who are the only supporter of BAL) to play with minority card. It is necessary for them to (may be) call Indian intervention.
    Note: History witnessed that Jamaat-Shibir did not ever harmed minority. It’s not like BJP, Hindutva of India.

    • Zamir

      My father and elder brother were brutally bayonetted and shot to death by the Al-Badrs belonged to Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971 and their dead bodies were not allowed for burial. Their ring leader is now in jail and facing trial as a war criminal. I pray to Allah so that he is handed-down death sentence and execution of the verdict is happened.

      No research work is required to understand Jamaat-Shibirs’ brutality. They can do anything using the name of Islam.

      They are not human being; they are just devils in the guise human being. Everybody in Bangladesh knows it very well.

    • Random passerby

      Good concept idiot. Did you come out of an Al-Bodor or Mirjafor’s semen? Good name you used there…biswas…lol. You are as pathetic as your father(s) that has messed up and still messing up this country.
      You try to compare Jamaat-Shibir to BJP? Hahahahaha. I have not see any similar reports coming from India. These type of stuff only happen in countries filled with extreme “Religion of Peace” people (Example: Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan etc.).

  6. omar

    Our fellow brothers, please forgive us!! We have failed to protect you from those devils. Even if you spit on us, it won’t be enough punishment.

  7. Taher

    The government failed miserably to protect its citizens. It’s a failure of epic proportion.

  8. Yeasin Karim

    সুশীলরা কি জনগণের কথা বলে? সশীলরা কি সহিংসতা বন্ধের কথা বলে? সুশীলরা কি মানবাধিকারের কথা বলে? সুশীলরা কি নিরীহ মানুষকে আগুনে পুড়ে হত্যা বন্ধ করার কথা বলে? সুশীলরা কি হিন্দুদের ঘর ছাড়া করার প্রতীবাদ করে? সুশীলরা কি দেশের বৃক্ষ নিধন বন্ধ করতে বলে? সুশীলরা কি রাজনীতির নামে নৈরাজ্য, ভাংচুর, অগ্নিসংযোগ, লুটপাট বন্ধ করতে বলে?
    আসলে সুশীলরা কি বলে?

  9. Ashraf Uddin

    This is all Awami League’s doing to put the onus on Jamat Shibir!

      • Riddik chaudhury

        Hindus are not ‘MINORITY’ as they belong to ‘SONATON’ religion
        Humanitarian has been broken into in so called Pakistan (present Bangladesh). I called new form of Pakistan because the people of Pakistan and present so called Bangladesh (Pakistan) are no different. We know this new form of Pakistan (Bangladesh) created from Original Pakistan in1971.
        So these Pakistani Muslims still in Bangladesh and they never changed their character and mind set. They want all Hindus and other religion should leave from the new Pakistan (so called Bangladesh) and they will get all these lands and properties without cost.
        I hate people those called Hindus as minority people. They made the Hindus so called minority and it is now used as a Brand for Hindus and other religious people on Bangladesh except so called Bangladeshi Muslims. Because why so called Indian Muslims are patriot but Bangladeshi Muslims are traitor. They say one thing and do different. I think they should stop now to call Hindu as a minority people. Which is very much insulting to them? They should call them directly Hindus or belong to ‘Sanatan’ religion.
        It does not matter anything happened in so called Bangladesh and it begins to attack Hindus without reasons. Which is very un -human being and barbarian for the defeated Muslims of so called Bangladesh. If we analysed the history of Bangladesh we see – without help of Hindus and Indian so called Bangladesh never freed in 1971. So Hindus and Indian did wrong job in 1971 because so called Bangladesh is still exist Pakistani original Muslims and their same activities. Therefore, all times they are attacking the weak Hindus without reasons and no protection from so called Muslims supported government (Awamaleauge). Who took the most advantages and benefits to torture and attacking Hindus? Now both BAL and BNP blamed each other. So there is no different original Pakistan and New Pakistan (So called Bangladesh). If the justice done in one case previously, this will not happened again. BAL and BNP both are involved with this incident. It is cleared that no parties want justice. Reason is simple, they are blaming each other and never justice been done. More beneficiaries is BAL (Bangladesh Awamelegue) in the name of Secularism (Which is under cover Islamic terrorist party in Bangladesh)
        In UK or USA the government never called any Bangladeshi or Indian minority because they are citizen of UK or USA not classified as their originality like what is doing in Bangladesh and created and artificial division. Because USA and UK wanted all citizen should equally participate in the main stream line of their countries. But what is happening in so called Bangladesh.
        Hindus are not poor not ignorant or illiterate like Muslims. These are very intelligent people in part of the society. Please do not kill and torture them in Bangladesh. Help and respect them as respect with other religion or citizens. Hate all bad activities of bad Muslims but not hate good Muslims as they always fever of justice.

    • Akash

      And you are sitting on a bundle of proof? Comments like yours is as terrible as the crime committed against the people.

    • Raquib Khan

      Eradication of Talibani religion is the only way to stop it.

  10. Sabbir

    All in the name of politics!! My utmost hatred for the so-called politicians.

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