Deganga’s Hindus abandoned by own

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    Deganga’s Hindus abandoned by own

    October 18, 2010 3:04:03 AM

    Kanchan Gupta

    There was a time, not that many decades ago, when Hindu grief in one part of the country would not go unnoticed in its other parts. And so it was that Hindus across north and central India, as it existed before the demise of British colonial rule a year later, observed a ‘black’ Diwali in the autumn of 1946 to commiserate with their co-religionists of Noakhali in Bengal. The infamous Noakhali riots, which erupted on October 10 even before the last corpse had been removed from the bustees of Calcutta which had burned for days following Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s call for ‘Direct Action’ on August 16, witnessed what Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was to later describe as a call to Hindus to leave or perish in the “flames of fanaticism”. If Direct Action Day led to the ‘Great Calcutta Killing’, the “organised fury of the Muslim mob” — as an enraged member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly rudely but pithily put it — was unsparing in Noakhali. Hindu homes were set on fire, Hindu women were raped and girls abducted, Hindu men were murdered. It was this unrestrained butchery and the Hindu grief in its wake that moved a million Hindu hearts in central and north India and the diyas remained unlit that Diwali.

    Six-and-a-half decades later, Hindus, it would seem, are no longer moved by the plight of Hindus. The pseudo-secularism aggressively peddled by political parties of all shades — even the BJP has begun to subscribe to the bunkum made fashionable by the Left-liberal intelligentsia in the hope of ridding itself of its ‘communal’ (read Hindu) tag — and the divisive politics of caste identity have made Hindus inure to the plight and sorrow of fellow Hindus. Nothing else explains the indifference of Hindus towards their hapless co-religionists in Deganga who, after suffering the “organised fury of the Muslim mob”, led by Trinamool Congress MP Haji Nurul Islam, have been virtually abandoned by both community and state to their fate. Starting September 6, Haji Nurul Islam and his thugs, who met with resistance when they tried to demolish the main Durga Mandap that has existed for long, ran riot in Deganga block of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, a short distance from Calcutta. Hindu homes were ransacked, Hindu shops were set on fire, Hindu temples were desecrated. All this happened while the district administration and the police twiddled their thumbs. In West Bengal, the Marxists are loath to take on the mullahs; for the Trinamool Congress, the mullahs are powerful allies in Ms Mamata Banerjee’s quest for power at any price.

    Humiliated and simmering with rage, abandoned and forsaken by their own in West Bengal and elsewhere, the grieving Hindus of Deganga decided not to celebrate Durga Puja, the most important festival in the Bengali Hindu calendar, this year. The Durga Mandaps in Deganga wore a deserted look, the joyous sound of dhaak, the traditional drum, was not heard, and an overwhelming sense of mourning prevailed. Fear played spoil sport, too: If the September riots were any indication, Muslim belligerence was not to be taken lightly. Meanwhile, in a demonstration of crude triumphalism, Haji Nurul Islam and his goons, with the full support and blessings of the Trinamool Congress, have built and inaugurated a new mosque right in the middle of Deganga market. The high-volume and high-pitched azaan is more a taunt to the Hindus than a call to prayers for the faithful.

    The ghetto now rules Deganga. The Hindus, reduced to an awful minority by Muslim ‘settlers’ who entered West Bengal illegally and settled in Deganga as ‘citizens’ after being provided with ration cards by the local committee of the CPI(M) that facilitated the inclusion of their names in the voters list, can only grieve over their persecution today. Ironically, the Hindus voted en bloc for the Left, as did the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants-turned-Indian citizens. Then the demography changed radically; the pampered minority became the oppressive majority. That coincided with the waning of the Left Front and the waxing of the Trinamool Congress which, mindful of numbers, chose Muslims over Hindus in Deganga and strengthened its hold by patronising the likes of Haji Nurul Islam. When Ms Mamata Banerjee went around ‘inaugurating’ Durga Puja at various pandals in Hindu majority constituencies of Kolkata this year, she did not spare a thought for the Hindus of Deganga; she need not have because their votes do not matter. That’s the power of demographic change, forced and natural.

    Nor does the Left Front, especially the CPI(M), care about the Hindus of Deganga. The Marxists believe survival depends not on alienating the mullahs but pandering to them. Hence the recently announced communal quota; hence, too, the West Bengal Government shamelessly looking the other way as students of a tax-payer funded Islamic ‘university’ — really an over-glorified madarsa — in Kolkata force their women teachers to wear the burqa on campus. Then there is the media which has blacked out the plight of Hindus in Deganga, striking an ideological posture with which we are all too familiar. But it is not Left-liberalism that has kept Deganga out of the columns of newspapers and prime time bulletins of 24x7 news channels: It is the fear of incurring the wrath of both Ms Mamata Banerjee and her Marxist foes. The tragedy that has befallen the Hindus of Deganga is similar to the stuff that once made Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ a popular inclusion in Sunday papers.

    Postscript: I have received the following e-mail from Hindu Samhati, the only organisation which has been trying to draw the attention of media and authorities to the fear that reigns in Deganga, admittedly without any success so far:

    “Minor Hindu girl abducted by Muslim youth in Deganga in broad daylight on October 1.

    Victim — Sangita Mandal; age 17 years, four months. Class 12 student. Daughter of Sukumar Mandal. Address: Village Purba Changdana, PS Deganga.

    Kidnapper — Naharul Islam; age 22. Son of Abdul Rahim. Address: Village Doharia.

    Sangita was abducted in a Maruti Omni van at Ambika Nagar in front of Polytechnic College.”

    In a similar case of abduction and forced nikah when the mother of the minor girl appealed for justice to a division bench of Calcutta High Court earlier this year, the honourable judges of secular India’s secular justice system had cited sharia’h to legitimise the ‘marriage’, insisting that the age of the girl was inconsequential. We live in depressing times.
     
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    Deganga Intifada?


    Dr. Richard L. Benkin
    07 Oct 2010
    For three days in September, anti-Hindu violence wracked the Deganga area in North 24 Parganas, only 40 kilometers from the West Bengal capital of Kolkata. Though the violence has subsided, Hindu residents fear renewed attacks, which could have been the attackers’ intention all along. West Bengal BJP member Tathagata Roy visited the area twice since the violence began and noted, “What struck me about the pogrom (not riot, because no Hindu hit a Muslim) is that no Hindu was physically hurt, and no Hindu woman was molested, a regular feature in all Muslim attacks. But destruction of property and threats were both rampant.” From that Roy concludes that “this was a well-thought-out, well-executed pogrom whose objective was to terrorize the Hindus no end without committing any major crime beyond arson. The ultimate intention can only be to cleanse the area of Hindus with a view to totally Islamize the area.” That the matter is now fodder for political bickering instead of effective counter action only furthers the attackers’ objectives.



    Bimal Pramanik, Director of the Kolkata-based Centre for Research in Indo-Bangladesh Relations, has noted a steady and deliberate effort to change Hindu-Muslim demographics in West Bengal. Since the emergence of Bangladesh (East Bengal) as an independent nation in 1971, Hindus in that country have fallen from a little less than one in five to between seven and eight percent today. At the same time, the Muslim proportion of West Bengal’s population has risen by 25 percent compared to an almost nine percent decline in the proportion of its Hindu population. Between 1981 and 1991, moreover, Muslim population growth in West Bengal was nearly 35 percent compared to only 25 percent in Bangladesh. “How can there be such a wide difference in growth rates between the two countries?” Pramanik asked South Asia Forum’s Amitabh Tripathi and me in his Kolkata office. His conclusion: “Illegal immigration from across the border.”



    The current political infighting is reminiscent of similar wrangling in the United States. America reacted to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks by radical Muslims with a wave of patriotism and unity, bringing with it a collective will to defeat those who attacked America. Over time, however, the initial fervor died down and the same sort of political bickering now taking place in India replaced it. Democrats blamed the attacks on Republican President George Bush; Republicans blamed his Democrat predecessor, President Bill Clinton. That the widely praised “9/11 Commission” found largely equal fault with both did not stop the charges and counter charges. As a result, support for resolutely fighting the Islamists has been plagued by disunity and political jockeying; which also muddies the signal Americans get about their enemies and their intention. Is this happening in India?



    Almost 2000 years ago, ancient Israel was at war with its Roman occupiers. With most of the country in enemy hands and Roman legions approaching the gates of the Hebrew capital, Jerusalem; defenders holed up in the Jewish Temple, located on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. But instead of forming a united front against the enemy, they fell into three factions and spent more time attacking one another than the Romans. When they eventually united, it was too late and Jerusalem fell. The Jewish state was destroyed, not to be re-established until 1948. Is this happening in India?



    While the victims of yesterday and today expend their resources fighting one another, their Islamist enemies proceed in a united, strategic, and resolute manner. The Deganga pogrom makes sense when viewed in parallel with another planned, jihadist event with similar goals: the 2000 Palestinian intifada. It also helps to note that Muslims today are given a free pass to express their individual or collective anger however they wish. If Hindus do it, they are Hindu fanatics; Jews, Zionist oppressors; Christians, Islamaphobic. If any of these groups attack Muslims, it is their fault. If Muslims attack them, it is still their fault. Arab terror attacks on Israel murdered over 1000 Israelis in the first few years of this century but were justified as anger over the so-called occupation. The September 11th attacks on the United States were deemed expressions of Muslim anger for which Americans must atone. When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad recently accused the United States of being the real 9/11 killers, many at the UN applauded enthusiastically. Finally, virtually every international body and media outlet has determined that the 26/11 terror in Mumbai is insufficient cause to bring anyone to justice. As American author and analyst Michelle Malkin wrote, “The eternal flame of Muslim outrage was lit a long, long time ago.” Woe to any people it burns because the world’s elites will blame them for it. The pattern is tediously familiar.



    Deganga Pogrom Arab Intifada

    The Pretext Hindus stopped Muslim activists from tunneling between the Deganga Mosque and a nearby Hindu Temple. Then private citizen Ariel Sharon visited Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
    Background As the area's Muslim population has grown, they have tried to stop Durga Puja there and claim the land for their Mosque Although it is the site of Judaism's ancient temple, Muslims claim that the Temple did not exist and that the Mount is a Holy site for Muslims only
    What happened Angry Muslims gathered together in the Mosque after Iftar (giving it religious significance) and began attacking Hindus, their Temples, shops and homes. When troops arrived to restore the calm, they moved against defenseless Hindu villages in the interior Angry Muslims gathered on the temple Mount by Al Asqa Mosque (giving it religious significance) and began attacking Jewish worshippers below. When troops responded to restore calm, they attacked on Israel by Suicide bombings and other terror.
    Government While it stopped the violence immediately, it has not made any arrests, defended Hindu religious sentiments or defined the actions or claims as illegitimate. While it defeated uprising, it allowed the enemy's claims to be given legitimacy. It has not pressed the case for Jewish rights and even released arrested terrorists as 'goodwill gestures'
    Media Events have been under reported domestically and blacked out internationally. No media has discussed about rights of the Hindu Victims. Media took the case of Muslim attackers as a cause celebre and did mentioned the rights of the Jewish victims.
    Media
    Result The Muslim attackers and their instigators see that they can attack Hindus in India without consequences. Their claim to Hindu lands remains active and stronger, and they can press it further. Arab claims to Jewish land are seen as more legitimate than before the terror, i.e. terror works. Their false claim that the ancient Jewish temples did not exist and that Jews have no title to the temple Mount remains and both are ongoing. Arab demands for a cessation of violence


    The attackers and their backers frequently object that identifying the pogromists as Muslim and the victims as Hindu violates principles of secularism and unfairly smears an entire faith. To the extent that religion should not be an important issue, they are correct. But to the extent that the attackers have made religion important, it needs to be identified. As noted above, there was a deliberate effort to give the Deganga and Palestinian violence a religious overtone. It was also on full view in 2004 when Yassir Arafat personally apologized to the father of a 20 year old murdered in a terror attack as a case of “mistaken identity.” The terrorists were gunning for Jews, and the victim was Christian. In 2006, there were deadly riots worldwide over cartoons that depicted the prophet Mohammed. The rioters were not Hindus, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, or anyone else—but Muslims who called the cartoons blasphemous; that is, Muslims, not Jews or Hindus, have made this a religious fight. More frightening, the rioters were not Al Qaeda; neither were the Deganga pogromists. They were just Muslims. Draw what conclusions you may, but the religious component injected by Muslims is a fact.



    The Deganga riots might appear to be a blip on the radar screen of life in India; but they are far more than that. The violence and the decades-long demographic change speak of a deliberate effort to reduce India piece by piece, no less so than Islamist effort to do the same to Israel. If India does not awaken soon, they might find that the international elites have defined Bengal in the same way they have Kashmir.
     
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    Army Flag March Continues at Riot-Hit Deganga, WB


    Army continued with its flag marches for the third day today while prohibitory orders were relaxed at violence-hit Deganga in North 24-Parganas district.

    "Army is still at Deganga where they staged flag marches, but the situation is under control and no fresh was incident reported," District Magistrate Vinod Kumar said.

    Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) personnel and state armed policemen were also deployed at Deganga.

    Two columns of army were deployed there after paramilitary forces failed to control violence following the killing of a man on Tuesday.

    West Bengal Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta visited the area last night and asked police to apprehend trouble-makers.

    One person was killed and 25 others, including a DSP and seven policemen, injured in the violence after several places of worship were desecrated following clashes between two groups.
     
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    Donot have words to express my feelings for this kind on incidences. I wonder where Central government was. When state government failed to uphold the law center should have brought guilty to justice. May be they didnot as TMC was gaining Votes from this and thus not even mention of incidence from Congress party or Central government. I wonder where our so called free media was ?
     
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    Riot-scarred Deganga says Trinamool MP ‘main villain’


    As Rahul Gandhi begins his Bengal campaign, one of his immediate problems may be Trinamool Congress MP from Basirhat in North 24 Parganas, Haji Nurul Islam, who is accused of presiding over a four-hour mayhem on September 6 in Deganga that led to destruction of properties belonging to Hindus and the descecration of a temple.

    Posters have appeared in the area, 25 km from Basirhat, demanding that the MP be punished. A rattled Trinamool has launched an investigation into the matter.

    The violence, that started on September 6 and went on till September 9 despite deployment of Army, was triggered by erection of a wall around a Muslim cemetery at Kartikpur that Hindus said blocked entry to a temple and pandal of a Durga puja.

    Police resorted to lathicharge and held four Muslims to defuse the situation. But the mob soon started a road bloackade and on September 6 evening, a mob led allegedly by MP Haji Nurul, of nearby Boyra, started a march to the police station.On the way and back, hundreds of houses and shops belonging to Hindus were destroyed, apart from vehicles and police jeeps being set on fire. As the Army rolled in, CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee sent three ministers. However, the Trinamool boycotted the peace meetings.

    The residents have no doubt that Nurul Islam was the “main villain”.

    “We have written to Mamatadi on the role played by Haji,” Amiya Dey, a shopkeeper, said.
     
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    Time for Hindus to leave or perish?

    October 18, 2010 3:30:06 AM

    Kanchan Gupta

    In 1946 there was no ‘Right-wing media’ and ‘Left-liberal media’ in Bengal (or, for that matter, in India as it existed then). There were newspapers and journals that were clubbed together as the “Hindu Press” because they did not blindly echo the Muslim League’s raucous demand that all of Bengal must go to (East) Pakistan, and there was the “League Press” comprising dailies, weeklies and monthly magazines, of which there was a surfeit those days, all of them virulently anti-Hindu and hence pro-Pakistan — with the notable exception of The Statesman which was then edited by Ian Stephens who was pro-Pakistan and hence anti-Hindu.

    Curiously, newspapers and journals opposed to the League’s politics, policies and programmes were labelled as “Hindu Press” by Bengal’s blatantly communal Government led by the Muslim League and headed by Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy as well as the Province’s British administrators who were never quite comfortable with the “Hindoo baboo” although he had proved to be an invaluable ally in first setting up and then managing the colonial enterprise after the sepoy mutiny of 1857 which left the Mussalman out in the cold, to be tolerated but not to be trusted. Newspapers like The Star of India, which wielded considerable influence among Muslims, and The Statesman, whose columns were brazenly used by Ian Stephens to try and sway official policy and public opinion in favour of Pakistan, were just referred to as the “League Press”, as were Urdu and Bengali rags that openly called for murder and worse if Hindus stood in the way of their ‘homeland’ — or the “land of the pure” as the name selected by the League, which was to become the core of separatist propaganda, promised its supporters.

    Six decades later, newspapers and news channels that, as a matter of editorial policy, intentionally gloss over Muslim communalism which is no less sinister and debilitating for our national life as was the fanatical hatred towards Hindus preached and practised by the Muslim League, are strangely referred to as the “secular media”. Measured by the same yardstick, the “League Press” was the “secular media” of 1946, although Ian Stephens would have protested at the suggestion, not least because he would have considered it antithetical to Muslim interests which were then represented by the politics of Muslim separatism about which there was nothing secular.

    But we digress. The polarisation of the media, pitting the “Hindu Press” against the “League Press”, became starkly noticeable before, during and after the ‘Great Calcutta Killing’ of August 1946. A month before that ghastly blood-letting on the streets of Calcutta by mobs owing allegiance to and instigated by the Muslim League, the self-appointed ‘sole spokesman’ of India’s Muslims, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, had dropped all pretensions of being a moderate constitutionalist: He had rejected both the Constituent Assembly and the British offer to transfer power to an interim Government in which the Muslim League would be a partner of the Congress. It was either Pakistan or ‘Direct Action’, he threatened; the Muslims, he declared at a Press conference, were ready to “launch a struggle (for which they) have chalked a plan”. Asked what he meant by ‘Direct Action’, an incandescent Jinnah, who never relished answering questions, caustically replied, “Go to the Congress and ask them their plans. When they take you into their confidence I will take you into mine. Why do you expect me alone to sit with folded hands? I also am going to make trouble.”

    It is tempting to wonder whether Jinnah had any idea of the ‘trouble’ that he threatened to make on ‘Direct Action Day’, August 16, 1946. If he knew that the League’s rage boys would run riot across Calcutta and mercilessly butcher men, women and children, he did nothing to prevent it. And, if Jinnah was repulsed by the gruesome sight of corpses piling up faster than they could be removed by a paralysed city administration, he never expressed his regret nor did he castigate Suhrawardy, who sat in the police control room during the killings to ensure the police did nothing to stop the ‘direct action’. Records of the time are not entirely reliable. The “League Press” played down, if not entirely glossed over, the murder and mayhem let loose by Muslim League activists; the “Hindu Press” was accused of inflating the numbers of those killed and injured. The official inquiry report would put to shame white-wash jobs done by latter day official inquiries, for instance the one into the 1984 genocide of Sikhs in Delhi. Subsequent literature places the death toll at anything between 5,000 and 10,000. We will never really know the truth.

    The story, however, does not end with the harrowing days and nights of August 1946 when vultures descended in large numbers on the roads, streets and gullies of Calcutta, feasting on corpses rotting in the sweltering post-monsoon heat. In a sense, ‘Direct Action Day’ was a curtain-raiser, the prelude to another ghastly massacre. The minority Hindu community of Ramganj in Noakhali district had no inkling of the “organised fury of the Muslim mob” that was unleashed on October 10, 1946. Within days, nearly all of Noakhali was engulfed by communal violence — Hindus were slaughtered like so many sheep; those who tried to flee were waylaid and killed. The “Hindu Press” reported thousands lost their lives; the “League Press” incredibly not only downplayed the violence but insisted there was no loss of lives. Ashok Gupta (no relative of mine and a Gandhian to boot) who accompanied Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on his Noakhali sojourn prepared a report on the riot in which he recorded tales of Hindus being killed, forced to embrace Islam, and Hindu women being abducted or coerced into marrying Muslims. Such details are missing in official records which merely mention that the riots led to the loss of 200 lives.

    The New York Times, reporting on Noakhali, published an AP despatch from New Delhi: “Mohandas K Gandhi, who has been attempting to insure communal peace in the Bengal and Bihar areas, said religious strife in the troubled Noakhali section of Bengal seemed to call for Hindus to leave or perish ‘in the flames of fanaticism’... He released telegrams from Congress workers in Noakhali, which is predominantly Moslem, in which they described attempts to burn Hindus alive.”

    Sixty-four years later, areas of West Bengal which have witnessed a tectonic shift in their demographic profile due to unrestrained illegal immigration from Bangladesh, are slowly turning into volatile ‘Noakhalis’. Last week we had a glimpse of the communal belligerence that is building up when the minority Hindus in Deganga faced the “organised fury of the Muslim mob” led by Haji Nurul Islam, a Trinamool Congress MP. Is it time again for Hindus to leave or perish ‘in the flames of fanaticism’? If yes, where will they flee to? Isn’t India their land too?
     
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    TMC and Leftist are playing dangerous religious games with coming elections in mind.Hope it dont turn communal.Already there is pressure of bangladeshi illegal immigrants on the border districts of west bengal.
     
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    Communal tension divides Deganga.
    Is the CPM playing a dirty game for electoral gain?


    WEST BENGAL’s reputation as a secular bastion is at stake. Deganga, a Muslim-dominated block in North 24 Parganas district, 60 km from Kolkata, is on the boil after Muslim mobs went on a rampage, looting Hindu homes and shops, early in September.

    What started off on 6 September as a dispute over a puja pandal on a plot adjacent to a Muslim cemetery and a Hindu shrine, assumed alarming proportions the next day. Armed Muslim mobs ransacked over 100 Hindu establishments. They torched trucks and a police jeep, and desecrated two temples.

    Sahabuddin, a Muslim youth from neighbouring Falti, was shot dead and several policemen, including the officer in-charge of the Deganga Police Station, were injured in the rioting that followed. The block, which stayed calm during the two most trying times in recent history — the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition and the 2002 Gujarat riots — has become communally charged.

    Sukumar Ghosh, who proudly recalls saving his Muslim teacher, Yusuf Ali Mandal, during the 1964 Habra riots, is in shock. “The shops of my sons Shyamal and Debashis have been ransacked and torched. They have lost everything,” he says.

    The trauma is echoed in the voices of Sutapa Karmakar, a college student, and her 82-year-old grandmother Kalidashi. They fled after their houses in Beliaghata were torched by a mob that was looking for Bachchu, Kalidashi’s youngest son, who allegedly shot Sahabuddin. The two women were saved by tea-seller Fazlul Haque and his wife Saira Bibi.

    How is it that not a single house or shop owned by Muslims was touched if it was a communal clash? Haji Md Abul Hossain, the 73-year-old president of the Bazaar Committee of Beliaghata, one of the worst hit in the rioting, is clearly on the backfoot. “These were miscreants, they do not have a religion,” he says.

    He even points out how he and Tarapada Ghosh, his long-time Hindu friend, took the initiative to restore peace in the villages of Beliaghata, Benapur, Dogachhia, Tona, Falti, Baidyapur and Arjullahpur. But the villagers are still spending sleepless nights, in constant fear of being picked up by the police, for having a Muslim surname. Most of the men, who work as helpers in trucks, are now unemployed.

    While most political parties have distanced themselves from the incident, an outfit called Hindu Samhati (HS) has appeared out of nowhere and taken up cudgels on behalf of the Hindus. Led by former RSS pracharak Tapan Ghosh, the HS has blamed Trinamool Congress MP from Basirhat, Haji Nurul Islam, for orchestrating the atrocities. HS has launched a tirade on its website, claiming that 500 houses were ransacked, many Hindus tortured and women molested.

    TEHELKA travelled extensively in the affected areas to corroborate the claims and did not find a single woman who alleged molestation of any sort. When asked, Ghosh said, “The body language of the women while deposing before the various fact-finding teams clearly suggests that they were molested.”HOWEVER, FORMER state BJP president Tathagata Roy disagrees. “I have seen no such reports of atrocities,” says Roy, who claims the BJP has nothing to do with the HS. The Hindu outfits are equally angry with the media, with local leaders issuing regular threats to Doinik Statesman’s Sukumar Mitra, the only journalist to chronicle a blow-byblow account of the incident.

    Posters by the HS and the VHP have come up in the affected areas, demanding the arrest of Nurul. Interestingly, they have the same handwriting and use a style and red ink that bear a striking resemblance to CPM campaign material that is so common in West Bengal. Rumour has it that the incident was a CPM ploy to gain Hindu votes in a region where Muslims have overwhelmingly rejected the Left Front in elections over the past two years. HS and ‘outsider Muslims’, drawn mainly from the neighbouring area of Shashan, are suspected to be CPM pawns.

    SKM Meerza, the additional SP (North), smirks when asked about the political link. “We have arrested seven Muslims and four Hindus, but we don’t know about their affiliations,” he says.

    TMC’s Islam, who is just back from Haj, rubbishes the allegations against him. “The episode is designed to malign my secular credentials. I have information that CPM goons Yakub and Netai led the loot and arson,” he says, a claim seconded by several villagers who didn’t want to be named.

    “I am not a newcomer. I rose through the panchayat ranks. I have been involved in most of the pujas here over the years. Many Hindu victims celebrated Eid at my house,” says Islam. “Thank God no one lost their lives. Property can be compensated, but not life,” he says.

    But 35-year-old Sahabuddin did die of a bullet injury on 7 September in Beliaghata and nobody bothers to visit his family. Islam sounds suspicious. “I have no clue why he came to Beliaghata from Falti on the day of a Bharat bandh,” he says. With all political parties shunning Sahabuddin’s house for fear of being branded ‘Muslim sympathisers’, his family does not know where the next meal will come from.

    As of now, an uneasy calm prevails in the area. The usual hectic political parleys and peace marches by mainstream parties have helped. But, the communal genie is out of the bottle. And it will be long before the wounds heal. As Deganga panchayat deputy chief Usha Das says, “It will be difficult for Hindus and Muslims to look each others in the eye again. The trust is broken forever.”
     
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    Anatomy of a riot foretold

    October 18, 2010 3:41:35 AM

    Chandan Mitra

    After decades of communal harmony, as the violence in Deganga shows, West Bengal could be imploding due to competitive vote-bank politics

    Some readers may think this is cynical, but riots and violence have rarely moved me to get emotional. Covering Punjab in the late-1980s and early-1990s was a numbing experience. I saw so much blood spilt all around me that I became somewhat blasé about it. Almost at the same time, I travelled frequently to Bihar in connection with mounting caste-related massacres and the rise of private armies. Then came the build-up to Ram Janmabhoomi and its aftermath. Maybe it was the long gap between the years of riot coverage and my new role as a party MP that caused a somewhat different reaction when I spent last Thursday at the Deganga Block in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district to witness the savage fallout of pre-planned communal violence.

    Arguably, the disturbances were relatively minor by Indian standards. I had witnessed more cathartic violence earlier. But it shocked me to discover the deliberation and diabolical planning that went in behind the stirring of communal frenzy in an otherwise peaceful part of West Bengal. The linkage between the motivated triggering of the rampage and the forthcoming State Assembly poll was so palpable that it shook my sensibilities as a human, notwithstanding the fact that I am now mostly a political person who is not supposed to have such feelings.

    Deganga is approximately 50 km from Kolkata’s Dum Dum airport, past the busy suburban town of Barasat. As our motorcade veered off onto the road to Basirhat, urban bustle yielded place to rural serendipity — lush paddy fields with the crop almost struggling to keep its head above the standing water, thatched huts, goats and hens frolicking on the roadside, curious bystanders watching a procession of vehicles zipping past, noisy buses and motorised rickshaws seeking to pick up passengers from the middle of the road, and the ubiquitous teashop, the hub of village gossip and political argument: In other words, typically agrarian Bengal.

    As we approached Deganga, the scenario changed rapidly, disturbingly. Rows of burnt shops, ransacked kiosks, burnt scooters and shuttered commercial outlets lined the highway, town after town. Deganga thana resembled a fortress. Army trucks were lined, with men in fatigues, cocked rifles in hand patrolling furiously. We saw at least three police vehicles charred almost beyond recognition close to the sprawling police outpost. We proceeded without stopping to the epicentre of the violence, Deganga Bazar, a big cluster of shops and pucca houses. As we descended from our vehicles, crowds gathered not quite knowing if we were sarkari inspectors, since three police jeeps were part of our convoy. After understanding that it was a BJP team that had come to inspect the ravaged town, the crowd virtually burst out in pain, anguish, hatred and anger.

    We were the first political delegation to reach the violence-torn region. Surprisingly, none of the three major political forces in the State — ruling CPI(M), challenger Trinamool and also-ran Congress — had ventured here since the trouble began last Monday. At times, we had to face the wrath of angry locals who demanded to know what took us three days. Some even hurled abuse asking if we had arrived merely to milk their misery for political gain. Many eventually calmed down, realising the BJP was too small an entity in the State as of now to gain significantly by exploiting the situation even if it wanted to. So anger gave way to appreciation and plaintive appeals for help. That two MPs had come all the way from Delhi and the party’s State leaders had accompanied them aroused hope that their sufferings could be addressed at last.

    Particularly poignant was the shrill intervention by a young woman, not more than 18 years old, who said her family wanted to send her out to a distant relative’s place, but she refused because this was her home and she had a right to stay there and defend it. Between sobs she said her mother (who stood stoically next to her) was equally determined not to become a refugee again: “We came here from Bangladesh about a decade ago to escape religious persecution. Will you make us homeless again? Is there no justice, no security, in democratic India?” Our delegation, comprising Lok Sabha MP Uday Singh, State BJP president Rahul Sinha, past president Tathagata Roy, other State party leaders apart from myself, was left speechless in the face of her angry but articulate queries.

    We had not intended to visit Kartickpur, a small qasba beyond Deganga town. But the crowd insisted we see the vandalism unleashed there by goons at the instigation of local Trinamool MP, Haji Nurul Islam. The idol at a roadside Kali temple lay mutilated on the floor. People’s anger exploded as we expressed our outrage at this unpardonable crime: In secular India, nobody has a right to desecrate a place of worship, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian or any other for that matter. We were virtually dragged into the interior by a frenzied crowd that wanted us to see the wanton burning of houses and hutments by mobs who came from outside to “teach a lesson” to members of a community.

    Why did they do this? Apparently because an attempt to grab land traditionally used for a community Durga Puja was resisted. In a region where demographic and denominational change has been severe in the last two decades, Hindus are now in a hopeless minority accounting for just about 30 per cent of the population. Bangladeshi infiltrators, armed with ration cards, voter IDs and other evidence of citizenship, rule the roast while local Muslims have also become radicalised in recent years. The religious demography has affected politics too. A long time Left stronghold, the CPI candidate Ajay Chakrabarti was rounded defeated by an avowed fundamentalist, Haji Nurul Islam of the Trinamool Congress, in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll. And Deganga has been a victim of communal polarisation ever since.

    The journalist in me looked for the “root cause”. It was extremely frivolous. A community Durga Puja has been held on a patch of land close to the thana for the last 39 years. This plot happens to be next to a graveyard. The Durga Puja pandal is erected annually in front of a pucca Shiv Mandir. Apparently the land originally belonged to the legendary Rani Rashmoni, patron of Ramakrishna Paramahans, mentor of Swami Vivekanand. Haji Nurul Islam had promised his core constituents that (a) he would expand the graveyard and (b) a mike would be installed atop a mosque in Deganga Bazar in defiance of an express Calcutta High Court order. When he faced resistance at the puja site, he unleashed wanton destruction and taking advantage of a demoralised police, a cowering CPI(M), and terrified Hindus, executed his mike installation agenda.

    As we left Deganga on our way back to the Kolkata Airport, I wondered if my beloved Bengal was on the verge of being torn asunder by communal frenzy in the years to come. The State, which has been remarkably free of caste and communal passion, despite the bitter legacy of partition, seems headed for an implosion. West Bengal is at the crossroads: And every choice seems fraught with dangerous and bloody consequences. The future indeed augurs ill.
     
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    Huddle of peace in riot-scarred Deganga


    DEGANGA: It is the evening before Eid. Someone knocks on Protima Ghosh's door in this riot-scarred region in Barasat, 70km from Kolkata.

    The nights have been terrif-ying since Tuesday when communal violence injured 30 villagers and two policemen. Protima clutches her children Lakshmi and Ganesh and looks at the door with terror-filled eyes. "Open up, it's me, Khadeja," whispers a voice outside.

    Protima almost sinks in relief. She turns up the kerosene lamp and gingerly opens the door. It is indeed Khadeja, a slip of a girl, barely in her teens.

    "Here, take this," she says, handing a bowl of curry and a bundle of chapatis. "Bajaar to bando du din dhore. Egulo rakho, Lakshmi aar Ganesh ke dao, tumio khao (the market has been shut for two days. Give this to your kids and you, too, have some," Khadeja says, flashing a brief smile. She wraps the burqa on her face and turns into the darkened lane, lit in patches by a few tungsten bulbs.

    Protima doesn't even get a chance to say thanks. There is a glow on her face and it is not from the flickering kerosene lamp.

    In the distance, she can barely make out a few shadows. "Thank God, they are there," she says as she closes the door. They are a group of Muslims who came forward to help Hindus protect their neighbourhoods from "hoodlums from outside", turning them into fortress-like blocks where a self-imposed war-type rationing is on.

    Protima's tin and asbestos shanty is in Uttar Kaliyani, just 1km from Deganga police station. This and at least 10 other localities are cowering in terror after Tuesday's violence, which was sparked off by a stray comment at a religious procession passing by a disputed site. The Army had to be called out after police, Rapid Action Force, CRPF and BSF failed to break up the clash. By then many shops had been torched, houses looted and vehicles set on fire.

    The injured villagers are struggling to cope with their wounds and trauma. "The troublemakers are mostly from Doharia and Khejurdana villages," says Farooq Mondal of Uttar Kaliyani. "Ei grame amader protibeshider kono khoti hote debo na, oder marte gele age amader marte hobe, ato bochor amra akshathe achhi (We won't let anyone harm our neighbours. They'll have to kill us first. We have been living here in peace for years. We won't let a few miscreants destroy it)," adds Mondal, walking to the mosque for evening namaz.

    "Farooq, Hasnain, Altaf, Shombhu and Bijoy took the initiative to unite the villagers. They spoke to every resident and assured everyone that they would protect us," says Premanshu Ghosh, a retired school teacher.

    Read more: Huddle of peace in riot-scarred Deganga - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...Deganga/articleshow/6534506.cms#ixzz12elPiQ2x
     
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    Now chechk out how Main stream media shows its ignorance on deganga incident....................


    ASK PRABHU
    India TodayStory

    Prabhuji why there is no news on any English Media about the Deganga Riots happening in West Bengal. Is it because the attacks were happening against Hindus by the Muslim Groups?
    September 9, 2010

    Prabhu Chawla Answers...

    Please send more details as we haven't heard of it.


    Asked by Vasanth


    Read Surfers' CommentsPosted by: Niraj Mumbai | September 11, 2010 | 17:02 IST
    @prabhu Is this your answer? When whole india is knowing about it and you say that you dont know about it!! Sigh!! Are you sure that you are Prabhu Chawla...Or is there any other person who is commenting here on behalf of you! Post Your Comment

    Posted by: Anuradha USA | September 10, 2010 | 11:49 IST
    Mr.Chawla. The news is all over the blogs. Looks like only mainstream media does not know about it. Please visit area and see how Hindus are doing.
     
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    WB town boycotts Durga Puja

    Kolkata, Oct 14 : Forty-two Durga Puja mandaps (marquees) across a West Bengal town have gone 'empty'...literally.

    The biggest festival of the Bengalis, for which the populace excitedly waits the full year, has been sacrificed and boycotted by the Goddess' followers.

    Located in Barasat Subdivision of North 24 Parganas district, Deganga Hindus have decided not to bring Mother Durga and her 4 children (Lakshmi, Ganesha, Saraswati and Kartik) home and celebrate the Pujas this year.

    The reason being attacks on locals by a Member of Parliament (MP), claimed Hindu Samhati, an organization working for rehabilitation of Hindus in West Bengal.

    "Over 500 Hindu homes and 500 Hindu owned businesses have been attacked, multiple Hindu temples have been desecrated and defiled, all with synchronized orchestration by a planned well organized mob under the leadership of MP Haji Nurul Islam. All within a three day span in September," claimed Hindu Samhati in a press statement.

    The festival is being boycotted by all the Puja committees of the Deganga Puja Samanvay Committee.

    "They hope that this will catch the attention of the anti-Hindu media, anti-Hindu administration, anti-Hindu Police, and the anti-Hindu politicians of West Bengal," said the organization.

    Hindu Samhati said it endorses to the 'fullest' the decision by the Puja Samanvay Committee to boycott this Puja in protest of the anti Hindu stance of the West Bengal media, administration, police and politicians.

    "We want to see that the situation is changed, so that we would be able to do the Pujas in full pristine form in 2011, or else, we have to expand our struggle beyond Deganga and North 24 Parganas," said a spokesperson.

    In October-November 1946 the whole of India, especially North and Central India observed a Black Diwali in protest against the horrific riots and Hindu genocide in Noakhali, in erstwhile East Bengal.
    --IBNS
     
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    Clashes after places of worship defiled in Barasat


    Tension gripped parts of North 24-Parganas district on Tuesday after several places of worship were desecrated following clashes between two groups, prompting deployment of CRPF and BSF in the affected areas. The administration was contemplating requesting the Army to tackle the situation


    at Deganga as tension prevailed, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters.
    Clashes broke out last night between two groups on the issue of taking out a procession in front of a place of worship and later spread to other areas, a senior police officer said.

    CRPF and BSF were deployed to bring the situation under control, he said, adding, Eastern Frontier Rifles personnel were being rushed there.

    Giving details of the violence, he said the area witnessed widespread rampage and loot. A vehicle was also torched this morning by mobs which had set up road blocks and set afire four vehicles on Monday.

    "A policeman was injured while trying to separate the warring groups," the officer said.
     
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    well news seems to be totally blacked out by MSM
     
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    This is sad, eh?

    It seems strange though, their complaining of a media 'blackout', when every 'main stream' news agency: from the Times of India to the Daily Pioneer, have reported it.

    West Bengal seems to be having a very real electoral poverty of choice. If it's not the Marxists, it's the Trinamool Congress, each pandering to the economically and democratically-destructive tendencies of a section of society. This kidnapping business is absoloute nonsense. And the court legitimising it on the basis of 'Sharia't'!

    Let's not forget that while we have 'secularism', the Hindus deserve secularism too.

    My recommendations for a solution to the woes of the state: First and foremost, stop the illegal immigration of the Muslims from Bangladesh.

    The Centre should take a stand on it now! Before it's too late.
     
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    I read the whole drama on the net. NO ONE SAVES HINDU but only themselves. We are divided into various CASTS, and COMMUNITIES, we dont have brotherhood like MUSLIMS. Even Generally Public knows that but fears to accept. In next 50 years will crusial for us, the situation in WEST BENGAL will arise in all over INDIA except Few Parts. And our GRANDCHILDREN will have no choice but to accept ISLAM.
     
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    I hate to read the word SECULARISM. I just wanted to say the those pseudo secularist, goto MIDDLE EAST and see how they treat other religion and communities.
     
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    What is a 'pseudo-secularist'? Define the term for me.

    You guys tend to use the word very freely, without understanding what it means. Not every one that claims to be a 'secularist', is a 'pseudo-secularist'.

    Besides, the problem in most cases is not 'secularism' or a false commitment to 'secularism' as an ideology. It is corruption, section based and vote-bank politics and the inability of a civil and judicial machinery to take a stand in time. Trust me, if Deganga was not as populated with Muslims as it is now, because of the immigration of muslims from Bangladesh, the Trinamool Congress would've been happy to take a stand. Our politicians are 'realists', in the most disgusting sense of the word.
     
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    Congress and their lapdog the English language media will not report this as it is not a case of saffron terror. It is plain and simple. We voted for these jokers we now have to pay for our mistakes.
     

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