Will Hindus be Expelled from West Bengal, like the Kashmiri Pandits?

It could be possible and the fear is not unreasonable.

Mamata Banerjee led TMC government is too busy in appeasing fundamentalist Muslims and things start to boil up when you see her appeasing the hardliners and the radicals of the community. When TMC government came to power in 2011, we saw a new level of minority appeasement.

The government decided to give stipends and land to imams and free education to their children. Well after all, Bharat is a country where Hindu temples are taxed and stipends are issued to Muslim Imams!!

In 2016 as well as 2017, Mamata Banerjee decided to ban and limit the time zones for Durga murti immersions on certain days and the reason was Muharram (so that it could be easily celebrated) at the cost of Hindu festivals.

Mamata Banerjee’s constant and unwavering support to Muslim hardliners is another such reason. Her close aide, Abdul Barkati, of the Tipu Sultan Mosque has issued fatwas (basically a death threat) against the PM Narendra Modi and BJP state president Dilip Ghosh. Recently, he refused to follow the notification issued by the central government against the use of red beacons.

This also proves that hardliners and the ultra-conservative Islamists are gaining power in WB.

Then there was Malda. Malda burned after a protest attended by thousands of Muslims turned violent. A lot of police as well as vehicles belonging to individuals were torched down and more than 2 dozen policemen got injured.

Unfortunately, it never ceased. The violence did not end there but it spread to other areas.

Jhalangi in Murshidabad, Chandan Nagar in Hooghly, Bhagwanpur in East Midnapore, and Golbazar, Kharagpur in West Midnapore, and Hajinagar, Naihati in North 24 Parganas, and Halisahar, Kanchrapara in North 24 Parganas, Dhulagarh and Sankrail in Howrah, and Katwa, Jamuria, Kanksha in Burdwan, Alampur and Metiabruz in South 24 Parganas are to name a few where Hindus were targeted by Muslim mobs.

In Dhulagarh particularly, dozens of shops and houses belonging to Hindus were looted and torched down.

Then there was Basirhat. Again, large number of Hindu houses and shops were burnt and looted, and violence and vandalism by the Muslim mob continued for 2 days over a Facebook post. The police “decided” to act and arrested the minor boy who wrote the post (freedom of speech, much wow) and initially put him in a jail for adults (a minor can only be detained in a special cells for minors, but who cares).

Then Mamata Banerjee did something more amazing, having earlier denied that the Dhulagarh riots even took place, she filed FIRs against journalists for covering the Basirhat violence, and launched an attack on the governor of the state when the latter decided to rap her, for her inaction during the riots.

But what is even more saddening, is the quietness and the inactivity of the media on the entire situation and none to little action taken against the perpetrators of these riots.

You ask me that can Hindus be expelled from West Bengal, I say it has already begun.

(Featured Image: Representative only)


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Varn Gupta
Varn Gupta is a freelance writer and an activist. He is an avid debater and has worked with many NGOs. He is an ardent reader and is politically incorrect. He is also a software developer and is currently pursuing Bachelors of Technology from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology(JIIT), Noida.