TMC sympathizing theatre artist Prasun Bhaumik made a threatening Facebook post on Sunday, 5th April. He warned all Bengalis that homes which abide by Prime Minister Modi’s request of turning lights off that day at 9 PM, for 9 minutes, will be marked with chalk. He added that even if not marked with chalk, the address of such houses will be collated, and ended his post with the slogan ‘Jai Bangla’.
Scrolling his timeline for 10 minutes reveals his visceral hatred for the Modi government and the BJP, while he hails every step taken by the TMC government in West Bengal and often engages in verbal spats with BJP supporters online.
After his malicious Facebook post went viral and sparked outrage among social media users on several platforms, the TMC sympathizer has now locked his Facebook page. But here is why his mere words augur great dangers for Bengali Hindus in the state.
A Gujarat-based TMC supporter, Gurudas Sanyal, went a step further and issued a veiled rape threat to women in Bengal if their families chose to light diyas to show solidarity with the nation in the fight against Coronavirus. In his Facebook post, he menacingly insinuates that ‘your 15-year-old daughter or sister, or any women under the age of 50 can be raped in homes that are dark from 9 PM to 9:09 PM on 5th April”.
That the Hindus in Bengal receive step-motherly treatment from the minority-appeasing Mamata government is acknowledged countrywide. Such posts by TMC supporting theatre artist Bhaumik are a spine-chilling warning to the Hindus in the state who supported the PM’s call for Junta Curfew in large numbers and showed up in their balconies and terraces to clap for our medical workers.
BJP members and RSS activists are brutally murdered in the state, regularly. Their dead bodies are often found hanging from trees. Going by Prasun Bhaumik’s post, the threat to life that was limited to those involved in politics now extends to the life and honor of politically passive civilians too, IF they are identified as supporters of Narendra Modi or abide by their PM’s requests.
TMC MP Mahua Moitra, in a lengthy but allegedly plagiarized speech, had once suggested that the elected Prime Minister of our country is a fascist. Here, we would like to revisit the fascist debate and bring to fore how in Nazi Germany Jews were profiled by the star of David painted on their window panes to facilitate their quick deportation to the concentration camps. Similarly, the Afghan Taliban made Hindus and Sikhs wear yellow armbands to identify them as second-class citizens.
Today, a TMC sympathizer in democratic Bharat declares that Hindus of West Bengal will be profiled, their doors marked with chalk or addresses put on a list. Who is the real fascist, Ms. Moitra?
Even a joyous, natural slogan like ‘Jai Bangla’ – translating to ‘Hail Bengal’ – which denotes pride in being a Bengali or belonging to the state of West Bengal, takes on a disturbing connotation when used by ethno-fascists like Prasun Bhaumik.
‘Jai Bangla’ is also the war cry that was used during the Bangladesh freedom movement by Bengali Muslim nationalists fighting against the genocidal Pakistani state in then East Pakistan. So when used by regionalist supremacists like Bhaumik and other anti-Bharat, anti-North Indian personalities in the TMC camp like Bangla Pokkho’s Garga Chatterjee, it becomes a secessionist war-cry denoting a trans-national affinity towards Bangladeshi Muslims over fellow Bharatiyas.
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