The Indian Government is Fuelling Anti-Hindu Violence in Bangladesh – By CJ Werleman
Muslims in the north-eastern Indian state of Tripura, which shares a border with Bangladesh, have been under attack from radicalised Hindu nationalists for seven consecutive days, resulting in the fiery destruction of mosques and Muslim-owned businesses and homes, along with the displacement of hundreds of families. Several Muslim women filed police complaints, alleging that they had been sexually assaulted by right-wing Hindu men.
The violence erupted after right-wing groups, including militant Hindutva organisations Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), held a series of rallies across the state last Tuesday to protest against recent attacks on the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh….
Worryingly, the Indian Government appears to be deliberately exacerbating tensions among Hindu communities in north-east India and Bangladesh by implementing policies that ‘other’ Muslims as a threat to Hindus and Hinduism – including the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), while chanting anti-Muslim slogans such as ‘Hindu khatre mein hain’ (‘Hindus are in danger’). “The NRC is feeding both nationalist and fundamentalist fringes in India as well as Bangladesh,” observed Hossain Delwar in The Diplomat….