Opinion: D. C. Nath (President, Patriot’s Forum) – What Can India Do Protect Bangladesh Hindus?

President of Patriots Forum, D.C. Nath was superannuated in January, 1995, as the Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, D.C. Nath (IPS-1960) was associated with the International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM), headquartered in New Delhi, for over 14 years, first as the Executive President & CEO and then as the President & Director General, between February, 1997 and March, 2011. The author of a highly acclaimed book, Intelligence Imperatives for India, Mr. Nath earned high plaudits from all around for two of his very significant presentations on: “Revisiting the Future of India” (2005, London) and “Lessons from India for the War On Terrorism” (2007, USA). He is the only one in the field, combining the experiences of a police officer with specialization in intelligence and strategic analysis and an industrial security expert par excellence. More Bio on D. C. Nath…

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April 13, 2017
Dear Friends,

JAI Hind!

Subject: What Can India Do Protect Bangla Hindus?

Dear Friends,
JAI HIND!
We are aware that in the geopolitical field the internal affairs of a neighboring country often impinge on that of the neighboring country and could, therefore, be of serious concerns to neighboring
country/countries. Much will, however, depend on the quality of the development.
India’s interference into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka by way of trying to protect the interests of the Tamilians of the northern part of Sri Lanka by the then Indian Prime Minister was an act of an unwise advice. Those Tamilians were not Indians, And,Rajiv Gandhi paid for that mistake by his own life.
Indo-Bangladesh affairs do, however, belong to a different kettle of fish. India helped Bangladesh in its liberation movement and the Hindus there are basically Indian Hindus. So, India has, as such, a positive interest in the internal affairs of Bangladesh.
Possibly, thinking on this line has persuaded the Editor of The Asian Age of November 8,2016 to write the second editorial with the caption, “Protect Bangla Hindus”.
The copy of this editorial is reproduced below:
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The Bangladeshi authorities may have acted swiftly and arrested scores after the latest attacks on Hindus, but such violence is part of an established pattern running back several years.

The Bangladeshi authorities may have acted swiftly and arrested scores after the latest attacks on Hindus, but such violence is part of an established pattern running back several years. An inter-faith unity council estimate said that over 100 Hindu homes and 17 temples were vandalised/looted since October 30. A Facebook post shared by a youth denigrating a holy site for Muslims may have triggered the latest incidents in Brahmanbairs district last week. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, on her part, had directed India’s high commissioner in Dhaka to take up the matter with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. But how much more is Bangladesh willing to do to reassure its minority Hindu population, the country’s second largest religious group, and third largest Hindu population in the world after India and Nepal, of their security.

Diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh are at their best now, presenting an ideal opportunity for India to drive home the point that the essentially secular character of Bangladesh should be reflected in inter-faith harmony on the ground too. It should be possible for India to seek more guarantees for the millions who live there, even if the Hindu population has been steadily shrinking from an earlier 13.5 per cent in the 1970s to an estimated 8.5 per cent of the population now, amounting to about 12 million people. Under pressure on various fronts, Bangladesh’s Hindus are also seen to be targeted for their landholdings, which too has been shrinking over the years with criminal factors like land mafia operations hastening the process.

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While the facts in the editorial will speak for themselves, the readers of Weekly Newsletters will recall these acts of killing or torturtures are all done by the ISIS. Initially, the Hasina government was on denial and maintained that those were acts of rabid fundamentalist local Muslims. ISIS started openly claiming the responsiblity. Others piped down.
As a matter of fact, ISIS maintained and still maintains that Bangladesh is one of their declared spheres of influence.
In this backdrop, the internal secure try situation, such as, continued persecution of the fast decreasing minority Hindus in Bangladesh do need protection from the Hasina government, which is the bone of contention in the editorial, reproduced in the body of the mail earlier.

We must thank the Editor of The Asian Age, T V Venkatram Reddy, for having presented such a diplomatically sensitive issue in his editorial.
Vandemataram,

Your sevak,

D.C. Nath

(President, Patriots’ Forum)

(Former Spl. Director, IB)

9811995693

Copy for information and action, as thought apposite by:

· The Minister for External Affairs,

(Sushama Swaraj)

· Foreign Secretary,

(Shri Subrahmanyam Jaishankar)

· The Defence Minister

(Shri Manohar Parrikar)

· Defence Secretary

(Shri G. Mohan Kumar)

· The Union Home Minister,

(Shri Rajnath Singh)

· The Union Home Secretary

(Shri Rajiv Mehrishi)

· The Minister for Minority Affairs,

(Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi)

· Secretary To Ministry For Minority Affairs

(Shri Rakesh Garg)

· The Minister for HRD Ministry

(Shri Prakash Javadekar)

· The Secretary for HRD Ministry

(Dr. Subash Chandra Khuntia)

· The National Security Advisor,

(Shri A K Doval)

Copy for information to:

· Cabinet Secretary

(Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha)

· The Prime Minister’s Office

(Shri P.K. Mishra)

· The Prime Minister’s Office II

Vandemataram,

Yours sincerely,

D.C. Nath

(President, Patriots’ Forum)

(Former Spl. Director, IB)

9811995694

(011-26175790)

Source: Patriots Forum

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