IMANET condemned the attacks on the Hindu community in Bangladesh

Chicago, January 10:

Indian minorities advocacy Network, ImanNet has strongly condemned the attacks on the Hindu community in Bangladesh. ‘We condemn these attacks unequivocally. The culprits must be brought to justice and the victims compensated. An independent commission must look into this violence and also in the government’s failure to foresee and prevent the attacks,” said Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the president of ImanNet.

“The Bangladesh government had become unpopular because of its corruption and has been acting in a dictatorial and short sighted manner to avoid being swept from power. But that does not justify attacks on the Hindu community for allegedly supporting the government,’ said Dr. Ubaid

Dr. Ubaid has been warning of such attacks as a result of polarization in Bangladesh. He had warned against the politicization of the issue of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 war. In an article in Tehelka magazine, he had suggested a truly international war crimes tribunal such as the one constituted for Bosnian and Rwandan genocides and a “Truth and Reconciliation commission” on the model of South Africa, to provide justice and .to promote national healing in Bangladesh .

The Bangladesh government rejected the appeals of international human rights organizations and of friendly countries such as the US and UK and went ahead with the controversial and biased tribunal. It then forced a farce election on the nation that further polarized it.

ImanNet also appealed to the Indian government to offer mediation to Bangladeshi parties of the conflict. “A stable, democratic and pluralist Bangladesh is in the national interest of India. Afghanization and Somalization of Bangladesh will help RsSS and BJP to consolidate Hindu vote in India but it will be against the long term national interest of India,’declared Dr. Ubaid.

Source: The Siasat Daily