4 readers online now  |  69 million page views

A Bengladeshi Hindu's "few comments"

Reader comment on item: Militant Islam's New Strongholds

Submitted by Bibek Das (Canada), Oct 23, 2002 at 17:01

First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Daniel Pipes and Mr. Jonathan Schanzer for their brief but very execllelent article. I am a Bangladeshi national and Hindu by religion.

From this article one can get a rough idea about what is going on in Bangladesh. But the real senario is far more dengerous. The atrocity of Islamists on minorities is a routine work in Bangladesh now which took its newest extreme form just after the general election of last year (Oct. 01). In that election, the four party alliance won by a very big margin (which itself bears the sign of rising Islamic fundamentalism in the country) and came to power. All these four parties (Bangladesh nationalist party - BNP), Jamate Islami Bangladesh, Islami Oika Jote, and Jatio party) are right wing Islamic fundamentalists.

If one reads the Bangladeshi newspapers of Oct. 2001-Feb 2002, one will get a horrible picture of atrocities on minorities. Every day the front pages of newspapers contain reports of numerous brutal attacks on minority people: gang-rapes of minority women and children (ages 8-65) in front of their family members; arson attacks on minorities; evictions of minorities from their homes; stealing/looting of minority properties; kidnapping of girls; demolition of statues of Hindu goddess; forced conversions; barring minorities from practicing their religious activities.

In one occasion, thousands of victims had been gathered in one Hindu majority union named "Ramsil"in Gopalgonj district from that and neighboring districts uner severe attcks. Thousands of these people lived for few weeks under the open sky on a school's grounds.

Newspapers reported this news with photographs and interviews of the victims. But the Home Minister plainly rejected all the allegations of those atrocities and displacement of people. Actually he arranged through the district administration that those victims had to leave the grounds as soon as possible.

With the silent support from the government, these atrocities have been increased day by day. In many rape cases, the police have denied to investigate or prosecute. Even more shocking is the fact that in many of these attacks, victims rarely go to the police station fearing the ultimate price, e.g. the case of one girl "Purnima" in Sirajgonj district.

So during that period minorities had nowhere to go.

At that time a large number of minority people (most of whom have relatives in India) left the country fearing futher attacks and crossed the border of india. One noted writer/journelist, Shariar Kabir, went to India to interview the victims and cover the story.

But when he returned, the police arrested him at the airport, confiscated all his belongings and tortured him for the next few months.

But due to international pressures (mostly from human right groups) he was eventually freed from the jail.

What is going on just now? Everything i noted earlier except the scale of atrocity is lower than the peak period of Oct-Feb. Now a new culture of gang raping minority women has developed: Islamic terrorists go to minority homes at night in the guise of "dacoit"(looter) and gang rape the women of the family (please see the Daily Bengali newspaper "Janakantho" of Oct 12-13 2002 for ref.).

Are there any Taliban elements within the government of Bangladesh? Well, one party of the four party alliance--Jamate Islami Bangladesh-- was a direct supporter of the Taliban. After September 11, they organised big rallies through out the country supporting Osama bin Laden and burning effigies of President Bush. This party has two cabinet ministers in the government. Last year on the Eid at the largest congregation of the country, Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque, the Imam of the mosque (who is appointed by the government) urged all the Muslims to be united behind Osama and declared President Bush as an enemy of Islam. The president of the country and a few other influential ministers were also present at this congregation.

Actually the rise of fundamentalism in Bangladesh began just after the killing of Sheik Mujibur Rahman in 1975. Now in Bangladesh there are more than 65,000 madrassas (religious schools). In many areas of Bangladesh most of the children go to madrassas instead of taking formal education. A common features of these madrassa students is that they are more fanatic then any normal students. And these millions of madrassa students are the basic strength of these fundamentalist parties.

In many areas of Bangladesh, fundamentalists (including madrassa students and teachers) do not allow NGOs to perform their social activities, as NGOs inspire females to go out of the home and start income earning activities. They provide them micro credits and involve them in social awareness programs.

In many madrassas in our country, there are training camps for young 'jihadies'. Many members of Bangladeshi fundamentalist parties fought for the Taliban. Even the government has started to stop cultural activities in the public universities. (Please see the article of Prof. Zafar Iqbal in Daily Bengli newpaper- "Prothomalo" of September 26, 2002). Is this not the first step of talibanaization of Bangladesh?

Finally, one general comment should be made about the Muslims. They claim that Islam is a religion of peace. But in my view they do not believe in peace. They do not believe in international brotherhood. They are conservative by religion. Let me give a specific example. When Muslims pray together they only pray for the Muslim "Umah"(muslim world). They never pray or wish for good things for nonmuslims.

Actually they do not have respect for non-Muslims (non-Muslims are called infidels, a derogatory word, in Islam).

But look at on other religions. When they pray, they pray for all (and in a few religions, not only for all people but also for all living beings). So, for a non Muslim when he becomes more involved in religious activities he becomes a human lover. But what about a fanatic muslim clergy? He hates everyone other than Muslims.

For that religious structure demonstrates that they do not love to live together with peace.

I think the time has come for a new world order. Moderate Muslims and others should be aware about the dangerous turn of Islamic terrorism, and should unite to do something for peace.

Thank the writers again for a good article.

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Submitting....

Submit a comment on this item

<< Previous Comment      Next Comment >>

Reader comments (95) on this item

Title Commenter Date Thread
Militant islams new stronghols [273 words]PrashantMay 7, 2013 00:05205861
2is islam spread via the sword ? [170 words]Phil GreendMay 31, 2007 21:2195600
Kind and Violent Islam [92 words]Hassan AlaviJul 31, 2007 07:0895600
please read well [189 words]haniOct 9, 2007 08:1295600
A dramatic presentation of Daniel's point [311 words]David PaulSep 21, 2006 10:2456789
The pain of Hindu Bengalis [210 words]PBDec 24, 2005 05:3630486
Understanding [200 words]CovertOct 11, 2005 00:4126775
GET OVER IT! [150 words]I want to remain secretSep 26, 2005 03:0026302
Re: Sukanta Nag and Islam [169 words]A TAug 9, 2005 17:2324501
1Islam is being attacked for containing the truth [293 words]M.N HimedMay 18, 2005 20:2622162
Mr Himed is guilty of omission [172 words]J MettenbrinkApr 14, 2012 01:0622162
Response to commenter Mr. Bebek Das [168 words]Sukanta NagFeb 9, 2005 14:3420220
Bomb the Nuclear sites in Iran - Bomb the Heck out of Iraq - So that our soldiers can come home!! [223 words]Michael McKenzieDec 16, 2004 10:1119021
What strongholds? [67 words]OMAR THE LITERATENov 17, 2004 04:2518419
Kudos [323 words]JHRanger33Jul 21, 2004 16:1716031
Quotes relating historical incidents. [179 words]ShahJun 29, 2004 23:5515848
1The Current situation involving Muslims [142 words]Robbie J.Apr 16, 2004 13:1114733
bangladeshi hindu independence [81 words]s pFeb 8, 2004 09:1713809
Great! [27 words]RajendranFeb 9, 2010 09:0113809
merging bangladesh... [36 words]santonaJul 3, 2010 02:3513809
Dealing with the root of the problem:Saudi Arabia [244 words]Nov 30, 2003 08:2112385
MILTANT ISLAM HAS EXISTED SINCE THE TIME OF MOHAMMED. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR THE EVIL IT PERPETRATES. [212 words]UNOWENNov 20, 2003 18:0712250
1Islamophobia - the New Apologists for Islam [324 words]Paul ClarkNov 15, 2003 03:3912191
is it ok britain invaded other countes for a 1000 years? [23 words]IsmailNov 16, 2006 14:3812191
I could not agree more [77 words]mikeNov 4, 2003 19:2412068
Bangladesh -- response to M Rashid [167 words]Sumana ChakmaNov 3, 2003 06:4912050
Mr. Pipes: Milistant Islam spreads in Latin America [457 words]Reneli in UtahSep 3, 2003 11:3410999
Some points to ponder regarding Islam [1077 words]Bhumi PutraApr 23, 2008 17:1410999
1Political Correctness [68 words]Bhumi PutraMay 4, 2008 16:0410999
1Some sources regarding "Some Points to Ponder..." [820 words]Bhumi PutraMay 6, 2008 15:3510999
We are NOT the creators of Al-Quaida and WOE be to us if we try to give some of Israel to Palestine! [45 words]KathreenMay 22, 2003 22:019188
MILITANT ISLAM'S NEW STRONGHOLD [201 words]C.VazquezMay 17, 2003 10:469111
The last remaining Colonialists [101 words]alfred sporerMay 6, 2003 21:028913
eminent domain? [151 words]Paul WilliamApr 3, 2003 21:088013
Bangladesh Eye-Opener [75 words]Kaafir SinghApr 1, 2003 03:067837
I think your very WRONG MR.KAAFIR SINGH [148 words]ikra rahmanOct 28, 2006 18:017837
Unconstructive comments in reply to young muslim!! [1669 words]Trevor StanleyMar 15, 2003 17:117292
Bangladesh [79 words]M RashidMar 4, 2003 12:467059
Thank God for Daniel Pipes [103 words]William SmithJan 28, 2003 19:056074
Militant Islam is not Islam [263 words]Gabriel GrossoJan 3, 2003 16:315460
Pakistan is the source; Saudi is just the Banker [244 words]Andrei LeonidovichDec 29, 2002 10:425283
Islamic Time Line Of Violent Events [176 words]SteveDec 13, 2002 16:054596
Hate and terror as a religious principle [214 words]A.J. RedlhammerDec 9, 2002 12:154493
Response to Tom Pensyl's comments: So disturbingly accurate [96 words]Mike, EuropeDec 4, 2002 14:224420
1Militant Islam is Everywhere! [175 words]Greg OfieshNov 13, 2002 16:123873
What will be America's foreign policy on Middle East when there is no need for oil? [108 words]Mariappan EddiahNov 11, 2002 03:393770
Response to young 'American' Muslim [95 words]J.ShearerNov 4, 2002 08:183583
To commenter Young American Muslim adolescent [36 words]John Gould, Jr.Oct 31, 2002 22:183463
What the hell are we doing? [243 words]ShuvaMar 15, 2006 23:493463
Quran References for commenter Adolescent Muslim [60 words]A. AhmedOct 31, 2002 14:103454
Response to A young American Muslim [90 words]Bob PolluchiOct 30, 2002 20:113438
We need more Daniel Pipes in this country [173 words]Bob in IllinoisOct 29, 2002 14:033387
Coming from a young American Muslim adolescent... [405 words]Rashad R AhmadOct 29, 2002 02:013366
1Deal with Saudi Arabia [143 words]Tom PensylOct 28, 2002 12:523357
You are a true hero. [59 words]R. FranciniOct 26, 2002 23:583324
Bigotry [75 words]Lynda ChristianOct 26, 2002 22:303323
Why haven't we heard from the "moderates?" [22 words]Dr. T.S. BrittonOct 25, 2002 14:593282
Keep on gettng the message out! [86 words]Barb GardeyOct 24, 2002 18:363254
Body politic needs surgery [51 words]MarkOct 24, 2002 16:583251
Utterly Disgusted [215 words]K AhmedOct 24, 2002 13:283246
Daniel in the Lion's Den [29 words]J.ShearerOct 24, 2002 06:593242
3Muslim immigrants are a grave threat to the West [393 words]Anup ChakmaOct 24, 2002 03:353241
Agree re islam and trojan horse [89 words]legionFeb 15, 2010 14:123241
islam is not a threat to west [91 words]mudassarApr 22, 2010 09:443241
Thank you Mr. Pipes [22 words]Larry in AZOct 23, 2002 22:333239
The difference between... [228 words]Jon WOct 23, 2002 18:453232
The World Must Wake Up to the Dangers [245 words]totalgracerOct 23, 2002 18:313231
2A Bengladeshi Hindu's "few comments" [1027 words]Bibek DasOct 23, 2002 17:013230
For 1400 years, Islam's goal has not changed [61 words]SidOct 23, 2002 15:293226
1Let's deal with Islam [737 words]Tom PensylOct 23, 2002 14:353220
Where are the moderate Muslim leaders? [374 words]Tom McCarthyOct 23, 2002 13:003216
"moderate Muslims are 50% Wahabi" [79 words]bulhitFeb 17, 2012 21:073216
Imagine 100 million Muslims living in the U.S. [231 words]N.A.Oct 23, 2002 12:313214
Are there two kinds of Islam--Militant and non-Militant? [23 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Dr. Durjoy ChowdhuryOct 23, 2002 11:583213
1What are two kinds of Muslims? [7 words]Mumana AhmedJan 13, 2008 10:233213
Thank You Daniel Pipes [19 words]DanOct 23, 2002 10:083209
Great article- There really is an evil growing in this country....... [18 words]YacovOct 23, 2002 07:503207
What is the difference? [122 words]NTropyOct 23, 2002 04:563204
Comment on Quranic Verses [102 words]N. K.Oct 23, 2002 00:513202
Tackling Al-Qaeda Easily? [202 words]Hari IyerOct 22, 2002 20:533201
Tackling Islamists [94 words]Hari IyerOct 22, 2002 20:453200
Comment on Militant Islam's New... [125 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Fred W. OserOct 22, 2002 19:103199
Thank You [103 words]Joyce WittOct 22, 2002 16:113198
War is against militant Islam, not Islam itself [186 words]Steve SingletonOct 22, 2002 15:123196
Global Jihad [25 words]Allan KayOct 22, 2002 13:213190
You are reading my mind! [276 words]GaryOct 22, 2002 13:143189
Excellent article! [142 words]LisaOct 22, 2002 13:083188
Thank you. [34 words]Muazzam GillOct 22, 2002 13:013187
Separation of Church and State. [83 words]Allen E. WiesenOct 22, 2002 12:073186
Not to sound like a bigot... [197 words]H.G.Oct 22, 2002 11:173183
Banning Conversions? [13 words]Suave RicoOct 22, 2002 11:033182
Imperial Islam [210 words]Arlinda M. DeAngelisOct 22, 2002 09:573180
Desperately needs some mainstream attention [42 words]Athena 1040Oct 22, 2002 09:513179
5The way to deal with Militant Islam [266 words]Haim BelisowskiOct 22, 2002 09:433177
Islam not peaceful [14 words]Charles K L JordanOct 22, 2002 08:413175

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to A Bengladeshi Hindu's "few comments" by Bibek Das

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

ADVERTISEMENTS

eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2019 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)