Time to set examples in Sandeshkhali, not precepts
Heartiest congratulations must be conveyed to the national delegation of BJP at the outset to make a visit to the worst terror-hit Sandeshkhali within the Basirhat division of North 24 Paraganas district on May 31, 2014. The team from New Delhi including premier leaders like Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi or national vice president of BJP, Meenakashi Lekhi – BJP spokesperson, two elected MPs from the state SS Alhuwalia, Babul Supriyo along with state leaders like Rahul Sinha – president of BJP Bengal unit and Samik Bhattacharya took pains to tread the wetlands and determine the reasons leading to the relentless onslaughts on hapless people there, mainly who hoped to see a better future by voting for Narendra Modi at the Centre this time. The team, later on, also went to the SSKM hospital in Kolkata to witness the disquieted victims of onrush on May 27. A memorandum was also submitted to Sanjay Mitra, Chief Secretary of Bengal Government at Nabanna, to adopt strict measures to halt all forms of murderous attempts.
The trouble, as already reported in this blog, had taken place on May 27 at 9.30 am when Islamists, believed to be henchmen of Shahjahan Sheikh, Trinamool leader and sub-head of Sarberia Panchayat but above all the Kingpin, stormed villages inhabited by Hindus mainly. Police preferred to retain its muteness and watch the fun while bombs were hurled and shots were fired randomly and Hindus were attacked by sword-wielding criminals repeatedly. The spate of attacks led to the injury of 26 Hindus and also of a police official named Samir Ghosh who lost sight in one eye allegedly by a bullet injury. While 13 hurt people were released after initial medical attentions from the local Khulna Block Hospital, others afflicted with graver injuries were shifted to SSKM Hospital in Kolkata. The BJP leadership met some of them including Dholok Gayen, Mrityunjay Baul, Tapan Sardar, Satya Sardar and Ajay Gayen.
While women were narrating their experiences due to ghastly attacks on the very day, Meenakshi Lekhi charged both the local and state administration stating, "Why hasn't Shahjahan Sk been arrested? Why hasn't the law on SC-STs been invoked here? Is this how the Mamata Banerjee government treats backward classes? If the Commission here doesn't investigate it, we will go to the national commission." Similar rhetoric were found from other leaders too who left the place posing stern warnings that any more aggression against inhabitants in Sandeshkhali would bring a great trouble for Trinamool Congress only. A report, in this regard, will also be submitted to the Central Government.
Whether the tough postures would scare Trinamool Congress or help it to discern the reality is a different issue but it’s also true that victims in Sandeshkhali were attacked for being Hindus and not casting votes for Narendra Modi simply. If truth be told, Hindus in Sandeshkhali have always been at the receiving end for years at a stretch and the sole factor inviting assaults at regular intervals has been their religious identity. Contemporary Islamist boss like Shahjahan Sheikh and his associates were with CPIM and Left Front till its historic debacle in Bengal Assembly Election, 2011. The ascension of Trinamool Congress rendered them a new option to conduct their anti-Hindu approaches or Jihad. Is it possible for any Hindu inhabiting Mogrgahat Block in South 24 Paraganas district to forget the tortures of Islamists at the behest of Selim, vanguard of CPIM?
More and more incidents suggest that virtually no difference exists between theory and praxis of Islamism in Bengal while flags are changed at every opportune moment. Democratic institutions, its worth are dwindling in the state fast; hence, mere caveats against Islamists and their taskmasters have become futile already. If one is set to save Hindus in Bengal, he/she must follow paces of Mother Kunti in Mahabharata who vowed to invoke Sri Krishna and Balaram with their Narayani Sena to save her five sons from the clutch of depraved Kuru dynasty.
Hindu Samhati regularly monitors and reports violations against Hindus in West Bengal. We also work with both governmental and NGO agencies for proper education on protection and ensure remedies to the Hindu populace as per prevailing law of the land.