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The Forgotten ‘Hindu’ Genocides Of The Past Century

Based on religion, the partition displaced millions of grieving Indians. The atrocities during the partition seemed like a preview of what was coming for the people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

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The past 100 years haven’t been easy on any non-monotheistic religion in the world, especially in the south-Asian countries where genocides against such beliefs are being repeated year after year. Naming it a ‘Hate Crime’ might be an attempt to humanize such inhumane atrocities, however, recognizing and punishing such anti-social elements that force such genocides might bring some justice to the victims. 

Republican Representative Steve Chabot Cinncinati from the United States of America tried to bring the world’s attention to the forgotten genocide of 1971 in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). In his resolution to the house of representatives, Chabot wrote how the genocide of 1971 was a result of well-harbored anti-Bengali sentiment where the elite considered ‘Bengalis’ to be a lesser group that had been corrupted by unIslamic practices.

The Hatred That Killed 30 Lakh Hindus 

Based on religion, the partition displaced millions of grieving Indians in three fractions. The atrocities during the partition seemed like a preview of what was coming for the people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Targeted killings and ethnic cleansing by radical religious fanatics resulted in the death of about 30 Lakh Hindus and other minorities in Bangladesh. 

(Bangladesh Hindu Genocide)

Steve Chabot in his resolution to the US representative house stated that about 2,00,000 women were raped, while about 50% population of the country was internally displaced. The ‘selective genocide’ of 1971 wasn’t a nightmare but a horror series planned over the years. Houses and businesses of Hindus were marked in yellow as ‘H’ to easily identify them during the attacks. The world kept mum as Hindus in Bangladesh faced the radical fanatics, in a report by Edward M. Kennedy published on 1st November 1971 stated that nothing was more clear or more easily documented than the systemic campaign of terror carried out by the East Pakistan regime. The report said, ‘The systemic campaign of terror and its genocidal consequences was launched by the Pakistan army on the night of March 25th. Field reports to the U.S government, countless eye-witness journalistic accounts, reports of international agencies such as the World Bank, and additional information available to the subcommittee document the continuing reign of terror which grips East Bengal. The hardest hit has been members of the Hindu community who have been robbed of their lands and shops and systematically slaughtered. All of this has been officially sanctioned, ordered, and implemented under martial law from Islamabad.’

The hatred against the non-monothestic religions was so evident that another legal study published in the year 1972 stated that, ‘there is overwhelming evidence that Hindus were slaughtered, and their houses and villages destroyed simply because they were Hindus.

But was this the only untalked genocide of Hindus in the Indian subcontinent? 

Neither The First Nor the Last Genocide of Hindus

‘Religious Hatred’ is deep-rooted in some radical beliefs, where the options for non-believers only seem to either convert or die. Indians have lived in denial mode for centuries before addressing a spade as a spade. Similarly, the genocide of Kashmiri pandits was so layered up that people refused to talk about it. However, it wasn’t the only genocide that was covered up. The Moplah massacre, the Marichjhapi massacre, the Godhra kaand, and the list goes on. 

The Kashmir Files

A genocide that was layered up in with the color of secularism, denial, and disconnection from mainland India was one of the horrendous genocides of Hindus. Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) were a small but prominent community in the valley of Kashmir, however, due to the radical fanatics, they were forced to live a refugee life in their own country. 

‘Raliv, Galiv Ya Chaliv’, which meant Convert, Die or Leave was the slogan chanted by speakers of several religious places in Kashmir. More than 1100 Kashmiri pandits were killed in religious hate crimes in early 1990, while about 3,50,000 KPs were forced to leave everything behind them and live in tents for eternity.

What’s enraging people who denied that such atrocities ever happened are still trying to keep it under wraps. After three decades of genocide, targeted killings are still going on in the valley. 

The Moplah Files

It’s been hundred years since 38 Hindus were slaughtered in Moplah by a mob of 4000 people demanding a Caliphate. Indian historians have a precedent of glorifying demons that haunted and killed helpless Hindus and justify not putting it in any of the history books. On 21st September 1921, about 38 Hindus were killed by Mohammedans demanding a caliphate in the Ottoman Empire, which was surprisingly supported by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. 

(Moplah Hindu Genocide)

According to some reports about 10,000 Hindus were massacred during the Khilafat movement in India, one such incident was in Moplah. The reason behind the movement was simple yet disturbing, to establish a caliphate there was no place for believers of any non-monothestic religion in the holy land. 

The Marichjhapi Files 

One theory every Indian needs to remember is the 2.5 theory by the late CDS Bipin Rawat. It explained how India isn’t just fighting external enemies but also the enemy which resides within the country. One example was the Marichjhapi incident after the East Pakistan genocide when an alleged eviction operation by the Left government resulted in the death of about 10000 people. If one dug enough, the skeletons of horrifying genocidal history against Hindus can be found from Kashmir to West Bengal.

(Marichjhapi Hindu Genocide)

After East Pakistan’s ‘selective genocide’, Hindus started to seek refuge in India. While upper and middle-class Hindus settled in India, the lower class was left suffering. The systematic genocide of refuge-seeking Hindus was so brutal that police set about 6000 huts on fire, allegedly cut all the communications to the island, and raped and murdered about 10000 innocent helpless Hindus. 

Who To Blame?

Lakhs of helpless Hindus were brutally murdered in various genocides over the century, but who is to blame for this? Religion is a very sensitive matter, especially in India which is home to various beliefs. However, any history book or historical evidence won’t state that the followers of the world’s oldest surviving religion would’ve hurt anyone first.

Religious fanaticism and radicalism seem to be the frontrunner in the race of blame. However, who shall be punished for pushing such radical beliefs on citizens? Who shall be held accountable for the most radical ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’ cry in modern India? 

Simran sharma
Simran sharma

Left handed, Right Minded, Aspiring Journalist!

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