In a Day of Solidarity with Events of Partition

Posted on August 21, 2010


Posted on 20 August 2010

HOUSTON: The Hindu Mahasabaha of America, Houston chapter held an all day conference in observance of “Memorial Day”, a day to ensure and pledge that Hindus do not  forget the past lest it may only come to haunt us again. It was also a day of tribute to those who sacrificed their lives on this day in 1947

The organizers and panelists of the Hindu Memorial Day observed last Saturday, August 14 at India House. From left, From left, Rudranath Talukdar, Dharmendra Dargan, Dilip Mehta, Bramh Mishra, Jay Shah, Sugoto Chakravarty Subrato Gangopadhya and Pradip Parekh at the Hindu Memorial Day event at India House last Saturday. Not in Picture : Rajiv Varma, Sanjeev Jaiswal, Aneeta Chakravarty, Thayalan Reddy and Sunil Fotedar

The conference opened with homage paid to those heroes of the Indian Partition who fled but failed to survive while crossing the newly formed border that cut off a limb of Bharatvarsh to accommodate the Muslim state of Pakistan.

Some of the speakers at this event shared their experiences with the audience and related their precarious and perilous journey to freedom leaving behind their home, business, land and often some family members in the hope that they would meet again (see page 13). Many never did.

These eye witnesses could not stand the horror of violence perpetrated against Hindus in Punjab, Sindh and East Bengal. One speaker said that he and the male members of his family had chosen to shoot their female members first to save their honor and dignity at the hands of attackers before fighting began.

As fires raged and people were killed by the dozens it was not hard to choose to leave behind their centuries old home and culture and travel to a new land in the expectation of a peaceful life, but only to meet extremely poor conditions of life in refugee camps.

Conferees agreed that the two nation theory was a blunder of the highest order as Muslims were given freedom to stay back and live in India while the Hindus and Sikhs were either systematically forced to leave the country, were converted or were forced into marriage or even killed. They noted that the violence of the Partition is still continuing in Kashmir and elsewhere.

One of the speakers Tapan Ghosh also gave a touching testimony of actual experiences today in West Bengal and Assam. He included the systematic kidnappings of young Hindu school age girls and young women, rapes and even gang-rapes. This was a fitting message for Hindus living outside India to realize the realities on the ground in the Motherland on the eve of observing the 63rd Independence of India.

The organizers noted that the today the objective to protect the rights of the majority community and democracy in India is very uncertain, while a concern to also maintain the rights and privileges of the minority has to be borne in mind. The minority is quickly expanding while the majority is slowly shrinking. A direct result of blind and faulty state government policy based on hunger for power at any expense.

Demographics for West Bengal show what has happened over the years since Independence and also calls for an immediate and urgent realization by the community in America.The census reveal that between 1981 and 1891 the number of Hindus rose by 21.5% while the number of Muslims rose by 36.67% a difference of over 15%, and between 1991 and 2001 the number of Hindus rose by 18.36%  while the number of Muslims rose by 25.9% a difference of over 6%.

For the organizers, this data suggests that such an alarming rate of growth is not sustainable and can only lead to a civil war scenario in the next 20 years.For more information on the Hindu Memorial Day and the Hindu Mahasabha of AMerica, Houston Chapter, call Brahm Mishra at 832-868-5656

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