Growing anti-Hindu mindset in Bangladesh alarming: Taslima Nasreen

Prime News, International (Dhaka), October 19:- Anguished over the anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh, renowned writer Taslima Nasreen has said the country has now become “Jihadistan” where madrasas are a breeding ground for fundamentalism and accused the Sheikh Hasina government of using religion for political gains. Hindus and Buddhists in Bangladesh have become “third class citizens” and the growing anti-Hindu mindset is alarming, the writer said.

Bangladesh has been witnessing attacks on the Hindu minority community, vandalisation of temples and Durga puja marquees. Communal tension has been brewing over an alleged incident of blasphemy at a Durga Puja venue in Comilla last week that triggered clashes in many districts.

Slamming the attacks, the writer told PTI in an interview that, “I actually don’t like to call it Bangladesh anymore. It has become ‘jihadistan’ now. All the subsequent governments including the present one used religion for political motives. They made Islam the state religion so Hindus and Buddhists have become third class citizens and subject to persecution like this.”

Nasreen, who had to leave Bangladesh in 1994 in the wake of death threats by fundamentalist outfits for her alleged anti-Islamic views, said the anti-Hindu sentiment is not new in Bangladesh and it was strange that no protection was given to Hindus during Durga puja festival. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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