This article clarifies as much as any that I've read the threat that Islam (at least its fanatic elements) has on Bangladesh and India, as well as the rest of the world. This article coincides with another that I have written called "The Seeds of Islamic Fundamentalism" which you can find in the archives of this newsgroup, and which points out the very quotes from the Koran itself that advocate a terrorist attitude toward all non-Mulsiims. Most Mulsims are certainly peace-loving, but the atrocities that go on against Hindus in Bangladesh and other areas of the world against non-Muslims cannot by denied. And, as this article points out, that seems to be a part of their agenda.http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=125
&page=21Elimination of minorities in BangladeshThe Wall Street Journal (April 6, 2002) had stated: â€œIslamic fundamentalism, religious intolerance, militant Muslim groups with links to international terrorists, a powerful military with ties to the militants, Islamic schools churning out radical students, middle-class apathy, poverty and lawlessness â€” all are working to transform the nation.â€ This very aptly describes Bangladesh.Violence against kafirs (non-Muslims) has been a permanent feature of Islamic States all over the world. What Pakistan did to the Hindus, the Buddhists and the Christians in Pakistan before 1971 is being continued on a greater scale at present in Bangladesh. What is happening to the non-Muslims in Bangladesh is genocide, which is a result of the abdication of responsibility by the Government of India towards the minorities there, according to the author. Bangladesh, except for a few years, has been an Islamic State. Since 1947, it has been seen to deliberately commit atrocities, gruesome killings and carnages on their religious minorities, thus facilitating the Islamists to transform the country to a monolithic Islamic State.The book under review is a compilation of 22 articles written by renowned journalists and experts in an effort to present the views of national and international media on the atrocities and genocide of minorities in Bangladesh. Though there are many articles worth quoting, only some are being referred to in detail.Bertil Lintner, writer and journalist, of Wall Street Journal, has quoted from Gen. Zia ur-Rehmanâ€™s posthumously published article in which the latter has listed seven factors which form the basis of Bangladeshi nationalismâ€”territory, people irrespective of religion, Bengali language, culture, economic life, religion and the legacy of the 1971 liberation war. The author says that Bangladeshâ€™s Islamic identity has strengthened over the years, and the marked increases in the attacks on non-Muslim population groups is prompted by a desire to build a â€œnation Stateâ€ free from minorities and motivated by political revenge. That Islam will play an even more important role in the shaping of Bangladeshâ€™s future identity is also evident from the increased role of madrasa education in the country, where â€œafter finishing their education, the students are incapable of taking up mainstream professions, and the mosques and the madrasas are the main sources of employmentâ€. In the light of such a development, â€œthere is every reason to watch developments in Bangladesh carefully, especially as its government remains vehemently in a state of denialâ€”which means that it is not going to do anything to stop the spread of extremism, fanaticism and attacks on the countryâ€™s religious and ethnic minorities.â€A 38-year old Bangladeshi writer, Salam Azad had advocated three options for Bangla Hindusâ€”â€œthey can embrace Islam, leave the country or commit suicideâ€. He made his observations at the Kolkata Book Fair in 2002 in the wake of the unprecedented atrocities committed on hapless Hindus by the armed cadres of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its electoral allies. Many had believed that the agony of the Hindus would cease and they would regain their lost honour with the liberation of Bangladesh. It was a mistaken notion. By and large, successive governments and liberated Bangladesh have followed the same policy as was pursued and practiced by Pakistan towards Hindus and other minorities.Dr Sisir K. Majumdar has rightly clubbed together Pakistan and Bangladesh into â€œtwo soddy, sick, soggy seeds of Islamic fundamentalism in the same bond of banality. This offers us a sad similarity. Pakistan is an artificial construct with an unreal sense of hollow nationalism and without being a nationâ€”a truncated product of British â€˜divide and ruleâ€™ policy of the colonial days. On the other hand, Bangladeshâ€”a product of the ugly womb of Pakistan born in 1971 and a victim of crisis of identityâ€”stands as a stark testimony of the dismal failure of Mohammed Ali Jinnahâ€™s now defunct two-nation theory and of fractured Islamic brotherhood. Both Bangladesh and Pakistan are confused, disoriented and dislocated in their thought and action.â€Thus it stands absolutely clear that Bangladesh is in a desperate search for identity as a nation with its progenitor, Pakistan, wallowing in fake nationalism. Pakistan is flaunting its garb of Talibanisation while Bangladesh is reincarnating itself as a neo-Taliban through a theo-democratic illusion of illiterate masses.Kanchan Gupta of The Pioneer has vehemently criticised the Jamaat-e-Islami and Islamic Oikya Jote, which share power with the BNP under the leadership of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, masquerading as â€˜Islamic moderatesâ€™.Ram Gopal has said that the â€œsecular world must first realise that all these terrorist acts are in pursuance of a larger goal of establishment of â€˜Nizam Mustafaâ€™â€”kingdom of Godâ€”a Quranic order throughout the globe.â€ Thus it goes to show that Islam is not merely a religion; it is a unique political thought whose ultimate aim is to bring the entire mankind under the Islamic flag. He has suggested adoption of two stepsâ€”non-Muslim and non-Marxist nations must â€œmake a common causeâ€ and enact a resolution in the Security Council requiring every non-Muslim State to delete all passages from the Quran and the Hadith which sanctify religious war called jehad, terrorist activities, including suicide bombings and killings of kafirs (non-Muslims).â€All the articles in the book express genuine concern over the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh and elsewhere and explicitly warn about its repercussions on the integrity, sovereignty and future of India.