Bangladesh Violence: South Asians Condemn and Demand Action

Violence against Hindus in Bangladesh: Photo courtesy: The Times of India.

India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI—Prominent individuals and activists from several countries, including India, have condemned the violence against Hindus on the occasion of Durga Puja and Vijaydashmi.

Here goes the full text of the letter:

“As South Asians, we are deeply distressed and saddened by the spate of violence and killings in Bangladesh on the occasion of Durga Puja and Vijayadashmi.

Attacks on minorities are a sign of injustice and a matter of shame for any society and bring a bad name to the Government.

Our heartfelt empathy and solidarity with all those killed, injured, and affected in any way by this inhuman and mindless violence.

Even as we were feeling some relief at the Government of Bangladesh reigning in fanatic groups and controlling communalism in the country, the current outbreak of mayhem and violence against the minorities comes as a big shock, and seems a setback to the Government of Bangladesh in its efforts to curb communalism and promote communal amity and peaceful co-existence.

This also shows those fanatic elements bent on spreading hate and violence in any society are always on the prowl to damage social fabric and we have to be on constant vigil against them.

In the time of social media, it is easy to identify, try and punish all those who are involved in the recent violence. We understand that the Government of Bangladesh has started action against those involved and we welcome it and urge that quick and exemplary punishment should be given to deter others and ensure such obnoxious incidences are not repeated again.

Finally, we urge the Government of Bangladesh to immediately reconstruct and repair all places of worship, houses, and any other assets that are damaged and provide generous compensation to those injured and to the families of all those killed and government jobs to the next of kin.

We find that divisive forces in different countries of South Asia are spreading hate and violence, especially against minorities. This is a matter of grave concern and calls for immediate attention and decisive actions by all the governments of the region to ensure amity, peace, and pave way for the development and prosperity of the people.

All countries of the region are already lagging behind on all development indicators and any further divisions in society and violence can push our people into more poverty and greater misery.

We urge all South Asians to speak out against any violence in any form and prevail upon their governments to secure peace and ensure the prosperity of the people.”

Signatories are:


Syeda Hameed- Khwaja Ahmed Abbas Trust

Shabana Azmi- Film Actor- Activist

Tapan Bose- Peace Activist

P.V. Rajagopal- Sarvodaya Samaj

Fr, Cedric Prakash- Peace Activist

Purushottam Aggarwal- Writer and Peace Activist

Rajeev Bhargava- Academic

Tani Bhargava – Academic

Mazher Hussain- COVA Peace Network


Pervez Hoodbhoy- Physicist – Activist

Karamat Ali- PILER

Sheema Kermani- Tehrik- e- Niswan

Peter Jacob- Peoples Commission for Minority Rights

Mohammed Tahseen- SAP

Mehnaz Rehman – Aurat Foundation

Comrade Nasir Mansoor, National Trade Union Federation ( NTUF)


Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik-

Shahriar Kabir- Forum for Secular Bangladesh

Monoranjan Ghosal- Interreligious Harmony Society

Sri Lanka

Nalini Ratnarajah- Women Development Innovators

Mohammed Mahuruf- PEaCE


Sima Samar- Former Minister for Womens’ Affairs

Fidel Rehmati- Academic


Mohammed Latheef – Peace Activist


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