Eminent Bangladeshi economist and researcher Dr Abul Barkat has said that there will be no Hindus left in the country three decades from now looking at the rate of the exodus of the community.
“The rate of exodus over the past 49 years points to that direction,” the Dhaka University professor said in his book “Political economy of reforming agriculture-land-water bodies in Bangladesh” published yesterday.
He claimed that from 1964 to 2013, around 11.3 million Hindus left Bangladesh due to religious persecution and discrimination. It means on an average 632 Hindus left the country each day and 230,612 annually, reports Dhaka Tribune.
Dr Barkat in his research has found that the exodus mostly took place during military governments after independence. In his book, Barkat gives some statistics migration which says, “Before the Liberation War, the daily rate of migration was 705 while it was 512 during 1971-1981 and 438 during 1981-1991. The number increased to 767 persons each day during 1991-2001 while around 774 persons left the country during 2001-2012.”
Dhaka University Professor Ajoy Roy said the government grabbed the properties of the Hindus during the Pakistani regime describing them as enemy property and the same properties were taken by the government after independence as vested property. According to the book, these two measures made 60% of the Hindus landless.
Researchers say that at least 22 indigenous groups had disappeared from the country.
A Bangladeshi Supreme Court lawyer and civil rights activist, Jyotirmoy Barua, has warned that social media is being used in Bangladesh to foment violence against minorities. In Bangladesh, where Muslims make up more than 90 percent of the country’s 160 million people, Hindus have long alleged they have been victims of religious persecution. Beginning last year, anti-Hindu violence has been on the rise in the country, reports Voice of America.