Names have been changed to protect the innocent
How one Hindu refugee breaks taboos to discuss cleansing in Islamized Indian Subcontinent
Between 1947, when India was partitioned, to the 2001 census, Muslim-majority Bangladesh lost over 49 million indigenous minority Hindus.
Most of the world never knew.
In “Mukti: Free to be Born Again: Partitions of Indian Subcontinent – Islamism, Hinduism, Leftism and Liberation of the Faithful,” State University of New York Professor Dr. Sachi Dastidar describes the most important untold story of the 20th century. It is a message of hope and a depiction of how faith provides liberation from oppression.
“I have no power to protect individuals who shared their stories of injustice and subjugation with me,” Dastidar said. “I have changed their names to prevent them from receiving possible repercussion for sharing the truth. In the midst of despair, there are courageous defenders of the oppressed.”
Dastidar is part of an indigenous pre-Islamic Hindu family of Bangladesh and, perhaps, the only, among tens of millions of Hindu refugees, to return back from India. He is first to break the taboo of discussing displacement and cleansing and has been invited to two Congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., to testify for the plight of the non-Muslim minorities in a Muslim-majority subcontinent. Dastidar was also invited to be a keynote speaker at an international conference in Bangladesh, in 2005, and has lectured in India and Pakistan.
“This story is based in Bengal – the present-day Bangladesh, and West Bengal and Tripura states of India,” Dastidar said. “It is an area which witnessed three unnatural, large-scale mass killings in the last part of the 20th century. Yet, no one’s been held for those mass killings.”
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Mukti: Free to be Born Again
By Sachi G. Dastidar
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About the author
Dr. Sachi G. Dastidar is a distinguished professor of State University of New York. He helps 33 schools for the poor and the orphaned in Bangladesh, West Bengal, Assam, and Mizoram, having built nine schools/dorms in Bangladesh, one in West Bengal, and one in Mizoram states. He has published several books and authored over 150 articles. He heads the Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project (ISPaD).