One may recall that Indian media in recent days was abuzz with stories linking the July 7 Bodh Gaya blasts in India’s Bihar province with the Buddhist persecution of Arakanese Muslims, perceiving that sympathetic Muslim groups might have been behind the crime. It was unusual for the so-called liberal media in India. But years of anti-Muslim activities and religious propaganda by Hindu supremacist parties have succeeded in creating the unfortunate divide in that multi-racial and multi-religious country since at least the demolition of the historic Babri Mosque. Then came the Gujarat violence in which Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister and his BJP Party played a direct role that saw the massacre of more than a thousand Muslims.
As the latest news report from India suggests an Assamese might have been behind the crime in Bihar. Click here for the news.
Seema Sengupta has written a good article last week on the danger of ignoring the Rohingya problem in the Arab News. She also criticized the media for jumping into conclusion too fast with stories linking the July 7 Bodh Gaya blasts in India’s Bihar province with the Buddhist persecution of Arakanese Muslims. Ignored there was the in-house players.
Seema Sengupta writes, "Even the most cursory look at the innuendos floating around gives a clear indication of the liberal Indian psyche being gripped by Islamophobia slowly but steadily. Unfortunately, a section of the establishment is complicit in the manufacture of hatred apart from a host of experts who shows no inhibition in jumping to conclusions within minutes of a terror strike."
As to Indian Intel's direct involvement on many illicit matters in the sub-continents, Sengupta mentions that Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh is a fiefdom of Indian intelligence operatives, to say the least, as the predominantly Buddhist local tribal community are known to be loyal Indian asset.
She suggested that the Buddhist clergy, known as the Sangha, should take the lead in searching for common ground that can serve as a foundation for constructive interfaith dialogue between Muslim and Buddhist community leaders. "There is no denying the fact that some radical Buddhist elements cannot reconcile themselves to the reality of Buddhist majority nations offering due space to minority communities like Muslims and others. Even though they may be a minority in their own community, these individuals with toxic mind must be reminded that it is easy to keep lighting the fires of hatred but extremely difficult to douse them once the flame starts ruining the society we live in. So, instead of being the catalyst for turning the globe into a scary place; let each individual subscribing to whatever faith, strive for overcoming hatred. And as scriptures of all religion teach us — hatred is never overcome by hatred, it can only be surmounted by love."