- Feb 25, 2024
- Vladimir Adityanaath
After TMC came to power, things went from bad to worse for Hindus residing in the bordering districts of West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee adopted the same communist model of governance in West Bengal. The criminals, goons and corrupt politicians of CPI(M) were welcomed with open arms. Sheik Shahjahan and his goons like Noor Alam (alias Uttam Sardar) and Shibu Hajra frequently called Hindu women to the TMC party office for their “entertainment”. Several well-equipped dens were constructed in isolated locations where Hindu women were brought for “serving” them1. Women were forced to visit them until they were “satisfied”. Women were abused and molested in front of their husbands and family members. If they refused, their family members would be subjected to beatings and mental torture. Many families have sent their young female members out of West Bengal to protect them from the clutches of Shaik Shahjahan and his goons2. There are records of unprovoked attacks on Hindus by Shaik Shahjahan and his goons. They had randomly opened fire on the villagers of Rampur Gayen Para Halder Bheri in 2014, severely injuring 26 Hindus3. Amay Bhuiya was building a group of Hindu youth to resist these frequent attacks led by Shaik Shahjahan. He and his friends Anup Mandal and Paresh Mandal were brutally attacked by Shahjahan and his men in August 2014. Anup had lost his life and Paresh was severely injured as a result of this attack. Neither the leftists nor the TMC party considers Hindus as their reliable vote bank. Both of these parties are conducting systematic demographic inversion in parts of West Bengal. Criminals like Shahjahan had ensured that the people of Sandeshkhali could not exercise their electoral rights for over 13 years. Voters were sent back from polling stations after putting ink on their fingers2. Rohingyas formed the backbone of Shaik Shahjahan’s army of goons. Rohingyas started entering West Bengal from 2016. Providing them with food, shelter, employment and every possible form of aid became the top priority of the TMC party. Eyewitnesses allege that Trinamool functionaries not only facilitated their illegal entry into Bengal through the international border but also helped them get ration cards and Aadhaar cards based on fake birth certificates, residential certificates and school certificates issued by pliant local authorities. An entire ecosystem has developed in the bordering districts for providing documents to Bangladeshi Muslims and Rohingyas for money. Local people allege that members of CPI(M) and TMC collect a portion of this money for their party fund. In return, the Rohingyas provided the muscle power to keep their political rivals in a state of subjugation. The party members, who used to pick up Hindu girls and women and deliver them to Trinamool leaders, were mostly Rohingyas. Goons like Shaik Shahjahan, Isha Lashkar, Majid Master had their own courts for dispensing “justice”. People going to the police were murdered and women from their families were abducted. The Rohingyas have earned a notorious reputation even among Bengali Muslims for their involvement in criminal activities including drug smuggling, flesh trade, child trafficking and organ trading of children. While Bengali Muslim crime lords in Sandeshkhali and other places use Rohingyas as their foot soldiers, they also maintain a distance from them. Parents are afraid of letting their children venture alone in areas having a sizeable Rohingya population. A local resident Hiran Das said, “Right from the very beginning, the Rohingyas were a menace. They used to tease Hindu women and even attempted to molest Hindu girls a few times. They were provided blanket protection by Trinamool leaders, especially Shahjahan”. The wife of a trader who has suffered atrocities at the hands of Trinamool leaders said, “There have been many cases of Rohingya men molesting our (Hindu) girls in the presence of their own womenfolk – their wives, mothers or daughters. What is shocking is that Rohingya women actually encourage their men to harass and commit crimes against Hindu women because we are kafirs in their eyes”.4 Several news outlets have received similar horror reports from local women. A mother of two children narrated her tale to Swarajya- “Some Trinamool men would come and pick me up in the evening and take me to the house of a leader where I would be raped. After the assault, I would be dropped back at my house late in the evening or past midnight. This went on for a few months till they stopped bothering me. I guess he grew tired of me”.5 ED officials who came to raid were attacked and driven out by “followers” of Shaik Shahjahan on January, 5th 2024. There was a small clash between TMC and BJP activists on 6th February after an intense argument over serious allegations of corruption by the ruling party. Trinamool activists raided the houses of some BJP supporters and functionaries during the evening to assert their dominance. The women who protested were manhandled and abused. Fed up with their tyranny, local people rose in revolt. Large groups of women armed with choppers, machetes and sticks attacked properties belonging to Noor Alam and Shibu Hajra on February 8th and 9th. Poultries and goat farms belonging to them were torched and a few shops belonging to other Trinamool leaders were ransacked. Trinamool leaders and their goons were unable to stand up to the onslaught and left Sandeshkhali. A curfew was imposed on the 9th of February and the West Bengal Police was mobilised to quell the uprising. Ghastly tales of police brutalities had surfaced over the next few days. Internet was suspended and leaders of the protest were arrested on trumped-up charges. Local police and goons of Trinamool ransacked and raided houses of villagers at night. There are several accounts of them beating up men and molesting women. Women were threatened with gang rape, their hair and saree were pulled, hands were grabbed and bangles were shattered6. The men were forced to spend the nights away from home and the terrified women were left waiting for dawn. Even in the face of such repression, there were reports of defiance and protests in places like Khulna, Korakati, Durga Mandap on the 11th and 12th of February, where locals resisted the Police and goons of TMC. The West Bengal Police had resorted to using brutal force against a rally of protestors at Basirhat on 13th February, grievously injuring several people, including women. Videos of Police pelting stones at the protestors have gone viral on every social media. This was done to prevent political leaders of the opposition parties from visiting Sandeshkhali. The Kolkata High Court ordered the TMC government to repeal Section 144 (Curfew) on 13th February 7. Curfew was reimposed on the 14th February in seven gram panchayats, effectively cutting off Sandeshkhali from the rest of Bharat6. The desperate locals begged the Central Government to intervene and replace the West Bengal Police with Central Forces. They accused the West Bengal Police of tearing away any complaints of molestation or rape8. Ironically, one of the prime accused Shibu Hajra was giving interviews to television channels and roaming freely. He was finally arrested on the 18th of February, a week after Noor Alam’s (alias Uttam Sardar) arrest. Shahjahan is still absconding. The Officer-in-Charge of Sandeshkhali was accused of attacking local women on 17th February. To threaten and silence a family the police hurled a seven months old child on the floor8. That night, the gang of Shaik Shahjahan and a few police from the Sandeshkhali rampaged through the village, vandalising houses and threatening the women with murder and worse12. Starting from the 10th of February, the State police issued legal notices to several people who were spreading awareness on social media. The West Bengal Police was caught spreading fake news on X and resorted to hiding replies and comments that pointed out the truth. TMC Councilor Jui Biswas demanded video evidence of rapes on the 18th of February9. The State Women’s Commission was accused of demanding medical certificates from the victims as proof of rape. A member of the State Child’s Rights Commission had falsely claimed on television media that the seven months old child accidentally fell on the 17th of February 10. The daughter of the woman, who told Republic Bangla that only Hindu women were used for sex slavery, has been missing since February 18th 11. She said that the West Bengal Police had refused to file a missing report and told her to bring a recommendation from Shaik Shahjahan, Shibu Hajra and Noor Alam. A relative of Shibu Hajra who spoke about the various crimes of Shaik Shahjahan and exposed the real name of Uttam Sardar (alias Noor Alam) was attacked by men in uniform. West Bengal Police had denied any involvement. Such state-sponsored repression has not managed to suppress the protests. A property belonging to Shaik ShahJahan’s brother Siraj was set on fire and he was forced to run for his life on the 22nd of February. Several long-term and short-term measures are needed to address the route causes. Immediate Measures: Replacement of West Bengal Police with Central Forces: The TMC has Islamised the West Bengal police through mass recruitment of Muslims under the OBC quota. Mamata Banerjee has provided reservations to several Muslim communities under the OBC category. West Bengal Police has exhibited a consistent lack of concern for the welfare of Hindus. National security has also taken a backseat. It is extremely unlikely that any victim would file rape complaints to local police anymore. These records could be used to identify them for future retaliation. Replacement of corrupt local administrative officers like the Block Development Officer. Gaining the trust of victims and arranging for mass FIRs to be filed. Strict action against Mamata Banerjee and the top leadership of TMC: West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee has become a launchpad for conducting demographic warfare against Bharat. Muslims from throughout the world are provided safe havens and documents here. Fake domicile documents were provided to Pakistanis who went on to join the Central Security Forces like Assam Rifles and BSF. The Rohingyas and Bangladeshis involved in the riots at Haldwani, Nuh had allegedly infiltrated through the Bengal Border and found shelter here. Extremist groups like ISIS and Jamaat have a strong foothold in the Muslim-dominated regions of West Bengal. Long-term Measures: There are several more Sandeshkhalis scattered throughout the bordering districts of West Bengal. It is necessary to encourage influencers and fact-finding teams to visit locations like Kaliachak (Maldah) and Hilly in Dinajpur and bring such data out. A dossier must be created. Removal of Indo-Bangla Non-Lethal Treaty: This treaty has led to several attacks on our Border security forces. Stopping illegal immigration has become nearly impossible and there are reports of the BSF planning to use bee hives along the border to curb illegal immigration. Creation of a buffer zone (at least 10kms) along the Bharat-Bangladesh Border: This is to destroy the ecosystem created in the bordering regions. Only people satisfying specific criteria should be allowed to settle in this region. Declaring West Bengal as the natural home for persecuted Hindus of Bangladesh should they wish to come. A clash of civilisations is going on in the bordering districts of West Bengal. Labelling this as mere political violence for the sake of “pseudo-secularism” cannot be justified under any condition. The Central Government must take decisive action to protect our demography and national security. The victims cannot be expected to resist this state-sponsored demographic warfare alone. It is necessary to prevent another situation like the post-poll violence, where the victims were subjected to revenge rapes and other atrocities for more than two years. References https://twitter.com/VladAdiReturns/status/1758044142834462815?t=0Ri01TKhbjcmgvNFVdP8OA&s=19 https://twitter.com/VladAdiReturns/status/1759818631738003807?s=19 Shahjahan Sheikh again, Hindu boy killed in Sandeshkhali (hindusamhati.blogspot.com) Sandeshkhali Tyranny: Rohingyas As Enforcers, Hindus As Victims (swarajyamag.com) Ground Report: What Led To The Uprising Against Trinamool In Bengal’s Sandeshkhali (swarajyamag.com) Vladimir Adityanath on X: "The woman says they have not been allowed to cast their vote for 13 years. Exercising your electoral rights in the bordering regions of West Bengal like #Sandeshkhali can lead to loss of life , bullying threats and beatings. She has sent her daughter-in-law to MadhyaPradesh… https://t.co/6ym4LUwQ5g" / X (twitter.com) Calcutta High Court Repeals Section 144 at Sandeshkhali, Orders Deployment of More Armed Police; BJP-TMC Skirmish Intensifies in Basirhat (newsonair.gov.in) https://twitter.com/VladAdiReturns/status/1758044142834462815?t=0Ri01TKhbjcmgvNFVdP8OA&s=19 https://twitter.com/diptasya/status/1758764782151438625?t=LPsr-ZfLYF0eoTt93n-ljg&s=19 https://twitter.com/VladAdiReturns/status/1759106478764704221?t=vkKGQwis0MtBaKnrm4R-Iw&s=19 https://twitter.com/diptasya/status/1758876834081419765?t=g9abQVrPW4Nvl1yWOOsHYw&s=19 https://twitter.com/VladAdiReturns/status/1759128761424085413?t=Lka_YogzeyDtkPscYEChkg&s=19 Image provided by the author.
The Citizenry of one country, in particular, overwhelmingly congratulated when Bharat celebrated the grand reclamation of the Rama Janabhoomi. With dedicated laws in place for prioritising cultural restoration, India and Greece collectively share an intimate historical, cultural and civilisational linkage. While trade and exchange of wisdom integrally deepened the connections between the grand old sea-faring civilisational states. From this perspective, the Hellenic Republic is a natural ally and traditional friend of Bharat. Building on the strengths of these affinities, India and Greece, the resident powers of the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Region began a new era galvanising bilateral engagement. Reconnecting and reviving the cultural proclivities, PM Modi on his visit to Greece, the first by an Indian Prime Minister after 40 years, in August 2023, leaders of both countries have catapulted the relationship to a strategic orbit. Describing the bilateral partnership as a “a natural reunion” PM Modi reached out to Greece. Sustaining the same momentum and in line with India’s renewed focus on strategic outreach to the Eastern European Region, New Delhi has invited Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to deliver the inaugural lecture at the 9th Raisina Dialogue 2024. This would be the third consecutive year of having a European Chief Guest at Raisina Dialogue. In 2023, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni presided as Chief Guest and the year before India hosted European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen. PM Mitsotakis arrived in New Delhi on February 21 for a two-day state visit, the first visit by a Greece Prime Minister in 15 years. Accompanied by a high-level delegation including a 63-member strong Business contingent, PM Mitsotakis after the customary guard of honour held delegation-level and restricted talks with PM Modi. Affirming interest in expanding and enriching the strategic partnership, during the bilateral talks, leaders have identified areas of cooperation that can help reach the target of doubling the trade by 2030. The volume of India-Greece bilateral trade in 2022-23 is $2 billion. To double the bilateral trade, countries have focussed on cooperation in pharmaceuticals, infrastructure development, ports, shipping, chemical industry, food and communication sectors, agriculture and tourism. To strengthen the platform of strategic partnership, leaders in August 2023 decided to establish an institutional mechanism for dialogue at the NSA level. Setting the stage for future cooperation and the upcoming Greece Prime Minister’s visit, the NSA of both countries met in New Delhi on February 8th and identified avenues of cooperation for a futuristic partnership aligning with the shared vision of both countries1. Charting the course for enhanced bilateral cooperation, leaders recognised the potential of cooperation in space, nanotechnology, biotechnology, quantum computing, clean energy, renewable energy, e-governance, e-learning, upskilling in emerging technologies, start-up and innovation sectors. The structural reforms of Mitsotakis have stabilised the Greek economy reeling under severe inflation and unemployment. Greece was under an economic meltdown and needed three mammoth bailouts to the tune of € 260 billion to prevent bankruptcy. Mitsotakis has catapulted the economy to investment grade now. Months into his second tenure, the Prime Minister has doubled down on his pro-business by facilitating a favourable business climate to accelerate the growth trajectory. Keen on shoring up an economic partnership with India, tipped to become the third largest global economy, at the India-Greece Business Conclave held in Mumbai, PM Mitsotakis invited Indian businesses to seize opportunities in logistics, energy and supply chains. To facilitate the organised migration of Indian labour, Mitsotakis is expediting the early conclusion of the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement (MMPA). Greece is currently facing labour shortages in construction, hospitality and agriculture sectors and plans to harness Indian talent. The maritime powers, India and Greece strategically located in geopolitically volatile regions encounter similar threats and challenges. In a bid to bolster national security capabilities countries have steadily cultivated interoperability through regular joint exercises. Taking it to the next level, countries expressed interest in advancing joint ventures in defence manufacturing. In his remarks to the media after the bilateral, PM Modi said, “New opportunities for co-production and co-development are being created in defence manufacturing in India, which can be beneficial for both countries. We have agreed to link defence industries of both the countries”2. India and Greece share the vision of a free and open and rules-based Mediterranean Sea and Indo-Pacific, which in fact, is an indirect dig at blatant incursions of Turkey and China respectively. Reinforcing the commitment to building partnerships in the Mediterranean Sea and Indo-Pacific region, Mitsotakis announced Greece’s decision to join India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative (IPOI). In the face of unabated Red Sea attacks, safe and secure passage of trade has become the foremost challenge for both countries. Hence leaders emphasised the need for enhancing maritime connectivity along dedicated corridors under the India-Middle East- Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) Partnership and also the air connectivity. Maritime connectivity is under the ambit of IMEC. Leaders encouraged the private sector to take the lead by starting direct flights between India and Greece to improve air connectivity. Before embarking on India’s visit, Mitsotakis said, “India will find no better gateway to Europe than my country and for Greece, there is no better gateway to Asia than a close strategic relationship with India”3. Reiterating the same position, Mitsotakis in his interview with Times Now remarked, “And I think after Brexit, Indian companies are looking for a new anchor in Europe and Greece could very well play that role”4. Greece is a gateway to Europe. China in 2008 bailed out Greece during the economic recession. China’s state-owned shipping company COSCO acquired the operational rights of Port Piraeus. Over the years, it steadily increased ownership stakes in the port by 67%. With Piraeus as an operating base, China expanded its footprint in Europe. Instructively, Indian private companies are actively engaged with Greek partners in port construction. These joint ventures can counter Chinese forays in the region. Along with strong G2G partnerships, countries are promoting B2B engagements. A commendable outcome of the visit has been the finalisation of several MoUs and agreements in the private sector. These include- MoU between Raisina Dialogue and Delphi Forum; EuroBank and NPCI; bilateral dialogue on security issues; Enterprise Greece and CII; Enterprise Greece, FICCI and Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry5. Notwithstanding the Israel-Hamas conflict which has stalled the diplomatic normalisation and stonewalled the Abraham Accords, last week UAE firmed up the partnership on IMEC, especially in terms of putting in place a robust logistics infrastructure. Much to the dismay of the naysayers who presaged the eventual collapse of IMEC, it figured majorly in the bilateral discussions and Raisina Dialogue lecture. Sanguine about IMEC, Mitsotakis remarked that India and Greece should persevere with the “peace project” and said, “The war in Gaza and turmoil in the Middle East is undoubtably destabilising but it does not undermine the powerful logic behind IMEC. Nor should it weaken our resolve to work towards realising it”. He added, “Groundbreaking projects like IMEC hold promise to supercharge connectivity between India, the growth economies of the Middle East and Europe. To India I say, Greece is your natural doorstep to Europe and beyond”6. IMEC corridor posits as a viable connectivity alternate for the trade that has to pass through the region infested by pirates and state militia. IMEC bypasses the maritime route riddled with narrow straits and unsafe regions. It presents a viable option of rerouting the trade via a safe overground transport network passing through land borders. Deeply strained US-Iran relations have further exacerbated the already tenuous security challenges in the Middle East and augmented the need for reliable connectivity. With India already in the advanced stage of FTA talks with the EU, a strategic partnership with Greece which controls the world’s largest merchant shipping fleet can be a huge boost to India’s economic aspirations. Also, Greece can play a significant role in India’s energy security given its significant reserves of oil and natural gas. On the global challenges like the Ukraine war and the West Asia conflict, without making any direct references, countries believed that all “disputes and tensions should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy”. Underscoring India’s rising international stature, Mitsotakis emphasised New Delhi’s role in addressing the ongoing conflicts, climate change, food and energy security and said, “For all these challenges, one thing is certain. In order for governments to tackle them, international partnerships and collective action are paramount. India has a critical role to play in this endeavour and we view India as one of the main pillars of stability and security in the broader region of Indo-Pacific”7. Mitsotakis affirmed India’s call for the reformation of multilateral organisations and backed India’s candidature for the expanded UNSC. Both countries strongly condemned terrorism in all forms and manifestations. The Indo-Greek bilateral ties draw strength from the fact that countries support each other in their national interests. Greece adopts a principled approach towards J&K and firmly asserts India’s position. India strongly supports Greece on the Cyprus issue. To foster people-to-people ties, leaders encouraged cultural exchanges and contemplated educational partnerships between universities and think tanks of both countries. The leaders have also asserted the need to preserve the heritage of ancient linkages. Referring to India as a “consensus builder” and “leading democracy of the Global South”, Mitsotakis hailed the Indian democratic system. Given her adherence to the rules-based system and preservation of democratic virtues, India is now slowly emerging as a pole whose voice now carries a lot of weight on the international stage. Amid the geopolitical volatilities and burgeoning global challenges, countries are looking forward to a reliable partnership like India. Driven by civilisation links and contemporary strategic convergences, leaders have laid the ground for deepening partnerships. The short time frame of the high-level reciprocal visits hints at the urgency with which countries aspire to cement a stable partnership to serve as a bedrock amid uncertainties and massive geopolitical configurations. The mutually beneficial strategic partnership holds a promise of immense potential and the leaders must seize every opportunity. 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