Nixon ‘kept quiet’ on Hindu genocide by Pak army
Washington, October 16
Ahead of Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971, the Pakistani army systematically committed genocide of the Hindu community in the then East Pakistan and the Nixon Administration kept a blind eye to it, a new book says.
While the Indian Government was aware of it, it tried to play it down and instead referred to it as genocide against the Bengali community in Bangladesh so as to avoid an outcry from the leaders of the then Jan Sangh, the predecessor of the today’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, says Gary J Bass, author of the book “The Blood Telegram: Nixon Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide”, which recently hit the book stores.
“Rather than basing this accusation primarily on the victimisation of Hindus, India tended to focus on the decimation of the Bengalis as a group,” Bass, who is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, says.
“The Indian foreign ministry argued that Pakistan’s generals, having lost an election because their had too many Bengalis, were now slaughtering their way to a wholesale reduction in the population of East Bengal so that it would no longer comprise a majority in Pakistan,” said Bass.
As the Pakistan Army continued with the systematic targeting of the Hindu community, the book says, Indian officials did not want to provide further ammunition to the irate Hindu nationalists in the Jana Sangh party. — PTI
THE WHOLE WORLD KEPT QUIET WHEN THE WIDESPREAD ETHNIC CLEANSING OF HINDUS WAS GOING ON ACROSS PAKISTAN IN 1946 AND 1947.
THE KILLINGS, RAPE, ABDUCTION AND FORCIBLE CONVERSION STOPPED ONLY WHEN THE HINDUS WERE ALL EXTERMINATED. THE BIGGEST CRIMINAL OF THAT OVERSIGHT AND NEGLECT WAS INDIA HERSELF THAT DID NOT LIFT A FINGER WHEN THE HINDU GENOCIDE WAS TAKING PLACE.