The Genocide of Hindus at Marichjhapi, West Bengal, in January 1979

Date: 16/09/2019

The Genocide of Hindus at Marichjhapi, West Bengal, in January 1979

The massacre in Marichjhapi, an island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal, which took place under the rule of the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPIM), headed by Jyoti Basu as the state CM, in Bengal between January 26 and May 16, 1979, has few parallels in the history of independent India. It holds fair comparison with the Jalianwala Bag massacre perpetrated by the British. The level of police brutality was horrific. The entire island of Hindu refugees from East Pakistan was put under economic blockade from January, after the Left had come to power the previous year promising to champion the cause of the refugees. The blockade first starved out the population, and then the killings began.

Morarji Desai, then Prime Minsister of India, needed the political support of the Communists, and suppressed the reporting of the incident, which strangely has been deleted from Indian history books.

1,700 Hindus, all refugees from East Pakistan, were mercilessly gunned down in Marichjhapi by West Bengal Police on the orders of the Communist CM Jyoti Basu. Many of these were children, women and elderly.

More than 100 women were raped again and again by Communist cadres and policemen. After raping them, they were shot, beheaded or brutally beaten to death.

15 innocent children aged 5-10 who had taken shelter in a hut were BEHEADED with knives by Communist cadres and police who were given orders to kill all the Hindu refugees. These innocent children were preparing for the Saraswati Puja (which was on 1 February)

After killing them, the communists destroyed the statue of Saraswati that was being decorated by those kids to celebrate the pooja next day.

4,128 families perished in transit, died of starvation, exhaustion, and many were killed in Kashipur, Kumirmari, and Marichjhapi by police firings. The CPIM congratulated its participant members on their "successful" operation at Marichjhapi

Jyoti Basu issued prohibitory orders after the murder of 1700 Hindus and blocked the entry of journalists, activists or anyone who could have shed light on this news.

This is arguably the worst state-sponsored massacre in the history of India where the government ordered cold-blooded murder of thousands of innocent, unarmed, harmless Hindu refugees just because they were turning out to be a burden.

40 years have elapsed since India's black day - a shameful event in India's independent history when 1700 innocent people were killed by a State Government and cadres of the Communist party. This news has barely come out in the open. Hardly anyone in India knows about this massacre of Hindus. On this day, we pray to Maa Saraswati that may their souls rest in peace !!

If you want to read more about this, read the book : The Hungry Tide by Amitava Ghosh. I am also attaching few links for this incident, which was never covered by any media.