No Government For Hindu Minority in Bengal
It is utterly futile to reiterate that the reigning Government of Bengal is most interested to better a single community – Muslim – in the state than any other and the same trend has been going since its induction into the governance almost two years back. And this stance does not bring forth any other notion except blatant appeasement or pseudo-secularism, the same saga has been going on unchecked and the latest addition to the same happens to be the (newest) diktat of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India to spend Rs. 10 crores for development in any Block in Bengal inhabited by 20% of minority people.
With this end in view a meeting took place between officers of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India and Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of Bengal recently. The high-profile meeting was also attended by District Magistrates of 11 districts across Bengal.
According to the latest studies, 20% of minority people (dominated by Muslims altogether) do reside in no less than 51 Blocks across the state. As a result and it goes without saying that Muslims and Muslims only will turn out to be the largest beneficiaries of above-named governmental approaches. The special developmental programs will be prepared and pioneered formally by the concerned department of the State Government.
Meticulous analysis of Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) in Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs) also prevailed the meeting; Central officers expressed satisfaction over the State Government’s role in this regard. The latest decision confirms that MsDP project will continue for another five years in the state; Bengal received an amount of Rs. 360 crores (in the initial stage) for its implementation.
Hindus, therefore, are exploited once more to better Muslims; a great deal of Blocks in Bengal has been turned into Hindu-minority ones in the last tow decades. While Murshidabad and Maldah were leading in this case along with the Dinajpur districts, 24 Paraganas (South) that was on their trail has become a Muslim-majority district virtually. Magrahat Block remains a case study (in this respect) where Muslim population has increased by 40% in just last twenty years. And the Hindus came down to 47% in 2001 from 87% in 1981.
Hindu minority people in these areas have no respite; they can’t get amenities (of any kind) from the governance. They have not got a single penny yet and will not get anything ever.
According to dictionary, minority happens to be a small part of a population which is different from the rest in race, religion. If this definition is honored, Hindus can’t be snubbed ever; they ought to enjoy the minority status and have all the benefits in the Hindu-minority Blocks in Bengal.
Moreover, the National Commission for Minorities is yet to spell out the definition of minority.
Constitutional safeguards for religious and linguistic minorities of India states – Though the Constitution of India does not define the word ‘Minority’ and only refers to ‘Minorities’ and speaks of those ‘based on religion or language’, the rights of the minorities have been spelt out in the Constitution in detail (Source: http://ncm.nic.in/Constitutional_provisions.html).
Hindus inhabiting Hindu-minority Blocks in Bengal should get the same benefits but the governance is steadfast to exploit them to better Muslims only.