Please Help New English Review
For our donors from the UK:
New English Review
New English Review Facebook Group
Follow New English Review On Twitter
Recent Publications by New English Review Authors
The Real Nature of Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
As Far As The Eye Can See
by Moshe Dann
Threats of Pain and Ruin
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Oil Cringe of the West: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly Vol. 2
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Impact of Islam
by Emmet Scott
Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
by Ibn Warraq
Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly. Vol. 1
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Literary Culture of France
by J. E. G. Dixon
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays
by David P. Gontar
Farewell Fear
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
by Kenneth Hanson
The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
Emmet Scott
Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
Ibn Warraq
Anything Goes
by Theodore Dalrymple
Karimi Hotel
De Nidra Poller
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
Virgins? What Virgins?: And Other Essays
by Ibn Warraq
An Introduction to Danish Culture
by Norman Berdichevsky
The New Vichy Syndrome:
by Theodore Dalrymple
Jihad and Genocide
by Richard L. Rubenstein
Spanish Vignettes: An Offbeat Look Into Spain's Culture, Society & History
by Norman Berdichevsky
















Date: 20/12/2014
Name:
Email: Keep my email address private
Reply:
HTML is NOT allowed!
**Your comments must be approved before they appear on the site.
Authentication:  
51 + 4 = ?: (Required) Please type in the correct answer to the math question.

  
clear
You are posting a comment about...
What Happened In Bodoland When Muslim Attackers Came

From The New York Times:

In Assam, Grim Aftermath to July Riots

Bodo tribal villagers walk amidst the debris of their burnt homes in Mojati village in Kokrajhar district, Assam on July 26, 2012.Diptendu Dutta/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBodo tribal villagers walk amidst the debris of their burnt homes in Mojati village in Kokrajhar district, Assam on July 26, 2012.

KOKRAJHAR/CHIRANG, Assam — Almost two weeks after their village was burned by rioters, a group of Bodo men sneaked back to see the charred remains of their houses. All their livestock, except the pigs, were gone. “Right now, standing here, I am petrified,” said Kalidas Brahmo, a farmer, walking through the rubble of his home.

Bangaldoba village Part I in Kokrajhar district was attacked on the afternoon of July 23 by Muslims, villagers said. “They came with sickles, swords, sticks, spears, and all us of took off together,” said Mr. Brahmo, 32. “The women and children ran in front, and the men were behind them.”

“As we looked back, we saw our houses burning,” he continued.

Kalidas Bramho surveys the wreckage of his house in Bangaldoba village in Kokrajhar district, Assam, July 31, 2012.Betwa Sharma for The New York TimesKalidas Bramho surveys the wreckage of his house in Bangaldoba village in Kokrajhar district, Assam, July 31, 2012.

At least 53 people have been killed in riots between the Bodo tribals and Muslims, which started on July 19. Many of the latter are Bengali migrants from Bangladesh or their kin crossed the border generations ago. The clashes occurred in the Muslim-majority Dhubri district, as well as the districts of Kokrajhar and Chirang, administered by the autonomous Bodoland Territorial Council.

The Bodos fear losing power as the growing population of Muslims changes the demographics, and they contend that most of the Muslims are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. “Encroachment by Muslims is going on in almost all the government and common land, which include protected forests as well as water bodies,” said Derhasat Basumatary, executive member of the council.

Muslim women at a refugee camp in Chirang, who had fled Bodo attacks on their village, responded angrily to the accusations of that they are Bangladeshi encroachers. “My grandfather came here, and I was born here, so Assam is my homeland,” said Zobeeda Begum, 42. “Where do they want me to go?”

A Bodo girl puts her hand over her grandmother's hands for emotional support in a relief camp in the riot-affected Kokrajhar district of Assam on 27 July 2012.European Pressphoto Agency
A Bodo girl puts her hand over her grandmother’s hands for emotional support in a relief camp in the riot-affected Kokrajhar district of Assam on 27 July 2012.

Even before the violence erupted, the women said, their village of Chatipur was regularly attacked by Bodos with stones. “Every night, our men went to guard the village and now this place,” said Ms. Zobeeda.

People on both sides said that this latest collision was avoidable.

They faulted the government for not beefing up security this summer after the killing of two Muslim boys and four Bodo men. Even the army arrived late to quell the riots. The state and central government, both led by the Congress Party, have blamed each other.

L.K. Advani, a Bhartiya Janata Party leader, said Tuesday that Bangladeshi immigrants were responsible for the land grabs, the ethnic tensions and the changing population profile of Assam. “The Congress deserves to be punished for its collusion in the massive influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh,” he said.

On Tuesday, Tarun Gogoi, Assam’s chief minister, responded that the opposition party did not act to stop the illegal immigration when it was in power and that illegal immigrants were not responsible for the riots.

Tens of thousands of Bodos and Muslims are now crammed into unprotected temporary camps, with only one toilet for around 3,000 inhabitants staying in a madrassa of Chirang. “It is dirty, but we have nowhere else to go,” said Hazra Khatu, a 50-year-old widow.

Mr. Brahmo is living in a school about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away from his village. The farmer, who returned on Tuesday to assess the damage for the first time, stared at the destruction in disbelief. “Hindus and Muslims have always lived together here,” he said. “Even when violence started, we agreed that we would not fight here.”

These Bodo villagers refuse to be labeled as Muslim haters. They employed 2,000 Muslim agricultural laborers to plough their fields in exchange for half the produce. “I had eight Muslims work in my field,” said Laisang Brahmo, a 38-year-old farmer, whose house was burned down. “That relationship is over.”

Mohammed Moinul Haq in Bangaldoba village Part 2 in Kokrajhar district, Assam, July 31, 2012.Betwa Sharma for The New York TimesMohammed Moinul Haq in Bangaldoba village Part 2 in Kokrajhar district, Assam, July 31, 2012.

The Muslim labor came from the bordering Bangaldoba village Part II. Mohammed Moinul Haq, a farmhand on a Bodo field, is saddened by the plight of his neighbors. “Yes, we agreed to no fighting,” Mr. Haq, 68, declared. “We have eaten from the same plate, and there was no bad blood.”

Several villagers from Bangaldoba said that Muslims from Part II were not their attackers. “I did not recognize them,” said Laisang Brahmo, who is not related to Kalidas Brahmo. “After the attack, we even called some of our Muslim friends to go see if it was safe for us to visit, and they expressed sympathy.”

The Muslim villagers insist that the attackers came from outside, but some Bodos suspect that Muslims from Part II did show the attackers their houses, as not all of them work in the Bodo fields.

Mr. Haq said the flight of the Bodos has snatched away the livelihood of Muslims who don’t have their own land. “We haven’t thought of a new way to earn yet,” he said. “We don’t know if they will be back, and even if they do, we are too scared to work for them now.”

On July 30, Mr. Gogoi announced that refugees will be sent back in 15 days. The villagers of Bangaldoba Part I, which hardly has a house standing, wondered if the minister was joking. No official, they say, has asked them about the requirements to restore their village.

Anita Basumatary at the Bodo refugee camp in Kokrajhar district, Assam, July 31, 2012.Betwa Sharma for The New York Times
Anita Basumatary at the Bodo refugee camp in Kokrajhar district, Assam, July 31, 2012.

Abject fear supersedes their monetary losses. Anita Basumatari, a 27-year-old Bodo farmer at the camp, is worried about missing this year’s rice sowing time, which lasts until September. Her family also employed Muslim labor. “We don’t hate them, but we cannot go back without proper security,” she said. “Even here, there is no police or army protecting us.”

Mrs. Basumatari lost her mother-in-law in the violence. Plagued by paralysis, she could not run along with the villagers who recalled that the attackers came from three sides. They ran north through the flood waters. “She had become too fat,” said Mrs. Basumatari. “We could not carry her with us.” The elderly woman, alone in the village on July 24, was stabbed with a knife in the back and neck.

Bodoland continues to be under curfew from late evening to early morning. Army patrols and a stream of noisy police cars, flanking officials, now dot the lush green landscape of colorfully dressed women working in tea and rubber plantations surrounded by rolling hills.

Even the non-Bodo Assamese crave normalcy. Locals say that prices of vegetables, grown mostly by Muslims, have doubled since the Muslims fled their villages.

Prabin Brahmo, a 44-year-old schoolmaster from Bangaldoba Part 1, pointed out that it would be difficult but essential for Bodos and Muslims to trust each other again. “It’s an old bond,” he said, tearing up. ‘We need their vegetables, and when they want a cow, they come to us.”



Guns, Germs and Steel in Tanzania
The Thinking Person's Safari
Led by Geoffrey Clarfield
Most Recent Posts at The Iconoclast
Search The Iconoclast
Enter text, Go to search:
clear

 

The Iconoclast Posts by Author
The Iconoclast Archives
sun mon tue wed thu fri sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31    
clear

Subscribe