Need to find out reasons behind Baduria: Amartya Sen

Stating that Bengal has a tradition of communal harmony where Hindus and Muslims live together, Sen said, “We have to think why such harmony among people is facing a challenge all of a sudden.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:July 11, 2017 2:47 am
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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Monday expressed concern over communal violence in Baduria and wondered whether such incident was politically-motivated in a state that has a tradition of communal harmony.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event in Kolkata, Sen said, “We have to find out the reasons, which led to the rise of communal flare-up in the state, and whether it was politically-motivated. It has to be found out whether it happened due to provocation. It is true that we are very worried about it.”

Stating that Bengal has a tradition of communal harmony where Hindus and Muslims live together, Sen said, “We have to think why such harmony among people is facing a challenge all of a sudden. There is no room for any disappointment that we cannot do anything about it. We need to think about ways to overcome these challenges.”

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    sunil kumar
    Jul 18, 2017 at 1:01 am
    Does Mr Amartya Sen remember that Bengali Muslims who are converts from Hindus demanded homeland for the Muslims? Bengali Muslims got East Pakistan. If Bengali Muslims wanted to live with Hindus, they could not have demanded "homeland" for the Muslims. There have been numerous incidents of cution of Hindus by the Muslims in Muslim dominated areas in West Bengal. There have been numerous vulnerable Hindu girls have been converted to Muslims. However these violation of human rights and cons utional rights are ignored by the ruling governement to preserve Muslim vote banks. Mr Sen has lived most of his life abroad with his English wife by divorcing his Bengali wife. His opinion should be ignored. Hindus in West Bengal needs protection from the cution by the Muslims specially in the Muslim dominated areas. Mr Sen has no knowledge about the living condition of Hindus. It is easy to give sermon but to face reality is different.
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    akash ali
    Jul 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    There are communal forces who have been successful in sowing the seeds of hate between Hindus and Muslims in some states.Now they want to polute the peaceful aosphere of WB with their rabid ideology.But i m sure people of WB will not allow them to harm the communal hormony and religious amity of the Bengalies.They must stay united to defeat the divisive forces and keep aloof from such forces.This will be a big slap on the face of the fascists.
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    rs
    Jul 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm
    This A Sen is living in USA/UK for most of the time and giving his comments on Indian economy. Now in West Bengal this communal strife is there for a long time. His "secular" Mamata has turned it into a communal tinder box. In her persuit of vote bank politics, she has proved that she can go to any extent. Mr. Sen should keep quiet or get himself acquainted fully of the present WB. But being a Modi hater he likes to live in his own world.
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    module
    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    It is 100 percentage trus that Bengal has a tradition of communal harmony where Hindus and Muslims live together. The Bengali never divided people in terms of religious. How suddenly BJP spreading religious violence within Bengali, it's quite surprised. Compare to any state, except kerala and UT, in WB education percentage is quite high and they knows how to respect culture and maintain harmony. TMC must find out the root cause plus must educate grass root workers, how dangerous BJP or RSS and how they damaging our society, state and country. Because religious violence is big danger than corruption and protest.
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