Ansar Ahmed Ullah:
Several UK based Bengali groups organised a protest on 9 May 18 outside Scotland Yard demanding action against the UK Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for making derogatory remarks against the Hindu community.
The incident happened on Saturday 21st April 2018 in front of the Westminster Central Hall which had the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, in attendance. The public meeting was organised to celebrate Bangladesh’s advancement from a Least Developed Country (LDC) to a Developing Country but the Islamists in alliance with the BNP and far-right Islamist Jamaat-i-Islami Party descended on the venue and started using religious chants ‘Hare Krishna Hare Ram’ in a derogatory manner to mock the Hindu sentiments. The chants of Hare Krishna Hare Ram are of devotional nature and are used to signify purity and an attachment to the supreme soul by the Hindus worldwide. In addition, they used cymbals and drums to mimic the followers of the Hindu faith and used the names of Hindu Gods.
A delegation led by Pushpita Gupta –President, Secular Bangladesh Movement UK, Ajit K Saha
President, Sarbojanin Baba Lokenath Association, Mihir Sarkar Coordinator, Campaign for the Protection of Minorities in Bangladesh handed in a signed memorandum of the complaints to Cressida Dick, Commissioner, Met Police.
The memorandum stated that BNP’s actions have deeply insulted and hurt the religious sentiments of followers of Hindu faith. There can be no justification for the communal and bigoted slogans BNP chose to chant. This will only stir up more communal tensions and hatred within communities. BNP’s action and slogans were an offence according to the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.
The delegation demanded that the Police take action against BNP for violating Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.
The protest demonstration was attended by activists from various UK based humanitarian, social & religious organisations. Among others Mr Adhir Das, Mr James Paris, Mr Amitosh Majumdar, Mr Bijan Datta, Mr Sultan Sharif, Mr Matiar Chowdhury, Mr Atish Saha, Mr Biswajit Baiddyo, Mr Tuton Bhowmik, Mr Satyabrata Das Swapan, Mr Sushanta Saha, Mr Sumon Das, Batirul Haq Shorder and Shah Mustafizur Rahman Belal were present. All the participants strongly condemned sectarian attack on Hindu community and demanded the justice.