The condition of Hindus in West Bengal are deteriorating day by day, especially in the areas where the population of a certain community is increasing. Be it the riots in Malda in early 2016 or the riots in Dhulagarh this year, Hindus have been selectively targeted, their homes and properties torched and places of worship destroyed. However, Mamata Banerjee has remained tight-lipped and refused to take any action against the rioteers since they belong to her vote-bank. To appease her vote banks, not only has Didi given them a free hand, but the government also banned Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja in certain parts of West Bengal to “protect the minority sentiments”.

However, this Ramanavami (5th April), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has planned to do something really big which is giving sleepless nights to Didi. To revive the lost pride of Hindus and to awaken them, RSS has planned more than 150 mega rallies, public meetings and Raamleelas all across West Bengal. RSS has planned mega rallies and yatras (processions) all across the state where Hindus are not only under attack from other communities, but are also being oppressed and ignored by Didi’s state government which is hell bent on appeasing the minorities at any cost. RamaNavami has never been celebrated in the history of West Bengal with so much fanfare, and RSS is all set to make this a grand event all across the state to unite the Hindus.

“These issues are becoming more and more important for West Bengal. The Hindus are under attack in this state, and therefore there is a need to mark the occasion,” Bidyut Mukherjee, organisational secretary of the RSS in West Bengal said. He further added that since Durga Puja celebrations had been under attack in the past in the state, there is a need for the Hindus to assert themselves. The rathayatras are planned in areas where Hindus are under threat, and also in various parts of Kolkata.

Another such mega event against the apathy of Didi’s state government towards the Hindus have been planned by Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The VHP is all set to organise a huge march from Tamluk to Nandigram, which is expected to be attended by lakhs of people from across the state. Along with mega events planned by RSS and VHP, local Hindu bodies all across West Bengal are also planning various events to reassert the lost Hindu pride among the people of Bengal and raise their voices against Mamata’s anti-Hindu policies.


Kshitij Mohan