Opinion

31 January : India’s black day when Jyoti Basu’s Communist govt massacred thousands of Dalits in West Bengal

Exactly 38 years ago on this very day, one of the worst massacres in the history of independent India took place. What is even more shocking about this massacre is the fact that it was a state-sponsored massacred. Thousands of Hindu refugees who had fled Bangladesh due to persecution were massacred by West Bengal police and communist cadres on the orders of then chief minister Jyoti Basu on this day in 1979. Undoubtedly the deadliest massacre in the history of independent India, it has been deleted from history books as the narrative in academics has always been dictated by the Marxists.
In the late 1970s, Hindus started to flee from Bangladesh due to persecution. A large number of refugees entered India. These refugees were initially settled in the states of Assam, Odisha and West Bengal. When the number of refugees entering India became so large that these three states could not accommodate them, govt of India resettled them in Dandakaranya – forests of Odisha and modern day Chhatisgarh. Even a Dandakaranya Development Authority was formed to provide humane conditions to these refugees. However, many of these resettled refugees came back to West Bengal and occupied areas in Sunderbans, one such being Marichjhapi.
On 31 January 1979, West Bengal Police was ordered to get the area ‘cleared off’. Police came along with communist cadres and started indiscriminate firing. Many people tried to escape through the river, but were chased by police present on motorboats and were shot. Those who were in the village were either shot dead, beheaded or beaten to death. Fearing the gunshots and cries, when children took shelter in a thatched house, they were dragged out by the communists and were mercilessly beheaded.
1,700 Hindus were mercilessly gunned down in Marichjhapi by West Bengal Police on the orders of chief minister Jyoti Basu of communist party. Many of these were children, women and elderly.
➡ More than 100 women were raped again and again by Communist cadres and policemen. After raping them, they were shot, beheaded or brutally beaten to death.
15 innocent children aged 5-10 who had taken shelter in a hut were BEHEADED with knives by Communist cadres and police who were given orders to kill all the Hindu refugees. These innocent children were preparing for the Saraswati Puja (which was on 1 February)
➡ After killing them, the communists destroyed the statue of Saraswati that was being decorated by those kids to celebrate the pooja next day.
➡ 4,128 families perished in transit, died of starvation, exhaustion, and many were killed in Kashipur, Kumirmari, and Marichjhapi by police firings. The CPIM congratulated its participant members on their successful operation at Marichjhapi.
➡ Jyoti Basu (Communist) issued prohibitory orders after the murder of 1700 Hindus and blocked the entry of journalists, activists or anyone who could have shed light on this news.
➡ This is the worst state-sponsored massacre in the history of India where the government ordered cold-blooded murder of thousands of innocent, unarmed, harmless Hindu refugees just because they were turning out to be a burden.
➡ Today marks the 38 years of India’s black day – a shameful event in India’s independent history when 1700 innocent people were killed by the COMMUNIST PARTY Government and cadres of the party. This news could never come out in open. Hardly anyone in India knows about this massacre of Hindus. If you want to read more about this, read the book “The Hungry Tide” by Amitava Ghosh. Ross Mullick’s detailed article (pdf copy) painfully describes the incident.

Morarji Desai, who was the Prime Minister of India that time, did not care to investigate the most brutal state sponsored massacre in the history of independent India in order to continue enjoying support from the CPI(M) in parliament. Academia, always being controlled by the marxists, very carefully and cleverly ignored to talk about it. In this way, the worst ever massacre in the history of India was deleted from the memory of public and no one discusses about it, since the people killed were Hindus.


Kshitij Mohan**

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