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Interfaith Dialogue (17 Mar 2012 NewAgeIslam.Com)



Hindus Leaving Homeland Amid Security Fears

By Ali K Chishti

March 16, 2012

Having lived in Sindh for centuries, Hindus are migrating because of forced conversions, murders and abductions for ransom

In 2010, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported that at least 25 Hindu girls are abducted and converted by force in Pakistan every month.

"Every time there's a forced conversion, we hear of a love story and the usual court proceedings, but there's no follow up," says Ram Kumar, a 63-year-old Hindu elder from Karachi.

Mohan Lal Harchandani, another Hindu leader, says his community has been living in Sindh for thousands of years. "Not only do we see Pakistan as our country, we work and pray for its prosperity," he said.

But the community is concerned about its security. Hindus were 16 percent of Pakistan's population in 1947, but have been reduced to 2 percent. In 1947, there were 428 functioning temples in the country. Now, there are only 26, according to Jamohan Kumar Arora from Rawalpindi. But the 3 million Hindus as per the 1998 census are still the largest religious minority in Pakistan. Most of them live in Karachi, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur regions of Sindh.

"You cannot understand how much we love this land," said Ajeet Kumar. "We have been living here for millennia and are among its indigenous people. This is our land and its people are our people. We are Sindhis and have never discriminated on the basis of religion."

"But due to the constant fear of abductions, we are leaving Pakistan and Sindh," Ajeet Kumar said.

Last year, three Hindus - Naresh Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Ajeet Kumar - were gunned down in Shikarpur while a Hindu student's mutilated body was found in Hyderabad.

Although the liberal Pakistan People's Party is in power, Sindhi Hindus are still being murdered, abducted for ransom, or converted by force.

Hindus were 16 percent of Pakistan's population in 1947, but have been reduced to 2 percent. In 1947, there were 428 functioning temples in the country. Now, there are only 26

Thirty-seven Hindus from five families of Thul, a small town in Jacobabad district, have recently left for India for good, because of security concerns.

"It's extremely sad that the Hindu families who have been living in the province for centuries are being forced to migrate from their motherland," Pakistan Hindu Seva (PHS) President Sanjesh Kumar said. "The government is not providing them adequate security."

Since 2008, more than 10 Sindhi Hindu families have been migrating to other countries every month. "The Hindus who migrate to India are not entirely happy, but they don't have too many options," he said.

"Eight to 10 Hindu families migrate from Pakistan to India every month," said an official at the ministry of external affairs in New Delhi. "Most of them are well off."

Earlier this month, thousands of Muslims in Sindh celebrated the Hindu festival of Holi. "We must integrate and understand other religions and celebrate their festivals to show solidarity with them," said Muhammad Noman, a 24-year-old student who had organized one such event.

Murad, a Muslim from Lyari cleans the Hindu temple in the locality. "Islam is misunderstood. It has been hijacked by clerics," he says. "Islam teaches peaceful coexistence and this is my jihad."

Murad is also in charge of a 20-acre Hindu cremation ground since 1987. "I remember the time when I was a child. We never cared who was Hindu, Muslim or Christian." Local Hindus call Murad 'Rakhshak', or guardian.

The recent case of the alleged forced conversion of a Hindu girl Rinkle Kumari has brought attention to the issue of forced conversions once again. "We all worship the same God," says Murad. "Why convert someone by force? And convert them to what? If you convert someone by force, it is not Islam."

Source: The Friday Times, Lahore

URL: http://newageislam.com/interfaith-dialogue/ali-k-chishti/hindus-leaving-homeland-amid-security-fears/d/6867

 




TOTAL COMMENTS:-   13


  • I almost did run a nmiesar on something like that once. (The topic for the week was ethnicity and an extensive discussion about identification, ascription, knowledge and power developed after two students from new EU states started talking about how they had felt when working in the UK hospitality industry and British guests had been asking them questions about where they came from that they perceived as nosy. It turned into one of the best nmiesars we had during that whole course unit.)
    By Edzer - 3/23/2012 1:58:52 PM



  • "My Religion is NOT BETTER than Yours" - Once we understand this, conversion ceases. Let us practice religiousness, let us live the values found in all religions. The different religions are like different pathways to one and same destination, and that distination is God, nay, not God up in the heavens, but God within each one of us. You are a Hindu, a Muslim, a Sikh, a Buddhist, a Christian, Cofucian, or even Atheist - you are a human being as i am, and i love you my friend. Keep the goodword friends, whoever have been managing this blog. God bless you
    By Anand Krishna - 3/21/2012 6:20:45 AM



  • Sadaf: I appreciate your dedicated efforts for the cause of Muslims and Islam. Keep it up in a genuine way, may Allah help you in the crusade that you have taken. Actualy, you are a one-man army of your kind here.
    By Raihan Nezami - 3/19/2012 11:00:10 PM



  • Yes Sir, I understand the need to be in more control. Actually I provoke deliberately to hunt for some more Jansanghi and intelligent ones who can take up the arguments. Otherwise Satwa is no match for me. Meanwhile Satwa has grown wiser. He now understands his inferiority. And he in his smartness thinks that he is provoking me and all that he requires to do is put one liner. Seriously Satwa isn't my target and the language I use is just a bait. In fact I would be happy if Satwa could have provoked enough Muslims to participate here, but he is like damp squib. He has no answer for the questions I pose and he very bluntly avoid entering into any argument where Narendra Modi’s criminality is discussed.
    By sadaf - 3/19/2012 1:33:44 PM



  • @sadaf, Hey we are also catching up with muslim in protecting our idol like what they are trying to protect the demised prophet. Still the junior are lagging behind the senior and are hopefully of catching up. Happy ?????????????? Yes, i am wasteing time with moron who roam around stone square and have no sense of appreciating the architecture. Compare the riots done by Muslim including done for talisma, even in his Hindus are yet to catch up with muslim brothers.
    By satwa gunam - 3/19/2012 10:55:45 AM



  • @ Sadaf: I feel sad to find the respectablecommentators, occasionally, stooping low from their graceful eruditecommendable language arguing in indecent words with a person whose opinion isunchangeable. He will remain stubborn and inconvincible. Try as much as youwish. 

    Therefore, it is wiser not to lose our decency of language and mannerism. Timewill teach him lesson. Let him introspect. 


    By Raihan Nezami - 3/19/2012 7:46:09 AM



  • @Satwa, then you should feel good about being humiliated everywhere. That will be in consonance with Hindu philosophy. Bada aaya Hindu philosophy padhane wala. Requiring someone or something to protect God is absurd. And somewhere I read in your replies that you need something to focus on for God is the thing that makes you idol-worshipper. That idol which cannot protect itself. Infact no idol can protect itself. And no-non idol except God almighty can protect itself. Indian Muslims are not creating any chaos. It is ‘unmentionable’ like you who are the chaos creators. I wonder what an idiot you are to not see that almost the whole world as shown in your list, believes in something and you say such beliefs are wrong. Mob behavior is best seen when Hindus go for their kind of Hajj to Bam Bol and Nanga Mela at Prayag or when they play Kurta Phaad Holi. Graham Stein wasn’t killed by Hindu mob right? Yes right. He was killed by ‘disciplined’ RSS chaddiwalas. When the so called disciplined lot can go undisciplined then that lot is called mob, but then is it that RSS claim itself to be Mob culturists? I hope with this you are already blinded and need not close your eyes to meditate and regard champions of Hindu Rashtra champion of feeling the need to protect lifeless idols in the most intolerant way.
    By sadaf - 3/19/2012 6:57:48 AM



  • Hi Satwa: The Muslim population in India is more than 20% not 13% as you think. They have been living in a very cordial atmosphere with our castes for centuries. please improve your knowledge in this regard.
    By Raihan Nezami - 3/18/2012 1:14:43 PM



  • @sadaf Whatever happens is for good is Hindu philosophy and I believe that. I donot require to protect my god by killing other belief and i think he is capable of protecting himself. See the chaos Indian Muslim are creating in India when they are 13% and what could have been the state if they are 26%. http://secular-hindu.sulekha.com/blog/post/2011/10/muslim-population-and-their-behaviour-a-great-study.htm See the above url which gives the trend of Muslim mob behaviour in relation to their demography. Hope it opens your eyes on the reality with regard to religion of peace.
    By satwa gunam - 3/17/2012 10:59:31 PM



  • India must open up a separate centre for these individual who wants to migrate. I think India has enough space for them to come and survive. It will be waste of time and resource for them to expect any justice in the fundamentalist state of Pakistan.
    By satwa gunam - 3/17/2012 10:55:32 PM



  • • The Muslims who left for Pakistan suffered as well as flourished on case to case basis but all of them put together did harm to those Muslims who chose to stay back in India and who never wanted India be divided. After all India is their fatherland and was Sultanate of Muslims.

    • Such Muslims who left for Pakistan and advocated to all Muslims from India to leave for Pakistan caused panic among the rest of Muslims who didn't wanted to leave and yet were forced by circumstances to go. But fortunately enough it was only a very minor percentage of Muslims, may be less than 1 percent of them from regions that is still with India, left for Pakistan and 99 percent stayed back in India.

    • Majority of Muslims in the region that at present belongs to Pakistan and Bangladesh stayed there at their own place and were never displaced.

    • The real fools or selfish lot - those 1 percent however included the richest of Muslims from four major cities- Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal and Patna went away and disturbed the social equilibrium of these cities and the states of Delhi, UP, MP and Bihar. If they were scared to stay in India- Hindu Majority India then I say them cowards and if they went away hoping for a better future in newly carved Muslim majority country then I say them selfish because they never cared for what damage they caused to the Indian Muslim and the social equilibrium in India.

    • People like Satwa could have been kicked out of our Fatherland by force and sent to exclusive Hindu island somewhere in Indian ocean if these 1% Muslims had not become traitors. These traitors are rightly humiliated there in Pakistan and are termed as Muhajir. I do not see the Punjabis and Baloch and Sindhi and Bengali and whoever who never agreed to leave their place even though it were they who had actually demanded Pakistan as much damaging to Muslims of these major Indian cities and states as these Muslims who were from these cities and moved to Pakistan.

    They brought disgrace to Indian Muslims and weakened Indian Muslims against Jansanghis. No wonder these traitors and those who believed that Hindus and Muslims should have separate state which includes Jansanghis and Punjabi, Baloch, Sindhi and Bangladeshi, these people continue to bring disgrace to not just Muslims but to entire humanity.


    By sadaf - 3/17/2012 3:19:21 PM



  • The Muslims who left for Pakistan suffered as well as flourished on case to case basis but all of them put together did harm to those Muslims who chose to stay back in India and who never wanted India be divided. After all India is their fatherland and was Sultanate of Muslims.-

    Such Muslims who left for Pakistan and advocated to all Muslims from India to leave for Pakistan caused panic among the rest of Muslims who didn't wanted to leave and yet were forced by circumstances to go. But fortunately enough it was only a very minor percentage of Muslims, may be less than 1 percent of them from regions that is still with India, left for Pakistan and 99 percent stayed back in India.

    Majority of Muslims in the region that at present belongs to Pakistan and Bangladesh stayed there at their own place and were never displaced. The real fools or selfish lot - those 1 percent however included the richest of Muslims from four major cities- Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal and Patna went away and disturbed the social equilibrium of these cities and the states of Delhi, UP, MP and Bihar. If they were scared to stay in India- Hindu Majority India then I say them cowards and if they went away hoping for a better future in newly carved Muslim majority country then I say them selfish because they never cared for what damage they caused to the Indian Muslim and the social equilibrium in India.


    By sadaf - 3/17/2012 3:02:35 PM



  • The ill-treatment of Hindus in Pakistan is a disgrace. The news that Hindus who chose to stay in Pakistan after partition now want to leave should make all Muslims hang their heads in shame.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 3/17/2012 12:41:15 PM



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