Sourina Bej & Albertina Nithya, ISSSP Interns
NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting, June 8, 2016
Ms. Sourina Bej & Ms. Albertina Nithya interns at the ISSSP, NIAS presented their initial research findings on 8 June 2016 at the NIAS Wednesday Discussion meeting. A worker at a Hindu temple, a Hindu priest, a Buddhist monk, a Christian tailor and wife of an anti-terrorism police official: all murdered in June 2016. These killings, now at 20 since 2013, are part of violence unleashed against religious minorities, liberal activists and bloggers. What started as hacking of bloggers, who were critical of Islam, has now expanded to include an LGBT magazine editor, an Italian and Japanese aid worker. This picture indicates not only a rising intolerance but at the same time collective failure of State to ensure justice for the dead and protection for the living.On Bangladesh’s east, also bordering India, there is another situation relating to radicalization; in Myanmar, there is wide-spread persecution of Rohingya Muslims ongoing. Anti-Muslim sentiments seems to be rampant throughout Myanmar along with the rise of Buddhist radicalism.