Eminent Bangladeshi economist and researcher Dr Abul Barkat has estimated that there will be no Hindus left in the country after three decades. “The rate of exodus over the past 49 years points to that direction,” the Dhaka University teacher said in his book “Political economy of reforming agriculture-land-water bodies in Bangladesh” published yesterday.
He said that from 1964 to 2013, around 11.3 million Hindus left Bangladesh due to religious persecution and discrimination, which means on an average 632 Hindus left the country each day and 230,612 annually, reports the Dhaka Tribune. From his 30-year-long research, Barkat found that the exodus mostly took place during military governments after independence.
Before the Liberation War, the daily rate of migration was 705 while it was 512 during 1971-1981 and 438 during 1981-1991. The number increased to 767 persons each day during 1991-2001 while around 774 persons left the country during 2001-2012, the book says. Another Professor Ajoy Roy said the government grabbed the properties of the Hindus during the Pakistan regime describing them as enemy property and the same properties were taken by the government after independence as vested property.
According to the book, these two measures made 60 percent of the Hindus landless. Retired Justice Kazi Ebadul Haque said the minorities and the poor were deprived of their land rights adding that the land management system should be reformed.
Dhaka University Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed said that the government has to ensure that the indigenous people would not be affected or harmed.