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View from Dhaka Tribune: Durga Puja violence shows that communalism is alive in Bangladesh as well

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Once more, we find ourselves facing the ugly truth: communal violence is very much alive in Bangladesh.

What is perhaps worse is the fact that these acts of violence – this time, the attacks were carried out on Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues across Comilla – are no more or less than what we have seen occur almost like clockwork every year.

It comes as little surprise that these tensions erupted as a result of a social media post which – it should be obvious by now – falsely showed the Holy Quran being besmirched at the Durga Puja celebrations at a Comilla temple.

While such an incident occurring once would have been one thing, its continued recurrence highlights the various ways in which our society as a whole continues to harbour hostilities between different communities despite Bangladesh’s rich and diverse history and landscape.

Stern message from PM Sheikh Hasina to reassure Hindus: #Bangladesh is a non-communal country, everybody is free to follow their religion and festivals. “We will hunt down those behind Comilla (attacks on Durga Puja mandaps) violence. They cannot escape.”
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— Kanchan Gupta 🇮🇳 (@KanchanGupta) October 15, 2021

From the person who posted the initial video – who has since been detained and his post is being investigated –…

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