Ruthless Massacre of Hindus in 1971 War of East Pakistan – 2.5M Slaughtered

One of the biggest Hindu genocides, willfully suppressed and hidden from the knowledge of Indians is the massacre of Hindus in the war of East Pakistan.

The Pakistan Army unleashed a terror equal to that of the Islamic invaders, when they mercilessly slaughtered Hindus who were migrating out of East Pakistan – now known as Bangladesh. Their heads were chopped off, entire trains and buses were set to fire, without allowing any escapes, Hindu women were stripped, dead bodies kept on piling on top of each other, with no place or means to dispose them with last rites. At one point, the dead looked more in number than the living. That is because out of the 3 million Hindus who were migrating out of East Pakistan, 2.5 million were slaughtered ruthlessly.

This number is verified by the population statistics of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Government.

‘Field reports to the U.S. Government, countless eye-witness journalistic accounts, reports of International agencies such as World Bank and additional information available to the subcommittee document the reign of terror which grips East Bengal (East Pakistan). HARDEST HIT HAVE BEEN MEMBERS OF THE HINDU COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN ROBBED OF THEIR LANDS AND SHOPS, SYSTEMATICALLY SLAUGHTERED, AND IN SOME PLACES, PAINTED WITH YELLOW PATCHES MARKED “H”. All of this has been officially sanctioned, ordered and implemented under martial law from Islamabad…’

Field report of Sir Edward Kennedy on November 1, 1971
(emphasis added by author of article)

These are accounts of journalists and travelers to East Pakistan, who observed that Hindus were targeted and slaughtered with the utmost cruelty.

In town after town there was an execution area where people had been killed by bayonet, bullet and bludgeon. In some towns, executions were held on a daily basis.” This was a month after the war’s end (i.e. January 1972), … human bones were still scattered along many roadsides. Blood stained clothing and tufts of human hair clung to the brush at these killing grounds. Children too young to understand were playing grotesque games with skulls. OTHER REMINDERS WERE THE YELLOW “H”s THE PAKISTANIS HAD PAINTED ON THE HOMES OF HINDUS, PARTICULAR TARGETS OF THE MUSLIM ARMY.”

The Pakistani Slaughter That Nixon Ignored, Syndicated Column by Sydney Schanberg, New York Times, May 3, 1994
Source: Bangla Amar

But the sad fate of Bangladeshi Hindus is not limited to the slaughter of Hindus. Many of the raped women & tortured men fled from Bangladesh to save their lives from the marauding army of West Pakistan. Of the 10 million refugees into India, atleast 8 million were Hindus—thus, it is very clearly a Hindu refugee problem. Hindus formed 18.5% by population in Bangladesh in 1961. Yet, of the 10 million refugees who fled into India, Hindus formed 80%, whereas Muslims were 15% and the remaining 5% were Christians and other religious groups. So, there would have to be an earth-shattering reason for 8 million Hindus to flee into India leaving their homes and livelihoods behind. Yet, no Human rights organization has addressed or acknowledged this matter to date. The world records on the genocide of Bangladesh does not explicitly record the targeted killing and rapes of Hindus.

Source: Excerpted from the World Bank Report
1971 image archives: Bangladeshi refugees

The descriptions of witnesses and numbers alone are enough to make one balk. Which is precisely why it is purposely hidden from public knowledge by governments and powerful religious groups. If this were already common knowledge, there would be no need to bring this matter up. Many media reports of that time have been removed from the archives of the media websites. It is only normal to ask, why?

References:

  1. Hindu Genocide in East Pakistan By Shrinandan Vyas
  2. Bangladesh: The Birth Of A Nation, A hand book of Background information and Documentary Sources Compiled by Univ. of Chicago Group of Scholars, by M.Nicholas, P.Oldensburg, Ed.W.Morehouse, M.Seshachalam & Co., India, 1972, p.7, 44, 45, 73
  3. Crisis in South Asia – A report by Senator Edward Kennedy to the Subcommittee investigating the Problem of Refugees and Their Settlement, Submitted to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, November 1, 1971, U.S. Govt. Press, pp.6-7.
  4. Newsweek, August 1, 1994, p.37, 66, 19
  5. The Pakistani Slaughter That Nixon Ignored, Syndicated Column by Sydney Schanberg, New York Times, May 3, 1994.
  6. Bangladesh A Country Study, Ed. J.Heitzman & R.L.Worden, 2nd Ed, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, Publisher U.S. Army, 1989, pp.250,255
  7. 10. Encyclopedia Britannica, 15 th Ed, Micropedia, Vol.1, p.789 Desh.
  8. Thousand of My LaisWorld Bank Report

Article updated on 21st March, 2021

Image: Adam Jones