Dipen Bhattacharya: As ancient temples burn at night

200 year-old Kali temple in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur in ruins after it was burned down by fanatics on Thursday. Photo: Star
200 year-old Kali temple in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur in ruins after it was burned down by fanatics on Thursday. Photo: Star

Guest Post by Dipen Bhattacharya

There is nothing new here, move on. Just another temple.
Outrage? No, no, that’s not reserved for you!
[It’s not a Facebook “like”, it’s only burning ember.]
But this is not the end of the show,
More to come, I assure you, but you can ignore it.
Ancient ways will fall on the wayside,
As ancient temples burn at night.

The extremists want to destroy the few remainder remnants of a common heritage.

In their version, once that’s gone, the world will be one step towards a commonality.

Diversity is anathema in their dictionary.

Will their lives be a bit monotonous once all the other strains are gone? Maybe. But that is what I think.

And you possibly know this much better than I do.

Dipen Bhattacharya

Dr. Dipen Bhattacharya, a physics and astronomy professor at Moreno Valley College, has been conducting research with a small group of people at the University of California, Riverside, for 18 years now. Their research has been on multiple aspects of astrophysics, including gamma ray research.

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3 comments

  1. This is a serious shame for all Bangladeshis and also understand the anger, fear, worry and insecurity that our fellow country people from the Hindu community must be feeling currently. It is also beyond me why some people from one community would want to destroy the places of worship of another group. But in reality this kind of things do happen. There are mindless and vicious people who are willing to and do carry out such inexcusable and unforgiveable acts. We can express our revulsion and demand that they be stopped, but actually what can we do to stop destroying and burning temples. This kind of things have been going on for a long time, with an increasing frequency recently. If there is some kind of causality with political instability then things will probably get worse during the course of this year with the further deterioration of the political situation in the country.
    I believe there are ways to stop this kind of acts but due to polarisation within the country and the unnecessary battles being waged – through words and actual physical violence on the streets of Bangladesh – it not likely that the right ingredients of actions by relevant people and institutions can be put together and executed to deal with this problem. This means that sorrow, fear, violence and insecurity among the Hindus of Bangladesh are unlikely to come to an end any time soon or reduce significantly. Correspondingly, our sense of shame as Bangladeshis will continue to rise. I feel powerless and do not know what to do. However, it is the state’s responsibility to protect the lives and property of every citizen and groups. The state also has the most resources and infrastructure to deploy to protect places of worship and make communities safe.

  2. Has the Government lost control on the country. This sort of unfortunate incidents are regularly happening. Without connivance of the machinery it cant be a regular happening? Will the Government be serious to look into the matters?

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