Tripua Governor’s Book On Bangladeshi Hindu Refugees Sparks Row


Agartala: Tripua governor Tathagata Roy who has often made it to the headlines over controversial remarks has again sparked a row with his book ‘Ja Chilo Amar Desh’, based on the flight and utter suffering of Bangladeshi Hindu refugees.

Mr Roy dedicated the book to great freedom fighter Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and the founding father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, a secular leader who was later slained by hardliner Islamic radicals.

Mr Roy was accused of politicising the issue of Hindu refugees to the extent of fanning communal trouble. When asked about the book and the accusations, Mr Roy junked the allegations and said it is the mere reflection of facts.

Over 3 million Bangladeshis were killed during the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971, and many Hindu Bengalis fled to India unable to sustain the onslaught of Pakistan army and Bangladeshi redical elements.

The Governor has earlier sparked controversy by protesting the programme of Pakistani Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali and suggesting that the slain Pathankot attackers should be wrapped in a pig skin and buried.