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Hindu devotees worship at the Manher Mandir temple in Karachi.—AFP Photo

KARACHI: Preetam Das is a good doctor with a hospital job and a thriving private clinic, yet all he thinks about is leaving Pakistan, terrified about a rise in killings and kidnappings targeting Hindus.

A successful professional, he lives in mega city Karachi with his wife and two children, but comes from Kashmore, a district in the north of Pakistan's southern province of Sindh.

His family has lived there for centuries and in 1947 when the sub-continent split between India, a majority Hindu state, and Pakistan, a homeland for Muslims, Das' grandparents chose to stay with the Muslims.

They fervently believed the promise of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah that religious minorities would be protected. Sixty years later, their grandson says life in Kashmore has become unbearable.

“The situation is getting worse every day,” he says.

Two of his uncles have been kidnapped and affluent Hindus are at particular risk from abduction gangs looking for ransom, he says.

Rights activists say the climate is indicative of progressive Islamisation over the last 30 years that has fuelled an increasing lack of tolerance to religious minorities, too often considered second class citizens.

Das says the only thing keeping him in Pakistan is his mother.

“She has flatly refused to migrate, which hinders my plans. I can't go without her,” he said.

Hindus make up 2.5 per cent of the 174 million people living in the nuclear-armed Muslim nation. Over 90 per cent live in Sindh, where they are generally wealthy and enterprising, making them easy prey for criminal gangs.

An official at the ministry of external affairs in New Delhi who declined to be named said: “Every month about eight to 10 Hindu families migrate from Pakistan. Most of them are well-off.”

He had no comment on whether the number was on the rise, but Hindu community groups in Pakistan say more people are leaving because of kidnappings, killings and even forced conversions of girls to Islam.

“Two of my brothers have migrated to India and an uncle to the UAE,” said Jay Ram, a farmer in Sindh's northern district of Ghotki.

“It's becoming too difficult to live here. Sindhis are the most tolerant community in the country vis-a-vis religious harmony, but deteriorating law and order is forcing them to move unwillingly,” he added.

Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council and a former lawmaker for Sindh province, said Hindus are picked on by kidnappers and that their daughters are subject to forced conversions to Islam.

“Every now and then we get reports of families migrating. It's getting worse now. People are extremely harassed and are forced to leave their homeland but our rulers are shamelessly idle,” he told AFP.

Rights activists also say Hindus in Sindh are discriminated against.

“Recently 37 members of five Hindu families migrated to India from Thul town owing to discrimination while three Hindus, including a doctor, were murdered in Shikarpur district,” said Rubab Jafri, who heads Sindh's Human Rights Forum.

“Lots of violent incidents are happening daily. Most go unreported, which shows vested interests are trying to force Hindus to leave Pakistan.”

According to the Pakistan Hindu Seva, a community welfare organisation, at least 10 families have migrated from Sindh every month since 2008, mostly to India, but in the last 10 months, 400 families have left.

Another survey last year by the local Scheduled Caste Rights Movement said more than 80 percent of Hindu families complained that Muslims discriminated against them by using different utensils when serving them at food stalls.

“Hindu migration is a brain-drain for Pakistan as most of them are doctors, engineers, agriculturists, businessmen and intellectuals,” Jafri said.

But the provincial authorities are reluctant to recognise a problem.

“I do admit that law and order in some districts of Sindh is quite bad, but it is bad for everyone and not just my community, the Hindus,” Mukesh Kumar Chawla, provincial minister for excise and taxation, told AFP.

“Hindus do not migrate in flocks as has been claimed and those who migrate are going abroad for a better fortune,” he said.

Comments (65) Closed

KRK Mar 06, 2012 03:21pm
I do not agree with Mukesh Chawla. The society is becoming more and more intolerant. The law and order situation has worsened, but the culpurits find Hindus a soft target in upper Sindh especially. Overall, Hindus are not looked upon with equality by fellow muslims in Pakistan. They have no option but to leave the country and find place in any other country that is secular or pro-Hindu sacrificing their own culture and well-set businesses.
farrukh safdar Mar 06, 2012 03:30pm
Really sad to read the story, after over 65 years of independence we have emarged as the most intollerant and saddist nation who take pride over harrasment and insult for others, minorities are humilated and abused to the worst degree!! Its indeed a shame that ever day these fellow citizens of Pakistan are forced to abandon their homes and loved ones and seek refuge in India. Do we ever bother to think if out of over 1.8billion muslim living in India has any one single person opted to move to Pakistan? there are many people of muslim faith belonging to India who show great solidarity and patriotism to their country and the country in return has given them the security and rights that a bonafide citizen deserves.. Dont we have brains to think where are we going wrong?? really disgraceful.
Ghansham das Mar 06, 2012 03:36pm
Dr.Preetam das we are with you.There is no justice for Hindu's in pakistan, ther is no any law in this contry.
Jamil Mar 06, 2012 04:54pm
before you cray about the hindus in pak go check out the justice system of India against Muslims. Youtube is loaded with Hindus brutality against Muslims in your beloved INDIA.
Sudeep Mar 06, 2012 05:06pm
Sindhis and other hindus who migrated to india post partition have prospered and their families are doing good in the safe and sound environment which india provides. Remaining hindus should follow the suit. One doesnt deserve to suffer because of one`s religion.
Bagri Mar 06, 2012 05:07pm
I left Pakistan a year ago and now settled in India. The threat my family faced in Pakistan was unbearable and I dont see such discrimination in India. I still root for Pakistan, keeping myself posted with happening and will return one day when I get some confidence in the system there. Mhy children however are beginning to love India and dont believe they will ever return to Pakistan.
AHA Mar 06, 2012 05:18pm
I am ashamed of what we have done to Jinnah’s dream. My sincerest apologies to all the minorities (for what it is worth). The only consolation – Minorities are not alone in their grief. All citizens of Pakistan with some sense of compasion share their pain.
Abdul Wahab Mar 06, 2012 05:33pm
Mr. Jamil, your approach is wrong. Condemnable is condemnable with the harshest of words. No wrong can be justified by another wrong. However, someone's approach could be wrong. If misguided muslims can kill their own muslims in thousands, everyone knows the facts, there is high possibility that the same perverted and misguided extremists who have no connection with Islam except their names are muslims, can take pride in killing Hindus as well which is more condemnable as Holy Quran says, 'who killed a human being killed the whole mankind'. We have to work very hard and together for coming out of this chaos. For correction of facts, more than 180 million muslims inhabit in India.
Omar Haroon Mar 06, 2012 05:57pm
Youtube may be loaded with Hindu brutality against Muslims in India. However, whether that's true or not is none of my concern or should be yours to be frank. What is more important is that the rights of the Pakistani Hindus and other minorities to life, liberty and security in general are being denied and the state has not made substantial efforts to rectify such a glaring problem. On behalf of those who are still not blinded by their religious prejudice or are morally bankrupt, I would like to sincerely apologize to all the minorities (for what it is worth). Furthermore, it would be highly appreciated if, other than writing about the present plight of the minorities, Dawn would publish articles disseminating information on how to help protect and push for the rights of such people who are as every bit of Pakistani as I am.
c kay Mar 06, 2012 06:11pm
Maturity of a civilisation can be measured by the kindness it shows to its minorities and other sentient beings. A few Pakistanis I know, and I am sure this is not an exceptioheren, are tolerant of diversity despite being staunch adherents to their Islamic faith. However, the law makers, law enforcers and other public figures in Pakistan form a silent majority as they themselves are too frightened of these sizeable extremist elements who defile, humiliate, murder, abduct, force convert and commit other heinous criminal acts against helpless minorities. Little wonder minorities wish to leave Pakistan as do many other thinking Pakistanis who are sick and tired of lawlessness. Wake up silent majority, own and resolve the problem.
diwandd Mar 06, 2012 06:15pm
Justice system in India is very much fair to Muslims. Infact justice is not given on the basis of religion. Many Muslim youths termed terrorist by police were declared innocent by courts in India and police are censured.
mahadev Mar 06, 2012 06:31pm
mr bagri now we have divided the vast and ancient country bharat into two pieces whereever u r it is our ancestral land,so donot worry u r at liberty to love any piece of that undivided great empire existed just a century ago or so...
Shankar Mar 06, 2012 06:43pm
Extremely saddened by the plight of Hindus in Pakistan! God save them!
M. SaleemRaikodi Mar 06, 2012 07:41pm
Jamil What a sick mind you have. Have you ever visited India to learn about how Muslims are treated by Hindus? If you guys are not able to tolerate a miniscule percentage of minority Hindus in your country, then only God should save your nation. Repent before its too late. My friends in India are basically Hindus, news like these make me feel week and vulnerable.
Dhananjay Mar 06, 2012 07:43pm
Mr. Jamil, today it is Hindus and other minorities. Tomorrow it will be the turn of liberal Pakistani Muslims. Don't worry about Muslims in India. They are in better condition than Muslims in Pakistan and enjoy better rights than Hindus and other minorities do in Pakistan. One can only pray that number of people like Abdul Wahab and Omar Haroon increase in Pakistan
Virender Singh Mar 06, 2012 07:50pm
Tabadla e abaadi is the only solution. Muslims from India go home to Pakistan and Hindus & Sikhs to India. The 2 communities can never live together in peace. Pakistan was created for muslims of south asia.
Naeem Mar 06, 2012 08:07pm
Its disgusting to discriminate against the hindus. Where is the goverment to help its citizen seek equality and justice.
BRR Mar 06, 2012 08:20pm
People take their cues from the law. A discriminatory law encourages people to victimize the innocent. A non-discriminatory law discourages people from victimizing others. As simple as that. Justice is impossible as long as their is discrimination "by law". It should not be a surprise that Hindus are vanishing - they are being pushed out. Just look at the % of Hindus left in Pakistan. For those complaining about India, just look at % of Muslims leaving India every year. The facts might speak for themselves.
shiraz Mar 06, 2012 08:19pm
I would blame the English for this whole mess that is still in the process. My mom tells me that there was so much harmony before the 1947 split among Hindus, Muslims and sikhs of Greater India but all that changed when English instigated and split them into two different countries. They spread hate before they left and we have continued to hate each other ever since.
paatchu Mar 06, 2012 08:26pm
Why we cry for Hindus?..Look at Ahmedi's Look at what is happening to Shia's....They all are killed in numbers day-by-day. Pakistan has got only one Nobel laureate in its history..He also left Pakistan in protest of his community(Ahmedi) has been harassed and suppressed by hard core fanatics... Then just think about poor Hindus!! least 1% Hindus in Pakistan!!..That number is bit surprising for me.. God save them...
dave Moha Mar 06, 2012 09:18pm
This is not an issue for Indo-Pak debate rather a sad situation where families are scared and running for safe haven. Pakistan Govt needs to provide protection for mistreated minorities.Jinnah must be turning in his grave with tears in his eyes. A sad story indeed.
Salim Mar 06, 2012 09:22pm
This is horrible.
Bharath Mar 06, 2012 10:27pm
Abdul wahab saab well said "No wrong can be justified by another wrong."
Madan Mar 06, 2012 10:52pm
There are Good and bad people in every country.Until the lasting political stability comes to Pakistan,the plight of minorities in that country will not improve.The party people in power should be honest in dealing with the prevailing situation and then only they can bring improvement in the lives of minorities.Extremist approch to one religion in any country is bad.
Deb Mar 06, 2012 11:00pm
And how many Muslims are migrating to Pakistan FROM India because of the 'brutality' you are talking about. The trouble with peddling lies is, done repeatedly, it morphs into truth to the peddler himself.
KDP Mar 06, 2012 11:04pm
Financial success of Sindhi Hindu migrants from Pakistan is simply amazing. I believe they are one of the richest business community in India that has become a powerful trading community surpassing local communities. I am sure Mohajirs who migrated to Pakistan may also have such success
Deb Mar 06, 2012 11:04pm
That's the spirit.Thumbs up!!!
Seedoo Mar 06, 2012 11:05pm
While the majority of middle and upper middle class Pakistanis keep repeating the mantra of "Islam is a peaceful religion", they have tolerated and condoned and even encouraged the bigotry perpetrated in their names by other Pakistanis. I am glad that Dawn is but one newspaper (a secular publication) that highlights sucn intolerances in our society. To all those defenders of faith, name me one religious person, entity, organization, or a publication that stands up for the rights of minorities
krishna uppaloju Mar 06, 2012 11:12pm
I think as long as the leadership of Pakistan is in the hands of extremists, fundamentalists and conservatives the problem will continue.. I think it is the time for Pakistani intellectuals, moderates, liberals to take up politics and fight for the country...The Pakistani intelligensia waited too long for the change to come..
nandkishor Mar 06, 2012 11:24pm
mr jamil,you only see what you want to see,come to india and see the truth,hindu majority have accepted shahrukh,salman,amir,saif, as their heros,,we had four muslim presidents of india,azim premji once richest indian, muslim chief justice in supreme court,and on so many key post muslims are there,is that possible in pakistan.
SickularIndian Mar 06, 2012 11:35pm
You can send the Hindus back to India let them live here. You can take Muslims from India under an exchange program - which includes those people who feel that India is not being good to them. Let these people be given a choice to leave once again. Enough of this drama of being secular. Secularism is too fake a concept in these times when humanity has been hijacked by radical fanatic elements. Today I as an Indian blame M.K. Gandhi & Mr. M.A. Jinnah for leaving a duty half done. If they had broken the Nation into 2 on the basis of faith/religion, then they should have seen to it that a proper settlement too should have been reached. Instead they have left a huge number of people behind to lead a rotten life. Shame on such people who just lived for the sake of their vested interests. Thanks to journalists working for Dawn for atleast highlighting the plight of such people. And hope some day people of Pakistan realise that what they are doing in the name of religion is just nothing but madness. You don't have to wear religion on you 24x7. Live & let live if you can.
Jamil Mar 07, 2012 01:01am
They are lucky enough to have an option. Where should the normal Pakistani muslims go??????
Sam kohl Mar 07, 2012 05:29am
Reading the thoughtful comments on this newspaper's website makes me hopeful at times. There are reasonable people in Pakistan who care for doing the decent thing. Dawn Newspaper is refreshing in that sense becuase its own standards help attract readers who think in the best long term interests of pakistan. But I suspect it appeals to a very narrow segment. And that is part of the tragedy of Pakistan. Too few thoughtful people, fewer still who want to do something about it and the masses powered by pointless hatred in the name of religion!
Yogesh Mar 07, 2012 06:11am
Welcome to India Hindu brothers. We hope life is full of love and prosperity for you in India. Mar 07, 2012 08:28am
I agree with Mukesh Chawla, its not just Hindus, its everyone. Its lawlessness. Regarding Hindus moving to India is the same like Pakistani Muslims moving to the Middle Eastern countries. People tend to move to places where the environment is easily adaptable. When I was in middle school, even my parents discussed about moving to India (being an open society), my father was born and raised in Mumbai and moved to Pakistan in 1967. Now I live in the US and UKar but visit Pakistan twice a year. I have got so much exposure to Indian Hindus in the US and also to people belonging to different regions of my own country that I can understand their viewpoint better. India and Pakistan are one; whether you call it South Asia or Sub Continent or the great Hindustan. We should stop playing this blame game and its about time we learn from the history of Divide and Rule.
ismail nakhuda Mar 07, 2012 08:56am
my sincere appology to my fellow human being and Pakistani islam is not what they are portraying infact I have been to netty getty mandir near K.P.T. building and we didn't have any problem with intermingling but alas I am helpless but where ever you go I wish you all the best but please it's nothing to do with Islam.
Pramod Kumar Mar 07, 2012 09:02am
Pakistan should protect minorities and their rights so that it can maintain reputation of pakistan on the map of world. on this earth every religion has the right to live with full faith and has right to practice its religious customs If any religion interfere in the faith and customs of other religion, a question mark can be put on that religion.
Kautiliya Mar 07, 2012 11:51am
The truth of Islamic practitioners in Pakistan comes out in this article.Jinnah Ali must be rolling in his grave. The truth comes out of the Islamic teaching of brotherhood,respect of fellow humans and most of all respect of women
Raza Mar 07, 2012 12:05pm
I am living in rawalpindi and have many hindus and christian friends. i admit that there is a law and order issue in pakistan but lets face it the minorities not only face this issue the muslims also face this type of issues. The reason for this type of behaviour is not so called islaminisation but education. We should realize this and stop propaganda agaisnt islam. Islam does not teaches us this. This happens all over the world. these extremists exist all over the world like KK Clan(or whatever you may call them) exist in America thribing for white power. the Shiv Sena existing in India. Can anyone tell me whatever happened in Gujrat and to Babri masjid and still no action has been taken by the authority. Do we consider on this aspect that hindus are extremist. Dont give your opinions on the basis of some events. In case you have not noticed Pakistan is at War and in these cicumstances such type of incidence does take place
Syed Jafar Imam Mar 07, 2012 12:18pm
Such a shameful situation it is for all Pakistani nation. Either we should stop calling ourselves a Muslim State or should end such discriminations which never belonged to Jinnah's Pakistan. I personally feel really sorry for all minorities of Pakistan who are facing such difficulties and solely condemn this lawlessness for minorities in some areas of Pakistan. And I know that majority of Pakistani nation never wants any Pakistani, from any religion, to leave Pakistan and settle anywhere else. So unfortunate we all are that Pakistan which was built to keep people secure is not successful in doing so. Really sorry to all minorities on behalf of the whole Pakistani Nation. One day we will amend our mistakes insha'Allah!
anony Mar 07, 2012 12:36pm
As much as i love my country india, I have faced harrasment at the hands of the local police here in hyderabad (India) only because of my religion (I have proof that i cannot share here). There are good and bad people everywhere.
tipu singh, new delh Mar 07, 2012 01:07pm
In India, the rules are equal for all, infact if a muslim does not want to go to court and have settlement on the basis of sharia law, the court does not intervein, unless one of the pary goes knocking on the court door. Most of the film star are muslim, WIPRO - Mr. Premji is muslim and one of the richest man in India. We have so many muslim minister and presidents, we have 180 million muslims in India. But it is very sad to read this article. My pakistani brothers please look after your fellow citizen
Manish Mar 07, 2012 01:35pm
Since when did "Youtube" become the authentic news source ? There are many videos which are are aimed directly at the character of your prophet. What have you to say about those ?
PV Mar 07, 2012 01:32pm
It is better if Pakistan and India open up their borders and grant citizenship to enable Muslims from India and non-muslims from Pakistan to migrate to the other side. After all, this was the point of basis for partition. Completing the business of partition will bring long term peace.
Malay Mar 07, 2012 01:39pm
Sorry brother, I agree, good and bad people lives in every society, religion. But problem is that, in a Muslim majority country it is very hard to live for the non-Muslim. All laws, authority & general sentiment of the public is not encouriging. Islam is so intolerant to other religion that it rubbishes all rituals, practices of other religion. It can not even accept that all religons are is as good or as bad as Islam is. That is the reason that all Muslim countries are mosty Muslims, with few exceptions.
angrula Mar 08, 2012 08:02am
i feel very sad by this whole situation in Pakistan and the hindu girl was forced to marry a Muslim by the police and local cleric in sindh. i think Pakistan have a whole generation with such a mindset that needs years to change.
Abdur R. Talukder Mar 10, 2012 04:39am
Thank you Nandkishore for your valuable comment. As far as the Muslim leaders and actor/actrees concern in India,I can tell it is nothing than to submit and acknowledge their great statesmanship,popularity,charisma and skill. Of course Muslims in India is a big community and wherever you look at will see your contribution and sign of tolerance everywhere. Patriotism personal interest also responsible for migration.
Abdur R. Talukder Mar 10, 2012 05:11am
Thank you Ghansham for your comment regarding the justice system in Pakistan towards the Hindus/minorities. As far as the law and order concern,I can tell you every country they have their own law to protect the minorities from oppression or, injustice.Everybody should be equal before law. Now let us take a look at the conversions or forcible marriage of the Hindus with the Muslims. When a Personal influence gets mingle with other affairs,only, that time the conversion happens. Compare with the religious tolerance in the sub-continent you will see their presence during the Muslim rules in India. Look at the history of Ashok and oher Hindu rulers in India,how did they kill and expel other faiths from India.Even now a days the common Muslims in India are an easy prey and they are neglected in every sphere of their rights. It is another reason that creates repercussion among the others. It is not only govt.but also the community's responsibility to protect and uphold their interest.Remember only a strong responsible community can force the administration to look after the minorities interest.In another way it is our religious obligation also to protect the minorities with full honour,treatment and justice.
shahzad Mar 10, 2012 02:32pm
the mullahs are responsible for instigating the people against hindus and other minorities for violence.Pakistanis should stop these people from commiting crime against humanity.Tolerance is totally gone from society.
sanjaypande Mar 12, 2012 10:21am
I ud like to review the matter. Ashok was a follower of buddhism an off branch of hinduism which emphasises non violence or ahimsa not only in action but by thoughts also. Religious intolorence by ashok is therefore doubtful. history says he killed his brothers& defeated enemies before adopting buddhism but that was political .No foceful conversion ever recorded in history by ashok hence regarded as ashok the great..thanks
mikhail Mar 12, 2012 11:51pm
my fellow indian and pakistani brothers,i just want to ask a simple question to all of it necessary to persecute a minority religion justbecause they are miniscule in numbers.the hindus in pakistan also love their homeland pakistan as much as the muslims just because they are hindus they shouldn't be persecuted or discriminatedd in the name of religion.i know in india there are a few people who want the muslim community out of this country,but believe me,for each such man there are 100s of men who would do anything to protect the rights of minorities in india.secondly the muslim community has contributed a lot for the development of india.even our current vice-president is a devout all i ask is that can't we all live in peace and harmony insteaf of getting indulged to mindless violence in the name of religion!
David Mar 13, 2012 04:54am
Sadly, the discrimination and criminal behavior towards the minorities in Pakistan is here to stay. Anyone who raises a voice against such behavior is cut down and the murderers are hailed as heroes. The only viable option left for all the minorities is to find a way to migrate to India or elsewhere.
pakThinker Mar 13, 2012 11:53pm
On a bigger scale even muslims are being targeted in Pakistan for being muslims. Poverty and education is the main culprit here. When we put the same individuals in a just society then behave. There is no excuse for not converting ourself in to a developed nation in 60 years. If we cannot fix our issues in 60 years then we better clean the slate and start over. Same goes for India
NYC Indian Mar 14, 2012 12:53am
I find it annoying that many of my fellow Indians have posted comments praising India's treatment of Muslims. I feel the better response, in the spirit of this editorial, is to ensure justice for India's minorities. For thousands of Sikhs and Muslims families who have been at the receiving end of day time riots, there have been very few convictions since 1984 or 2002 (I believe less than 50 convictions for each of the Delhi & Gujarat riots). Yes, the glass is not just half empty, it is also half full - many Sikhs and Muslims live good and successful lives in India but to flaunt that violates the self-critical nature of the Dawn editorial. Lets elevate ourselves, not score points against each other.
vashisth Mar 14, 2012 01:52pm
thanks for your comment, but i want to correct ur knwledge. i am from India and muslims in india are treated equally . Any muslim or any minority has never been converted forcefully . Infact we never belive in conversion. God is same . its just way of thinking . I dont know much about islam ,but i am quite sure that islam or any other religion can't teach about killing of innocent poeple. May god bless u
NYC Indian Mar 15, 2012 07:59am
Sorry for posting this comment in response to the wrong article - it was supposed to be in response to a Dawn editorial on the same topic.
ashish May 06, 2012 01:29pm
Facts are always speak for themselves but violating human right in the shelter of fact will put undue justice to the victims of events. Facts for the past just can be the lessions for today, but what is happening with the minorities in pak should be taken without discrimination. A law-abiding state should provide safty and freedom to its citizens , in any part of the state. Ascertaining missile power or other military based achievment are zero without conservating rights of its own citizens.
Yogender May 12, 2012 07:10pm
best solution which is not possible
naresh sharma Jul 26, 2012 07:23am
Dear Raja.. In india every one gets justice... Dear Gujrat riots started by muslims by killing 58 Hindu pilgrims, including 25 women and 15 children. In 1528, after destroying the ancient Ram temple located at Ayodhya, Babur built a mosque.... Mugal destroyed all our culture and heritage in india... I want answer for these questions 1st.. who will get justice 1st??????
Pavan Aug 03, 2012 07:50pm
Agree with you on secularism thing. It's an idealistic concept even not implemented in India. But I fully blame Nehru and not Jinnah and Gandhi for the partition. Gandhi always wanted a united India. Nehru did not care about it. Jinnah wanted more autonomy for muslims states and Nehru denied it so Jinnah was reluctant to go for an independent state. We've doomed as a region when the partition thing happened. And Now we've no solution to it. And As hate is bred among the people for the other neighbouring country i don't see things changing in my life time atleast. Giving Muslims from India and Hindus from Pakistan a free visa pass to travel to wherever would result in 1947 like riots and nobody can afford the loss of millions of lives now.
dharm Aug 04, 2012 02:09am
i don,t like my indian government.they don,t care about hindus dying in pakistan.they should think .what is happining to our hindus brother and sisters in pakistan .
Roza vijay Aug 09, 2012 12:28pm
The country had been partitioned in 1947. Though the Govt. Of India may take the stand that the problems of Hindus in Pakistan is the internal problem of Pakistan, the majority of Hindu Indians cannot close their eyes. Any Hindu migrating to India from Pakistan or Bangladesh should be allowed to take Indian citizenship However, Bangladeshi muslims must not be allowed in India. If they have crossed over to India illegally , they must be arrested and jailed in concentration camps before being returned to Bangladesh.I hope the political parties take a stand on this issue immediately. This can become a very serious problem tomorrow, resuting in pogroms, etc.
Girish Aug 13, 2012 07:58pm
I doubt any Muslim is going to leave India, given the state Pakistan is in today.
DPD Aug 17, 2012 08:06am
No need. Pakistan may have been created as a Muslim state but India was , is, and will remain secular. If any Muslim wants to leave India for Pakistan he is free to do so, but no one will be forced to do it. Don't forget that among the many brave Indian soldiers who laid their lives for the country there are many Muslims, Sikhs and Christians. We all live side by side, work together , play together. If we suffer we suffer together. If you don't like it , quit India.
dr ghulam Aug 17, 2012 02:25am
jamil is right . at least hindus have an option but where will muslims go