Turning worst apprehensions depicted through the article “Communal tensions over mosques heightening” (published in this website of late) into truth, Topsia in Kolkata today was thrown out of gear for consecutive hours following clamors and disruptive activities of a large group of hoodlums hell-bent to grab the Asgar Mistri Mosque under Hafez Dilawar Hossain Wakf State within the jurisdiction of Topsia police station. Tension that any such sinister development would take place was prevalent in the area, enjoying an overwhelming Hindu population, and the fear heightened through recurrent malicious propaganda in the environs against Hindus and also slanderous campaigns against Mamata Banrejee, Chief Minister of Bengal. Even if police tired to ward off criminal offense today, they, being ordered by political taskmasters to retain a strong minority support, had to remain silent for most of the time.
This event is a dangerous signal to all, especially when religious antagonism is becoming order of the day fast and Hindu persecution across the border in Bangladesh is instigating a group of people to enact the same in this part of the border also. Fears do not end here – these incidents are becoming common increasingly across Bengal replacing the old concept of Love Jihad and commencing any trouble anywhere to express martial prowess. An ominous era prevails in Bengal.