Expansionism denotes the doctrine of expanding the territory or the economic influence of a country and the philosophy or religion that has been found to be most efficient to implement the same from its very onset is Islam. What has taken place in different parts of the world is being witnessed is Shantipur, prominent city and also municipality in District: Nadia, well-known for its handloom saris and “Rasutsav” and “Dolutsav” across the globe, these days. The issue concerns an Islamic cemetery - Mellermath Cemetery, and it is located at Notunpara, P.S. Shantipur, an overwhelming Hindu area and the Muslims are trying to capture the same through expanding the cemetery.
In accordance with records, the total land is of 105 bighas among which 64 bighas belong to the Islamic cemetery whereas 41 bighas happen to be Khash. Nevertheless, the cemetery is old and has been there for more than two centuries; there is no Muslim inhabitation with 4 kilometers of the burial ground.
Whatever it is, on December 13, 2010, a group of Muslims, from a distant village, laid a deceased Muslim to rest in the land bordering Hindu area, instead of the cemetery. When on earth Hindus there objected, Muslims warned them of dire consequences and said that Hindus would go through the same fate before long. An uncanny tension gripped the Hindu area and its environs.
Hindus phoned local police to resolve the heated exchanges of words and possibility of violence. Surprisingly when police asked Muslims to opt for any other place in the cemetery they, on the contrary, were threatened.
On December 16, 2010 a meeting was convened by the BDO to resolve mounting animosities between Hindus and Muslims. But what happened in the meeting proved to be a disaster for the Hindus. BDO proposed to fence the entire area; Muslims nodded and Hindus also did the same to have tranquility soon. Little did the Hindus realize that the same would turn into a pyrrhic victory in a while.
The fencing has already started and Hindu lands are being absorbed thus.
However, Hindu Samhati, though informed and hence appeared lately, is keeping a close watch on the entire happening and thus, Hindus are getting stimulated.