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— Read the article [” How can Bangladesh deny its Hindu heritage? We were initially Hindus. Islam came later”: Bangladeshi author Sharbari Zohra Ahmed] on OpIndia website– A


US-based Bangladeshi author, likewise the co-writer of Priyanka Chopra starrer Quantico, season 1, Sharbari Zohra Ahmed was recently in Kolkata to promote her debut unique ‘Dust Under Her Feet’. While speaking about her novel, she said that the individuals of Bangladesh are more alike than different from Indians as they were originally Hindus.

While speaking with news firm PTI in Kolkata, West Bengal, Ahmed said that she feels that the Bangladeshis have actually now forgotten their Hindu roots. “How can Bangladesh reject its Hindu heritage? We were originally Hindus. Islam came later on,” Ahmed stated.

Being sorry for that her identity as a Bengali is getting lost in Bangladesh due to the impact of right-wing spiritual groups, the author said that the question of her belief and identity in Bangladesh, where the state faith in Islam, has actually prompted her to write her launching novel ‘Dust Under Her Feet’.

Sharbari Zohra Ahmed who was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh had transferred to the United States when she was simply three weeks old.

The co-writer of the Season 1 of ‘Quantico’, a popular American tv drama thriller series starring Priyanka Chopra, stated that the British exploitation of India and the country’s partition based upon faith has actually likewise included in her novel in a big way.

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“The British exploited us, took from us and killed us,” she said about undivided India, adding that the colonialists damaged the prospering Muslin market in Dhaka, stated the author, furthering that Winston Churchill, the British prime minister during World War II, was a “racist”. “Throughout my research study, I found out that 2 million Bengalis died in the synthetic famine that was developed by him. When people applaud Churchill, it resembles praising Hitler to the Jews. He was terrible,” she stated.

The author stated her book is an effort to tell the readers what actually occurred.

“Great Britain owes us 3 trillion dollars. You need to put in inflation. They (the British) still have a colonial mindset and white colonisation is on the increase once again,” Ahmed, who was in the city to promote her novel, said.

The novel is based in Kolkata, then Calcutta, during The Second World War when American soldiers were concerning the city in great deals. The irony was that while these American soldiers were nice to the locals, they utilized to segregate the so-called “black” soldiers, the novelist said.

“Calcutta was a cosmopolitan and the rest of the world requires to know how the city’s people were exploited, its treasures robbed, people divided and hatred instilled in them,” she stated.

“Kolkata was my choice of place for my debut novel since my mom was born here. She experienced the ‘Direct Action Day’ when she was a kid and was traumatised. She saw how a Hindu was killed by Muslims near her house in Park Circus location (in the city),” Ahmed said.

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Direct Action Day (16 August 1946), also known as the 1946 Calcutta Killings, was a day of extensive communal rioting between Muslims and Hindus in the city of Calcutta (now understood as Kolkata) in the Bengal province of British India. The ‘Direct Action’ was revealed by the Muslim League Council to reveal the strength of Muslim sensations towards its demand for an “self-governing and sovereign” Pakistan and resulted in the worst communal riots that British India had actually seen.

Versus a backdrop of common tension, the demonstration triggered enormous riots in Calcutta. More than 4,000 people lost their lives and 100,000 homeowners were left homeless in Calcutta within 72 hours. This ultimately paved the method for the partition of India.

Dust Under Her Feet is embeded in the Calcutta of the 1940s and Ahmed in her unique takes a look at the inequities wrought by racism and colonialism.