Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami, chief beardo and minister for industries, told a gathering of ambassadors a bit of a porky. ( A porky, by the way, is brit slang for a fib. I clarify this just in case you were wondering if this is a meat related story. It is not….) He declared that Bangladesh is a land of religious harmony and tolerance. Yes imagine that. And such a statement in the month of ramadan too. You are not supposed to tell fibs this month…

I am thinking of sending him a copy of Mohammed Rafi’s excellent new book: Can We Get Along: An Account of Communal Relationship in Bangladesh. Rafi looks at the elections of 2001, when this present government came in, and examines in great detail the communal violence observed throughout the country including rape and murder.
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