Balochistan’s Vulnerable Hindus
Dr. Lakhmi Chand, who hailed from district Mastung, Balochistan, shot to death by assailants in broad day light. He was waiting for his visa to migrate to India, reason he was receiving threats. “He also once saved himself from kidnappers when they came to him”, said a Quetta based Hindu.
Unfortunately, Balochistan’s hapless and insecure Hindus are presently undergoing some sorts of great hardships. They, in spite of being Balochistan’s archaic dwellers, are now on the verge of manifold of problems. They are living in a nightmarish condition whether they reach back home after getting out for their work. That is why they are craving for a chance to migrate to India, or somewhere else from Balochistan.
It is, however, to be noted that the migrated Hindus, who have gone from Balochistan, living in a very pathetic condition in India. As Balochistan based disgruntled Hindu intellectual, Mr. Sham Kumar, said in an interview to this writer about the exodus of Hindus, “Hindus are migrating from a hell to an abyss of an unknown death”.
In addition, Hindus are culturally merged with Balochistan’s Balochs. They have been living for centuries together amicably. Also, Balochistan’s prominent poet, writer and author, Mir Gul Khan Naseer, writes in his book that a Baloch even forgives his mortal enemy if an old lady, Holy Quran, Syed or a Hindu is referred his home for forgiveness.
But in contemporary times, Baloch people are themselves in a state of chaos along with Hindus. They are jointly confronting the issues of abduction, inhuman tactics and killing.
Balochistan’s Hindus have become Red Indians in Balochistan. They are gradually and slowly being forced to leave their places because they can neither run their businesses nor can work freely. Unfortunately, they are being pushed up to the wall.
Moreover, unlike previous times, Hindus are compelled not to come out of their streets. They are confined in their homes, as well as cut off from local people socially, politically and culturally. They, due to sense of insecurity, can’t meet their relatives who are living in other cities. Its typical example is the Maharaj Lakhmir Gir Chand’s (The spiritual leader of Balochistan’s Hindus) abduction in recent past months, who paid the ransom’s amount to the abductors for getting himself released.
So, surprisingly, if a Hindus’ spiritual leader gets himself released after paying the ransom, then what about a common Hindu?
Mr. Sham Kumar also said about the religious freedom of Hindus in Balochistan, “Currently, the Hindus are living in a constant nightmarish situation where they endlessly fear for their lives, faith, honor and property. The living conditions of a common Hindu have become more precarious and worsened with the passage of time. In the midst of these inhuman conditions, who do you think cares for religious freedom?”
There have also been the cases of rare forcible conversions in Balochistan’s Kalat and Mastung districts.
On the other hand, many of the Hindus migrated from Nushki, kalat, Khuzdar, Quetta, Dalbandin and Mastung, etc, in which doctors, engineers and teachers are included.
It is, indeed, too hard to leave your indigenous place where you are living for centuries. But Balochistan’s Hindus don’t have any alternative left, except migration. They are in restlessness and helplessness condition in their own places. And, no doubt, a sane doesn’t quit his old place until he gets compelled.
Nevertheless, it is high time for government to resolve problems of Hindus whether that is of exodus, abduction or killing. Because Hindus’ issues are not only being discussed at national level but also at international level, therefore, government ought to root out these all evils as well as assure them their safety at any cost. In doing so, Hindus can live peacefully and comfortably at their own indigenous places, again.
(Courtesy to: Daily Balochistan Express Quetta)