Two decades later, Chuni Kotal, the first woman graduate among the Lodha Shabars, a Scheduled Tribe of Bengal, committed suicide after being harassed and discriminated against. They continuously faced hostility of local populace that strongly resented the presence of outsiders in their surroundings. Roy wrote to Prime Minister Nehru that ‘we have no place for them, send them to other states’.Then these Dalit refugees, despite their vociferous protests, were dispatched to inhospitable and far flung areas of states like Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Uttaranchal, Assam to live in completely alien environment. A conservative estimate gave the dead in the 1979 violence as several hundreds of men, women and children who died either through starvation or were shot at and their bodies thrown into the Raimangal river.The saga of the migration of Namasudra lower caste refugees from Dandakaranya to Marichjhapi and their subsequent massacre is one of denial, deprivation and state-sponsored annihilation of Dalits that has few parallels in post independence Indian history. The State recorded 2,216 cases of … Within a few months tube-wells had been dug, a viable fishing industry, saltpans, dispensaries and schools were established. There has been complete silence even from the Bengali civil society that claims to be very progressive and free from caste biases.The Bengali scholars, Marxist or otherwise, rule the Indian academia and write, articulate on all the problems that plague this earth.

© The Ambedkarite Today - All rights reserved Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Several hundred men, women and children were believed to have died during that time and their bodies thrown in the river.And those who tried to defy this economic blockade by swimming across to other islands in search of food and water were brutally shot. ranks of upper caste hatethis is the reality of tolerants in india. Later many of their settlements in different states, like Mana camp in Orissa, were turned into concentration camps as government employed the services of Indian army to guard the camps for 12 long years, lest these people would escape to West Bengal.Apart from being persecuted by the state, the Namashudras, settled outside West Bengal, also suffered enormously from various other factors. What happened thereafter is beautifully described by Ghosh and Jalais. (There seems to be some dispute about the exact number of people who managed to settle in Marichjhapi but it can be any where between 4,000 to 10,000 families. All this happened just before the Left came to power in 1977.Home bitter home: Drawing by Vishwajyoti Ghosh, from This Side That Side: Restorying PartitionSo, before 1977, the Left had invited Bengali refugees, abandoned in no-man’s-land, to come back to West Bengal. In all, 1, 50,000 refugees arrived from Dandakaranya region of what is now Chhattisgarh expecting the communists to honour their words.Instead the Left Front government started sending them back forcibly citing the lack of space in the state – the same reason that was cited earlier when the Dalits arrived from East Bengal during the partition. Marichjhapi was soon forgotten, except by the Dalits themselves.The communists who keep on harping on fighting for the poor and dispossessed took no time in killing the same people soon after occupying the state power.While writing this article, we have drawn heavily from following two research articles among the very few that are available on the tragic tale of one our Dalit communities. They started salt pans, prawn and fish ponds, schools and clinics.Within two years, the Left — by then in power — turned around. तथा उन्होंने गाँवों में अश्रु-गैस फेंका, बस्तियों को जलाया, नाव डुबो दिए, मच्छी व्यापार को नष्ट किया। वविद्वानों का कहना है की हज़ारों की मृत्यु , बहुत लोगो का शारीरिक उत्पीड़न और बलात्कार हुआ. इस सब से जो बधबू उमड़ उठा वह बर्दाश्त से बाहर था और पूरे वातावरण को नष्ट कर चूका था.पत्रकार, उच्छ जाती के बंगाली विद्वान, और बंगाल के वामपंथी सरकार आज भी इस घटना पर पर्दा दाल रहे हैं. The Government Officials involved have never been reported to the international courts. In 1977, the Left came to power, the refugees came back from Dandakaranya to what they thought would be their waterful haven. A peculiar coincidence: all the folks kicked out to Dandakaranya were Namasudras, Bengali Dalits. In the face of increasing religious violence Many sold everything they had to escape into West Bengal. Today we remember their sacrifice and stand with the NamaShudra community in their demands for justice.आज दलित इतिहास माह के दिन हम डट के कहानी कहते हैं पश्चिम बंगाल के मरीछझापी जिले में हुए दलितों के नरसंहार की। घटनाकर्म में वह नमशूद्र समाज जुड़ा हुआ है जो उस समय एक शक्तिशाली दलित समाज था.