While political issues between India and Pakistan remain unresolved, it has fallen to the ordinary people to bear the brunt of animosity between Hindu and Moslem.
While political issues between India and Pakistan remain unresolved, it has fallen to the ordinary people to bear the brunt of animosity between Hindu and Moslem. The latest chapter in this inter-racial conflict is now being spelled out on the border of East pakistan and India, where Hindu refugees are streaming into Indian from Pakistan in their thousands.
The exodus began in January following riots in Dacca against the Hindu minority. Since then an estimated 160 thousand refugees have fled to India, taking with them only their most precious personal possessions; but often arriving at the order town of Gede, with nothing but the clothes that cover them.
The problem is serious, but the Indian authorities are taking it in their stride. After a stop of two hours in Gede, the refugee move on to Calcutta, from where thy are transhipped to Dandakarnya, where a special re-settlement projects has been established.
The refugees are being allotted land to continue the traditional pursuit of agriculture. However, to make seer that families have sufficient money to buy food until their crops mature many men are being employed on road construction works similar government projects.