Thursday, February 11, 2010
American Jewish activist speak for Bangladeshi Hindus (India)
American activist, writer and author, Dr. Richard L. Benkin has arrived in India for talks with various individuals and groups on discrimination of Bangladeshi Hindus and other minorities, including the large numbers of Hindu refugees who have fled Islamist-inspired communal violence to India. During his stay in South Asia, Benkin will visit some of those illicit refugee colonies in several areas bordering Bangladesh. He also will be meeting with people about other issues, including commercial relations, the greater war to stop Islamist extremism, and the growing support for Israel in the region.
India has full diplomatic relations with Israel for decades. Both countries have excellent bi-lateral relations on diverdified fields.
Dr. Richard Benkin also applied for Bangladeshi visa for visiting religious minority groups as well leaders and officials in Bangladesh. But, Bangladeshi embassy in Washington repeatedly refused his visa, though he was allowed to visit the country in 2006, when BNP led government was in power.