On the day West Bengal witnesses the primary of its eight-phase state meeting elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi could also be heading for an uncommon shrine in Bangladesh — Orakandi. Orakandi shouldn’t be removed from Tungipara in Gopalgunj, the ancestral dwelling of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and daughter Sheikh Hasina, the now Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
It’s the most sacred shrine of the ‘Matua’ neighborhood, a Hindu sect whose numbers are appreciable each in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Modi will attain Bangladesh on March 26, the day noticed in Bangladesh as Independence Day when in 1971, Pakistan’s brutal military unleashed ‘Operation Searchlight’, the genocide of Bengalis in tens of hundreds that sparked the nation’s wrestle for freedom.
Modi has already expressed his want to go to Tungipara, the place the ‘Bangabandhu’ lies buried and the go to has been scheduled for March 27 after essential safety clearance preparations by each Indian and Bangladesh safety companies.
March 27 is when West Bengal goes to its first section of polls.
However Bangladesh safety officers say they now have a contemporary request, Modi needs a go to to Orakandi to pay respects to the Harichand Thakur, the founding father of the Matua sect, who was born there on March 11, 1812.
“We’re analyzing the safety elements of the proposed go to of Indian PM to Orakandi and as soon as we’re glad, we’ll clear the journey,” mentioned a high Bangladesh safety official. However he was unwilling to be named as a result of he was not authorised to talk to the media.
Different Bangladesh officers say that the clearance is a mere formality as a result of Bangladeshis often do not deny visiting Indian dignitaries in the event that they need to go to any a part of the nation for private causes. As an example, late Indian President Pranab Mukherjee would at all times go to the ancestral dwelling of his spouse in Narail.
Harichand Thakur fashioned the Matua Mahasangha and pitched it as a non secular reformation motion round 1860 AD after attaining ‘atmadarshan’ in Orakandi in what’s now Gopalgunj district (a part of better Faridpur) in as we speak’s Bangladesh.
Thakur’s teachings set up training as pre-eminently essential for the adherent and the upliftment of the inhabitants the adherent’s responsibility, whereas additionally offering a system for ending the social battle.
Matua-Mahasangha believes in ‘Swayam-Dikshiti’ (Self-Realisation).
So anybody who has religion within the Darshan or Philosophy of God Harichand belongs to the Matua Mahasanga.
Santanu Thakur, the current chief of the Matua Mahasangha, is the BJP MP from Bongaon, his father Manjul Krishna Thakur was a former Minister within the state.
The ‘Matua’ vote is believed to be a decisive issue within the North 24-Parganas and Nadia district and the BJP is concerned in an enormous tussle with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to win over the neighborhood whose numbers in Bangladesh, West Bengal and elsewhere is alleged to be shut to three crores.
The Matuas have strongly pushed for the Citizenship Modification Act to make sure Indian citizenship for a big chunk of the neighborhood who moved into West Bengal from Bangladesh after the Partition and particularly after the 2001-02 anti-Hindu pogroms in the course of the Khaleda Zia authorities in Bangladesh.
Regardless of no clear estimate, consultants really feel the Matua numbers are evenly divided in Bangladesh and West Bengal with a sprinkling elsewhere in India and out of doors.
Mamata Banerjee is near ‘Boro Ma’ Mamatabala Thakur, the mom determine of the neighborhood, whereas Santanu is the primary non-TMC MP from the neighborhood.
“If Modi manages to go to the Orakandi shrine and pray there, he could be the primary Indian PM to have finished so. Which will contact a chord with the Matuas and swing their help in the direction of BJP within the West Bengal polls,” says Bangladesh watcher Sukhoranjan Dasgupta.
“It’s a sensible transfer.’
Dasgupta is the writer of “Midnight Bloodbath”, an in depth account of the 1975 coup that killed Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with a lot of his household.
Analyst Ashis Biswas says the proposed Modi go to to Tungipara and Orakandi is a traditional “two birds with one stone” transfer.
“The go to to Tungipara will doubtlessly go down nicely with Prime Minister Hasina and all pro-liberation forces in Bangladesh and revive recollections of India’s position in Bangladesh’s liberation. The go to to Orakandi might assist the BJP’s trigger with the Matuas,” mentioned Biswas.