The ISPaD Project’s “Story”
In Bengal, as in much of the Indian Subcontinent, there is a taboo in discussing the plight of minorities and researching the whereabouts of the missing population of minorities. The ISPaD Project attempts to break that taboo and tries to estimate the status of minorities in Bangladesh – the East Bengal of the erstwhile Bengal Province of British-ruled-India AND to answer the all too frequently asked question: Where have my people gone?
This portal attempts to estimate the number of casualties and refugees in order to answer the question of our Mission. It is worth mentioning that the ethnic cleansing of homes and livelihood, and confiscation of homesteads through the Enemy Property Act by declaring Enemies of State. Even during the rule of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1971-1975), known as the Father of the Bengali Nation, complete security for lives of minority populations did not return. Shiekh Mujibur Rahman compromised with intolerant, anti-secular groups by keeping the inhumane and unjust Enemy Property Act active with a different name — Vested Property Act, during the Bangladesh independence war. History of the atrocities of Partition remains unbeknownst to a majority of humanity, as does the reality of such acts that continue on through today.