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�No Hindus will be left in Bangladesh after 30 yrs�

By The Assam Tribune

DHAKA, Nov 22 - No Hindus will be left in Bangladesh 30 years from now if the current rate of �exodus� continues as on an average 632 people from the minority community leave the Muslim-majority country each day, according to an eminent economist.

�The rate of exodus over the past 49 years points to that direction,� Dhaka Tribune quoted Dr Abul Barkat, a Dhaka university professor, as saying.

There will be no Hindus left in the country three decades from now, Barkat said in his book, Political Economy of Reforming Agriculture-Land-Water Bodies in Bangladesh, which was published on November 19, the paper said.

From 1964 to 2013, around 11.3 million Hindus left Bangladesh due to religious persecution and discrimination, which means on an average 632 Hindus left the country each day and 2,30,612 annually, he said at the book launch ceremony at the Dhaka University (DU).

From his 30-year-long research, Barkat said he found that the exodus mostly took place during military governments after independence in 1971, its said.

Before the Liberation War, the daily rate of migration was 705, while it was 512 during 1971-1981 and 438 during 1981-1991. The number increased to 767 persons each day during 1991-2001, while around 774 people left the country during 2001-2012, the book says. � PTI

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