Deep Haldar | Blood Island: A Forgotten Massacre of Dalits in Bengal


About the Event

Forty-years have passed since the Jyoti Basu-led Left Front government in West Bengal resorted to savage means to evict Hindu refugees from an island – known as Marichjhapi in the Sundarbans, situated 75 kilometres east of Kolkata. According to survivors’ estimation, the operation might have led to as many as 10,000 deaths.

The massacre that took place in 1979 is a horrifying instance of human rights violations. Journalist Deep Halder’s book Blood Island: An Oral History of the Marichjhapi Massacre serves as a reminder of the tragedy, which has practically disappeared from public memory.


Deep Haldar, Editor,

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