Professor Barkat protests Priya Saha’s claim

FE Online Report | Published: July 22, 2019 19:07:38 | Updated: July 23, 2019 10:15:09

Professor Abul Barkat

Professor Abul Barkat, president of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), has protested Priya Saha’s misinterpreting data from his study.

Earlier, Priya Saha was criticised for telling US President Donald Trump that there disappeared 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians from Bangladesh. In the next video-interview, she said her data matches with a study conducted by Prof Barkat’s, or her data and Prof Barkat’s data are the same, according to a press release sent by the BEA.  

According to the estimation of Mr Barkat in his 2016 book Bangladeshy Krishi-Bhumi-Jola Songskarer Rajnity (Political economy of Agarian-Land-Aquarian Reform in Bangladesh), page 71, around 11.3 million Hindus disappeared during five decades -- from 1964 to 2013.

Prof Barkat claims he did not mention anywhere that 37 millions of Hindus, Buddhists and Christians have been missing.

He also states that Priya Saha did not mention the period his study indicated, which was from 1964 to 2013.

Priya, in her video-interview, mentioned she worked directly with Professor Barakt in 2011. Prof Barkat claims Priya Saha was never his co-researcher, research associate or research assistant in any of his studies.

Abul Barkat says he presented, in his study, proportion of people of different religions in relation to total population -- from 1901 to 2001, and for this he relied on 2011 government census.

Prof Barkat, a social researcher, expects Priya Saha will immediately withdraw her ‘misleading and immoral speech’ referring his name.


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