A team from BBC, UK visited Bhandara to take the stock of the situlation. The co-producer when met Mr Bhotmange, only father survived after Kherlanji Massacre and interviewd him, she could not stop her emotions and broke . Such was ugly portrayal of humanity! The team is in a postion to cover the massacre and details in few days. The documentry is said to be hosted on BBC world service soon. We will try to put the exerpts of an interview with Mr Bhotmange on this site.We will also try to keep you informed about the BBC news coverage here as soon as it is ready! It is learnt BBC is going to air complete documentary on the event on 14th Nov 2006.
Seeing nationwide ongoing protest on Kherlanji Massacre, BBC has extended its research further. For which the BBC team requires time to cover contriwide Agitations.The co-producer and her team who recently met Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange has informed Atrocitynews that the programme which was to be aired on 14th Nov is now postponed to 16th Nov. As this is online programme you can view it any time throughout the day.
As reported earlier the international Media had taken cognisance of Kherlanji Buddhist Massacre right in the intial stages. The efforts of BBC team are worth appreciating, as everybody across the globe can now share the feelings of the suffering civilisation in India. Though the assignment talks on Kherlanji it also talks elaborately on cuase and effects of slowly growing Dalit-Buddhist movement in India across diffrent States, among many castes and reaching out to globe audience appealing reformation of world only on trinity of liberty, equality and fraternity.
A Letter from BBC
“Dear friends, ……Our radio programme about the Ambedkarite movement goes out today on BBC World Service at 9:05, 12:05 and 20:05. It is also online here and should be available in the online archive indefinitely: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/1516_assignment/page3.shtml Many thanks to all of you who helped us to make the programme. It presents the story very much from a socio-economic point of view without attention to Buddhism as a spiritual path — the editor was very clear that this was what they wanted for their news & current affairs slot. I was also discouraged from including some of the subtleties of the history and politics which I would have liked to have included. Given these constraints, I hope you find it a reasonable representation. We have been asked to make a longer version (27mins instead of 22) for BBC Radio 4’s programme Crossing Continents (ie. on BBC domestic radio for the UK, as opposed to the international World Service). I let you know of the transmission date when I have news of that. Again, many thanks to everyone who helped, Jai Bhim! ……Tessa Watt..”
BBC interview exerpts
Mr Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange , the only survivor from the deceased Buddhist family in Kherlanji Massacre, is admitted to Bhandara Civil Hospital . He is a broken father whose children Roshan, Sudhir and Priyanka were tortured to death while wife Surekha was brutally raped and killed. When BBC correspondent visited him, he was looking into deep agony and mental stress.
BBC correspondent: We can not imagine the situation you are going through, can you please tell us something about the whole tragedy!
Mr Bhotmange: Sir, I am not in a condition to tell you, Sorry! The whole incidence comes again and again in front of my eyes and I get pained.
BBC correspondent: Ok, we do not wish to trouble you more.
Then Mr. Bhotmange was well advised if he opens his voice, it will be heard by the world. So this is right time to speak out! He was told that whole world is with him. Then he got up and said loudly…
Mr Bhotmange: Siddharth Gajbhiye is our relative. He used to visit us and support us in our fight for land. Recently not quite long, he was manhandled by the caste assailants from our village, which my wife and daughter witnessed. They testified in front of police. It infuriated the assailants and they threatened us. I thought it’s not that serious. But they were! They killed my family. They killed all!……
Mr Bhotmange closed his eyes and uttered “my wish – hang them to death!”
Seeing his distressed face, BBC team left the room (ICCU) with wet eyes.
In the background of Kherlanji Massacre, we urge you all to watch the following CNN IBN analytics on Caste based visible oppressions in India carried out mostly on Dalits i.e Ambedkarite Buddhist. They are taking effort to continue the research. Lets wish them best for their research in this area, the hidden area.
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