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I remember the day distinctively. It was a day that made me think I no longer belonged to Bangladesh, a day that I felt I was still living in the state of Pakistan. It was a couple of days after the historic event of Gano Adalat (Peoples’ Tribunal) — the 1992 mass gathering in Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka where millions of people responded to the call of  Shahid Janani, Jahanara Imam, the mother of freedom fighter Shafi Imam Rumi, to raise their voice for the trial of war criminals. In the peoples’ tribunal, several well-known people were invited to be witnesses. Among them were members of Projonmo ’71, the organisation of the children and families of martyrs. I was among them.

Photo courtesy: Akku Chowdhury
Photo courtesy: Akku Chowdhury

The then ruling BNP regime had at that time instructed the police to stop such a mass gathering, but millions defied to throng Suhrawardy Udyan. It also happened to be the 26th of March, our independence day. The ruling BNP regime sought to write off the whole gathering as something else! The ministers said the people had come to Dhaka to witness the illuminations of Independence Day. Then there was something more serious. Rumours had it that the organisers and witnesses of Gano Adalat would be tried for treason! The whole idea seemed preposterous because there were many on the list who had contributed to drafting Bangladesh’s constitution. Then there were others who were freedom fighters as well as acknowledged patriots in public life.

Then one evening I received a telephone call from a reporter of a regional newspaper Dainik Karatoa. The reporter said they had just heard from the Attorney General’s office that the government was going ahead with the charges of treason. The Attorney General who was a man of great honour and believed in the ideals of the Liberation War was so annoyed when he got the order that he threw his law books against the wall. The reporter told me to get out of the house and go into hiding, since as one of the witnesses, there may also have been a warrant issued for my arrest. My heart sank low. Everything seemed meaningless: the Liberation War, my father’s death, my mother’s struggle to raise me as a worthy citizen of this precious land which her husband has given his life for, my own budding career as a University teacher all disappeared into a black hole. I turned to my mother. She too found it unbelievable. We made several phone calls, but nothing definite was known. Then at the spur of the moment I decided to go to a cousin’s place for the night leaving my mother to hold the fort. Later that night I spoke with Dr. Kamal Hossain, a lawyer of great repute who led the authors of the nation’s constitution, for advice; he too suggested that I wait out the time till things became a little clearer. After a restless night’s sleep, I decided to go over to another cousin’s place. It was then that the morning papers came with the list of people accused of treason and my name was not there, nor the names of other members of Projonmo ’71. The Government must have realised at the last moment how ludicrous it would all become if we were to be charged with treason!

Photo courtesy: Akku Chowdhury
Photo courtesy: Akku Chowdhury

Later on that day a large group of eminent citizens were charged. And they came from all walks of life — teachers, cultural activists, lawyers, poets. Jahanara Imam, leading all these luminaries, appeared before the Supreme Court to turn themselves in and sought anticipatory bail.

Though I heaved a sigh of momentary relief, the pall of gloom that fell over the city was interrupted only by spontaneous outbursts of outrage and protests at the turn of events. Ghulam Azam, now a legally-proven war criminal, who was sentenced to death by the peoples’ tribunal and who came from Pakistan in 1978 and was declared Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1991, had has citizenship restored through an order of the High Court. To make matters worse, he was being held by the government in what was described as protective custody, while all the noble people who had fought for the independence of this country were being held for treason! To me, it was the biggest ‘blasphemy’ ever!

The recollection of these events is important today when the nation hears the verdict on Ghulam Azam. The day is important for various reasons: in Bangladesh, the powers that be have had an amazing record of betraying the trust of the people time and again; in this country, too, the people have risen again and again, generation after generation, to remind the state of its duties.  What will the people of this country do now?

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Meghna Guhathakurta is the daughter of the late Professor Jyotirmoy Guhathakurta, martyred in the early days of 1971 war.

46 Responses to “Lest we forget!”

  1. uzzal chakraborty

    আসুন,পাশে দাঁড়াই

    উত্তর ঢেমশা,সাতকানিয়া থেকে এসে

    আজ রোববার,১৯ শে জানুয়ারী ২০১৪,রাত নটা য় এই নিবন্ধটি লেখার সময়ও ৭টি পরিবারের অন্তত ৩০ জন মানুষ খোলা আকাশের নীচে শীতের রাতে বসে আছে।সাতকানিয়া উপজেলার উত্তর ঢেমশা গ্রামে গত ১৬ ই জানুয়ারী রাত আনুমানিক ১.৩০ ঘটিকায় সংগঠিত অগ্নিকান্ডের ফলশ্রুতিতে ৭ টি পরিবার গৃহহীন হয়ে পরে।আমরা চেস্টা করেছি ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত ও প্রশাসনের পক্ষ থেকে সংগৃহীত তথ্যের ভিত্তিতে একটি রেখাচিত্র দাঁড় করাতে।খুব সামান্য তথ্যই আমরা পেয়েছি আতংকগ্রস্ত মানুষগুলোর কাছ থেকে।

    আলোরাণী দাশ—রাত ১০ টার দিকে একবার মোবাইল এসেছে,কিন্তু কথা স্পস্ঠ না-তাই ঘুমিয়ে পরি।এর পর ঘুম ভাঙ্গে বাঁশ ফাঁটার শব্দে।খালিহাতে বের হই,ঘর থেকে বের হয়ে দেখি চারদিকে আগুন।চীৎকার শুরু করি,প্রায় সংজ্ঞাহারা হয়ে যাই।প্রায় ৫৫ মিনিট পর ফায়ার বিগ্রেড আসে কেরাণীহাট থেকে।
    হারাধন দাশ—বৃহস্পতিবার দিনের ২ টায় পৌষ-সংঙ্ক্রান্তির মোয়া মুড়ি নিয়ে যাই মেয়ের শশুর বাড়ী পদুয়ায়।খবর পেয়ে রাত ৩টায় এসে দেখি সবকিছু পুড়ে শেষ।
    যুঁথী দাশ-(কান্নায় ভেঙ্গে পড়েন তিনি।কিছু বলতে পারেননি)
    কন্কন দাশ-আমাদের সাথে কারো রাজনৈতিক দন্দ্ধ ছিলোনা।হঠাৎ করে নির্বাচন এর পরে এই ঘটনা।আপনারাই অনুমান করতে পারেন কি হতে পারে।
    নারায়ন দাশ-বাঁচবো কিনা সন্দেহ।আতংক নিয়ে বসে আছি।বাজারে কিভাবে যাব।পরিবার-পরিজন নিয়ে আতংকে বসে আছি।কোন সময় আবার এসে আগুন ধরিয়ে দেয়।যদি ঘুম থেকে জেগে না উঠতাম তাহলে তো ঘুমের ঘোরেই মরে যেতাম।
    সাতকানিয়া থানার ওসি খালেক সাহেব-গতকাল রাতে মামলা নেয়া হয়েছে।আমরা চেস্টা চালিয়ে যাচ্ছি।suspect কে নাম বলা যাচ্ছে না।আশা করছি খুব শিগগীরই আমরা একটা সিদ্ধান্তে পৌঁছব।
    সাতকানিয়া ইউনিয়নের চেয়ারম্যান রমজান আলী সাহেব-যখন ঘটনা ঘটে আমি তখন কক্সবাজার ছিলাম।রাত চারটায় রিং এসেছিল।রিংটোন অফ্ থাকায় শুনতে পারিনি।পরদিন সকালে তড়িঘড়ি করে গ্রামে যাই।ওসি সাহেবের সাথে কথা হয়েছে।ইউ.এন.ও সাহেবের সাথে কথা হয়েছে।গতকাল ঢেমশা স্কুলের মাঠে আমরা একটা সভা করেছি।তাছাড়া ক্ষয়ক্ষতির পরিমাণ উল্লেখপুর্বক ১৬ লক্ষ টাকার ক্ষতিপুরণ দাবী করে সরকারের কাছে লিখেছি।আমি আসলে ঘটনাটা কে করেছে জানিনা।কারো লাগিয়ে দেয়া আগুন হতে পারে।কারন যেখানে আগুনের সুত্রপাত সেখানে কোন চুলা নাই।কিন্তু কে লাগিয়ে দিছে আমরা হুবহু কোন মন্তব্য করতে পারবনা।

    এই ঘটনাটি ঘটে গত ১৬ই জানুয়ারী।এটা হয়তো নির্বাচন পরবর্তি সহিংসতার ধারাবাহিকতা অথবা বিচ্ছিন্ন কোন ঘটনা,যাই হোক সেটা বিচারের ভার প্রশাসনের কাছে।কিন্তু আজ এই মুহুর্তে ,আমরা একবার অন্তত মনে মনে হলেও এই ৭ টি পরিবারের ৩০জন গৃহহীন এবং আতংকগ্রস্ত মানুষের পাশে দাঁড়াই।

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    হিন্দু ডক্টরস এসোসিয়েশন
    চট্টগ্রাম মেডিকেল কলেজ হাসপাতাল
    বাংলাদেশ।
    1973uzzal@gmail.com
    Let’s stand beside the affected

    Coming from North Demsha, Satkania,Ctg,Bangladesh

    Today, the Sunday,19th January,2014 at 9 pm, while preparing this manuscript at least 30 people of 7 families remain under open sky in this chilly night. They become homeless as a result of planned firesetting in the village north Demsha of Satkania Upazilla on 16th January at around 1.30 pm. We have made an attempt to prepare a sketch on the information obtained from the affected &administration.

    Alo Rani Das: I received a phone call once at about 10 pm but felt sleep because the conversion was indistinct. Then my sleep was interrupted with the cracking sound of bamboos. Came out of the house barehanded & found fire all around. I started shouting loudly to become faint soon after. Fire brigade from Keranihat came about 55 minutes later.

    Haradhon Das: I went to Padua, Satkania to my daughter’s father in laws house with puffed rice with molasses mixed puffed rice on the occasion of “Poush Festival”. Having the news I came back and saw everything is finished.

    Juthika Das: Busted into tears, could not tell anything.

    Kancheon Das: There was no political conflict of anybody with us. This firing happened all at once after the election. You can guess, what may be the cause?

    Naryan Das: I doubt about my survival. How to go to the market? we are living in panic with the family members. When they will set fire again? If we would not wake up we would die in sleep.
    Officer in charge, Police station, Satkania Mr. Khaleque: The case was filled last night. We keep on trying. The suspect cannot be mentioned. Hopefully we will reach a decision soon.

    Mr. Ramjan Ali, Chairman of Satkania union: I was at Coxs Bazar when the incidence took place. There was a phone call at 4.00 pm. I could not hear because the ring tone was left silent. I rushed to village next morning. I had a talk with O.C. I also talked to UNO. We arranged a meeting at Demsha school field yesterday. We applied to government describing the loss of wealth taka 16 Lucks. I really do not know the culprit. Fire may be set by somebody. Because there was no burner at the source of fire. But I cannot comment exactly who set it.
    The incidence happened on 16th January. It may be the continuation of post election violence or it maybe a separate event. Whatever it is, the judgment lies with the administration. But today at this moment, we at least feel to stand by the side of this homeless & horrified 30 people of 7 families.

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    HINDU DOCTORS ASSOCIATION
    CHITTAGONG MEDICAL COLLEGE & HOSPITAL
    BANGLADESH.

    1973uzzal@gmail.com

    Please circulate this to your beloved

  2. Anwar A. Khan

    Mr. Golam Arshad : To inflict of punishment to the offenders is the law and everyone should seek for it to establish justice. In your case, we only find exception. If we raise our voices to punish those extremely wicked criminals who committed unbounded crimes, you find out cavils in them and smell vengeance, vendetta, avenge, revenge and cobra bites. No conscience-smitten human being can and shall accept your so-called peace and amity proposal because it is fully fashioned with to protect the interests of those criminals. To pardon or to forgive them is nothing but a ploy to save them. To save them means is to allow them to nurture them to prosper more vigorously and more ferociously to inflict the crushing blow to the peace loving citizens of the country. That’s why, the old adage is rightly applicable to them : “Fine words butter no parsnips.” If we are lenient to them, they will pollute the whole society with their poisonous communal strings and the time is not very far for us to be eaten up by them unless and until those poinous claws are severed without any further delay. Hence, due punishment to them is the correct answer and we all should work in that direction.

    You do not tell them to regret for whatever crimes they committed; you do not ask them for any penitence for their misdeeds; you do not ask them to refrain from commiting any further violence, anarchy. This evil force and their friends have called hartal for a-48 hour duration against the court verdict which declared the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami as illegal and void. Thus they even do not have any respect to the court, rule of law ………..The ferocious and violent activities that I, once again, have been seeing since tomorrow are undescribable. But alas! You are advocating for the criminals for their protection, pardon, forgiveness. This is a great irony of fate for us all. Only a highly inconsiderate man can propage such a theory.

    When I read your comment(s), it seems to me that Oscar Wilde has correctly said :”I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

    And also I remember what Martin Luther King, Jr. has said : “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

    I stronly believe in peace, amity, forgiveness but for whom? Definitely, not for these brutal crimials. I want to make peace treaty with human being as other people say so in unequivocal voice whereas you want the same for the criminals. Here is the basic difference. The proverb as it runs is true here : “Drastic times call for drastic measures” to bring in peace and amity in all strata of our life. And I earnestly want that much of stern action.

    I also would like to remember here the words of Winston Churchill : “ If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Yes, Mr. Golam Arshad,you keep going on. I don’t have any pray for you.

    • Golam Arshad

      Mr.Anwar A. Khan: Thank you again and again for your kind comment! My prayers are for you an Amity and Peace. For me and my other very distinguish friends! The finesse in excellence in all strides in gracious acceptance of TRUTH! I salute your wisdom, knowledge in shinning amulet of munificence in excellence. Thanks a lot!

      • Anwar A. Khan

        Mr. Golam Arshad : My prayers for peace and amity will be for human beings only; not for any brutal criminals like Golam Azam and the likes of him. And truth is also for human beings only.

    • Masud Ahmed

      Catch those anti-state elements and hand them over to the law enforcing agencies. These serpents will not heed to the sweet words. Destroy them. Give united efforts to achieve that goal accordingly. Only then, peace will exist everywhere in the society.

  3. Nahyan Ahmed

    Golam Arshad : You personally seek peace and amity for the sake of the perpetrators of 1971. In other words, you are asking us to surrender to the defeated forces. What will then happen? They will just execute us in the public places; the dead bodies will then be refused for burial and the dead bodies will be kept for eating by the jackals, dogs, vultures as they did 1971. They will, thereafter, sing chorus praising Islam and boast that they did so because of us “Islam was going out through our doors, windows, borders….”But by the grace of Allah, butchering them, we have placed Islam in its order. But Islam, in fact, is in its place correctly and has been shining us as before and will continue to do so.

    If I hear you, I wish to say : “Ami ki boli aar amar sarindai ki boley”. You are sending me to the PM but I am not asking this question to her. I am asking this question to you only because you have been giving us sermons on a regular basis. Hence, I wish to hear your peace and amity plan.

    • Golam Arshad

      Nahyan: Great! You have put up the cornice of the glittering Peace in Order. In all due respect, I like to Thank You. Let the Lord Bless you, in the High Peace, in the Crown Gems of Amity! Love and Peace. Thank you my distinguish friend lets call it a Day! In Cricket analogy, the stumps are Drawn, batsman and fielders return to the Dressing Room. The Commentators chuckled, in saying Good Bye and Good Day until next Morning. Peace for you and Me and All my distinguish friends!

      • Nahyan Ahmed

        Golam Arshad : I want to crush them first in order to establish peace,amity and virtue in the society.

        But where is your peace and amity plan for them? How is it that? Please enlighten me.

      • Golam Arshad

        You and I love PEACE. So does everyone! The Magic Love of Aphrodite, never misses Cupid’s Arrow. Right? Amity and Peace shines the forgiveness path, for me and you, and others too! Right? That is the Gorgeous Color in Pastel Plan in PEACE and in LOVE. With beads of gems and bouquet of Peace in Amity and Love, salute you in all adoration and admiration. Thanks for all your kind comments!

      • Nahyan Ahmed

        Golam Arshad : “You and I love PEACE. So does everyone!” But for them no love, no peace treaty with them, NO, NEVER. We don’t need them. Peace and amity will come only when these criminals are routed from our society.

        I can’t accept your salute, adoration and thanks because you are not for us but for them only.

  4. Anwar A. Khan

    If any body reads GA’s all comments so far he made, he or she will have enough convincing reasons to believe that he distorts facts and proposes for foregiveness; he wants peace but doesn’t strongly demand punishment for those criminals who committed genocide and other acrocious acts during our liberation war. I have never found any such comment where he has demanded due punishments to those perpetrators. And if any body asks for establishing justice for those heinous crimes, he thinks to demand it is all ‘vengeance and vendetta’ and in its place, he wants to establish peace. But how peace will come unless and until, those criminals are inflicted due punishment? Let us first strongly raise our voice against those criminals seeking due punishment to them, once punishment is done, we can only close this chapter. Thereafter, let us seek peace and we all work hard to establish peace everywhere in our society.Then it will be rationale, logical and humane. We shall then able to move forward.

    The issue is not, at all, a matter of sentimentality as you (AS) wanted to say. “Those convicted and sentenced thus far will be out garlanded and idolised soon enough!”– do you want that? Only for this reason, don’t you want to touch them! Without punishing them, do you also want to establish peace? I think neither you nor GA had encountered any such high magnitude of criminal offence committed by those ugly and cruel religion traders during 1971 (Please correct me, if I am mistaken in this regard. If I am mistaken, I beg pardon). If you had faced such a situation, you would not have said so.

    • Golam Arshad

      Mr.Anwar A Khan: I know where you are coming from, my distinguish friend, it is the painful lore of millions, blood and tears of myriad. You said, and I quote…”Once punishment is done we can only close the chapter”. Take a deep pause, and say, how many we need to send to the gallows, before we can MOVE ON. Just like you, and so many, I have to undergo painful, very painful, experience in my own family. Yet I say, Enough is Enough, my FEAR IS the seed of HATRED will linger !! We will be thrown in the mire of anguish and pain ( Even after sending the perpetrators to the gallows) then after my fear is, it will trigger MORE HATRED and VIOLENCE. That is the REASON my friend we seek AMITY and NO MORE BLOOD in anguish to our very own Painful Pain. In ALL RESOLUTION and in SALUTATION to ALL our BRAVE HEROES and MARTYRS of FREEDOM. Thanks

      • Lubna

        Then, do you want to tell that they should be pardoned despite their highest form of misdeeds? What about those who are already convicted and now in jail? Shall we also foregive them to come out from jail? Please answer, plain and simple (no evasive or clever form of answer).

      • Laila Arafat

        You are for amity only! But first of all, do you admit that they committed unpardonable crimes for which they deserve due punishment? Do you want that? Or you don’t believe all these, you just consider them are all merely political outcries without any basis as usually say by the ferocious Jamaatis. You first tell us where is your stand?

        Jamaatis have been unleashing dreadful reign of terror like that of the 1971 since long. We have not come across any comments from you so far condemning them. A big political party is provoking and supporting them both overtly and covertly in all their misdeeds. What is your say here?

        What is the solace from you for those people who were brutally murdered by the Jamaatis in 1971?

      • Golam Arshad

        Laila: Hamlet pain, are Hamlet’s follies!(Shakespeare). Hope, you know the rest of the story! I won’t trade, Revenge in Pain to Win a War for Peace!

        You have brilliantly responded to your own query! Yes you are Right, both major PARTIES, locked in this ISSUE,trying and winning VOTE, and riding crest high to Power! Therefore, it is ALL POLITICAL.

        The Solace truly lies in AMITY and PEACE!! Jaamat, BAL and BNP tune to Revenge Not PEACE!

      • Golam Arshad

        Lubna: The Dialog of “YES” or “NO”, sometime saves,”YES” and sometime saves “NO”. “PEACE” is NOT a “HANDS DOWN SURRENDER”; “PEACE IS A MARK OF VALOR” VIRTUE it is “HIGH PITCH OF PATIENCE” and please tell me in simple YES or NO, “IS NOT FORGIVENESS A VIRTUE? Thank you for your kind and warm forbearance and brilliant understanding!

      • Mohua Khan

        Golam Arshad :

        All these are true but they do not and will not understand the values of such virtues. Precious 41 years have gone by, by this time. We have given them enough time which sounds incredible. No change has occurred in them and their buddies as yet. Rather, they have become more violent monsters. They want our pricy motherland a public of execution to achieve their brutal goal. There is no chance for them to be changed in future also, we can foretell. So, all these virtues can be established only after giving them due punishment. Time has come and we should not miss this chance.

      • Mohsin Ali

        Because of his style of comments, it seems to me that Golam Arshad belongs to Jamaat-e-Islami or a staunch supporter of like-minded political parties. I feel deeply saddened.

      • Golam Arshad

        Mohsin: Sadness can never be a bait of luxury! I salute your opinion, which is far from Truth but close to be in WRONG!The gems and jewels of TIME, sprinkle and anoint a Heart in touch of bewilderment! “To Be or Not To Be” (Shakespeare in Hamlet),the faith to pull the “Riddle of Time”. Can Time be Mine or Yours, mired in “mess” tagged in “Blind Error”! O Time! We live for you to serve !Someone afar, ranted in wonderment, Forget-Me-Not lest forgiveness FORGET YOU! Thank you and Bless your Golden Heart!

      • Laila Arafat

        Arshad, millions of people were mercilessly butchered; millions of women were dishonoured; hundreds of thousands of houses were blazed; millions of people were made shelterlss by these culprits. To punish them, howcome it is revenge, I can’t fathom. A person who loses his sense of right and wrong or of good and evil, can only pronounces such a word like this one. To punish them is simply to establish justice. If they are not given due punishment, they will turn into monsters and annihilate the society and its people. How an inconsiderate man you are.

        I can also conclude here that you are a big supporter of jamaatis.

      • Golam Arshad

        Laila: Sometimes I wonder in ecstasy, how to handle too many titles in too many shot!Laila I take your take on me as a compliment, a complement in the failing Tune of Amazement!! Thank you! Bless your Heart!

      • Ria Hoque

        Mr. Arshad, why are you taking it as compliment? Confession is the right answer. We shall then take your comments coming from a jamaatis. That will be the right standing for you!

      • Anwar A. Khan

        I understand Mr. Golam Arshad also knows physiognomy because I am hearing galling from him. But I can tell that I have emerged from our glorious liberation war. I have emerged from Bangladesh.

        Peace, forgiveness, amity,………are for the perpetrators who brought worst human tragedy in 1971! One should consider this type of advocacy as puerile and so, it is culpable.

      • Golam Arshad

        Mr.Anwar A. Khan: Lord bless your soul. None is puerile in the sacred sane sanity of Amity and Peace! You have embarked a meaningful dialog that invites Truth in all form and shape. If Truth is Right! and is always is: Those 95,000 Pakistanis were let go free by India upon initialing the Simla Agreement (1972). They are the real culprit! That does not mean that accomplices to those heinous crime against humanity must be forgiven. Truth is stranger than fiction: Without any protest then Awami League Government headed by then Prime Minister our Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, did not oppose the Simla Agreement. More so, he unilaterally awarded Amnesty those Muslim Leaguers, Jamatis opposing Pakistan, for a good reason of amity and peace. Then our father of the Nation, from internal pressure had to yield for some enactment to try some of those anti Pakistani leaders. Now after 42 years we are trying a few heinous criminal, with a legal process without International judicial concurrence. I salute the ICT 1 and 2 but my fear is this act will run into controversy, even I say that it is rightful and judicious. The due process has now become a point of debate. The gallows have now turned to a symbol of hatred. My distinguish friend, I vouch my salutation to you and lay my humble submission to your conscience. Is Fairness to fair to be tried? Let us come take a pause and think right for not leaving a bad precedent to be questioned anyway, that power of wrath overwhelmed the logic to try killers of innocent humanity. We must meaning our leadership on both spectrum of the aisle, must come together on this sensitive issue. We must take this matter to International Court of justice and tabled our wrath for Justice against those Pakistani’s deeply involved in planning and executing that Huge and Tragic Genocide in our sacred homeland-Bangladesh. We must appeal and table our right to know from our dear friend India : Why those 95,0000 Pakistani Prisoner of War let go Scot free without facing trial in our soil, who have committed atrocious crime against humanity of murder and all form of heinous act like rape, burning and looting. On the same token, let there be transparent fair and due process of law to try the accomplice of then Pakistani Junta. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina NOW than ever before must do soul searching and cannot leave any precedent behind that may trigger violence, revenge and avenge that may run for years. My friend that is the reason, for me supporting strongly AMITY and PEACE and a dialog with All Political Parties, and enshrine a due process of law executed fair and square to those alleged criminals. Mete out tough Capital Punishment to the last hilt of the Law.So, my friend think for a moment, and seek justice so there may not be any violence henceforth. Reminding you with respect that Bangladesh is a close nit society, homogenous.. after 42 years we are in one to try the alleged criminals of humanity. We must leave no stone unturned that the World may turned around and say, this was not fair. Name me in whatever name and title you choose, but for God sake, our deep pain must not be slighted in the pit of all emotion and NO LOGIC and FAIRNESS. I salute your contention with heartiest adoration and admiration. Lord bless you in shinning color of knowledge and Peace.

      • Nahyan Ahmed

        Summation of your ablove comments, if I correctly understand : To free them and then there will be no violence by the good and kind-hearted Jamaatis and their other communal accomplices. However, can you please elaborate your amity and peace plan?

      • Golam Arshad

        Nahyan: My distinguish friend! Please ask the Honorable Prime Minister, believe you me, she has the answer! ( On your note of attention, ” Can you please elaborate your amity and peace plan? )

      • Anwar A. Khan

        Mr. Golam Arshad,

        Nay, I am compelled to say you like people are the real culprit. Because, as the adage rightly says : “Fifth columnist.” You are giving us the fright of a bugbear but these culprits are nothing but a paper tiger. When I was a tiny tot, I heard that the ghost is a five footed evil spirit with rear fingers and it walks backside. You want to walk like the ghosts and ask us to do so. I also find a figure of speech akin to pun and erotesis in your comments which sounds “There’s daggers in men’s smiles”. – ( Quote Act II, Sc. III- Macbeth, Shakespeare).

        You have commented covering many aspects; your deliberately designed poisonous cobra bites are writ large from top to bottom. I wish if I were a Neanderthal, I would not have read it and that would have been better for me because I saw in my own eyes many horrendous and heart-rending incidents in 1971 committed by those heinous criminals. I can’t and shall not close my eyes after having seen those ghastly scenes. Here “my heart is true as steel” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Quote. Act ii, Scene I). For them, treatment must be applied “like dog, like hammer” in the light of this old Proverb because “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” as the adage rightfully pronounces.

        Your every sentence is a cobra bite. “These words are razors to my wounded heart”. Titus Andronicus Quote (Act I, Scene I, Shakespeare). Your whole coloration smacks you are “a person of guilty moral or religious lapse, deviating from the path of righteousness.” I would, once again, recall that famous words of Shakespeare which reads : “”The devil can cite scripture for his purpose”( Quote Act I, sce. III, Merchant of Venice).

        An old adage has aptly said : “The devil would not listen to the Scriptures” and it is entirely applicable to Jamaat-e-Islami and its leaders, Shibir + also their direct and indirect supporters, their cohorts. No human being can co-exist with them. Discard them, is the right answering to us all and dire emergency need of the hour.

        Again you have presented the disfigured truths here and there. If you are read, one would apparently mistook you as a modern man (the wordings you always use like ‘Lord’, ‘Shakespeare’s quotes’ and so forth) and the same thing I find when I see a lady of our country, she will be findable as a full monty in appearance, dresses and so on but always enveloped completely with medieval like clowns, evil forces, cruel, brutal religion traders and the like. You have deliberately brought in the India card here because it is is very easy thus to mislead the readers in the same slanderous style as those cruel, brutal evil forces usually do. “The leopards can’t change his spots” – this proverb has once again reminded me.You are not a modern man though you pretend.

        The truth is that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the general amnesty to some people of lesser crimes but more than 11 thousand criminals, who committed higher magnitude of criminal offences, were in different jails, some were convicted and enduring punishments, some were undergoing trials but black spectacled Zia freed them showing utter dishonor to our supreme sacrificed independence. You have thus again resorted to blatant lies.

        Your so-called claim “Now after 42 years………, with a legal process without ….. concurrence” is nothing new to us; there are people here and there who have been creating similar noises and getting monies from their mentor terrorist organisation which has amassed vast fortune selling sheer lies. I want to pronounce here that widely known and esteemed proverb : “Home first, the world afterwards. “ In the language of Shakespeare : “For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men” (Quote Act III, Sc. II). Are they honourable men and women? Shall we call them so? Do you fall in that category?

        Your “ the gallows……. must come together …on this sensitive issue” does not hold good here because consensus with that political party/ parties is a far cry only because it is an established fact that they are for that party, of the paty and by the party. So, it is nothing but a smear campaign to sell your so-called demand but “the trurth is stranger than fiction” because when I was too little a boy, a senior bad guy told me to bring the moon to his hand and he would then make everything alright” and to me now, your such claims sounds like that one after so many years.

        “On the same token, let there be transparent …….. Amity and Peace and a dialog with all Political Parties……, this is not fair.” You people like want to make the trial process a point of so-called debate. The adage as it reads : “You are to be up and doing” like those undesirable people under the leadership of that full monty “lady” whos has now become the de facto head of that criminal organisation.

        “Plain dealing won’t do”, the proverb as it rightfully says, with them. Your all arguments may be considered as “shiyaler jukti” because “diamond cuts diamond”.

        “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”(Quote Act III, scene I, Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare). But for us it is not revenge, avenge, as you always preach in a very cunning way; it is to establish justice after giving due punishments to them.

        If we hear you, it sounds to us that “”The devil can cite scripture for his purpose”( Quote Act I, sce. III, Merchant of Venice , Shakespeare).

        Instead of finesse, you are advocating for peace and amity for the interest of the perpetrators of 1971; you purposefully want to safeguard the betterment of them and the interest of their accomplices. In other words, you are asking us “to cherish a serpent in one’s bosom” as the old proverb has correctly said. But why shall we do that? If we do not perish them without further delay, they will just annihilate us without caring anything.

        Lord Buddha correctly says : “ Non-violence is a supreme virtue” and it is absolutely true. But do they believe so? Are they showing so? What we saw and have been seeng since long are violence, anarchy, destruction, inferno, gangland killing, and raping, looting, blatant lies, religion trading and what not, by them. The gallows will be the right answer to set the things alright. Those who do not wish those criminals to be punished are advocating this type of theory or that of the other similar types and you belong to that group only.

        It is you who should make a soul searching : whether you will stay back with those criminals or you will be for the just cause. I wish to recall the words of Shakespeare “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him” (Act III) : Julius Caesar) and but want to categorically say, after making a little change of that famous quote : “Friends, Bangladeshis, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Ghulam Azam and his gangsters, not to praise them.”

      • Golam Arshad

        Mr.Anwar A. Khan: Thank you in all glowing tribute,for your registered thought in PEACE and AMITY,that shines for ever. You and I and all of us, is in deep prayer in PEACE and Amity with our LIFE laden in blessings of singing notes … Red Roses that brace in color of WISDOM. Thank you for your kind and warm comment! Lord Bless you and in all salutation to your blessed Heart!

  5. ash Shaheen

    Why don’t you all simply forget all these bloody history and get on with your life! Be it taleban, or BNP or AL or those ‘nanga liberal atheist intellectuals’, all these buggers are same – they are all rapacious vultures.

    • Junaed Ahmed

      Please also include those serpents – Jamaatis in your list.

  6. Rezaul Karim

    The Jamaat, Hefazat, BNP nexus is more powerful than the group of parties and people who believe in liberalism and secularism. Earlier they were stronger in muscle power but now there is a hint that they are stronger in the ballot too. In many countries ‘secularism’ is supported and protected by the armed forces, for example Turkey, Egypt, Algeria etc. Even in Pakistan, the army controls religious extremism in a discreet fashion. In recent history there is no incidence of a religious party being contained without the use of military force. Awami League government was trying to corner or exterminate Jamat Islami, an Islamic political party without the use of military force and has failed totally. The events of political violence in the last eight months have strengthened the cause of Jamat. After some more violence, in the next election we will get a government with a bigger participation of Jamat and Hefazat. There is no use dreaming about a ‘comeback’ of secular parties.

  7. Golam Arshad

    We fought for our motherland. We are ALL FREEDOM FIGHTERS! Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has divided the Nation into two Camps. Pro Liberation and Anti Liberation, it paid her handsomely, twice elected Prime Minister and the be gated armor in shingling POWER . In the current state of politics, this ploy unfortunately diminishing, rightly in notation to BAL”s DEFEAT and HEFAZAT’S VICTORY (Recently held Mayoral Election, particularly the bras hing defeat in GAZIPUR, believed to be one of the stony bulwark of BAL in the country)May be GOOD NEWS for the Nation as the Politics of vengeance and vendetta is waning out, the Nation responded and now it is up to us ALL to say with Hector’s call that we are UNITED and ONE NATION. Please Madam Prime Minister, act to the tune of the TIME and help us ALL to Live in PEACE not in vengeance!!

  8. Iftekhar Hossain

    ভুতের বিচার
    ***
    মাতুব্বরের বিচার সালিশ
    খুনিরা পায় গতর মালিশ
    ভুতেরা সব টানে সুতা
    গায়ে পিঠে মারে গুতা।।

    গুতার ঘায়ে মাতুব্বর
    কাঁপে সুধু থথ্বর।।

    বিচার কার্যে জারিজুরি
    দিন দুপুরে পুকুর চুরি
    লঘু পাপে কঠিন সাজা
    খুনির বিচার ঘসা মাজা।।

    একাত্তুরের ঘাতক যারা
    টিপে টিপে হাসে তারা
    বাংলা জুড়ে হাহুতাশ
    ভুতের রায়ে অবিশ্বাস।।

    ১৫/৭/২০১৩

  9. বিপ্লব রহমান

    সূর্য তুমি নিভে যাও!
    ছয় মাস পরের সম্ভাব্য কাল্পনিক দৃশ্য: জামাতের মুকুটহীন সম্রাট গোলাম আজম “ভি” চিহ্ন দেখিয়ে জেল গেট থেকে বের হলেন। মুখে মৃদু হাসি, নূরানী চেহারা, সফেদ দাড়িতে জেল্লা ছড়ায় চারপাশ। ভোর রাত থেকে “তাওহিদী জনতা” ব্যানারে অপেক্ষমান জামাত-শিবিরের কর্মীরা তাকে দেখামাত্র উল্লাসে ফেটে পড়েন। আকাশ বিদীর্ণ করে শ্লোগান ওঠে –”নারায়ে তাকবির! জেলের তালা ভেঙেছি, গোলাম আজমকে এনেছি!”
    টিভি ক্যামেরা, স্টিল ক্যামেরা, রিপোর্টার আর পুলিশ্-ড়্যাবের মধ্যে খানিকটা হুড়োহুড়ি বাধে। বিএনপি-জামাত-হেফাজতের সিনিয়ার নেতারা সারিব্ধভাবে কারামুক্ত নেতাকে ফুলের মালা দিয়ে শুভেচ্ছা জানালেন। মিষ্টিমুখ করার দৃশ্য ছবিতে ধারণ করেন তারা নানা ভঙ্গীমায়। খানিক পরে কড়া পুলিশী নিরাপত্তায় গোলাম আজমকে নিয়ে দামি গাড়ির বহর ছুটে চলে মগবাজারের বালাখানায়।
    অন্যদিকে, এই ঘটনা টিভিতে লাইভ দেখে ভাটারা ইউপি চেয়ারম্যান, মুক্তিযোদ্ধা মোজাম্মেল হক, বীর প্রতীক তার সহযোদ্ধাদের ডেকে মৃদূ গলায় বললেন, ১৯৭১ এ আমরা ভুল করেছি, গোলাম আজম ভুল করে নাই। নবম শ্রেণীতে পড়ার সময় নিজের জীবন তুচ্ছ করে পাকিস্তান গভর্ণর মোনায়েম খানকে অপারেশন করাটাও ছিলো জীবনের বড়ো ভুল। …তোরা আমাকে ক্ষমা করিস।

    * নিতান্তই কাল্পনিক দুই দৃশ্যকল্প। কিন্তু খুব কি অসম্ভব? বাংলাদেশ এখন সব অসম্ভবের দেশ।…

  10. Anwar A. Khan

    Ghulam Azam was the supremo of the then East Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami; he and his gangsters (all senior and junior party leaders) are all diabolical mass murders; every one of them deserves capital punishment because of their magnitude of criminal offence during our liberation war of 1971.

    I am really very sad, very angry and deeply frustrated to have head of today’s verdict delivered by the ICT-1.

  11. Bhuiyan Alam

    আমার ভাবতে অবাক লাগে একজন কুখ্যাত রাজাকারের জন্য রাস্তায় নেমে হরতাল করে ঘাড়ি ভাংচুর করে। এই নজির বিশ্বের কোন দেশে নাই শুধু বাংলাদেশে। বিশ্বের অনেক দেশে ফাঁসির নিয়ম নাই। কিন্তু দেশদ্রুহিতার জন্য সর্বচ্চ শাস্তি যাবত জীবন দন্ড। আর আমাদের দেশে শাস্তী দুরের কথা এদের মন্ত্রী বানিয়ে সংসদে বসাই। এই দেশ প্রেমের জন্য বাংলাদেশ সর্ন পদক পাওয়া উচিৎ।

  12. Sabbir

    সকাল থেকে সন্ধ্যা পর্যন্ত মারপিট করো, তাহলোই জয় নিশ্চিত। সরকার ভয় পাইছে।

  13. Iftekhar

    এইডা কিসু হইলো????মানতে পারলাম না।জাতি কে কলঙ্ক মুক্ত হইতে দিল না

  14. Anwar A. Khan

    My comments here will be lengthy enough but I hope it will be relevant in the context of the verdict delivered by ITC-1 today against Jamaat-e-Islami Guru Ghulam Azam.

    The great lie propagated by Jamaat-e-Islamis is not far to seek. “The violence, degradation and denigration, mass murder, assault, intimidation and other disgraceful acts perpetrated by them, ordered and encouraged by their leaders, proves that it is the most dangerous death cult on the planet and by far the biggest menace to civilised society”.

    HOWEVER, during our independence war of 1971, I was a college student. During those hard times, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Al-Badr concentration camp was not very far from our residence situated at Kishoreganj Town (Now Kishoreganj District). Duk-bunglow (now the District Council Building), the Pakistan army’s local head quarters was also the same distance from our house. Being an eye witness, I am now giving hereunder a brief account of the atrocious cruelty committed by them and then shall make some comments :

    1. Professor Mahtabuddin (at that time, he was teaching Political Science at Gurudayal College, Kishoreganj) was the Jamaat-e-Islami Chief of the then Kishoreganj Sub-Division (now District). I saw him many times that he had been encouraging the Al-Badr to kill the innocent people. Every day, he used to come to the Al-Badrs concentration camp situated at the Bunglow of the then Kishoreganj Railway Station Master (after forcibly driven away the Station Master and his family from his allotted quarter) to boost them up to kill more and more people in the name of religion-Islam. The entire Al-Badr and Al-shams, the killing outfits of Jamaat-e-Islami throughout the Kishoreganj District, was under his direct operational command.

    2. One afternoon, sometime in August, 1971, an innocent boy was caught by the Al-Badr gangsters. He was inhumanely tortured on the main road at broad day light near the Kishoreganj Railway station; he was bayonetted; bleeding profusely and groaning; he was tied with strong ropes behind a Rickshaw (human peddler) putting his two legs upward. All these atrocities they committed pronouncing “Naraye Takbir, Allah-hu akbar.” He was forced to say “ Pakistan Zindabad” but he did never say so. Rather, he repeatedly said “Joy Bangla.” Then a microphone was fitted with that Rickshaw and then these creatures of hell made campaigns throughout the town showing that poor dying boy that the same dire consequences would happen with those who would be Mukti Bahini (liberation fighters) or their supporters. And thus announcements were made all over Kishoreganj Town showing this dying poor boy. It created a tremendous panic throughout the Town. Prof. Mahatab came, saw him and with a great smile applauded his accomplices (Al-Badrs), asked them to make all-out efforts to catch similar such people and encouraged them to eliminate the so-called enemies of their beloved Pakistan in such a brutal or the other ways. The boy then died a martyred death for the cause of this motherland. His body was refused for burial and allowed the decomposed body to eat by the vultures, jackals and dogs.

    3. I shall now narrate another ghastly incident. One afternoon in 1971 (possibly in September), I was passing through the main road from Kishoreganj Railway Station to Newtown area, when I reached in front of the house of Advocate Emdad Mia (situated just beside the main road), I found that some members of Al-Badr were pronouncing “Naraye Takbir, Allah-hu Akbar” and simultaneously after inhumanely beating, forcibly made a boy to lie down on the grass beside the main road and slaughtered that boy with a big knife like as we usually sacrifice the cows on the Eid-ul-Azha day. The two pieces of the dead body were then thrown into the marshy land beside the road and allowed for eating by the vultures, jackals and dogs.

    4. The river Narasunda is nearby to our house at Kishoreganj. During the months of August-up to early December, 1971, I saw many young people were inhumanely tortured and taken blind-folded near to the bank of that river, brutally bayoneted and then shot them to death pronouncing “Naraye Takbir, Allah Huakbar”. Thereafter, they kicked them off to the Narasunda River. No dead body was permitted for burial by them.

    5. They were directly involved in rape, arson and looting and burning of houses of innumerable people. I saw how they helped supplying women-folk to the local army head-quarters at kishoreganj.

    6. On the morning of 17.12. 1971 (Kishoreganj Town was liberated on that morning); I entered into that Concentration Camp of Al-Badr along with some of my friends and found its floor with ankle deep thick human blood. One can easily imagine how and what was the extent of torture done on those un-armed and innocent human-being in this concentration camp by the Jamaat’s killing squad-Al-Badrs. Those helpless people could never go back to their parents.
    Jamaat-e-Islami and its people do not like the truth told about them. Whenever the truth is told, they riot, kill, burn, destroy, threaten and intimidate people without mercy. They look like Muslims but in fact, they are anti-Islamic, anti-Muslim and the bitter enemies of humanity. They are thieves, liars, mass killers, looters, rapists and what not. They did all these heinous crimes during our liberation war using the name of Islam.

    Everything I have written here about them is the sheer truth. It is more than obvious that they are not a religious party as it is a dangerous death cult. It seems that they don’t mind using any methods to achieve their aim, including mass murder, terrorism, intimidation and any other barbaric means. They are human-being in appearance only but in actuality, they are the devils. These griffins want to make Bangladesh a place of public execution once more. These mass killers, the bitter foes of the humanity, must be brought to justice wherever and whenever found. We must repeatedly expose their masked faces in the hardest language so that the people in general, especially the youth, understand their guile characters. Enough is enough. Their poisonous claws must be severed before they grow further.
    I reiterate that the safest thing for us all is to look at eradicating this menace from our society for the safety of our populations. Otherwise they will bring about a holocaust for the people of Bangladesh once again with much larger magnitude than that of 1971. Jamaat and its various outfits deserve banning and this is the ultimate need of the hour.

    • neutral

      No doubt everything you say is true.

      But the ICT has found all these people guilty. what more do you want? Death only begets death. Let it be.

      • Anwar A. Khan

        I narrowly escaped death 5 times during our liberation war. I did never do politics; neither did I belong to any socio-cultural organization; and am still not involved in any such organisation an/or activities. I can narrate so many other painful; sorrowful incidents in thousands of pages committed by the brutal Pakistan Army and its local ugly and cruel cohort, Jamaat-e-Islami and its leaders

        Ghulam Azam was the mastermind behind all atrocities, mass murders and so forth during our liberation war. So, he deserves capital punishment; I also expected that much of punishment. I passed the lat two days full of restlessness. When I heard the verdict, I was totally disappointed and upset. You may not know many things but the plain truth is that he and his barbarous gangsters did not spare any one from a child to an aged person. They did not even bother whether their preys were ill or not.

        All the charges against him have been proved beyond doubt and the judges of ICT-1 have also said so in their verdict. Why then should he get such impunity from death sentence? I am not against the court or its verdict but it was my expectation that Ghulam would get death sentence. However, there is still a scope for the prosecution panel to make appeal to the higher court seeking capital punishment for him. And I wish that should happen.

        To end up, even had I been the son of Ghulam Azam, I would have executed him in the public place in 1971 because of his high magnitude of criminal offence; if under any circumstances, I missed that chance during that time, I would personally give witness in the court in a louder voice seeking death sentence for him.

      • Golam Arshad

        For Peace, Please confine the Gene of Vengeance and Vendetta in the Bottle of Forgiveness! Will you want to see after 40 years a bloody saga in a Blood to Death Fight between Dada and Nana! This is an ominous sign, where hatred will breed more hatred, where violence will breed more violence, where blood will breed more blood! We are All for PEACE, and in all respect and humility let us stand up to Salute our Heroic Martyrs of our Glorious Liberation War. Let us Move On.. and work hand in hand, forgetting and forgiving the trauma and pain of the past, and mingle to make the Dream Come True of a Good Life, and Prosperous Bangladesh for the incumbent Generation and Generation to Come!

      • Anwar A. Khan

        You are propagating something else. When I read your comments (I have been reading your comments since long), it gives me the impression that you want to protect the perpetrators of our 1971 holocaust. The question of vengeance and vendetta do not arise here. It is to establish justice and unless and untill, we establish justice by giving them due punshment, how peace will emerge?

        I want to know : if any body kills your near and dear ones,if any body burns your house, rape you daughter, will you pardon him or will you put him behind the bar seeking justice?

        I am really very sad and upset to have read your comment herein above.

      • Akhtar Shah

        GA, good call. I have noticed no signs in your writing supporting any one. Unless this vengeance mentality subsides no constructive Nation building will ever start. ALL past leaders have failed to get justice for the Nation. Current and future ones will do exactly the same. It’s clearlly pays to keep 42 year old wounds festering . Those convicted and sentenced thus far will be out garlanded and idolised soon enough! Only to keep this saga going. Sentimentality has a place and a time, but to continue through to eternity is neither sensible nor healthy. It will bore the younger and future generation to the point of trivialising the whole thing! No one can ever suggest that those punished don’t deserve it! It’s time to move on.

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