Articles, Opinions & Views: 50 Years of Bangladesh’s Independence: Some Muslims Can’t Stay at Peace Even with Fellow Muslims By Krishna Priya


 
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Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

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“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

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“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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50 Years of Bangladesh’s Independence: Some Muslims Can’t Stay at Peace Even with Fellow Muslims By Krishna Priya
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Left, raped and killed, right, checking if circumcised

Jihad Watch : Bangladesh, an Islamic democracy, will be celebrating 50 years of independence on March 26, 2021. While the country has scheduled myriad events commemorating this day, one wonders if its political and social establishment will acknowledge in any way at all India’s inarguable contribution to the country’s freedom. The flimsy political veneer of affinity aside, Islamists of Bangladesh have expressed in emotional outbursts their deep revulsion for the Indians multiple times through various channels.

The education system of Bangladesh has failed in educating its youth about India’s intervention that made 90,000 Pakistani soldiers kneel pleading for release, without which liberation from Pakistan looked unlikely. Bangladesh’s liberation from Pakistan provides an interesting study establishing that the “peaceful” population cannot survive in peace even when left solely with their own kind. There is sooner or later bloody conflict.

After creating pools of blood along both the eastern and western borders of India and sending trains into India packed with mutilated Hindu corpses, East Pakistan, with its 85% Muslim population, and West Pakistan with its 97% Muslim population, separated from their mother nation and united for the love and cause of religion – an allegiance that is known to supersede any other for them. However, in the absence of non-Muslims, East and West Pakistan soon discovered new reasons to fight against each other.

From its inception, despite Bengali-speaking East Pakistan being demographically denser, the political and administrative power was largely retained by West Pakistan, which was comprised of an Urdu- and Punjabi-speaking populace. This gradually led to the exploitation of the East Pakistanis by their brethren at the other end of India. It was quite the irony, since the East Pakistanis had decided to join West Pakistan because they feared subjugation by the Hindus of India.

East Pakistan produced 70% of Pakistan’s total exports, yet only 25% (or less) of the imported wealth was spent on its development. At the time of partition, East Pakistan had eleven textile mills; West Pakistan had nine. In a couple of decades, the number in West Pakistan grew to around 150, dwarfing East Pakistan’s total of 26. Bit by bit, resources worth 2.6 billion US dollars were moved from the Eastern province to West Pakistan.

East Pakistanis, led by their leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of the Awami League started raising their demands for more economic and political powers. But the masters at the helm of power, comfortably seated in Islamabad, paid no heed to these demands. The bottled-up frustration of the East Pakistanis resulted in Sheikh Mujibur Rahman winning a landslide victory among the Bengali-speaking constituency in East Pakistan during the national elections, defeating Pakistan People Party head Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Rahman’s claim to the Prime Ministership of united Pakistan was undisputed. But a devious Butto worked with General Yahya Khan, and had the election results nullified and Sheikh Mujibur Rehman imprisoned.

Enraged East Pakistanis called for a mass movement against this dictatorship. This gave Pakistan a fair chance to impose martial law and have the army, with Lt. Gen. Tikka Khan in command, deal with the unrest by committing large scale atrocities on the Bengalis. Not a single human right was left unviolated. Bengali men, religion notwithstanding, were slaughtered in the hundreds of thousands.

Rape has always been the favorite tool of violence, and it was only a matter of time before the Pakistani Army resorted to it. The Pakistani military, al-Badr militias, their Bihari Muslim supporters in Bangladesh and Bengali Razakars committed mass rapes of around 400,000 Bengali women. These women were abducted from the street, homes, schools, even their bedrooms. They were beaten, tied together in bundles, and transported in dark deserted areas. They were then queued up and segregated based on their age group. Those who had passed the child-bearing age were shot dead; the ones still “fertile” were taken to the rape camps. The Pakistani commander commanded his soldiers to impregnate these women. Fathered by Pakistani soldiers, the war babies, produced of these barbarous and repeated rapes, were supposed to form the next generation of Pakistani loyalists in Bangladesh, or so the commander believed.

Fifty years later, every time there is a “Pakistan vs India” controversy, when we witness the majority of Bangladesh’s Muslims voicing their wholehearted support for Pakistan and extending their support for Pakistan through social media and staged protests, the harrowing words of the Pakistani commander echo in the background, a little painfully, and a with a great deal of irony.

Many advocate that India should jump in to rescue Balochistan from Pakistan’s deadly claws. However, the hate that Bangladeshi Islamists spew on India, despite the fact that India is still its ultimate destination for medical care and education, should teach the Indian administration to know better than to get into the power struggle between the two Islamic entities.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:10 AM  
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