That’s what a new version Richard Rodgers version of Cinderella is:
and thats not the only fictional story being pushed in public by people with that name.
Witness Spittton’s latest post by someone with the same name on the mythical genocide
of the 1971 war:
Richard Rogers: The Quest for Justice for the Victims of the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide.
I did receive a lot of appreciation as well, of course, and continue to do so, including from many Bangladeshis. Of Bangladeshis, only a particular section appears to be bent on hostility. Because I saw what happened after the conference, it is not a surprise that the same people are hostile to the book.
I am not aware of any reaction of the Bangladesh government. However, many Bangladeshis seem to live in fear of persecution if they don’t toe the official line.
If anything, I needed to be careful not to be biased in favour of the pro-liberation Bengalis due to my personal background. People need to read the stories for themselves and not be swayed by misrepresentations.
Bangladeshis, including Bangladeshi academics, are very divided on 1971. Some Bangladeshis seem unwilling to accept anything other than their own particular partisan rhetoric, but many other Bangladeshis either know the reality was different or are open-minded about learning what really happened.
“Scholars and investigative journalists have an important role in “busting” politically partisan narratives. And yet, far too often we all fall for the seductive appeal of a simplistic “good versus evil” story, or fail to challenge victors’ histories…The publication of Dead Reckoning has spoiled the day for those who had been peddling their respective nationalist mythologies undisturbed for so long. Careers have been built – in politics, media, academia and development – on a particular telling of the 1971 war. All the warring parties of 1971 remain relentlessly partisan in recounting the conflict. As the dominant narrative, which has gained currency around the world, is that of the victorious Bangladeshi nationalists and their Indian allies, they stand to lose the most in any unbiased appraisal. Unsurprisingly therefore, the protests from this section are the shrillest.”
More on the myth of a genocide of Bengalis by the anti-terrorist Pakistani army and it’s allies and on Awami League’s genocide of non-Bengalis and the treachery of the new Hitler, Fuhrer Mujib ur Rahman :
Both myths need corroboration by independent sources. these sources, however, do not find the figures of the Bengalis killed during the military action and the number of rapes alleged to have been committed correct. Dr Sarmila Bose, a Bengali intellectual in her book “Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War”, argued that the number of Bengalis killed in 1971 was not three million, but around 50,000 while Bengalis were equally involved in the bloodshed of non-Bengalis. In regards to the much trumped up Jaysore massacre, she maintained that it was engineered and conducted by Mukti Bahni wearing army uniforms and the charges of rape are based on propaganda as no rape incident occurred at the hands of Pak Army personnel. The contentions of Dr Bose are endorsed by none other than General Manek Shaw, who claimed that he recruited 80,000 Hindus to create the Mukti Bahni, who dressed up in Pakistan Army uniform and raped and pillaged Bengalis. They also dressed up as civilians and carried out acts of sabotage against the civil and military Government of Pakistan.
Mujib was harbouring the idea of an independent Bangladesh for more than two decades before the 1971 war, which he publicly expressed when the Indian forces occupied East Pakistan, by saying that his dream of 24 years for an ‘Independent Bangladesh’ has been fulfilled. He was a traitor by all definitions of the word.
The numbers game. Less than 26,000 Bengalis were killed!. Far fewer than are killed in the annual floods that hit the ‘basket case’ nation:
The three million Bengalis that were killed by Pakistan’s Armed Forces in the 266-day war has become a sacrosanct figure in Bangladesh and enjoys a sort of un-deniability – nothing less than the Holocaust. India puts the number of Bengalis killed in 1971 at one million, even though some Indian officials have been using the figures of 300,000 as well.
Pakistan puts it as 26,000 based on the situation reports of military units deployed in the field at the time. The Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report considers even 26,000 as an exaggerated figure, deeming that it is based on the inflated statements of troops with regard to their achievements.
Computed simply, three million mortalities in 266 days come to an average of 11, 278 deaths per day and 338, 340 deaths per month. This also implies that the death and gore would have continued non-stop for 266 days. I remember meeting one Bangladeshi who had laughed at these official statistics saying, “It is impossible to inflict 3 million casualties in eight and a half months but it is even more impossible to refute it in Bangladesh, courtesy the political expediencies and widespread illiteracy.”
To this end, Sarmila Bose argues in her 2011 book, Dead Reckoning, “The three million deaths figure is so gross as to be absurd … [it] appears nothing more than a gigantic rumour.” She goes on to note, “The need for ‘millions’ dead appears to have become part of a morbid competition with six million Jews to obtain the attention and sympathy of the international community.” However, even a single life is as important as a million.
Looking at the other side of the coin, not many have dared to highlight the number of people from non-Bengali ethnicities – the Biharis and the West Pakistanis – who were killed, maimed, humiliated and looted by Mukti Bahini (supported by its ‘ally’, India).
There were a large number of West Pakistanis, especially Punjabis, Pathans and Kashmiris, living in East Pakistan. Sindhis, Baloch, Gilgitis and Baltis too were living and working there in some proportion. Bengalis used to refer to all West Pakistanis as Punjabis.
Civil servants apart, several West Pakistanis were running their own businesses – ranging from small shops to tea gardens and jute factories eg the Bawanis, Adamjees and Ispahanis. Likewise, their employments ranged from peons to principals of schools, and bank managers to managing directors of big enterprises.
When war broke out, it hit the unarmed West Pakistani community, including women and children, the most. The story started with pillage and plunder, and led to harassment and homicide. The mistreatment of girls and women from West Pakistan is not much known to the pages of history.
Most people, even in Pakistan, know that the war had perhaps started with the commencement of Operation Searchlight on March 26, 1971. In point of fact, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his lieutenants had already made a ‘rational’ choice for armed movement, and the early hours of Friday morning (March 26, 1971) were fixed for the armed uprising. Dhaka University had become one of the training centres for Mukti Bahini.
Between March 1 and March 25, thousands of West Pakistanis and Biharis were killed; Bengali sources admitted to have killed 30,000 to 40,000 West Pakistanis during the conflict. International sources gave the estimates between 20,000 and 200,000. The US Consul estimated that up to 66,000 non-Bengalis were killed.
Some 15,000 West Pakistanis had been killed in Bogra alone, with 10,000-12,000 in Chittagong in late March, almost 5,000 in Jessore on March 29 and March 30, 5,000 in Dinajpur between March 28 and April 1, and 5,000 in Mymensingh from April 17 to April 20 (the US Consul put the figure of Mymensingh at 500 to 2,000). Later, Mukti Bahini’s atrocities too grew in measure and magnitude.
The third side of the coin is the war that started between India and Pakistan in December 1971. According to some accounts, the strength of Pakistani soldiers in East Pakistan was initially about 20,000, which grew to 34,000 by December. In addition, there were some 11,000 personnel from civil police and non-combatant categories.
The much-publicised figure of 93,000 prisoners from Pakistan actually included soldiers, policemen, and civil servants including bureaucrats, women and children, and even some civilian businessmen. Pakistani soldiers, already drained in a drawn-out civil war, faced three Indian Army Corps besides the navy and the air force. About 100,000 Mukti Bahini rebels acted as the Indians’ fifth column.
After the war, Indian Lt. Gen JFR Jacob, in his book Surrender at Dacca: Birth of a Nation, put the figures of Indian military casualties at 1,421 killed, with 4,058 wounded and 56 missing or presumed to be killed. Pakistan’s military casualties during the war were about 4,000.
In short, war kills – and a complex war of the kind the 1971 war was, is bound to kill people from all sides involved. Mujibur Rahman was later killed, along with his family, by Bangladesh Army officers on August 15, 1975.
On the myth of mass rape and the REAL genocide- of Awami League fascists on non-Bengalis:
The charges of genocide and rape by the Pakistani troops in East Pakistan by Indian and Bangladeshi quarters is a myth that, very strangely has remained unchallenged by Pakistan. This is a glaring failure of our intelligentsia to investigate the highly damaging charges, essentially a mega propaganda ploy which unfortunately has been gulped down hook, line and sinker to the detriment of our national pride and honour. It is on account of this unsubstantiated lie that demands of an apology occasionally pop up.
The subject merits a separate write up but it should be educative for Pakistan’s and Pak Army’s detractors to read spell binding incisive research work, perhaps one of its kind on the highly sensitive subject; Dead Reckoning by Sarmila Bose. The claims of mass graves was authoritatively laid to rest in a comment by Henry Kissinger in Apr 1971 when he observed that in a particular case where Bengalis claimed thousand bodies in graves, fewer than twenty could be actually found. A parallel observation was made by William Drummond who wrote in his piece ‘The Missing Millions’ which appeared in the Guardian on June 6, 1972. “Of course there are mass graves all over Bangladesh. But nobody, not even the most rabid Pakistani hater, has yet asserted that all these mass graves account for more than about 1000 victims. Furthermore , because a body is found in a mass grave doesn’t necessarily mean that the victim was killed by the Pakistani Army,” he observed.
The most brutal atrocities committed by the Bengalis on the West Pakistanis including a large number of women and children has remained a forbidden subject that has persistently remained as convincingly out of sight as the other side of the moon; a taboo simply never touched upon by any Bengali or Indian author, writer or a media person or even anchor.
It is sad that we, as a nation, have failed to face and exorcise the demons related to the break-up of Pakistan. India and Bangladesh have been more than happy to fill the void based on myths and propaganda tarnishing the image of Pakistan and its Army. In 1971, under the given circumstances Pakistan Army, fought heroically in preventing a break-up of Pakistan. Charges of genocide and rape by Pakistani troops are largely the figments of imagination, which occasionally resonate among anti-Pakistan elements in Bangladesh as well as in India. Self-flagellation wouldn’t do; such farce can’t stand up to a transparent, methodical and incisive scrutiny; a process which we must welcome with open arms.
It must be recalled Indian propaganda machinery was extremely active during March and December 1971 War. India was churning out fabricated news of wanting killings by Pakistan Army. By now much is written and analyzed on this issue. The myth of killing of millions and raping hundreds of thousands Bangladeshi women is absolutely fabricated. In a civil war there is bound to be casualties. Justice Hamudur Rehman Commission in detail analyzed the causalities on the basis of evidence and witnesses. There have not been more then 26,000 causalities on both sides. A normal figure in a civil war any time. Historically, thousands of years war has brought misery and death on nations. More so, in civil wars.
1971 rebellion by the Bengali elements of Pakistan Armed Forces in East Bengal Regiments and East Pakistan Rifles was not an impulsive act. There minds were polluted by continued Indian penetration in rank and file of Armed Forces through Awami league. 1971 war, therefore, was in reality continuity of 1965 war. 1965 war presented Indians an opportunity to analyze the weakness of Pakistan in the Eastern Sector both politically and militarily. Politically politicians of West Pakistan never wanted to part with the power and handover power to the majority party ofEast Pakistan. Militarily, Pakistan strategic doctrine based on offensive from West Pakistan in case East Pakistan is attacked proved completely flawed and failure. The author was in Comilla on the fateful day of 4th March when convening of National Assembly was postponed, East Pakistan was in the grip of built up anti West Pakistan hysteria. Awami League goons, its student wings, especially in the universities of Dhaka and Raj Shahi and in Chittagong were already harassing non Bengali population of any origin. Arms and ammunition was stacked in Dhaka, Raj Shahi Universities, and in Chittagong collages and scores of other places through out Erstwhile East Pakistan.
Independent analysts, even from Bangladesh who researched negate the figures. The myth of three million killings by the West Pakistan army is far from factual position. With 27000 troops at the peak of war in December 1971 the figure of 112 killing per soldier is mind-boggling. It is an absolutely fabricated and concocted figure. Shermila Boos in her latest research book has concluded the same that there may have been altogether 100,000 causalities She has been under severe criticism from the Hasina Wajid government and those elements who still cherish Indian view. Same is the story of the rape victims. Even the Bengali analysts concluded not more than couple of hundred raped cases reported proved. Most of these by Mukhti Bahani, these figures are normal in wars and especially civil wars. The study of European wars, if you dig a foot of space any where in Europe you will find blood, so is the story of the Russian side when they were attacked by the Germany and around 20 million causalities occurred. This is the gory side of the war. Pakistan army is a well organized and a well-disciplined force recognized internationally Pakistani contingents under UN are serving in score of countries. It is engaged on its Eastern Borders and there has not been a single incident reported. Ill discipline is severely punished and not tolerated.
It is now documented and analyzed lot, that, in East Pakistan political dissent, uprising and war were coordinated by the Indians. They worked ever since partition and upped it after 1965. By July 1971 when government of Pakistan Authority was fully reestablished, Awami league was invited for political settlement. It would have to come to the table but for Indians did not allow Awami League leaders in Calcutta even to meet Pakistani mission. India had invaded and investedEast Pakistan in a calculated and well planned manner. Pakistan Army was grossly outnumbered by the Indian and was tired of civil war, from March to December. Three incomplete infantry divisions of Pakistan around (27000 troops) defending the borders of East Pakistan were strung along the borders. Indians, a professional army forty time more with complete naval and air superiority, hostile population and Mukhti Bahani force of half a million placed Pakistan at setback from day one of war.
There is always difference between myth and reality. To seek, we must question ourselves to find the truth. Truth rally strength with passage of time irrespective of propaganda and perception. There is a stark difference in the psychology of South Asian people and the West. The farmer is easily misled, emotionalized and rash. The people in West are exploitable in the name of human rights. The impact of propaganda by Indian is so penetrating that intelligencia and people of sane mind are also misled / swayed. In his recent article “Problem of Bangladesh” Kaldip Nayyer, harped the same off repeated theme and blamed Pakistan Army, and lamented why Pakistan do not apologize. The question is, has Bangladesh apologized on Killings of non Bengalis?
Has India apologize invading a sovereign country, violating settled international borders and causing suffering to millions. Hasina Wajid government instead of digging the graves should look inward. If Awami League had not resorted to violence with five and half points of Mujeeb ur Rehman already conceded in parlays, certainly with a further dialogue, there would have been some agreement. Even if we had to part ways it would have been as friends or to remain in the shape of loose federation. It was not to be, as India did not want it so.