Bongabandhu’s Extremism Is Nothing New

As we know Spittoon’s Faisal Gazi is something of a  fringe extremist. Despite this he HAS been allowed to write for the mainstream media. His sole (so far) effort was, surprise surprise, an attack on Muslims published by the Guardian.

But now even that august publication has turned on Mr Gazi and his sacred cows- they’ve published a searing attack on his religion of ‘Bengali suffering’ during the 1971 Pakistani army anti-terrorist action and the  current fascistic clamping down on ‘heretical’ opinions regarding it.


The Guardian view on the Bangladesh history debate: distorted by politics

Bangladesh’s politicians still can’t agree on the war that won the country’s independence
Mature countries should be ready to interrogate their own history, and accept there are diverse interpretations of how they came to be. This is particularly the case where one nation has broken away from another. Time passes, a cooler understanding of events prevails, and the propaganda and exaggeration taken for fact in the heat of conflict can be discarded. Historycannot be changed but it can be reassessed.That is why it is dispiriting that Bangladesh, which won its independence from Pakistan 45 years ago, is considering a draft law called the liberation war denial crimes bill. Were this to be passed, it would be an offence to offer “inaccurate” versions of what happened in the war. It seems the intention would be, in particular, to prevent any questioning of the official toll of 3 million killed by the Pakistani army and its local allies during the conflict. Many think that figure is much too high.  

But the truth is that the real argument is not academic but political. Two broad tendencies emerged out of the 1971 war. One saw it as a completely justified rebellion against oppression, the other as a tragic and regrettable separation. One emphasised ethnic, Bengali identity, one Islamic identity. This faultline goes back a long way in East Bengal history, and has usually been manageable when politicians leave it alone, but this is precisely what they have not done.

On the one hand, the ruling Awami League, the party that led the drive for independence, wants to assume total ownership of the war, in this way denying legitimacy to other political forces and in particular to the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist and Jamaat-e-Islami parties, painting them as pro-Pakistan. (That was certainly true of the Jamaat-e-Islami.) On the other hand, those parties cheered when Islam was declared the state religion, a decision that a court has just upheld.

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