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
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.