Posted on November 30, 2009
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28 responses to “1971: A Blot of Shame”

  1. MEHMOOD HUSSAIN says:

    THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIFE, PROPERTY AND
    ALL THE EARNINGS OF THEIR LIFE TIME, IN REPLY WE CLOSED OUR EYES, AT THE TIME OF THEIR NEEDS,
    BECAUSE THEY WERE TRUE PAKISTANIS, THEY CHALLANGED MIGHTY INDIAN FORCES AND HINDU BENGALIS TO HOIST FLAGS OF BENGLADESH AND INDIA,
    NOW THEY LIVING A DESPERATE LIFE, NO PROGRESS,

    ASHEMED FOR US, WE CLAIMS OURSELVES MUSLIMS
    AND PAKISTANI, WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR THESE
    TRUE, MUSLIM PAKISTANIS, NOW LIVING IN MIRPUR AND MOHAMMAD PUR,WE HAVE NO GOOD FEELINGS FOR THEM.
    OUR POLITICS FOR PLASTINE, FOR CHICHNIA, FOR OZBIKS, FOR BERUIT MUSLIMS, WHY NOT WE SHIFT
    THEM OVER HERE IN PAKISTAN,
    BECAUSE THEY CALLED BEHARIS,
    PLEASE HELP THEM TO COME OVER HERE FROM A VERY MISERABLE LIFE IN BENGLADESH.

  2. Tariq says:

    Dear Mr. Bhandara,

    I Thank you for the posting regarding the tragic story of the Bihari’s in Bangladesh. I am from Bangladesh and a witness of their plight and devastated condition. I saw in what kind of sub-standard life they are living in and in what condition the kids are growing up without education. Even though repatriation was started and halted for unknown reason and was never initiated again. But I always wondered why Gen Mosharraf didn’t help. While in the office General Mosharraf could play an important role about this problem. In fact he could have brought back the left overs but never did. So far I know Mr. Mosharraf himself was a Muhajir and why didn’t carry out his share of responsibility only he knows. Does any body know the answer to this question let me know ? I kind of agree with Mr. Bhandara some of the Muhajir’s are better off there but most of them are still living in terrible condition as perfect integration is proven impossible. So history cries and the unfortunate victims of the Indo-Pak Political experimentation are still paying the price yet continue to look towards Pakistan.

    Sayeed Tariq
    Stariq7@gmail.com

  3. Nusrat Pasha says:

    Truths have to be reconciled with at any cost. We can not continue to live in a state of denial for ever. We won’t be able to. These are some truths:

    1. To say that in 1971, we lost half the country is incorrect. There were more Pakistanis in East Pakistan than there were in the Western wing. The truth is that the majority was lost. The greater part of the nation of Pakistan simply chose to reidentify themselves. Why? What were they convinced they would not get – and ironically from the minority? It was “equality”.

    2. Nations can not and do not survive without equality existing at every single plane.

    3. There has to be perfect equality, of all kinds, at all levels, among all federating units.

    4. There has to be perfect equality, of all kinds, at all levels, among all ethnic denominations.

    5. There has to be perfect equality, of all kinds, at all levels, among all religious denominations.

    6. There has to be perfect equality, of all kinds, at all levels, between urban and rural.

    7. A common religion evidently could not prevent the nation of Pakistan from breaking up. This proves that it takes a lot more than a common creed to bind a nation together. In fact sometimes a State Religion serves the purpose of a perfect distraction. Elusive dividing forces act while the nation slumbers in the illusion of a common religion.

    Equality and absolute equality on all these planes will have to be established. 1971 to 2010 makes 39 years of denial. The lesson to be learned is that there are no shortcuts to survival, and there are no concessions for those who deem themselves “more equal”.