Posted on December 16, 2009
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109 responses to “1971: Hum kay thehray ajnabi…

  1. Gautam says:

    Dear All,

    Thank you for bringing this topic to light. With the exception of Syed Tahir X, most of you have been humane, which gives me great hope that the Pakistan you younger generation will help build will bear your stamp, your morality, your goodness. That is my earnest prayer.

    I was there, and the memories are too painful. A Brig. Mehboob Qadir wrote very sanctimonious and laudatory articles in the Daily Times, to which I sent him emails detailing the names of his commanding officers and the ones in Jessore sector familiar to me. I asked him, according to the Nuremberg War Trials, the commanding officers are held entirely responsible for their underlings [who, in any case, are following directives, if not direct orders when they kill &rape on such vast scale]. Was Sharmila Bose there? Her stake is that of notoriety & self-interest. I have nothing to gain, and have lost everything. The Catholic priests, some still living in Dhaka, are also witnesses. They had zero political affiliations.

    I can say something without putting any spin on the truth. The war in Bangladesh was very complex, and had its antecedents in 1961, in Chittagong, and further in 1965. In 1971, there was a civil war between various factions of Bengali Muslims, one that continues to this day. Hindus, 10% of the population, got caught in between not only after 1947, but were savagely and deliberately targeted in 1971 for no reason at all. They were hardly in the thick of politics, being the underclass, but were marked for particular savagery by the Pakistan army. Such horrific sins visited on innocents have a karmic effect, and we are seeing some of it today. We need truth and reconciliation for the greater good of the entire subcontinent.

    I am very sure we shall have world wars soon, owing to resource shortages and the actions of national elites in the subcontinent. One of the few chances of goodwill is to try and truly understand what are the root causes of anger and ill-will that divide Hindus and Muslims. I have my own suppositions, but my generation has come to its end.

  2. Ahmed Azwad Imtiaz says:

    Assalaamualikum bhai. I would like to say Bangladesh and Pakistan would still be United if you Westerners would let our Mujib in power(Not that i like him that much..Awami League is a bed of corrupt politicians). And second condition was… how could you people have your capital in Islamabad and not in Dhaka? We Bangalis made up the largest ethinic group in the country and had the best language there was. It was also the most widely spoken. Urdu is the mother tongue of very few people and one of the hardest to learn. Bangla only takes a few tries and then you speak fluently.
    Other than that…..i would still have liked Pakistan to have stayed the same. Pakistan Zindabad! or Joy Pakistan would be more appropriate. My own grandfather fought at Chawinda in 65′. We still don’t like Indian Malauns on our soil. Amra Ak Qaum! Amader Qaumi Nishan!

  3. Adnan says:

    If you are Bangladeshi, why are you fond of Indian Tagore so much? I would be interested to know of a single instance when “Bengali culture was made forbidden by Jinnah”. do you even realize the extremity in that phrase? Someone needs to do homework on where the person-who restricted Indian Tagore songs on EP radio- was from; and what Jinnah’s own mother tongue was. Urdu being the national language would have been the only way possible for a Bengali to talk to a Punjabi, a Punjabi to talk to a Pashtun in a language that is not English. That is due to the prevalence of Urdu in Bengal, Sindh, Punjab, etc. for centuries. Our mother tongue Bangla would have continued to flourish amid that. language was never a factor. Bangla even became a national language of greater pakistan (I would say rather unfairly) in 1956, beside Urdu.

    Adnan from Bangladesh

  4. najam says:

    All I have to say to my bengali brother and sister I am very very sorry for what happened to east pakistanis I was 2 years old but after coming to north america I realize through neutral media how wrom=ng west pakistan govt was I am very very sorry.