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  • Ghulam Muhammed
    The following comments I sent to Dr. Mookhi, who has earlier circulated the same article: Dr. Saheb, ASAK Some random comments on BD affairs: 1. The timing of
    Message 1 of 2 , May 1, 2013
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      The following comments I sent to Dr. Mookhi, who has earlier circulated the same article:

      Dr. Saheb, ASAK

      Some random comments on BD affairs:

      1. The timing of the trial is directly linked to the coming election which the Leftist Awami is making every effort to win by going extra mile. Thus the plan to reject the care taker government to hold the elections. The trial of senior citizens is widely seen in non-Left circles, as outrageous and merely to instigate people against the opposition which includes Jamaat. In the event, the entire exercise has backfired. The trial has resulted in a mass movement against the Hasina government. That would not have been the case otherwise. The steps the Leftist government is taking to make Bangladesh, a secular country, in the image of India, is all  known red-herrings and results in instant mass reactions. Besides, there is wide-spread feeling in opposition that Hasina government is taking all such steps on the instructions of India and US, as they are emerging to take over the major sinews of Bangladesh economy. Both these countries have entered into agreement with Hasina government, which will be in serious jeopardy, if Hasina does not win the elections. So the entire exercise by Hasina is being seen to be against the democratic processes that Bangladesh has struggled hard to institutionalize as well as against nation's freedom and independence.

      2. It is no doubt that Bangladesh is divided, almost equally between the Leftists and the opposition supported by Islamists. However, Bangladesh is now under great global pressure to resist any Islamist take over. The ideological civil war, that had taken very ugly turn so many times in Bangladesh's short history, is being managed by outside powers in such a way as to neutralize the vibrant opposition for all time to come. That is a very risky proposition at best. India itself has raised its stakes in BD, and that too will result in fomenting anti-India feelings among those radicals, who are already in consonance with global terror organisations. If India comes under further pressure from radicals from across the eastern border, it will divert its frustration on its own Muslim community and risk further radicalization. That is certain to affect steady economic growth, that Manmohan is promising in the coming years.

      3. Leftist government is taking calculated risk in destroying the democratic structure of the country with a view to convert BD into a fascist country. With the fine balance that seems to be the natural result of the polarisation between Left and the democratic opposition with Islamist support, the country is in a much better position to stem the extremity of either side.

      4. The recent deaths in collapse of the garment factory building, brought out the insensivity of the Hasina government. As the TV coverage showed, the rescue operation was most callous and slow. There was no sense of emergency. Hasina's refusal to avail outside help, possibly on political considerations, was a big blow to rescue efforts. Her belated visit to the site of the disaster after many days is not ignored by the people. That callous approach to a major disaster is bound to affect the electoral fortunes of Hasina's party.

      Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

      PS: India's Left liberals invariably bunched together Islamists and Hindutva radicals, as fundamentalists and fanatics. I would think, now there has to be one more in the list: the so-called Secular Democratic Muslim Leftist fanatics, who just cannot see beyond the noses of their egos.

      On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM, Sukla Sen <sukla.sen@...> wrote:
      Whose side are you on?

      By Javed Anand

      Leaders and the led from a host of rightwing Indian Muslim organisations – Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JEI), All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, All India Milli Council, All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, West Bengal Sunnat Al Jamaat Committee included – have not been sleeping well in the last several weeks. Their angst is on two counts. One, the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) set up by the ruling Awami League in 2009 to investigate and prosecute suspects for the genocide committed in 1971 by the Pakistan army and their local collaborators, Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Two, the “atheist conspiracy” to banish Islam from Bangladesh that is supposedly behind the lakhs who have been thronging Shahbagh. 

      So far, nearly a dozen men including nine currently top-ranking leaders of the Jamaat, the largest Islamist party in Bangladesh, have been held guilty and served stiff sentences. According to the sleepy-heads, the ongoing trials are a sham, a mere cover for the ruling Awami League’s “vendetta politics” against the Jamaat and its youth wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir. That the Jamaat had any hand in the genocide is news to them.

      “Islamists are the most principled, pious, god-fearing and kind people on the earth... It’s far beyond their high moral standards to rape or kill someone,” claims a JEI spokesperson in an email. This is news to me. Are the Jamaat-Shibir supporters in India ignorant, wilfully blind, or do we smell theological affinity here to a totalitarian ideology parading as Islamic?

      Keep the genocide of 1971 aside for the moment and take a look at what the “most kind” have been up to in recent years.

      April 26, 2011: “A judicial commission has concluded that over 200 Hindu women were raped following the 2001 parliamentary election, forcing many terrorized families to flee the country. The acts were allegedly committed by cadres of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami who won the 2001 polls, the report said, citing the involvement of many top leaders and lawmakers of the alliance that is now in the opposition… It lists 3,625 incidents of major crimes, including killing, rape, arson and looting”. (IANS report from Dhaka published by the Muslim news portal, Two Circles).

       September 26, 2005: Syed Najibul Bashar Maizbhandari, international affairs secretary of the ruling Bangladesh National Party (BNP) resigns from the party protesting “the government’s failure to act” against the Jamaat-e-Islami (part of the then ruling coalition) which he said had direct links to terrorist activities across the country. The Daily Star published from Dhaka, quoted police records that the over 100 militants who were arrested during 2005 in connection with the bombings (including the simultaneous bomb blasts at 459 spots in 63 districts across Bangladesh on a single day – August 17 – aimed at establishing Islamic rule in the country) either belonged to the Jamaat or its various wings, or had worked with them previously.

      November 24, 2005: The BNP expels one of its MPs, Abu Hena, from the party for blaming a section of his own government and party for patronising militants. What’s more, he charged that two ministers "are doing everything for the militants". Hena further alleged that the Jamaat was directly involved in the emergence of the outlawed Jamaatul-Mujahedeen Bangladesh. His expulsion notwithstanding, BNP’s standing committee member and former minister Oli Ahmed and BNP whip Ashraf Hossain also spoke out, implicating the Jamaat-e-Islami in the rise of militancy in the country.

      March 6, 2013: “Over the past week, individuals taking part in strikes called by Islamic parties have vandalised more than 40 Hindu temples across Bangladesh. Scores of shops and houses belonging to the Hindu community have also been burned down, leaving hundreds of people homeless… Survivors told Amnesty International that the attackers were taking part in rallies organised by the opposition Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JIB) and its student group Chhatra Shibir. JIB has publicly denied any involvement in violence against the Hindu community”. (A press release by Amnesty International)

      April 20, 2013: “Despite High Court directives to the government to protect religious minorities and their places of worships, criminals continue their attacks on minorities across the country. In the latest such crimes, a group of criminals torched a 200-year-old Hindu temple in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur (on April 19)… at least 94 attacks were carried out in March (2013) on minorities, mainly on the Hindus. In total, 187 houses, 162 businesses and 89 temples were attacked and looted and 133 idols were vandalised, according to the statement of a writ petition jointly filed by six rights organizations”. (Daily Star, Dhaka). As always, the JIB will no doubt deny any role in the recurrent targeting of Hindus.

      As for “atheist conspiracy”, an entire galaxy of maulanas affiliated to the Imam Ulema Somonnoy Oikyo Parishad, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (Bangladesh) and other religious bodies in Bangladesh have publicly alleged that the Jamaat-Shibir is linked with terrorist Islamist organizations. “People who believe in Wahabism and Moududism (Maulana Abul Ala Maududi was the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami) are enemies of Islam as they misinterpret Quran and Sunnah”, thundered Ahle Sunnat (Bangladesh) secretary general Syed Muhammad Masiuddoula at a Sunni Ulema-Mashayekh Conference on March 17. (Daily Star).

      On one side are the Jamaat which has never polled more than four per cent of total votes and extremist Islamist outfits dreaming of an Islamic state and shariah law. On the other side is the overwhelming majority of Bangladeshi Muslims love “their Islam” but would like it to stay far away from politics. It’s as simple as that. That’s what Shahbagh is all about.

      Whose side are you on? The question is addressed in particular to Indian Muslim supporters of the violence-promoting Jamat-Shibir outfits in Bangladesh as much as to the Left Front and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, both of whom seem to have granted to local Muslims the right to hold the state to ransom as often as they please.

      (Javed Anand is co-editor, Communalism Combat, and General Secretary, Muslims for Secular Democracy).

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    • Shamsul Islam
      Shamsul Islam (@shamsforjustice)
      Message 2 of 2 , May 1, 2013
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        May 2, 2013 7:32 AM

        Javed Anand is absolutely right in addressing the question to the Indian supporters of Islamo-fascists of Bangladesh. They must tell us whether they support the rapists, butchers of human beings and traffickers. If they are one with the fascist co-religionists from Bangladesh then they are supporting the Hindutva criminals at home who have been indulging in the same kind of crimes against minorities and progressive sections of society. The issue is whether they support like the Hindutva gang in India cleansing of minorities?

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