who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies” Tertulian
arrest of Golam Azam on 11th of January and his imminent trial for War Crimes
of 1971 is an indicator of the peoples will in action - NOT that of our self
serving political parties or politicians. If memory hasn't failed us, we all
know that over the years both Awami League and BNP and their lackeys have
covertly and overtly collaborated with Jamaat at every opportunity to derail
our nation, for reasons of political expediency or sheer petty interest.
01/11/2012 will therefore live on as a day when the justice delivery system got
activated, but the real verdict is still a along way away. This is hardly the time to rejoice or even
think that victory is already in hand. The hard job has only just begun.
To begin, I
hope and pray Golam Azam's trial does not get bogged down over technical
judicial trivialities as witnessed with those that have already been arrested
for War Crimes. Enough time has been wasted by the War Crimes Tribunal with
different Ministers and different Government officials reading from different
pages of law books, at different periods of time. That being the case, the
public therefore has a duty, and needs to fine tune its eyes and ears to the
depositions of Golam Azam in Court.
Let us not
forget that in forty years this ninety year old demon in disguise has never
been heard in public. He has convincing capacities and the intellect
to kick up a storm with our blatantly corporatized Media, game to anything and
everything that sway public opinion and sells - even if it’s momentarily. Let
us not, ever underestimate the enemy. That would be suicidal. Rather, let our
times be well spent and not get ensnared in running to and fro historical books
Way too many
differing and dithering versions on 1971 have come and gone and keep coming
only to humiliate us as a nation. The latest version is that of Sarmila Bose
and it comes as a shock as she happens to be none other than a granddaughter of
Netaiji Subhas Chandra Bose - apparently? And all that our aggrandizing and
patronizing friends in Poshim Bangla who we have unnecessarily looked up for
'cultural inspiration' since 1971 have done so far – is to smirk!
We as a nation
should be prepared to learn more about Court proceedings and get ready with
rebuttals and documents to assist the Prosecution. Jamaat has been professionally
and academically preparing for this day for forty years. And all that we have
done in the period was dig our own graves with self defeating rhetoric's and Mukti Juddher Chetona talks which have
further divided society as much as it has polity. The spectacle is horrifying.
Unlike 1971, in 2012 there are far too many players in the domain. JeI owns or
controls as many as half a dozen newspapers and at least four private TV
stations in Bangladesh
and several more who are soft on them. Jamaat we should all know is much more
powerful in 2012 then it was in 1971.
offensives will be deadly and repetitive. Jamaat’s 'International Connections'
are solidly financed and backed by interest with all shades of opinions - least
of which have any real love or mercy for the people of Bangladesh. No folks on
this one....we have no friends……we have got to go it alone. This may be a
comforting thought, but although we are alone, let us bear in mind that we have
got us, and this proud nation has had a chequered tradition of thinking outside
the box, and excelling in fights whenever the chips were down. 01/11/2007 period
of infamy, and how we fought back, should give a pointed yet recent reminder.
The role of this publication and specially that of the Editor who paid a huge
personal price during fighting the powerful military, with weapons as such as
exercise of free speech, opinion and courage were decisive factors. And all of
that happened peacefully.
caveats though ...let us make sure that the trials of the War Criminals do not
degenerate into an implied 'Trial against Islam'. That is an angle the Wahabi,
Shariati Islam pasand bigots
will be playing up to. It is only natural for them as over the years and thanks
to our ignorance, Jamaat has catapulted itself to become the 'sole-agents for
Islam' - no different from their Saudi Arabian masters who have laid claims as 'custodians of the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and
Therefore in as
much as we need to know the workings of the Criminal Justice system we also
have to arm and enrich ourselves in the egalitarian principals of Islam and the
plurality of the Quran. And please do
not be swayed by so-called 'International opinion' about the War Crimes Trial.
They would as much try to protect a killer like Golam Azam as they would the ‘blood-sucker of the poor’ - Dr.Yunus.
When push comes to shove - history reminds us that politics and politicians
make strange bedfellows. Add to that the millennium components - our
uncivilized 'civil society' - none should be trusted - and all must be
jettisoned from our collective National psyche if we are to achieve salvation.
Simply put, our
hands have been tied firmly behind our backs and so have our legs. We have been
thrown into a swirling sea and we have to do our own swimming. There are no short-cuts
to success here, but swim we will because more than a calling of history - 1971
is a calling of our conscience. Conscience is after all the highest court known
Sure enough - as we screamed for justice -
we also demanded that the War Criminals be punished no less, that they be
hanged by the neck until DEATH. That has always been our 'National wish list'
if we may. Nothing should dissuade us, least that a Court in Dhaka on the 9th
of January 2012 gave a jailing verdict to a distraught Bangladeshi academic in Australia who
'wished' likewise for our Prime Minister after our dear friend Tareq Masud died
in a car crash on 13th August 2011. Tareq’s death like 1971 was no ‘accident’,
for as long as the perpetrators are alive, as long as incompetent Government
officials do not own up to their failures, it is only proper and justified to
- do not forget that if we fail to hang Golam Azam and the War Criminals
this time......be prepared for the noose to come down on our precious neck's
sooner than later!
New Age Xtra, Friday 20th January, 2012