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A Nation Who Can Not Count Their Dead Is A Dead Nation

It is pathetic to live with totally unfounded figures. Three millions gives us a count of 11,111 persons dead per day in a nine month period. Not only that, the statistics comes out to be 50 people dead through the actions of each occupying forces.

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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Serajur Rahman, retired deputy head, BBC Bengali Service, London, expressed his surprise and horror at Mujib‘s figure of 3 million Bangladeshi war dead. In a letter to the Guardian, UK, on 24 May 2011, he stated that he mentioned to Mujib, on 8 January 1972, the figure of three lakh (three hundred thousand) as their (BBC’s?) estimate of the death toll in 1971 war, but Mujib in an interview with David Frost, mentioned the figure to be 3 million, which may be a mistranslation or a confusion.  

(However, there are people who think that the figure of 3 million was prompted to Mujib by India. Even after 40 years of the war, there has been no national or international field investigation to determine the death toll figure. Even if it is done now, it has to be done objectively, without political bias and with no scopes for distortions. The published figures, so far, vary greatly. The Hamoodur Rahman commission of Pakistan put the figure as low as 26,000 civilian casualties, whereas published books vary with figures between 200,000 and 3 million.)

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Serajur Rahman’s letter to the Guardian, UK, is as follows: 
(Please click to read)

 

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Source : Bangladeshi-Americans Living in New England

 

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