• Categories

  • Archives

  • Join Bangladesh Army

    "Ever High Is My Head" Please click on the image

  • Join Bangladesh Navy

    "In War & Peace Invincible At Sea" Please click on the image

  • Join Bangladesh Air Force

    "The Sky of Bangladesh Will Be Kept Free" Please click on the image

  • Blog Stats

    • 315,721 hits
  • Get Email Updates

  • Like Our Facebook Page

  • Visitors Location

    Map
  • Hot Categories

Dhaka-Delhi Ties: ‘Imposed Treaties’ Cannot Bring Peace, Security

M. Shahidul Islam


The lopsided treaty of Versailles that was imposed upon Germany at the conclusion of the First World War brought Hitler to power and sparked another Great War two decades later. Likewise, the 25- year treaty of friendship which Delhi foisted upon Dhaka at the conclusion of the 1971 Indo-Pak war is liable for much of the bloody turmoil that had pulverized Bangladesh in the late 1970s, and continues to do so until now.

https://i0.wp.com/cdn1.beeffco.com/files/poll-images/normal/manmohan-singh_2187.jpg

At least four different uneven treaties/agreements are being prepared for signing during the Indian PM Manmohan Singh's upcoming visit to Dhaka on September 6-7

It was only recently that Dhaka and Delhi have begun to look eye ball to eye ball. Yet, as if the lessons of history were meant to be brushed aside as nonsense, Bangladesh is once again turning into a satellite state. At least four different uneven treaties/agreements are being prepared for signing during the Indian PM Manmohan Singh’s upcoming visit to Dhaka on September 6-7. Excepting the Teesta water sharing agreement, of which little in specific is known as yet, all other agreements are uneven and detrimental to regional peace and stability.

Too much, too fast

Especially the transit deal has moved too fast, despite its onerous geopolitical and economic ramifications. The persistent brinkmanship since it first demanded in 2009 a slew of concessions from Dhaka have finally compelled Bangladesh to capitulate to unreasonable and unfair Indian demands.
While moving with a break-neck speed to secure transit/corridor through Bangladesh, Delhi has also decided to flood our streets with otherwise not-export-worthy Indian vehicles and locomotives, and, to make us energy dependent by finalizing a handful of power connectivity schemes.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said on July 18 that Bangladesh and India have taken a “political decision” on transit (read corridor) for India and a number of protocols regarding the transit would be finalized before the Indian PM’s scheduled visit to Bangladesh on September 6-7, which, Moni said, ‘are expected to be signed.’

Power & transportation

That message received a glowing reception in Delhi. The same day, Delhi gave mandate to its state-run power producers-NTPC and its appendix the Vidyut Vypar Nigam Ltd. (NVVN) – the mandate to export 250 MW of power to Bangladesh. “We are going to export 250 MW to Bangladesh from the 15 per cent unallocated power we have, and will develop 1,320 MW at Khulna,” NTPC Chairman and Managing Director, Arup Roy Choudhury, said on the sidelines of an energy seminar.

This particular move seems too hypocritical and unrealistic due to over 400 million Indian consumers still having no access to electricity; a fact that should have compelled Delhi to focus on providing electricity to its own people first before moving aggressively to set up transmission lines with Bangladesh under a dubious pact signed in July 2010 between the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd and the BPDB of Bangladesh. This power connectivity is expected to be commissioned by early 2013, at a cost of US$ 190 million (around Rs 907 crore).

Already knee-deep into our telecommunication and RMG sectors with over $2 billion stakes, the Indian dash to overtake the transportation and the power sectors is as alarming as is the transit deal.

Yet, finance minister AMA Muhith disclosed last week that his government would spend $960 million of the $1 billion loan committed by the Indian Exim Bank to procure from India 300 double-decker buses, 50 single-decker, 50 articulated, 50 flat wagons, 180 oil tankers and a host of other vehicles and locomotives, in phases.

All these procurements remind one of the sordid memories created by the Indian Maruti taxicab procurement scam of 1998-2000, all those vehicles finding their places in junkyards in less than five years time. This time, the loans must be paid irrespective of the quality of the merchandise provided by India. More loans also mean more tax burden on ordinary people.

Diplomatic shamble

That’s not all. The Bangladesh ambassador in Kathmandu, Neem Chandra Bhowmik, was found by the Nepalese authorities to have indulged in a range of non-diplomatic activities, prompting the Nepalese foreign ministry to urge Dhaka for his immediate withdrawal from the Himalayan kingdom. One source said, some of the allegations against Bhowmik involved spying on behalf of India, something the Maoist-dominated Nepalese elites found utterly reprehensible, undiplomatic and damaging to their national interest. “Dhaka has launched an investigation to verify those allegations,” according to the source.

https://i0.wp.com/www.ittefaq.tv/Pic/Profneemchandrabhowmik.jpg

Neem Chandra Bhowmik involved spying on behalf of India

A former teacher of the Dhaka University, Bhowmik has been a leading stalwart in the Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Association of Bangladesh prior to his hand-picked, mysterious nomination in 2009 to serve as Bangladesh’s High Commissioner in Nepal. The army-backed caretaker regime once arrested and imprisoned him for stirring trouble between soldiers and students in August 2007.

If that was not enough, another hand-picked émigré academician cum diplomat had caused further embarrassment to the government by meeting last week with the exiled Tibetan leader, Dalai Lama, in New York. Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, who too was chosen as a blue-eyed buddy of the PM to become Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN, did not even bother to ponder how his meeting with the Tibetan exiled leader would throw a deadly spanner on Bangladesh’s long-held one-China policy.

Free transit

For too long, an agile and doggedly arrogant pro-Indian cabal has showcased the transit deal as a cash cow for Bangladesh. Now, weeks before the deal is set to be inked and wrapped, the economic gains seem negative when the cost of maintaining and securing the infrastructure is subtracted from whatever may be levied as transit royalty from the ferrying Indian vehicles. Besides, not only our limited road infrastructures will be overcrowded-and the venomous wrath of secessionist forces of Indian north east, the Chinese anger notwithstanding, will be drawn into-there is no other tangible quid pro quo laced with the deal. Compare this with how diplomacy got conducted in the past. Soon after the partition of India in 1947, Nehru wrote to Jinnah seeking transit facilities from the Chittagong port to the Indian North Eastern states. Jinnah replied, “Excellency, this request can be honoured in a mutually beneficial manner. Please allow Pakistan to ferry goods from the Karachi port to East Pakistan via India.” Nehru never responded to that counter-offer.

Border dispute

That old-fashioned Indian bluff is called once again due to Delhi showing no intention of resolving the outstanding border demarcation issues with Bangladesh. The euphoria expressed on July 14 by Kamal Uddin Ahmed, a Bangladesh government official involved in the bilateral survey of population living in adverse possessions in both countries, that the so-called head count survey by 125 surveyors from both the countries would be completed in 7 days to prepare ground for the boundary dispute settlement during the Indian PM’s Dhaka visit, has turned sour within days.

On July 17, survey at the Mehgalaya-Bangladesh border had to be abandoned due to what the state-controlled Press Trust of India (PTI) said “difference of opinion between the two sides regarding the location of the international border.” Of course there is difference of opinion, but how long this stalemate can linger?

The decision to jointly verify the enclave population was taken last September and a Joint Boundary Working Group (JBWG) was created to resolve disputes along the Dibirhaor, Sripur, Tamabil, Sonarhat, Bichnakandi, Protappur and Lalakhal in Sylhet, abutting Meghalaya. Other enclaves slated for the survey and demarcation abut the Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri districts of West Bengal, and, some are along the Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhaat and Pachagarh districts of Bangladesh. The survey on hold, no deal on border dispute settlement is expected sooner.

Bitter past

That Delhi is reluctant to settle this combustive matter became clear from other indications. Indian officials claim the population of 111 Indian enclaves is around 100,400 while the 51 Bangladeshi enclaves inside India have 44,000 residents only. Bangladesh, on the other hand, claims it has 55 enclaves inside India and the population of those enclaves is about 150,000 to 300,000. The two nations share over 4,000 km of border, of which about 6.1 km was thought to have remained un-demarcated. Upon closer look, over 15 km of border is found un-demarcated.

Besides, according to Bangladeshi officials, 7,000 acres of Bangladeshi land is inside India and only 3,500 acres of Indian land inside Bangladesh, which India claims to be 17,000 acres. From these wide variations, one can deduce the prospect of additional danger, unless some agreements are arrived at sooner.

That notwithstanding, the tactic being applied by Delhi is reminiscent of what it did in the 1970s. Dhaka and Delhi signed a land border agreement in 1974 and Dhaka expeditiously executed, ratified and handed over the Tin Bigha corridor to India, in return for the Indian commitment to hand over Berubari to Bangladesh. But Delhi never bothered to return Berubari to Bangladesh.
Thus the border demarcation issue remained on the ice, and, for four decades, the residents of Berubari and other enclaves, who are virtually stateless refugees, crossed the international border every day for cultivation and other chores by enduring strict official formalities enforced by the Indian border security personnel.

Things turned further painful when, since 2003, India started to encircle Bangladesh by constructing barbed wire fencing at a cost of $ 3 billion, and, the killing and maiming of thousands of Bangladeshis by the BSF continued unabated. Faced with such hard facts, how Dhaka can concede to unreasonable pressures from Delhi is beyond a sane person’s comprehension.

In politics, permanent interest is more important than cosmetic friendship cloaked under a deceptive blend of hoodwink, guile and blackmailing. There are proxy wars in the Indian North East and they must conclude through political means. If the US can conciliate with the Taliban, Delhi should do the same with the ULFA and the others. Only then a transit through Bangladesh will be risk free.

Connecting the Indian Dots

by Obaid Chowdhury, USA
alaldulal@aol.com

• • General Moeen U Ahmed, the mastermind of the now infamous One-Eleven and the 2-year run emergency administration in Bangladesh from January 2007 to December 2008, went to India and came back riding on a pack of horses given to him as gift. Ominously, Bangladeshis have since been observing an increased Indian visibility in their soil.

• • Indian generals and dignitaries adored the visitors’ gallery at the Independence Day Parades and other national functions.

• • India stage-managed an election on December 29, 2008 to ensure the victory of its protégé. (See the article below, the Hillaryleak: The Truth Behind the Twelve Twenty-Nine).

• • BDR faced the worst massacre of its history on February 25-26, 2009, when nearly 60 brilliant senior army officers and their family members were brutalized, followed by a systematic purging or partisan cleansing in the military. Reports of an Indian hand in the putsch are galore! The almost daily target shooting by Indian BSF at innocent Bangladeshis indicate India controls our borders.

• • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to New Delhi in early 2010 and gleefully agreed virtually to an uncontrolled movement of Indian ships, barges and trucks within Bangladesh territory. She returned with a burden of $1 billion debt, only to be used to facilitate the Indian transshipment arrangements (Please see another article below on The Billion Dollar Bait).

• • Indian artists and cultural groups have since been visiting Bangladesh and returning with pockets full of corores. In this regard, please visit the following link of an article by Professor Serajul Islam Chowdhury:

ভারতীয় সংস্কৃতির আগ্রাসনে সার্বভৌমত্ব আজ বিপন্ন : আমরা দেশটির পর্নো সংস্কৃতির আগ্রাসনের শিকার

https://i0.wp.com/www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/images/news_image_2011-05-07_21210.jpg

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presenting a replica of the ‘Padma Boat’, used by Tagore, to Indian vice-president M Hamid Ansari at the inaugural session of the joint celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore in the city Friday. — PID photo

• • Bangladesh celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Poet Rabindranath Tagore at state level in an unprecedented fanfare this year. Tagore was great but his communal mindset was no secret. He wrote Amar Sonar Bangla’ in protest of the ‘Bongo Bhongo’ of 1905 that were to favor the Muslims of present-day Bangladesh. Again, he elevated George V to ‘Bharat Bhagya Bhidata’ while singing ‘Jono Mono Gono’ in praise of its (bongo bhongo) annulment in 1911. In the presence of Indian invitees at the Tagore Joyonti, Prime Minister Hasina proposed to set up another ‘Shanti Niketan’ in Dhaka. She and many other Tagore worshipers might not be aware that it was Tagore who chaired a 1912 meeting in Kolkata to opposed setting up of the Dhaka University.

• • In the name of Peace Treaty in the CHT, there are renewed troubles and regular Bengali killings there. Indian connivance is suspected.

• • The Hasina administration seem to be in agreement with India which is continuing its implementation of plans to control the waters of 52 rivers, pushing their lower riparian Bangladesh to serious consequences in environment, ecology and economy.

• • Reportedly, the security of Bangladesh Prime Minister is provided by India.

• • The Indian Chief of Army Staff is due to take salute at the graduating parade at the Bangladesh Military Academy on June 19, 2011.

Can we connect the dots and see what it makes?

And, we talk so much about desh prem, jonoganer shartho, mukti juddho, shwadhinata, shwadhinatar shopokkher shokti etc. etc.!!!

Obaid Chowdhury
USA
E Mail : alaldulal@aol.com

———————-

Realted article Previously Posted :

The Truth Behind Twelve Twenty-Nine (12/29/2008)

The cat is out of the bag. The truth of 12/29—that is the December 29 (2008) Elections in Bangladeshis now open to the public.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reminded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh in a tele-talk on January 15 that the ‘Madam Prime Minister’ should be mindful of the way she came to power. It was an Indian arrangement, supported by then Bush administration of the US. The transcripts of conversation were leaked in the US and found place in a few media outlets in Bangladesh. Some skeptics did doubt the authenticity of the talks; however, to my knowledge no official challenge came from Washington or Dhaka yet. Shafik Rehman of Jai Jai Din fame wrote a very interesting analogy to the reported conversation, which he termed as ‘Hillaryleak’, drawing a reference from the now famous Wikileak of cyber wizard Julian Assange. For ready reference to Rehman’s explanation, please visit the following link:

From Wikileaks to Hillaryleak

It is difficult to ignore the reasoning put forward by Rehman.

Apparently, US Ambassador in Dhaka James Moriarty informed his Home Office that the on going investigations and trial process of the War Crimes in Bangladesh were not following the correct procedures; it was geared more to serve partisan interests. US State Department sent Ambassador Stephen Rapp to Bangladesh to ascertain and report on the issue. He confirmed the reports of Ambassador Moriarty and addressed a press conference in Dhaka on January 13, 2011 to say that Bangladesh needed to revise and reform the War Crime Law in keeping with international norms. The unpleasant findings of the two US ambassadors prompted Clinton to make the call to Hasina.

Two things came clear from the Hillaryleak:

1. Sheikh Hasina’s administration was following Indian advice, if not agenda, on the much-touted trial of the War Criminals of 1971.

2. The December 29, 2008 election was a deep-rooted conspiracy by India, with the support of the US, to ensure Awami League’s victory. And, then army chief, the mastermind behind the almost-military takeover on 1/11, and the ‘great patriot’ General Moeen U Ahmad—who has now found a safe sanctuary in the US—was the front man in the conspiracy.

During the Moeen-sponsored emergency, many people voiced concerns that a conspiracy involving local and international elements was afoot to frustrate the democratic process in Bangladesh with a view to favoring a particular party and a vested group. The result of December 29, 2008 was something the Bangladeshis had never seen since Sheikh Mujib’s partisan election in 1973. In fact, the chief of the Election Commission did brag on presenting a 1973-like elections in 2008. Few missed the joke that Moeen’s ‘computer-driven military efficiency’ and the Election Commission’s ‘excellence per se’ produced a 95-102% voter turnout! Consequently, Awami League led Mohajote bagged a dictatorial majority in the parliament. And, indeed, the party has since been running the show in a virtual autocratic manner that, according to many, surpassed that of Hasina’s father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s own in 1972-75.

The result of the past two years’ rule in the country confirms the fact that the conspiracy fear was not a mere cry of wolf. The country saw a BDR mutiny—most say a stage-managed one—resulting in the massacre and elimination of scores of brilliant senior army officers. Indian BSF has had a free hand in target shooting the Bangladeshis on a daily basis, not mentioning the ‘Felani’ brutality, which one cannot even complain. The arrests of many locals who tried to speak for Felani are a case in point. While Bangladesh is being cordoned from all sides by wire fencing, yet it has no crib in allowing Indian legal or illegal border trades. The current administration did not even blink for once to provide the country’s ports for Indian use and roads for Indian traffic or transshipment. It swallowed one billion US Dollar bait from an Indian private bank on hard terms to facilitate Indian business and transshipment. Interestingly, all these facilities would be made by India with Indian materials, resources and experts but to be paid by the poor Bangladeshi taxpayers. Most of the 52 rivers of Bangladesh are drying out, because water is diverted upstream in India rendering the lower riparian areas virtually deserts with insurmountable economic, social, ecological and environmental consequences. Bangladesh has no voice to complain for all these, because its destiny does not seem to be in its own hands. The history of the country’s liberation war has been re-written to give it a partisan stamp, thanks to an obliging judiciary. The RAW, the Indian intelligence agency, is openly operating in Bangladesh. It ensured that the military, police and other law enforcing agencies, bureaucracy, judiciary, education, business, and in fact all aspects of life, are filled with pro-Indian elements.

Is it not time Bangladeshis wake up and see what game the current administration of Bangladesh and its sponsors are playing? Question arises: who owns this country—-Bangladeshis or Sheikh Hasina’s oveseas sponsors? Can we call ourselves sovereign under the circumstances?

From the Hillaryleaks, one can assume that the Election of  Twelve Twenty-Nine was a farce and conspiratorial. Therefore, the result of the elections was invalid and the follow up government illegal. As such, Bangladesh has been under an illegal administration since January 2009.

To clarify the matter, as well as to challenge the above assertion, the administration should immediately constitute an independent commission to find facts and make available to the public a White Paper on the Election on December 29, 2008. Let the people know the truth of Twelve Twenty-Nine. The people of Bangladesh should not pay for the greed and follies of others, if there was a conspiracy. The country needs to be saved before it is too late!

This may please be read in conjunction to an earlier demand for a White Paper on 1/11. For ready reference, please see below.

Obaid Chowdhury

NY, USA

February 4, 2011
—————-

A White Paper on 1/11

General Moin U Ahmed, the former army chief, said in his memoirs that the main reason for his ‘patriotic’ action on 1/11 was the UN warning that if army helped in the scheduled elections of January 22, 2007, Bangladesh’s participation in the UN Peacekeeping activities would be hampered. Renata Lok Dessallien, the UN Resident Representative in Bangladesh recently came out with the truth that there was no such communication from the UN. So who is telling the truth? The people of Bangladesh deserve to know it.

The two-year emergency rule of the Moin instigated Care Taker Government (CTG) though brought an immediate halt to the Awami League led savagery that killed scores of people and damaged properties worth millions it left a deep scar in the nation’s nascent democratic process as well as development activities.

In an interview with the Weekly Thikana of New York last year, General Moin bragged—or perhaps lamented—that nobody could have stopped him if he wanted to be the President on 1/11. In fact, it sounded more like ‘It was my mistake; I should have run the show as the President of the country rather than from behind the scene.’

Within the first few months of the CTG, jails were filled with arrested ‘criminals’, including the two former lady prime ministers. After about a year, these very criminals turned into saints overnight and walked out of the jails. These very ‘Dhoa Tulsi Patas’ of politicians were voted to the Sangsad again, some to rule while others to oppose. The people of Bangladesh definitely need an explanation of this Tamasha by the CTG at a huge cost to the exchequer of a poor country.

We saw the real or make-belief pictures of many such leaders dying at every moment due to physical abuse, torture, third degree method, poisoning and sedation applied by the law enforcing and intelligence agencies during custody. Yet, the perpetrators of such terrible and inhuman crime are not made to answer today for their actions. But the people want to know the facts, not the fiction.

People of Bangladesh would also like to know how over 90% people voted on December 29, 2008. Such thing does not happen even in the most developed countries and in the most educated and affluent societies of the world having the most advanced voting facilities. Conscientious people have since been wondering ‘for whom the bell tolled’ on that day! They shudder to think today if they will one day find an independent and sovereign country called Bangladesh being eclipsed!

A White Paper we need for 1/11, the two-year Emergency Rule of the CTG and the road to December 29, 2008.

Obaid Chowdhury

New York, USA

April 23, 2010
——————-

The Billion Dollar Bait Bangladesh Swallowed

Under an arrangement between the External Relations Division (ERD) of Bangladesh Government and Exim Bank of India, Bangladesh agreed to receive one billion US Dollars from India at 1.75% interest, with an additional 0.5% for the unutilized credit, repayable in 20 years.

An effusive Finance Minister AMA Muhit bragged that this was the largest bilateral loan Bangladesh ever received. He, however, did not mention that the terms of the loan were the toughest Bangladesh, a Least Developed Country under the UN development index, ever received. Bangladesh, in fact, falls within the sub-group of the Least LDCs, making it an LLDC and qualifying for mostly grants from developed nations. On large-scale loans, interest rate is usually kept around a low 0.25%; and in most cases, such loans are converted into grants subsequently. Never did Bangladesh receive a loan at such a high rate with so many strings attached.

Only after signing the documents, Bangladeshis could learn that fourteen projects costing $600 million had been agreed between the parties. Nothing is yet known of the remaining $400 million.

According to media sources, following are the 14 projects covered under the loan:

1. $71.7 million: Cost of six dredgers from India.

2. $36.2 million: Cost of construction of an internal container port at Ashuganj on Meghna, to be built by India.

3. $31.5 million: Cost of 10 broad gauge locomotive engine from India.

4. $53.6 million: Cost of 125 Broad Gauge passenger couches from India.

5. 5 & 6. $13.4 million: Cost of 117 railway wagons from India.

7. $120 million: Cost of two railway bridges at Bhirab and Titas to be built by India.

8. $30 million: Cost of 300 double-decker buses from India.

9. $6 million: Cost of 50 luxury buses from India.

10. $33.8 million: Cost of road construction and development of Sarail-Brahmanbaria-Sutlatanpur-Akhura-Sonardi, to be constructed mostly by India.

11. $31.4 million: Cost of two flyovers at rail crossings at Jurain and Malibagh, to be built by India.

12. $14.5 million: Cost of road construction between Ramgarh in Bangladesh and Sabroom in Indian state of Tripura, to be built by India.

13. $150.8 million: Cost of power gridline from Bahrampur in India to Bheramara in Bangladesh, to be built by India.

14. $8.92 million: Cost of research and development for Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute, the technology support to be provided by India.

As can be seen from the above listing, nearly a quarter billion is meant to purchase Indian goods such as dredgers, locomotives, buses and railway couches. To this, one must add the cost of consultation, expertise, technology, additional machineries etc to be hired from India during and after implementation of the projects. Apart from selling Indian goods, promoting Indian business and arranging jobs for Indian consultants in Bangladesh, the projects are designed to set up the “Connectivity” through Bangladesh—and at Bangladesh’s cost—between mainland India and its far fetched and loosely connected Seven Sisters of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

This is the Third Phase in a series of fast moving steps India has been working on since 1/11 (2007), with a view to achieving its long awaited desire of politically—and perhaps militarily too—integrating Bangladesh with its northeastern region.

In fact, this desire of integration is as old as the departure of the British in 1947; and, the dream almost materialized in 1971 through Bangladesh’s independence in which India invested so heavily. Unfortunately, for India, August 15, 1975 came as a stopper, and then President Ziaur Rahman’s SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) concept almost jeopardized the plan. That speaks why India never allowed SAARC to take off. At the same time, coercive pressure on a defiant neighbor continued in the stoppage of waters downstream on common rivers, strangling it by wire fencing, illegally occupying South Talpatti island, denying free access to sea by claiming maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal, aiding the miscreants in the tribal areas, just to name a few. Additionally, RAW (Research and Analysis Wing, the intelligence agency of India) continued its overt and covert operations, thanks to its Bangladeshi agents. High profile national betrayers showed up soon and India grabbed the opportunity to force its scheme.

The First Phase of the rejuvenated plan started during the Caretaker administration of Moeen-Fakhruddin that installed India’s favorite—some say, puppet–Awami League in the government in January 2009.

The Second Phase witnessed the weakening of Bangladesh’s security forces, starting with the massacre of 57 brilliant army officers on February 25/26, 2009 at BDR Headquarters, followed by a systematic cleansing of the military of those elements that did not tow the Awami (or Indian) line. The process of such cleansing continued in the bureaucracy, police, judiciary, educational institutions and other fields. Reportedly, Bangladesh now has Indian commandos and security personnel, ostensibly to ‘protect’ its prime minister and her family members. It is also learnt that many of the country’s thriving garment industries have passed hands to Indians or NRIs (Non-Resident Indians). Many of Bangladesh’s private clinics have Indian nurses and technicians working there.

After the grounds have been prepared with the completion of the second phase, India threw in the Billion Dollar bait to Bangladesh. Its protégé, the Hasina administration, has but to swallow, for providing “Connectivity” to India. According to Foreign Minister Dipu Moni,

We are transforming Bangladesh as a regional hub and when the entire region (in effect Bangladesh and the India’s Seven Sisters) will be brought under the connectivity, India will have access to its northeastern states, unfettered movement of people and goods will be taking place.”

One may ask Dr. Moni how she theorized that Bangladesh would become a regional hub by providing connectivity to Indian states alone (Nepal and Bhutan hardly count in this connectivity). During and after completion of these projects, there will surely be sailab (flood) of Indian goods, Indian machineries, Indian professionals and technicians, Indian workers and Indian businesspersons—and perhaps Indian security forces in open or in guise–everywhere in Bangladesh. Sooner, Bangladeshis may even be talking in Hindi, as do the Nepalese and Bhutanese!

Once the Connectivity is complete, the actual drama—the Fourth Phase–will come to play. It will see the never-ending stream of Indian traffic that will perhaps toss out at passing a few doles at the humbling baskets to make Bangladesh “rich overnight” as its current leadership promises to its dismayed people. The connectivity is not likely to confine to road traffic alone, it will surely infiltrate its activities in other spheres aimed at gradual integration of Bangladesh with India. The freedom fighters, as well as the Shaheed ones from heaven, will then keep asking in disgust and shame: Is it what we gave our blood for in 1971?

If the Awami government were to continue, the Fourth Phase leading to total absorption of Bangladesh within the Indian scheme would not be far away.

Is it not yet time for the Bangladeshis to wake up and demonstrate that they did not fight the Pakistanis in 1971 for nothing, and they can fight again for the sovereignty and integrity of their dear country and people, if need be?

A Obaid Chowdhury
NY, USA
Orginally Posted on August 12, 2010

Source :

Book Review : Origins of the Bangladesh Army

Title : ORIGINS OF THE BANGLADESH ARMY

Author : Sabir Abdus Samee

Category : New (Academic)

First Published : May 2010

Publishers : Bornali Book Center

Type of book : Historical / Political / Military History

General Subject Matter : History of the Bangladesh Army

Price : Taka 120.00

ISBN : 978-984-645-056-9

This is the first book on the history of the Bangladesh Army. If you are interested about Bangladeshi history, politics and Bangladesh Army, you will enjoy this book.

“Origins of the Bangladesh Army” is available in the following places:

Boi Bichitra
House No- 141, Road-12,
Block-E, Banani
Dhaka

Boi Bichitra
Rupayon Golden Age
Gulshan-2
Dhaka

Shotabdi
Prokashoni
491/1 Mogbazar, Wireless Rail Gate
Dhaka-1217

You can ask any salesperson to give you a copy, if you do not find the book in display.

If you have any problem in finding the book, you can contact the author at sabir_samee@yahoo.co.uk

Book Review

http://www.botomul.com/ad_file/ad_file~2112.jpg

Origins of the Bangladesh Army by Sabir Abdus Samee

Amalia Macris

Sabir Abdus Samee’s work Origins of the Bangladesh Army brings a new take on historical and political events, as seen through his eyes and interpreted by him. As the son of a Bangladeshi army officer, he spent his childhood in Bangladeshi cantonments. It is clearly a topic close to his heart that he has tried to bring more light to for outsiders.

The book is divided into five chronological parts starting from 1757 with the Legacy left from the British Raj, followed by the Pakistani years (1947 – 1971) and the war of Independence which took place in 1971 and saw the foundation of the Bangladesh Army. The book continues with the subsequent victory that came in the same year and ends with the Bangladesh Army after Independence (1972 to present). Through this account the author has tried to bring out the truth and challenge views of intellectuals and politicians regarding the Bangladesh Army. Full of references to other sources and quotes from politicians and Army Officials that add colour and dimension to the text Origins of the Bangladesh Army tells the story of those who fought for the Army, those who were sacrificed and those who were victorious. The role of the Bangladeshi media is also analysed in this book, examining the political affiliations of each source and their portrayal of events.

This is a book suitable for anyone who has an interest in military books and reading about historical facts, or for someone carrying out research on the history of Bangladesh to present date. Books on the topic do exist but a Western point of view is often presented, it is therefore interesting and useful to have a book in English giving a Bangladeshi’s perspective of events.

Amalia Macris is a Communication Consultant and Writer. She lives in Cyprus.

You can reach the Author at :

BANGLADESH ARMY (FaceBook)


পিলখানা হত্যাকান্ডঃ বাংলাদেশের প্রতিরক্ষা ব্যবস্থা ধ্বংসের ভারতীয় ষড়যন্ত্র [অধ্যায়-২]

[১ম খন্ড] -এর পর

৩. ঘটনা-পরবর্তী ভারতীয় প্রতিক্রিয়া

বিডিআর হেডকোর্য়াটারে ঘটে যাওয়া নারকীয় হত্যাযজ্ঞের পরপরই ভারতীয় রাষ্ট্র সংশি−ষ্ট ব্যক্তিবর্গের উক্তি থেকে শুরু করে, তাদের সামরিক বাহিনীর ব্যাপক প্রস্তুতি এবং সে দেশের ইলেক্ট্রনিক ও প্রিন্ট মিডিয়াতে প্রকাশিত খবরগুলো যে কোন ব্যক্তিকে উদ্বিগ্ন করার জন্য যথেষ্টনির্মম এ হত্যাযজ্ঞের সুষ্ঠু তদন্তের স্বার্থে এ বিষয়গুলো যথেষ্ট গুরুত্বের সাথে বিবেচনার দাবি রাখে।

৩.১ ভারত সরকারের প্রতিক্রিয়া

ভারতের রাজনৈতিক নেতৃত্বের মনোভাব বলে দেয় যে তারা এই ঘটনার পরবর্তী পরিস্থিতি সম্পর্কে আগে থেকেই প্রস্তুতি নিয়ে রেখেছে:

#ভারতের পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী প্রণব মুখার্জী প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনাকে ফোন করে পরিস্থিতি মোকাবিলায় যে কোন ধরনের সহায়তার আশ্বাস দেন এবং বিডিআরকে আর্থিক সহায়তার প্রস্তাব দেন।

https://wakeupbd.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/pranabmukherjee.jpg?w=300

ভারতের পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী প্রণব মুখার্জী প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনাকে ফোন করে পরিস্থিতি মোকাবিলায় যে কোন ধরনের সহায়তার আশ্বাস দেন এবং বিডিআরকে আর্থিক সহায়তার প্রস্তাব দেন।

#“…এই পরিস্থিতিতে বাংলাদেশকে সব ধরণের সহায়তা দিতে ভারত প্রস্তুত। … আমি তাদের উদ্দেশ্যে কঠোর সতর্কবাণী পাঠাতে চাই, যারা বাংলাদেশে শেখ হাসিনার সরকারকে দুর্বল করার চেষ্টা করছে, তারা যদি একাজ অব্যাহত রাখে, ভারত হাত গুটিয়ে বসে থাকবে না, প্রয়োজনে সরাসরি হস্তক্ষেপ করবে”। ভারতীয় পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী প্রণব মুখার্জী নয়া দিল্লীতে অনুষ্ঠিত কংগ্রেস নেতাদের বৈঠকে একথা বলেন, যা আউট লুক-এর একটি প্রতিবেদনে জানানো হয়।

https://i2.wp.com/omsnewsbd.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/1278693921031.jpg

শেখ হাসিনার সরকারকে রক্ষা করার প্রয়োজন কেন ভারতের? অবস্থাদৃষ্টে মনে হয় ২৫ফেব্রুয়ারীর ঘটনার পর বিডিআর এর যে সংস্কারের কথা বলা হচ্ছে তা ভারত শেখ হাসিনার মাধ্যমে করাতে চায়। এমনকি সম্ভব হলে তারা নিজেদের স্বার্থের অনুকূলে বাংলাদেশের সেনাবাহিনীর সংস্কারও করতে চাইবে।

৩.২ ভারতের সেনাবাহিনীর প্রতিক্রিয়া

ভারতীয় সেনাবাহিনীর ব্যাপক প্রস্তুতি দেশবাসীকে উদ্বিগ্ন করেছে। এই প্রস্তুতি সম্পর্কে মিডিয়ায় যা প্রকাশিত হয়েছে তা নিম্নরূপ:

https://i2.wp.com/www.mysarkarinaukri.com/files/images/Logo%20-%20Indian%20Army%20-%201.jpg

বিদ্রোহের পরপরই বাংলাদেশে humanitarian intervention বা মানবিক হস্তক্ষেপের জন্য ভারতীয় সেনাবাহিনীকে পুরোপুরি প্রস্তুত রাখা হয়েছিলো

১.ভারতের প্রখ্যাত ইংরেজী দৈনিক Hindustan Times এ গত ২ মার্চ প্রকাশিত একটি রিপোর্টে বলা হয়েছে, বিদ্রোহের পরপরই বাংলাদেশে humanitarian intervention বা মানবিক হস্তক্ষেপের জন্য ভারতীয় সেনাবাহিনীকে পুরোপুরি প্রস্তুত রাখা হয়েছিলো। পত্রিকাটি জানায় যে, বিদ্রোহের দিন ভারতের বিমান বাহিনী (আইএএফ) IL-76 হেভি লিফ্‌ট এবং AN-32 মিডিয়াম লিফ্‌ট এয়ারক্রাফট নিয়ে বাংলাদেশ সরকারকে পূর্ণ সহায়তা দিতে পুরোপুরি প্রস্তুত ছিলো। আসামের জোরহাটে অবস্থিত ভারতের সবচাইতে বড় বিমান ঘাটিকে এই সহায়তা মিশনের জন্য পুরোপুরি প্রস্তুত রাখা হয়েছিল।

২.বিএসএফ এর একজন ডাইরেক্টর জেনারেলের উক্তি থেকেও ভারতের সামরিক প্রস্তুতি সম্পর্কে ধারণা পাওয়া যায়।

গত ৪ মার্চ এক বিবৃতিতে তিনি বলেন,“বাংলাদেশে এই সঙ্কট (শুরু) হবার পর, আমরা ইন্দো-বাংলাদেশ সীমান্তে কর্তব্যরত আমাদের সকল সৈন্যদল ও অফিসারদের সর্বোচ্চ সতর্কতামূলক অবস্থায় থাকার নির্দেশ দিয়েছি।”

https://wakeupbd.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/bsf_logo.gif?w=289

ভারত সরকার মৈত্রী এক্সপ্রেসের নিরাপত্তার জন্য বিএসএফ-কে শান্তিরক্ষী বাহিনী হিসাবে বাংলাদেশে পাঠানোরও প্রস্তাব দিয়েছিল

৩.বিভিন্ন সংবাদ সংস্থার মাধ্যমে জানা যায় ঘটনার পরপরই সীমান্তে ভারতীয় কর্তৃপক্ষ বেনাপোলসহ বিভিন্ন স্থলবন্দর ও গুরুত্বপূর্ণ সীমান্ত এলাকায় ভারি অস্ত্রশস্ত্রসহ বিপুলসংখ্যক বিএসএফ সদস্যের পাশাপাশি বিশেষ কমান্ডো বাহিনী ব্লাকক্যাট মোতায়েন করে। একই সাথে সমস্ত সীমান্ত জুড়ে রেডএলার্ট জারি করে।

৪.ভারতের প্রিন্ট মিডিয়ার মাধ্যমে জানা যায় ভারত সরকার মৈত্রী এক্সপ্রেসের নিরাপত্তার জন্য বিএসএফ-কে শান্তিরক্ষী বাহিনী হিসাবে বাংলাদেশে পাঠানোরও প্রস্তাব দিয়েছে

স্বাভাবতই প্রশ্ন আসে, বাংলাদেশে ঘটে যাওয়া বিডিআর বাহিনীর অভ্যন্তরীণ এই বিদ্রোহকে ঘিরে ভারতের মতো একটি বিশাল রাষ্ট্রের এতো প্রস্তুতি কেন। আর যাই হোক এই বিদ্রোহ কোনভাবেই ভারতের জন্য নিরাপত্তা হুমকি ছিলো না। আর তাছাড়া যে বিদ্রোহের গুরুত্ব ও ভয়াবহতা (প্রধানমন্ত্রীর সংসদে প্রদত্ত ভাষ্য অনুযায়ী) প্রধানমন্ত্রী স্বয়ং বুঝতে ব্যর্থ হয়েছেন, যে জন্য তারা সেনা অফিসারদের রক্ষায় দ্রুত সামরিক অভিযানে না গিয়ে ৩৬ ঘন্টা যাবত হত্যাকারীদের সাথে একের পর এক বৈঠক করে ধীর স্থিরতার সাথে রাজনৈতিকভাবে সামরিক বিদ্রোহ দমন করলেন, সেই বিদ্রোহের গুরুত্ব বা ভয়াবহতা ভারত সরকারই বা কিভাবে বুঝে  ফেললো ? এছাড়া এ দেশের সামরিক বাহিনীর মধ্যকার যে কোন বিদ্রোহ দমনে এ দেশীয় দক্ষ সেনাবাহিনীই যথেষ্ট, এতে সন্দেহের কোন অবকাশ নেই। তাহলে, ভারতের মিশন কী? বাংলাদেশের বর্তমান বন্ধু সরকারকে রক্ষা করা? বাংলাদেশের সরকারকে রক্ষা করবে ভারতীয় বাহিনী। কেন? আমাদের নিরাপত্তা বাহিনী নেই?  নাকি প্রধানমন্ত্রী তাদের বিশ্বাস করেন না?

৩.৩ ভারতের মিডিয়ার প্রতিক্রিয়া

২৭ ফেব্রুয়ারীর পূর্ব পর্যন্ত এদেশের জনগণও পুরোপুরিভাবে তথাকথিত এই বিদ্রোহের আসল রূপ বুঝতে পারেনি। অথচ পুরো সময়ে ভারতীয় মিডিয়া ছিল অত্যন্ত তৎপর:

https://i2.wp.com/news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/27/xin_232020627170629681248.jpg

আমাদের গোয়েন্দা সংস্থা যেখানে দুই দিনেও শাকিল আহমেদের মৃত্যু নিশ্চিত করতে পারেনি, সেখানে সুদূর ভারতে বসে ভারতীয় মিডিয়া জেনারেল শাকিল আহমেদসহ ১২ জন অফিসারের নিহত হবার বিষয়ে কি করে নিশ্চিত হলো?

১.বিডিআর জেনারেল শাকিল আহমেদসহ আরও ১১ জন সেনা কর্মকর্তার নিহত হবার সংবাদ ভারতীয় গোয়েন্দা সংস্থা নিয়ন্ত্রিত চ্যানেল এনডিটিভিতেই সর্বপ্রথম প্রচার করা হয়েছে। আমাদের গোয়েন্দা সংস্থা যেখানে দুই দিনেও শাকিল আহমেদের মৃত্যু নিশ্চিত করতে পারেনি, সরকারের মন্ত্রী-প্রতিমন্ত্রী ঘন ঘন বিডিআর হেডকোর্য়াটারে যাতায়াত করে হত্যাকারীদের সাথে দফায় দফায় দেনদরবার করেও যেখানে গণহত্যার খবর পায়নি, সেখানে সুদূর ভারতে বসে ভারতীয় মিডিয়া ১২ জন অফিসারের নিহত হবার বিষয়ে কি করে নিশ্চিত হলো? তাহলে কি তাদের গোয়েন্দা সংস্থার এজেন্টরা বিডিআর হেডকোর্য়াটারের ভেতরে অবস্থান করছিলো?

২.ভারতীয় গোয়েন্দা সংস্থা ‘র’ এর সাবেক শীর্ষ পর্যায়ের কর্মকর্তা বি. রমন ২৭ ফেব্রুয়ারী ভারতের বিখ্যাত ম্যাগাজিন আউটলুকে বলেন ভারতের প্রতি বিডিআর সদস্যদের বৈরী মনোভাব বাংলাদেশের সাথে সম্পর্কের ক্ষেত্রে বাধা।

৩.ঘটনার পরপরই ভারতের প্রিন্ট মিডিয়ায় বিডিআরকে একটি অত্যন্ত ভয়ঙ্কর বাহিনী হিসাবে উপস্থাপন করা হয়েছে।

৪.আর আনন্দবাজার, টেলিগ্রাফ এর মত পত্রিকাগুলো বাংলাদেশের বিরোধী রাজনৈতিক দলগুলোকে আক্রমণ করে ধারাবাহিকভাবে সংবাদ প্রচার করেছে। এমনকি বিডিআর-এর ঘটনায় জঙ্গী কানেকশন ভারতীয় মিডিয়াই প্রথম আবিষ্কার করে। পরবর্তীতে একই ধরণের কথা আমরা এদেশের মন্ত্রীদের মুখে শুনতে পাই।

https://i0.wp.com/www.bangladeshrifles.com/--BDR_Logo-medium.jpg

ভারতীয় গোয়েন্দা সংস্থা ‘র’ এর সাবেক শীর্ষ পর্যায়ের কর্মকর্তা বি. রমন ২৭ ফেব্রুয়ারী বলেন ভারতের প্রতি বিডিআর সদস্যদের বৈরী মনোভাব বাংলাদেশের সাথে সম্পর্কের ক্ষেত্রে বাধা।

৪. সরকারের ভূমিকা

৪.১ ফেব্রুয়ারী ২৫-২৬

পরিস্থিতির বিশ্লে−ষণ থেকে বুঝা যায় ঘটনার শুরু থেকেই ক্ষমতাসীন আওয়ামী লীগ সরকার রহস্যজনক ভূমিকা পালন করেছেএতো বড় ঘটনার পরিকল্পনা চলছিল আর সরকার তা জানে না, একথা মেনে নেয়া যায় না। তাছাড়া জাতীয় নিরাপত্তার সাথে সংশি−ষ্ট অতি গুরুত্বপূর্ণ এই পরিস্থিতিতে কেন শুরুতেই অনভিজ্ঞ প্রতিনিধিদের পাঠানো হয়েছে যারা কতিপয় বিদ্রোহীদের নিরাপত্তা নিশ্চিত করেছে? অথচ তারা সেনা সদস্য ও তাদের পরিবারের জান-মাল-ইজ্জতের নিরাপত্তা নিশ্চিত করেনি। সেনাসদস্য ও তাদের পরিবারবর্গের নিরাপত্তা নিশ্চিত না করেই সরকার কি উদ্দেশ্যে তড়িঘড়ি করে সাধারণ ক্ষমা ঘোষণা করলো? যে ঘোষণার সুযোগ নিয়ে তারা দেড় দিন ধরে লাশ গুম, ব্যাপক লুটতরাজ ও সেনা কর্মকর্তাদের পরিবারবর্গের উপর নির্যাতন করেছে। ২৬ ফেব্রুয়ারী বিকালে বিডিআর সদর দপ্তরের আশেপাশের লোকজনকে সরে যাওয়ার আহ্বান জানিয়ে এবং বিদ্যুত সংযোগ বিচ্ছিন্ন করে প্রকৃতপক্ষে কি ঘাতকদের পালিয়ে যাওয়ার সুযোগ করে দেয়া হয়নি? সাহারা খাতুন ২৫ ফেব্রুয়ারী অস্ত্র জমা নিলেন, তারপরও বিপুল পরিমাণ অস্ত্র বাইরে গেল কিভাবে? যেসব বিদেশী নাগরিক আইডিসহ ধরা পড়েছিল, তাদেরকে ছেড়ে দেয়া হল কেন? বিমানে করে কারা পালালো? দেশবাসী ও সেনা কর্মকর্তারা এই রকম অসংখ্য প্রশ্নের উত্তর জানতে চায়। দেশবাসী ও সেনা কর্মকর্তাদের এই সব মৌলিক প্রশ্নের উত্তর এখনো পাওয়া যায়নি।

https://i0.wp.com/barta24.net/uploads/editoruploads/sahara-khatun-on-mobile-phone.jpg

সাহারা খাতুন ২৫ ফেব্রুয়ারী অস্ত্র জমা নিলেন, তারপরও বিপুল পরিমাণ অস্ত্র বাইরে গেল কিভাবে?

সেক্টর কমান্ডার লে. জে. মীর শওকত এক টকশোত বললেন, “সেনাবাহিনী আসতে পনের মিনিট, বিদ্রোহ দমন করতে পাঁচ মিনিট…”।

https://i2.wp.com/www.thedailystar.net/photo/2010/11/21/2010-11-21__fro22.jpg

সেক্টর কমান্ডার লে. জে. মীর শওকত এক টকশোত বলেছিলেন, “সেনাবাহিনী আসতে পনের মিনিট, বিদ্রোহ দমন করতে পাঁচ মিনিট...” এই অভিজ্ঞতাসম্পন্ন জেনারেল অনেকবার এর আগে সেনা বিদ্রোহ, বিমান বাহিনীর বিদ্রোহ দমন করেছেন।

লে. জে. শওকত অনেকবার এর আগে সেনা বিদ্রোহ, বিমান বাহিনীর বিদ্রোহ দমন করেছেন। একই ধরণের কথা আরো অনেকেই বলেছেন। তাহলে আধা ঘন্টার সামরিক সমাধানের পরিবর্তে ৩৬ ঘন্টার তথাকথিত রাজনৈতিক সমাধান হলো কেন? এর আগে জনাবা সাহারা খাতুন ও নানক সাহেব কয়টি বিদ্রোহ দমন করেছেন? ধানমন্ডির এমপি তাপস সাহেব মিডিয়ায় বললেন, ‘চমক আছে’! কী চমক? বাষট্টি সেনা কর্মকর্তার লাশ? নাকি সকল হত্যাকারীর পলায়ন! এখানে আরো একটি প্রশ্ন থেকে যায়। প্রধানমন্ত্রী সংসদে দাঁড়িয়ে বলেছেন যে বিদ্রোহের সংবাদ জানার পর তিনি সেনাপ্রধানকে প্রশ্ন করে জেনেছেন সেনাবাহিনী আসতে দুই ঘন্টা লাগবে? কোনটা সত্য? আধা ঘন্টা না দুই ঘন্টা? রাজনৈতিক সমাধানের মাধ্যমে প্রধানমন্ত্রী নাকি ‘গৃহযুদ্ধ’ ঠেকিয়েছেন। আসলে কি তাই? প্রধানমন্ত্রীর সাথে যে ১৪ জন মিটিং করেছিল, তারা সবাই কি গ্রেফতার হয়েছে? তাদের তালিকা কোথায়? অনেকে বলেছে সরকার দক্ষতার সাথে পরিস্থিতি সামাল দিয়েছে। এর তুলনা করা যেতে পারে এভাবে – অপারেশন সাকসেস্‌ ফুল, কিন্তু রোগী মারা গিয়েছে। বাস্তবতা হলো বিদ্রোহ দমন করা যেত, দমন করা হয়নি। সেনা কর্মকর্তাদের বাঁচানো যেত, বাঁচানো হয়নি।

আমরা বীর সেনা কর্মকর্তা হারালাম, বিডিআরের চেইন অব কমান্ড ধ্বংস হলো, হত্যাকারীরা পালালো -এইসব কারণেই সরকারের ভূমিকা প্রশ্নবিদ্ধ।

৪.২ ঘটনা পরবর্তী সরকারের ভূমিকা

যে মন্ত্রী তথাকথিত বিদ্রোহীদের সাথে দর কষাকষি করেছে সে জাতির সামনে বলেছেন যে, বিডিআর সদর দপ্তরে ঘটে যাওয়া ঘটনার পিছনে একটি গভীর ষড়যন্ত্র ছিল এবং এই ষড়যন্ত্র বাস্ত বায়নের জন্য লক্ষ-কোটি টাকা ব্যয় করা হয়েছে। তিনি সকল তদন্ত শুরু হবার আগেই এবং ঘটনার দুই দিনের মাথায় প্রকাশ্য সমাবেশে এই বক্তব্য দিয়েছিলেন। স্বাভাবিকভাবে প্রশ্ন জাগে তবে কি তিনি আগে থেকেই ষড়যন্ত্রের বিষয়টি জানতেন। তার এই বক্তব্যের সূত্র ধরে এখন সরকার ক্রমাগত ষড়যন্ত্রের কথা বলে প্রকৃত দোষীদের আড়াল করার চেষ্টা করছে।

প্রধানমন্ত্রী সংসদসহ বিভিন্ন জায়গায় বিডিআরের ঘটনায় বক্তব্য দিয়ে যাচ্ছেন যা অসংলগ্নতায় পরিপূর্ণ এবং বাস্তব ঘটনার সাথে অসামঞ্জস্যপূর্ণ। এসবের উদ্দেশ্যই হচ্ছে জনগণকে বিভ্রান্ত করা। যেমন তিনি বলেছেন সরকারকে বিব্রত করতে এই ঘটনা ঘটানো হয়েছে অথচ জনগণের কাছে পরিষ্কার যে বাংলাদেশের প্রতিরক্ষা ব্যবস্থা দূর্বল করার জন্যই এই ঘটনা ঘটানো হয়েছেপ্রধানমন্ত্রী সংসদে বলেছেন যে, সকাল ১১টার মধ্যে সেনা কর্মকর্তাদের হত্যাকান্ড ঘটানো হয়েছে। এটা জেনে প্রধানমন্ত্রী কিভাবে দু’দুবার সাধারণ ক্ষমা ঘোষণা করেন।

প্রধানমন্ত্রীর উপদেষ্টা এবং পুত্র সজীব ওয়াজেদ জয়, আল-জাজিরাকে দেয়া এক সাক্ষাৎকারে বলেন যে, বিডিআরের তথাকথিত বিদ্রোহের পিছনে বৈধ কারণ রয়েছে

https://i0.wp.com/neawamileague.com/elements/joy.jpg

প্রধানমন্ত্রীর উপদেষ্টা এবং পুত্র সজীব ওয়াজেদ জয়

যেভাবে তথাকথিত বিদ্রোহীরা প্রথম দিন টিভি ক্যামরার সামনে এসে তাদের দাবী দাওয়ার কথা বলে দেশবাসীকে বিভ্রান্ত করেছিল, একই প্রক্রিয়াই সজীব জয় দেশবাসীকে বিভ্রান্ত করার চেষ্টা করছেন

ঘটনা তদন্তের জন্য এফবিআই ও স্কটল্যান্ড ইয়ার্ড বাংলাদেশে এসেছে। অর্থাৎ আমেরিকা ও বৃটেন বাংলাদেশের ঘটনার তদন্ত করবে। অথচ এই মার্কিন-বৃটিশরা সারা বিশ্বে মুসলিম নিধনে ব্যস্ত। শুধু তাই নয়, এরা সবাই সরকারকে সমর্থন করার কথা ঘোষণা করেছে। উপরন্তু, এটা বিশ্বাসযোগ্য নয় যে এই বিদেশী গোয়েন্দা সংস্থাগুলো এই ঘটনার সাথে সংশি−ষ্ট ভারত ও ভারতের এদেশীয় দোসরদের ভূমিকার দিকে আঙ্গুলি নির্দেশ করতে পারে।

সরকার মিডিয়াকে দায়িত্বশীল আচরণের কথা বলে এখন সত্য প্রকাশের পথে বাধা সৃষ্টি করছে। প্রধানমন্ত্রীর সাথে সেনা কর্মকর্তাদের বৈঠকের একটি অংশ ইন্টারনেটের মাধ্যমে জনগণের কাছে পৌছে যাওয়ায় সরকার ঐ ওয়েব সাইটগুলো বন্ধ করে দিয়েছে। হিযবুত তাহ্‌রীর, বাংলাদেশ এই ঘটনার বিশে−ষণ করে ভারতকে দায়ী করায় ও সরকারের ভূমিকার সমালোচনা করায় সরকার ৩১ জনকে গ্রেফতার করে এবং তাদের বিরুদ্ধে মামলা করেছে। জনগণ এমনকি সেনা অফিসারদের নিরাপত্তা নিশ্চিত করতে না পারলে কিছুই হয়না আর রাষ্ট্র রক্ষার জন্য রাজপথে নামলে হয় মামলা আর হয়রানি!

সরকার জনগণের দায়িত্ব নেয়ার কথা বলেছে, বর্তমান পরিস্থিতিতে সকলকে দায়িত্বশীল হতে বলছে, অথচ তারা অন্যের উপর দায় চাপানোর চেষ্টা করছে। আমরা দেখেছি সরকারের স্তাবকেরা বাংলাদেশের মিডিয়ায় ভারতীয় মিডিয়ার বক্তব্য হুবহু তুলে ধরছে, জঙ্গিবাদকে দায়ী করার চেষ্টা করছে, এমনকি সরকারের বয়স মাত্র পঞ্চাশ দিন ইত্যাদি বলে ঘটনার দায়দায়িত্ব অন্যের ঘাড়ে চাপানোর আপ্রাণ চেষ্টা করছে। তদন্ত কমিটির কোন রিপোর্ট প্রকাশ না হতেই সরকারের মন্ত্রীবর্গ ও মিডিয়া জঙ্গী গোষ্ঠীদেরকে এই ঘটনার জন্য দায়ী করা শুরু করেছে। আবার একই মন্ত্রী পরবর্তীতে বলছে যে জঙ্গীরা ছাড়া অন্যান্য গোষ্ঠীও এই ঘটনার সাথে জড়িত।

যেখানে ভারতে কিছু ঘটলেই ভারত সরকার পাশ্ববর্তী দেশের দিকে অঙ্গুলি নির্দেশ করে, সেখানে সরকার পরিকল্পনা করেই দেশের রাজনৈতিক অঙ্গনে বিভেদ সৃষ্টি করছে।

বিশ্লেণের উপসংহারে এসে আমরা বলতে পারি যে এই তথাকথিত বিদ্রোহ একটি দীর্ঘমেয়াদী পরিকল্পনার অংশ, যার সাথে ভারত এবং সরকারের ভিতরে ও বাইরের ভারতীয় দোসর শক্তিসমূহ সংশি−ষ্ট। সেনাবাহিনীর মেধাবী কর্মকর্তাদের হত্যাযজ্ঞে লাভবান হবে মুশরিক শত্রু রাষ্ট্র ও তাদের দোসররা। বিভিন্ন দাবির আড়ালে বিডিআর এর চেইন অব কমান্ড ভেঙ্গে দেয়া হয়েছে এবং সেনাবাহিনীর কমান্ড থেকে বিডিআরকে বিচ্ছিন্ন করার নীলনক্‌শা বাস্তবায়নের প্রচেষ্টা চালাচ্ছে ষড়যন্ত্রকারীরা। এই দাবি বাস্তবায়িত হলে সামগ্রিকভাবে দেশের প্রতিরক্ষা ব্যবস্থা হুমকির মধ্যে পড়বে। দেশের নিরাপত্তা রক্ষায় সেনা-বিডিআর এর যৌথ ভূমিকা অত্যন্ত গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। বলার অপেক্ষা রাখে না যে বাংলাদেশের সেনাবাহিনী অথবা বাংলাদেশ রাইফেল্‌স এর যে কোন দুর্বলতা অথবা এই দুই প্রতিরক্ষা বাহিনীর পারস্পরিক সম্পর্কের দুর্বলতার সবচেয়ে বড় সুবিধাভোগী আমাদের শত্রু রাষ্ট্র ভারত। ……..(চলবে)

 

New book Review : ‘Misro Kathan’ by General Ibrahim

https://i0.wp.com/www.bijoy.net/demo/demo_site/bkpbd/Md_Sir_Picture2.jpg

Major General Ibrahim

E-mail dated: 08 Feb 2011.

For any future reference, the identity of this e-mail is 00019 dated: 08 Feb 2011.

I seek five to seven minutes from your busy schedule, to share with you some information. This is a non-specified or generalized communication, simultaneously for close friends, light acquaintances, revered persons as well as affectionate younger ones. I pray that you condone errors if any, in the course of my discussion, I have been writing columns in newspapers. I have written few books also. The latest book is ‘Misro Kathan’, published by Anannya.

Sixty percent of the present population of Bangladesh are below the age of 40. Means, they were born in 1971 or later. First time voters of 2008 were born between 1985 to 1990; how much are they aware of the past? I feel it necessary to give them a reasonable picture of the good things and bad things in our national history; so that we can have a safer and better future.

This book is a serious book written in as much light vein as possible. The book discusses the following:

  1. My own upbringing. The environment which has influenced me.
  2. Cadet College education, which has influenced me.
  3. Few critical aspects of the war of liberation, 19th March 1971 Joydebpur Bangladesh Liberation Force or BLF, General Osmani on 16 Dec 1971, Gallantry awards etc.
  4. Aug and Nov of 1975: Colonel Taher and the Sepoy-janatar biplob: not a narrative only, but also few critical observations.
  5. Salient features of my experience in Bangladesh Army: achievements and failures, in various command and staff responsibilities. The influence of the army on my life. Role of army in Bangladesh.
  6. A resume of the problem in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). A narrative as to how the founding commander of Shanti Bahini Mr. M N Larma was killed. Our role in peace making. CHT and security of Bangladesh. Hard work ‘beyond the call of duty’.
  7. General Ziaur Rahman. Army mutiny in Chittagong in May 1981 and the court martial trial of Army Officers inside Chittagong jail, where I was a defending officer or an advocate for the accused.
  8. An exceptional event in politico-military history of Bangladesh: May 1996. The pen is mightier than the sword!!!
  9. A critical examination of General Ershad’s coup-de-tat in 1982 and his departure in December 1990. Role of army in his departure. Similarities with Pakistan Army.
  10. Gradual formation of political views within my own self and gradual expression through the media. How to bring about change (for the better) in Bangladesh political culture?
  11. Political structure in the country. Why Awami League in 1949, Why Rakkhibahini in 1972, why JSD in 1972, why BAKSAL in 1975, why BNP in 1978, why JP in 1985 and why Bangladesh Kallyan Party in 2007?
  12. An outline of what we are doing now in the political field. What are the difficulties. What are encouragements for working hard. Why did professor Younus withdrew?
  13. Few recommendations or proposals.
  14. What can the young people do?

The book is available in :

(1) Anannya stall number 36 in the Ekushe boi mela.

(2) Anannya 38/2, Banglabazar, Dhaka-1100, Phone number 7111643.

(3) ‘Bookworm’ near the old airport, Phone , 9120387 and mobile of Mr. Badal 01711-907704

(4) ‘Sagar Publishers’, 26 natok soroni, New Baily Road, Dhaka, Phone 9358944 and mobile of Mr. Jewel 01716-544444.

(5) Other book shops in due course of time.

About the book contact persons in my personal office are:

(1) Mr. Rabbul Islam Khan 01830-100100,

(2) Mr. AAB Ripon 01614-025202

(3) Retired Warrant Officer Mr. Asaduzzaman 01718-034369

(4) Ms. Koraisha Begum Sabiha 01715-013651.

Conclusion

This message is not for marketing of the book as a commodity but marketing of the information and ideas contained in the book. I seek your personal patronization and co-operation, for the sake of our beloved country. One possible co-operation is that you read the book and inter-act later if possible. Another possible co-operation is that you circulate this e-mail message of mine to those you know. I am also in the face-book; name there is SYED MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM.

Date: 08 Feb 2011.

Farakka’s Vicious Aggression

Source : nEWS BD71

undefined

1. Farakka Barrage project looked innocent :

Farakka is a hangover project not seriously taken up earlier until by independent India since 1949 , that is immediately after Indian partition and Pakistan founded in two parts, the West in northern British India and East in East Bengal. Though the founding of the new innovative state of Pakistan was founded through popular votes of the people and in consensus agreement of the three main parties then involved active in Indian politics– the British, the Congress and the Muslim League- the powerful actors the British colonialist and the caste ridden elitist Brahmanist Congress had set their targets very much at the beginning to dismember Pakistan and eat that up at some opportune moment. The first target being East Bengal for many vulnerable reasons against East Bengal, such as, its geographical location almost encircled by big India and economic over dependence on West Bengal and bigger Indian merchants and businessmen. The set hidden target being so, India’s Farakka Barrage Project just 11 miles up from the agreed international land border across the mighty river Ganges/ Padma must have had the additional hidden agenda for hegemony and throttle East Bengal in the down stream flowing through East Bengal ( East Bengal/East Pakistan) to the Bay of Bengal. Apparently the project for control and diversion into the river Bhagirathi to flash out and keep fit for deeper draught vessel into the Haldia river port near Calcutta looked innocent and of big utility to India.

2. Pakistan kept on objecting then off :

Although Pakistan since almost the beginning in mid August 1947 had leadership crisis, India had both experienced and more efficient leadership and continuity of old colonial administration obtained almost intact, Pakistan had kept on objecting to erecting the Barrage across river Ganges in upstream for that was taken to affect adversely the water flow along the Padma in the down stream through East Bengal to the Bay of Bengal. That is why almost no substantial progress of the work was made in nearly two decades. But as soon as East Pakistan was in political turmoil in late 1960 s the project got a quick accomplishment. Whether there was any close connection between the Jalao Porao or put on arson and burn- of East Pakistan mainly engineered by Sheikh Mujib’s six point ‘ autonomy’ formula launched in mid 1966 need be looked into depth. Soon in midst of the anarchy and chaos, civil war in 1971 , secession and independence of East Pakistan naturally left Bangladesh on its own in all matters and so the Farakka matter, as well.

3. Advantage taken by India and Delhi :

Ganges/Padma river route and farakka barrage (which also disturbed Hilsha Fish Movement) in map. Click to enlarge.

The friendly governments of Delhi and Calcutta took the best advantage of the period of turmoil of Bangladesh and completed the Farakka Barrage construction left only to just begin its operation. Even so, they could not do so unilaterally because the Ganges/Padma happened to be not only India’s river but also of sovereign Bangladesh’s that made it a serious matter for water sharing subject to rules, regulations and norms of international river waters under several statutes. However, India took another advantage of close friendship with Dhaka to get the barrage operation for diverting and withdrawal of water at the upstream. They had little difficulty in making Dhaka agree to their programs that they did in May 1975. Even so, the operation was meant for ‘40 experimental days’ and to get things viewed for adverse effects in the down stream. Unfortunately the top leader’s fall from power in mid August 1975 that kept things ahead not only in uncertainly but also hardening of Delhi’s attitude to Dhaka on all matters.

4. Prelude to 1977 water treaty :

Bangladesh was no match in anything with bigger India. The changes of government in Dhaka through army coup and counter coup one after another, the national army being in the driving position and General Zia to the top, was unpalatable to India that made things very difficult for Dhaka to move ahead. But the people were united and so were the people for the due share of water down the Farakka Barrage. On 16 May 1976 the oldest and the most experienced politician and mass leader Maolana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani organized and led a road march of hundreds of thousands of people towards the Indian border nearest to the Farakka point. Obviously the procession was stopped at the border by Indian security forces. He addressed the rally there and asked India to give our share of water or face serious other consequences. The threat on behalf of the huge mass of people gathered there produced some result that made the 1977 water sharing agreement for five years possible with minimum guarantee clause of 34 ,500 cusecs of water to be released at the Farakka point for Bangladesh’s needs.
https://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f7/Maulana_Bhasani.jpg/220px-Maulana_Bhasani.jpg

The most experienced politician and mass leader Maolana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani organized and led a road march of hundreds of thousands of people towards the Indian border nearest to the Farakka point. He addressed the rally there and asked India to give our share of water or face serious other consequences.

5. President Zia killed in May 1981 :

President General Zia had a stronger spine that made the 1977 treaty with guarantee clause for minimum flow during lean season for five months (January to May).

Once President General Zia was killed, many alleged the killing by Indian Intelligence R&AW operatives and under Indian PM Indira Gandhi’s direct planning and order, the water sharing for three years set had passed. The renewal of the agreement was not made. Bangladesh suffered for loss of everything of life and economy due to lower quantum of flow. There was nothing except a MOU made in 1982 , India arrogantly refused to make any agreement to enjoy scope to withdraw water unilaterally at will until the 1996 treaty that in fact unfortunately flouted rules and norms of international water sharing bodies like Helsinki Rules or treaty conditions that existed for other river waters elsewhere like the Nile, Danube, Indus Water between India and Pakistan, etc.

6. Hasina made an agreement in December 1996 for 30 years with no guarantee clause :

PM Sheikh Hasina says as also her own men in top administration that the Tipaimukh would be so done and operated that it would do no ‘ harm’ to Bangladesh That was what the assurance she has got from Indian PM Monmohon Singh.

Shaikh Hasina on assuming the position of PM in 1996 for the first time through indecent and immoral league with the Jamaat and the Jatiya Party leader imprisoned Ershad for high degree corruption, made a high sounding agreement for 30 years. The additional suicidal clue was ‘ dependent on availability of water’ at the Farakka point, being other mass withdrawn at points still up in the stream caring nothing much less taking consent of Bangladesh. It sounded high but having no clause for minimum guarantee for the down stream flow during the leanest season (April-May) it remained suicidal for Bangladesh for all encompassing adverse effects due to non availability of water for basic sustenance of lives, economy and environment. For thirteen years India has been even more aggressive not only in matters of Farakka but also in matters of Teesta, its seven tributaries, and now newly started Tipaimukh Barrage in the upstream of Surma and Kusiara that flow down to the Meghna another big river of Bangladesh. This is certain to have ill fate of Farrakka’s adverse effects on one fourth of the country in the south west region just as one third of Bangladesh in the south east of Bangladesh due to the Tipaimukh Multi- purpose Barrage. Hasina says as also her own men in top administration that the Tipaimukh would be so done and operated that it would do no ‘ harm’ to Bangladesh That was what the assurance she has got from Indian PM Monmohon Singh, but unfortunately nothing in written much less in document of treaty. Pity for Hasina for the harsh reality is that they cared little for written documents possibly for their bigness and bigger muscle power, how could Delhi be trusted for verbal sweet words!

Tipaimukh Multipurpose Barrage Project

7. Questions to ponder and to rise :

On the Farakka March’s 34 th anniversary this year on the 16 th May some pertinent questions have been raised by some quarters. The points are- (1) whether Bangladesh must raise the issue at the United Nations for arbitration for the quantum of water; (2) whether Bangladesh must seek for compensation to India for the huge loss incurred during the lat 35 years of the barrage operation at the upstream against lives, economy and environment; (3) whether Bangladesh must make enumeration of losses incurred in terms of money ( I made a calculation of loss in 2008 March that came to a figure of 49 lakhs crores, in May 2010 it might rise further 3 lakhs crores making the total as of now at 52 lakhs crore Taka that comes to US$ 7 , 400 billion at the current exchange rate) and seek the amount for the compensation from India; (4) whether comprehensive plans for joint development of river water sources in the Himalayan region for augmenting water flows through construction of dams in the upper region and for water management sharing with other neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and India be pursued for the total river basin as a unit in a cooperative approach, (5) whether, in case all the above four options unrealized satisfactorily, Bangladesh must opt for military option, the brief and the most likely would be bombing by our Air Force at the Farakka installations proper and so ensure natural flow of water in the downstream to Bangladesh.

Whether, in case all the above four options unrealized satisfactorily, Bangladesh must opt for military option, the brief and the most likely would be bombing by our Air Force at the Farakka installations proper and so ensure natural flow of water in the downstream to Bangladesh.

8. Strength of the spine :

Bangladesh has no strong spine to take up the 5 th option against mighty India. But a sniper action should not be ruled out. The Padua/Roumary battle in 2001 had been a good lesson for India. One would point out though that since the 25-26 February massacre of the 57 commissioned army officers in matter of hours in the capital city Dhaka in the well secured BDR HQ must have taught the army that how much deeply helpless they could be in face of India sponsored massacres meekly eaten up here for weaker spine and personal lust for power hungriness and as such any probable air attack on the Farakka Barrage installations could be countered with mightier attacks. The further issue that caused worry is that they have gained additional moral strength by dismissing at some one’s will many other senior army officers in addition to those faced the judicial murder of five in late January 2010 due only to vengeance and hardly for upholding rule of law that have had additionally chilled the spines of Bangladesh army. Otherwise India would have had chilled her spines, I can confidently guess.

Any probable air attack on the Farakka Barrage installations could be countered with mightier attacks. So, Bangladesh Army should make its spine stronger then now.

9. Pakistan’s instance :

India played havoc with Pakistan in the initial years and soon after the Kashmir war in October 1947 in that India had stopped all canals in the upstream in order for Pakistan to get lost in the lifeline for agriculture through irrigation in the Pakistan part of the Punjab that developed long before the British period, loss of drinking water supply and huge damage to environment. But Pakistan’s spine though relatively weaker then even so India got to the table and made 10 years treaty permitting Pakistan exclusive rights of full three rivers’ waters- Sind, Jehlum and Chenab, and India secured similar rights of another three – Ravi, Beas and Sutlej for her. On expiry of the ten year period the treaty was renewed forever that runs till today. The World Bank though made the mediation Pakistan’s spine was an important factor to force India to sit down across the negotiating table and their leaders Ayub and Nehru in September 1960 did the formal signing. Again Pakistan had the Army General with stronger spine in leadership and Nehru the founding leader of independent India and top boss of the Congress party. We experienced President General Zia had a stronger spine that made the 1977 treaty with guarantee clause for minimum flow during lean season for five months (January to May) at 34 ,500 cusecs.

10. 1996 treaty clauses flouted consistently by India :

The treaty made by Dhaka in 1996 with weaker spine facing Delhi’s stronger one and cunning sweet words obviously fell flat and Bangladesh has not in the last 13 years got the due share agreed then unfairly though agreed for Bangladesh in the agreement. It is very much clear that unless the spine is made stronger there is in store all sufferings, misfortune and misery continuing for 35 years of water aggression now against Bangladesh not only for the Indian Farakka Barrage but also for the Teesta’s Gazaldoba, Tipaimukh Dam etc, that is, in all 53 common rivers unfortunately Bangladesh geographically positioned in the down stream of the Indian location being in the upstream that must bring along in future many other for the country due mainly to spineless rulers running the country. May I say at the end that unless one is deeply aware of the aggressive and hegemonic attitude of the Indian rulers against the smaller countries in the region one must fail to understand the common river waters downstream flows and sharing in its proper perspective.

Delhi’s Radar Control on Dhaka for Final Victory in the Great Game?

Source : news BD71

General Shankar’s warning is nothing new

Former Indian Chief of Indian Army General Shankar Roy Chowdhury in an interview published in the London edition of the Indian English daily on the 24th March has stated on a range of issues wherein two points seem to me to be critically important. One, in his verbatim, ‘Delhi can not afford to let Dhaka slip of its radar.’ Second, point there is what he termed as the issue of ‘Great Game’ at stake. The interview came at a time when Bangladesh has deeply been mourning the unprecedented savage killing of about five dozens of senior army officers in a mayhem for 33 hours at the BDR head quarter compound enclosure at the Peelkhana, Dhaka. Not only that the massacre was made in pre-planned way but also amazingly in full knowledge of the elected government, not excluding the P.M., Sheikh Hasina. In fact, she admitted to have known the news and appeal from the BDR DG Major General Shakil Ahmad right at the start of the killing started in frenzy that the DG was still alive and so sent a SOS to the P.M. Hasina at about 9 in the morning of 25 February to save his life and other army officers under attack. The killers happened to the BDR Jawans in the main who claimed to have some grievances of lower pay, poor service conditions, lack of full ration, and along with that misbehavior of the bosses who happened to be all from the regular army and not from the BDR cadre itself that also made one of their grievances.
The BDR massacre engineered not for petty demands

Could the grievances of the petty kind and demand to fulfill them might have led to the kind of unprecedented killing and massacre of about 60 brilliant and high ranking army officers, violating their women, looting of the valuables from the houses of those fell victims, defiling of the dead bodies, putting them into mass graves, throwing some dead bodies into sewerage manholes to flow down the drains all those brutality continued for 33 hours the BDR Jawans kept on hold and none, much less army commando permitted to intervene by the P.M., despite appeals from the army end to save lives of those being killed inside the BDR Head quarter enclosure. Who is to blame for the whole bits and pieces of the unprecedented brutal massacre? Only those who perpetrated the mayhem? None else is to blame anything for in the top of the administrative hierarchy?
Indian media’s propaganda galoreDelhi and Indian media, however, did pass on enough of information in regard to the their perception of who might have been behind the scene. They blamed the game on to the ISI or the Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence agency and their operatives. They further discovered that the whole brutality was engineered to destabilize the seven weeks old government of Bangladesh led by Sheikh Hasina, and so Pronob, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Delhi issued open threat for saving Hasina against any such machinations. General Shankar’s warning to Bangladesh is the latest one in the line. But may be Shankar an army person avoided mincing words, and instead was straight forward in warning Bangladesh and also clearly hinting at India that Delhi can’t afford to let Bangladesh slip of the radar control of Delhi or of full control and surveillance of bigger and powerful India. He reminded as well the issue of ‘Great Game’ of the past that gave India at times victory and at other defeat that happens in case of war between two powers.
Geographical disability and Indian evil design

The surveillance and all round control of Bangladesh by India are easily appreciable to all of average intelligence as she continued to do since the onset in 1972. But the other issue of Great game may not be clearly and readily understood by all of Bangladesh. As I understand, it is a matter of historical truth that the generation of the recent period is very much ignorant not for their own fault as the new generation turned helpless victims of truths of history for propaganda galore around than facts of truth even in school history books.
Akhanda BharatIndia’s Great Game is well known to be directed for reestablishing the AKHANDA BHARAT or reunited pre-Aryan India including Afghanistan in the western end to Thailand in the East and so with further eye in the far East Asia – Indonesia and the Philippines. Bangladesh is the immediate and the first target in the Great Game in continuing conflict of the regional history. That is why they foiled the newly created East Bengal and Assam Province in early twentieth century (1905-1911). Then again 1947 partition and creation of East Pakistan became eye swore for them for the mid twentieth century partition went against the same Great Game. General Shankar has been very candidly clear that the 1971 war victory for India happened to be the first of the Great Game. He also lamented though that in August 1975 India had a defeat in the continuing game when their own man, Hasina’s father, was toppled from the State power in Dhaka. Since then they have been looking for scope for victory here in Bangladesh. Shankar did not make any hide and seek, much less minced words, in the fact that they have now Hasina in Dhaka that must pave their victory following the defeat of 1975. The radar thus has been set in the finest tune. Whether the BDR massacre of the late February had been orchestrated for the game plan is not clear from his statement. But the fact that they would rescue Hasina at any cost that people have been hearing from the horse’s mouth and all media gave a clear signal to Dhaka that Delhi is in all way out for Hasina and not for Bangladesh, much les the overwhelming people’s deep feelings of wound for the unforgettable massacre of many of its highly decorated brilliant sons.
India’s interest for weak Bangladesh defense

Weakening of the defense of Bangladesh is for nobody’s interest but for Delhi and Delhi alone. During the first decade Bangladesh defense was at a dismal state. It then never had any self-confidence to fight for preservation of the country’s sovereignty in practically facing Indian big army. But since late 1970s onwards for the last three decades Bangladesh army including the BDR has been continually raised to such a position that it can confidently resist aggression against the sovereignty of Bangladesh. That the confidence so build up in Bangladesh and in the defense, in particular, can not escape notice of India’s AKHANDA BHARAT design that they may well consider it a sort of threat against their winning in the Great Game. That is why one would imagine that Delhi might have planned to weaken both of our regular armed forces and the BDR, the second line of defense.
RAW’s operation in Bangladesh

It is well known in intellectual circle that Indian central intelligence agency, R&AW, has had planned and implemented Delhi’s many operations in Bangladesh for the goal Delhi has in view for their hegemony and control in the region. Shankar has mentioned not many but one of such instance in the interview. That was that R&AW had tried to feed much information about the overthrow of Mujib from the State power. But Mujib hardly cared for them that brought tragically his down fall in August 1975. Curiously enough, Shankar did not say anything about President Zia’s killing in 1981 that the R&AW had not only planned for years but also implemented with all ferocity. That the R&AW first did not have nod in the matter from an Indian P.M. and then subsequently got the nefarious scheme for killing Zia approved by Indira Gandhi in early 1980, the successive P.M. in her second term, was later on made public in Indian media itself. Hasina’s six year training under R&AW’s care and protection in Delhi’s South Block during August 1975 to mid May 1981 is a record of history. That she tried to flee Bangladesh on the day President Zia was killed in Chittagong on the 30th May 1981 by some rebels just only after 17 days of Hasina’s homecoming from self exile in India made possible by Zia’s charity and broadmindedness is also a matter of authentic history of Bangladesh.

Indian hegemony against Bangladesh

India as she wished may not desist herself from the hegemonic game plan. But despite being a much smaller country, Bangladesh must preserve her independence and sovereignty against any adversary. I would have thus thought that India should start to respect the sovereignty of Bangladesh, and try to make friendship with Bangladesh and not with any particular party or a person. Hasina just like her father Mujib had has all vengeance against the army since the historic event of August 1975. That hatred psyche of Hasina against the army should not urge India to hate and attempt to destroy the patriotic Bangladesh Army. Despite death wishes of Delhi to directly and militarily interfere into the internal affairs of Bangladesh, I am sure, the patriotic army and people would teach the aggressor in the Great Game a good lesson, despite Hasina’s working as a fifth columnist and lackey from within.
%d bloggers like this: