Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Unmasking of Gen. Ziaur Rahman in the aftermath of Bangabandhu murder case verdict

SHABBIR AHMED

THE ARROGANT killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman including his family members and many other relatives have finally been awarded capital punishment through the due process of law. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court had finally delivered the judgment on Bangabandhu murder case on November 19, 2009. The Judges unequivocally upheld the High Court verdict with confirmation of the death sentence to twelve killers. All these killers and their patrons including a few supporters thought that they were above the law; consequently, untouchables. The masterminds, conspirators, and patrons gave them indemnity by disregarding a horrendous breach of human rights, rule of law, and right to get justice. As it appears now, these vicious forces have failed measurably and with all pride, the people of Bangladesh can now claim victory over the killers and conspirators. A few of the naked and unabashed supporters will still try to defend the killers, conspirators, and the masterminds up to the bitter end. Their actions in the Internet remind me of the adage “the dogs will be barking, but the caravan will pass.” Now is the time when finally justice has prevailed. All the signs are there in the deltaic land of 165 million where the people are eagerly waiting to see the killers get the punishment to the fullest that they deserve for committing heinous crime and bloodletting, which changed the political demeanour of the nation. However, the change as it seems now was short-lived.

By the killing of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the nascent secular democratic process in Bangladesh was obstructed no doubt. It was he, who envisioned the progress of Bangladesh under a parliamentary democracy that is devoid of theocracy and militarism. One should appreciate his foresightedness for trying to get us out of the consequence of the theocratic and military rule in Pakistan. It is easy to visualize the sorry state of present Pakistan.

Unfortunately, the struggle for our independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not go well for the political Islamists, who used to trade religion in the disguise of politics. The agents of the religion traders and their national/international patrons found Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on their way to bring back the communal sectarian politics as it were practiced in Pakistan under the patronization of the military, fundamentalists, and the elite pan-Islamists. For this, the vicious conspirators and their patrons executed a heinous plan by killing the most progressive leader of our country and our founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The killers were so ruthless that they did not even spare his wife, sons, and newlywed daughter-in-laws. The killing spree of the hyenas did not have any bound. They killed nine-year old Sheikh Russell, the youngest son of Bangabandhu. The blood thirsty hyenas carried out their mission of killing in two more houses. They killed Mr. Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni and his pregnant wife Mrs. Arzu Moni. In another house, they killed a member of the cabinet Mr. Serniabat and others. Even the life of a four-year old grandson of Mr. Serniabat was not spared by the killers.

Immediately after killing in the morning of August 15, 1975, the killers declared Bangladesh as an Islamic Republic. It was reported that the mastermind behind the killers later changed their strategy for the gradual Pakistanization of Bangladesh. Gradually, the prime/principal conspirators and godfather of the killers emerged onto the surface. We observed how the command of the army went to Gen. Zia within days of the killing of Bangabandhu. Within months, the sun-glass clad petit dictator took over the command of the whole country holding three vital posts: President, Chief Martial Law Administrator, and Chief of Staff of Army. This demon dictator patronized the killers and started taking Bangladesh into the path of Pakistan quite shamelessly. The conspirators and the godfathers of the killers under the leadership of Gen. Zia changed the secular characteristics of the constitution. The recent rise of Islamic terrorists under the patronization of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is the result of Pakistanization done by Gen. Zia.

It can be concluded that the masterminds used the killers to fulfill their objectives of getting to power and transform Bangladesh from a growing secular democracy under civilian rule to a theocratic system under the influence of semi-Islamic and fundamentalist parties. Finally, the arrogant killers, who erroneously thought that they were above the law, are finally facing both ignominy and punishment. The clock is ticking and there is not much time left for them for expiating for their ruthless crimes. In the aftermath of the carrying out of the punishment, it would be our demand that the masterminds, conspirators, and the patrons who are still alive be identified and brought to justice. The people of Bangladesh should know the real culprits behind the scene.

Our people in Bangladesh should however be aware of certain charlatans who are the supporters of the killers and General Ziaur Rahman. They already have started campaign in the Net to project a good image of the sagging popularity of the ruthless army dictator. The truth about the army general is finally coming out and this is causing concern among them. I must point out after reading editorials and Op-Ed columns of both the English and vernacular newspapers that the people of Bangladesh have finally realized that our democratic movement was derailed by the killing of Bangabandhu, his family members, close relatives, and trusted lieutenants in the months of August and November 1975. It took 34 long years for the smoke to be clear. The sun is shining again all over the nation. The nation finally had heaved a long sigh of relief. Future looks too bright for our huddled masses. It is surely a new beginning. #