In Canada, with the courtesy of the media of all kinds from Bangladesh, it appears that some incidents are attempts to push Bangladesh into a volatile situation.
Incident 1: Some fanatical fundamentalist groups are protesting against the construction of Bangabandhu’s sculpture. They have announced that they will bring down the statue. The ruling Awami League has taken some action to stop the fanatical fundamentalist forces, but they have remained stubborn on their threat.
Incident 2: Hefazat-e-Islam held a conference. Babunagari and Kasemi, who led the meeting, are known as extremists. They are affiliated with fundamentalist political parties and are known as Jamaat-e-Islami.
Incident 3: There have been incidents of attacks on religious minorities in different parts of the country by spreading rumours on social media, including Facebook.
These incidents were pre-planned, as investigations have shown, and intended to create religious chaos. There is no harmony between these three incidents and there is no connection. But an in-depth analysis of these three incidents reveals that the aims and objectives of all three are one. It is aimed at provoking religious extremists.
The investigation has shown that the fanatical fundamentalist forces of Bangladesh are trying to rise again. They have created a blueprint for an Islamic revolution in Bangladesh. And multiple analysts believe that these sporadic events are happening as part of the plan to implement that blueprint. Recently, Bangladesh has witnessed a sudden movement and boom of extremist forces.
In Bangladesh, Sharadiya Durgotsava has been historically celebrated as a cultural festival of Bengalis in a non-communal spirit. Many Muslims go to the puja festival and participate. Many Hindus visit the homes of Muslims on Eid and are warmly received, which is Bangladesh’s ancient culture. But in recent times, spiritual poison is being spread on social media. Attempts are being made to propagate the extremists.
An in-depth research indicates that at least five Islamist groups in Bangladesh are working to spark an Islamic revolution and using Islam. Religious groups have been protesting in Dhaka in the wake of recent tensions in France over Prophet Muhammad’s cartoon.
Hefazat-e-Islam had planned to lay a siege to the French embassy, although their march was stopped at the Shantinagar intersection. But in their statements made at those rallies, political analysts think that the fanatical group are trying to reorganise and are trying to do something heinous.
When the Islamic Revolution took place in Afghanistan, several people from Bangladesh went there. They became Mujahideen for Islamic Revolution and ‘Jihad.’ Many of them did return to Bangladesh and did not sit quietly; they are with various political Islamic organizations. At that time, they gave the slogan that ” Bangladesh will be Afghanistan.”
But the people of Bangladesh did not accept it; they rejected it. Various Islamic political parties, including the Jamaat-e-Islam and Khilafah Movement, dream of an Islamic Revolution in Bangladesh. They seem to be struggling to realize this dream.
Political analysts say the government should be tough on them now and if not they think that these fanatical forces could turn into a major threat for secular and non-communal Bangladesh.
A personal Note:
I was a BLF member during the liberation war and participated in the Liberation war very actively. My house in the old Pallabi R.A., Mirpur was looted on 27 March 1971 at the instruction of Kader Mollah and the Islamist group. The non-Bengalis and razakars were looking for me as I was one prominent SL/AL activist in the area. My mother was bayonetted by the Paki soldiers. My twin brother Shamim Sher known as “Robin,” who was a valiant ferocious Dhaka urban guerilla during the liberation war in sector two under Major ATM Haider and Col. Khaled Musharof was captured by the Paki soldiers during an operation near Indira road and was tortured inhumanly until he acted as a mad man to free himself from captivity after 12 days in October 1971.
My family and I did not suffer to see this kind of Bangladesh today where the fanatics are dreaming of an Islamic revolution and Islamic state. We sacrificed our blood for a secular nation, not for an Islamic country. Let us not forget that for a single second.