Punish all “unknown” coup plotters to honour Bangabandhu
August 14th, 2020 at 11:03 pm
Punish all “unknown” coup plotters to honour Bangabandhu

by Nazrul Islam;

He stood rock-solid like the Himalayas against all odds with an affinity for socialism to save his poverty-stricken people and the poor living conditions in this part of the world decades ago.

Inspired by Aristotelian words of kindness, he made the difference as to how one could win the hearts of all the people who were fighting harder the battle for survival.

His wits always put him on the center of discussion on the realm of world politics. His act of empathy made any stranger smiling at any testing situation. He knew the act of artfulness to make kinship to lead millions to lay a wager to win an armed struggle almost bare-handed giving birth to a nation in his absence named Bangladesh.

Nothing is less, he turned to be the magician of politics and his epoch-making speeches made him the poet of politics. A persona comparable with none other than himself, Mujib is not barely a name. Mujib turned to be a philosophy.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman meeting the United States President Gerald Ford at the White House in October 1974 – Photo courtesy government of Bangladesh

I’m talking about a fearless towering figure who laid his life for the causes of his people. He is Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The architect of independent Bangladesh. The founding father.

The history makes him illustrious thanks to his life-long struggle for emancipation from oppression and subjugation, and the charismatic headship at every stage.

The sum of his common exertions have made him an exceptional hero respected by all. His stunning far-sightedness as a leader with vision towards building a prosperous Bangladesh was shattered in the hands of a handful of cowardly disgruntled army officers, who killed Bangabandhu along with most of his family.

He was as young as 54 years old at that time and had many things to deliver to his people he loved much through crafting a vision for their future.

Soon after independence, Bangabandhu mobilized his efforts and talent to gain Bangladesh’s recognition in the world forum. He made in the quickest possible time. One instance is enough to understand his sagacity that he announced Bangladesh to be the “Switzerland of the East” to remain neutral during the cold war era as he was invited by leaders from both the US and the then Soviet Union.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addresses the NAM Sumit in 1973 – Photo courtesy Bangladesh government

Bangladesh could be the oriental Switzerland by this time had Bangabandhu’s vision for future could be implemented accordingly.

The massacre of August 15, 1975 had changed the course of Bangladesh’s history at a time when Bangabandhu began to reconstruct in the aftermath of a ‘lot of rampages and rape of Bangladesh economy by the Pakistani occupation forces.’ A deep-rooted conspiracy fueled by external actors encouraged the internal elements to orchestrate the plan for assassination. And, they killed the selfless leader, who epitomized sacrifice throughout his life, on the dawn of August 15, plunging the nation into despair.

A 15-year military rule followed halting the democratic process. The takeover distorted the core values of Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war with an aim of thriving a mindset of the defeated Pakistan. Seeking justice into the Bangabandhu killing was banned by the assassination beneficiaries, and the way for the justice opened more than two decades later when Bangabandhu’s worthy daughter, Sheikh Hasina, who survived the massacre as she was abroad along with her youngest sister Sheikh Rehana, assumed office of the prime minister amid years of political turmoil.

Six out of 12 convicted killers were executed in line with the confirmation of the death penalty by the Supreme Court in 2010. The rest are still on the run despite the government ministers time and again repeating the killers would be brought back to face the justice. It is appeasing that some of the killers were brought to the book.

But the trial only could not fully satisfy millions of Bangabandhu lovers as plotters still remained out of sight. It is more important to unearth the entire episode of Bangabandhu killing, which is not merely a murder. Unearthing the roots of the conspiracy is the demand for the sake of history and for securing democracy.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman inquires into the condition of a wounded freedom fighter at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in 1972 – photo courtesy Bangladesh government

The assassination of Bangabandhu, whose ethos, pathos and logos are incomparable as a leader with anyone else, deserves a thorough investigation as an American journalist Lawrence Lifschultz hinted earlier that his country’s secret agency might have had a role in the coup plot.

There might have been other so far “unseen” players too who felt threatened with the rise of a fearless leader like Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the world forum. All of them must be brought to the light to rewrite the true history of Bangladesh and Bangabandhu.

Bangladesh should resolutely take up the matter as a mark of respect to the slain leader on his birth centenary. We mourn your death, salute Bangabandhu! Your death turned me wretched.

Nazrul Islam is a journalist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The writer can be reached by e-mail ; [email protected]