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Down fall of Dhaka

17 December, 2006

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Much has been written and spoken about the fall of Dhaka. But our young generation is still clueless to the real culprits of that tragedy. Politicians blame army, and army does the same with politicians. No one is ready to accept the responsibility of the dismemberment of the then largest country of Islamic world.

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Dhaka, and it is with a certain sense of shock that one realizes this means an entire generation has passed. The old men of 1971 are no more with us, replaced by a new generation.

So many of the players are dead, having taken to the grave questions that might have been asked. Yahya Khan, Indira Ghandi, Mujib-ur-Rehman, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Noorul Amin, General Manekshaw, General Hameed, General Niazi alias tiger, General Tikka Khan, and General Aurora. These names were once on everyone’s lips. Now, most of today’s younger generation (in all three countries) would find it difficult to recognize their picture, if at all.

But the most painful aspect, one feels this year is that the country is leading to the same situation that was in 1971. Mistrust between the provinces has widened. Smaller provinces, especially Balochistan and Sindh are unhappy with Punjab and Islamabad. And unfortunately, the rulers still believe that the country is united and progressing. Every one of us wishes for that. But we must remember that miracles do happen but only when one individual or nation creates conditions for miracles.

Here are some questions
1) What lesson our leaders have learned from East Pakistan tragedy?
2) Do you agree with the contention that Bengalis did not want sepration And that it was the west PAKISTANS Establishment,which propelled them for that ?
3) Was the dismemberment of Pakistan the result of an international conspiracy?
4) Who hatched that conspiracy? Pakistan’s political and military junta, USSR, India and or USA?
5) Do you agree that the country is currently facing the same situation it had in 1971?

Reader Comments:

Downfall of Dhaka

It is really painful to watch the downfall of Dhaka because We are more worried about the thing which is not in our hand(Kashmir) but less worried about the thing in our hand (east pakistan).We should learn the lesson from the past and try to keep Baluchistan/Sindh and similiarily India should keep Punjab,Kashmir,Assam integrated otherwise coming generation will never forgive us.

suresh taneja, Pakistan - 05 February, 2007

Thanks for understanding

I am glad that Pakistanis admit the facts about creation of Bangladesh at long last. My earnest request-please teach your children the true history. I am sure you are not going to teach them some thing that is not right. The truth that you will plant today in them will bring future Bangladeshi and Pakistanis close. They will respect each other for what they are!

Zia Zahid, Bahrain - 02 October, 2007

sad day

it is all due to the irresponsibility of all of our leaders that they solve problem with stick instead of discussion

zara, Pakistan - 01 November, 2007

From India with love

While as an Indian it's difficult not to get swayed by emotions post the recent Mumbai Terror attacks, it's time all of us understood what plagues this region and how we can preserve our nations, intact.
Bangadesh was a result of sheer greed and avarice. Of the Pakistani Political elite lead by Bhutto. The despicable and baseless belief of Punjabis that they are a superior race. The Pakistani Army's greed for Power. Finally and the most important - Pakistani Civil Society's impotence in standing up to subversion of the law, democracy and values that make a successful nation.
Unfortunately, Pakistani Civil Society has still not learnt it's lessons.
Whats coming will probably be so humiliating that the creation of Bangladesh will actually feel like a good game of cricket that Pakistan lost to India.
Pakistan is close to being declared a Terrorist State. Hope the intelligentsia of Pakistan wakes up fast and leads the cleaning up of Pakistan. Pakistan like India needs a new Political Elite. And NOW.

Kaustav Das, Hungary - 17 December, 2008

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