Why India Is Blamed For All Debacles?
Why India Is Blamed For All Debacles?
By Mohammad Zainal Abedin
India is blamed for the well-knitted and unprecedented bombings of August 17 and all other debacles occurred in Bangladesh. Some blame India directly mentioning its name, while others accuse her indirectly without mentioning her name. Whenever any untoward incident occurs in Bangladesh, this group, out of fear indicates to India saying "a neighbouring country acted from behind the screen." They do not mention India in name. They adopt this tactic out of fear. One should really be worried for his personal security, since the security and existence of one's homeland is under threat. None can predict when, where, how and from which direction he will face mishap.
Under this situation, at least two ministers of the alliance government showed their extreme height of courage. One of them is the Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan and the other the Industry Minister Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami. Indian government, its High Commissioner in Dhaka and India's Bangladeshi disciples reacted sharply, better to say furiously at the recent comment of the Industries Minister on the serial bomb attacks on August 17.
Bangladesh-India Friendship Council' tabled a demand before the government that the Industries Minister should be sacked immediately. Their allegation is that the Industries Minister replying a question in a press conference alleged that India might have involved with the bomb attacks of August 17. The Industries Minister made this comment, virtually to counter the allegation that some highly placed personality of the opposition made against his party for the bomb blasts. According to them (pro-Indians), "It has become a mania for a section of people to blame India, without any document or proof, for all untoward happenings in Bangladesh.
The argument is true and acceptable. Many things happen in the world, whose proof or document is difficult to unearth. But the argument is not applicable in respect to India. It is India that created the environment or habit or mania for blaming her for all the misfortunes, as she is the covert or overt architect of all the debacles and miseries that the Bangladeshis face.
India that emerged as a rescuer of Bangladesh in 1971, wearing the mask of an ardent friend, since 1971, behaves in such a way still date, in which no trace of friendship is visible. India through her hundreds of thousands of activities proved that she is our opponent and hostile to us. Due to India none, right from Sheikh Mujubur Rahman to Khaleda Zia, could rule Bangladesh peacefully.
Who floated anti-Mujib JASAD-GANA BAHINI? Who are the masterminds of Mujib Bahini?
Who did not allow the then Commander-in-Chief of Bangladesh Armed Forces or chief of the freedom fighters Gen. M A G Osmani, any other Bangladesh representative, to attend at the surrendering function of Pakistan Army in Dhaka on December 16, 1971?
Who grabbed all the arms and ammunition and other military equipment, including armoured vehicles, warplanes and warships?
Who plundered materials of hundreds of crores of dollars from our the cantonments, industrial units, goodowns, warehouses, shops and shopping malls, mills and factories, even the residential houses, of all our major cities, including Dhaka and loading them in lorries and trucks and ships sent outside our territory?
Who are the godfathers of arson in our mills and factories, including our goodowns of jute and carried out other subversive activities during Mujib period?
Who printed counterfeited Bangladeshi currency during Mujib regime and created man-made famine through inflation and zeroed his popularity?
Whose black hands were active behind the killing of Mujib and Zia?
These misdeeds do not have any proof. But even an ordinary citizen of Bangladesh genuinely comprehends how our neighbouring country frustrates us in every step. India designs to ruin us blockading the water of our rivers our lifelines.
Why should we be deprived of the waters of the international rivers?
Who attack our border almost daily?
Who kidnap our people living in the bordering areas?
Who kill them or plunder their assets, including cattle and arson their dwelling houses?
Who intrigue to make us dependable on them by ruining our industrial infrastructures applying multifarious evil-techniques and smuggling?
Who let loose their tentacles to start guerrilla war to segregate one-tenth of our territory?
Who provide them weapon, training, money and shelter?
From which country arms, explosives and ammunition come to Bangladesh? Is there any person who can term India as a friend of Bangladesh after learning all these information? Lets the Indians come forward to challenge the genuineness of even one these allegations mentioned above.
No Bangladeshi has any desire to speak ill of or spread scandal for nothing against India. It is India that instigates and incites us, provokes us, compels us to write and speak against India. Being annoyed and vexed at the anti-Bangladesh activities of India, we simply react. It is not our habit or mania. It is our protest against unfriendly and inimical attitude and behaviour of a friend. We protest being beaten and assaulted again and again. Even the beast, not to speak of human being, protests, reacts out of mental agony. It is the duty of the patriotic forces to find out and punish that evil power that is responsible for our deplorable condition, which power does not allow us to stand erect. There is no room to compromise or to be frightened in this respect.
The role that India played for us in 1971 does not mean that she is our master. A smaller country have the right to exist adjoining a larger one. But the larger country cannot be given the privilege or license to act against the interest and existence of her tiny neighbour. The assistance that India provided to Bangladesh in 1971, does not mean that Bangladesh should become a satellite state of India.
Threat came from the responsible quarters of India that economic embargo would be imposed on Bangladesh if the so-called extremity is not stopped. Is this type of unreasonable threat is a symbol of friendship and amity? India starts to poke nose whenever a tiny turmoil occurs in Bangladesh, alleging that her security is under threat. But extremity, fundamentalism, fanaticism, communalism, etc. are the main characteristics of Indian society. How many communal, caste and tribal riots took place in India and how many people were massacred in those riots? How many mosques, churches, Buddhist pagodas, gurudwaras (Sikh prayer house) were razed to dust? How many people lost their lives in the political and social violence or secessionist wars and Moist people's wars? Where the national Army fights against its own people, other than India, since its independence in the name of safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country? Having hundreds of thousands of social, political, ethnic and caste violence how so-called extremity in Bangladesh could be an excuse of imposing economic embargo against Bangladesh? Who will not feel disturbed at this type of comment?
Let us come to the latest incident of August 17. Though the Industries Minister passively pointed his fingers to the involvement of India in that serial bombings (of August 17), but the opinions of print media, observers and analysts were more open concrete. RAW connection of Shaiyakh Abdur Rahman is now well-known to all. Above all, the pattern of the explosives that were used in the bombs of August 17, were detained and recovered earlier repeatedly when they were being smuggled to Bangladesh through Benapole, Bhomra and bordering routes. Same type of bombs, explosives and technology are not available in Bangladesh. Indian attitude and behaviour and ground situation and reality indicate that no other country, except India, is the supplier of these materials and technology. Moreover, some of the arrestees in their confessional statements have already admitted that the bombs and their raw materials were brought from India. Considering circumstantial reality, it is neither impractical nor unnatural to blame and accuse India for the bomb blasts of August 17.
The responsibility of changing this trend inclusively lies with India. It cannot be an acceptable and logical argument that India couldn't be blamed for the bomb blast, though she provides shelter and training to the Bangladeshi terrorists in her soil. It is India to prove that she is not our foe, but friend. India herself stated to show inimical attitude and unfriendly behaviour against Bangladesh. The Foreign Minister or the Industries Minister only reacted to those (inimical attitude and unfriendly behaviour) through their mild comments. It is known to all that India, has been endeavouring to brand Bangladesh as a terrorist-infested country. For that reason, it is logical if one blames India for the bomb blasts of August 17. The grievance of the Bangladeshi people was just simply ventilated through the comments of the Industries Minister.