Breaking the spell of Shadow Dancers

July 26, 2010
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E-bangladesh.org carries the distinction of upholding the liberty and integrity of a virtual Bangladesh in the face threats from shadow dancers who continue to swirl around our fate with never ending ferocity. Truth and the freedom to unleash truth without consequences is the only way to break the viciousness of this cycle. From the wasteland of shadow dancers once emerged the mystic delta that is Bangladesh, but only after defeating Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, British and West Pakistani intruders one after the other. Time has come to do it again.

The native, peace-loving, riverine men and women of Bangladesh stand once more face- to-face with the nemesis of their leaders. We have never wanted much. Food, friendship, festival and freedom cannot be too much to ask for. But using arms and muscles a small number of fortune seekers have managed to loot and terrorize our tranquil valley, of course with the help of some within us. They forget that Industrial Revolution owes its wealth to our delta of treasures.

It was thanks to the Queen who invited me to London as a Common Wealth fellow that I was first able to realize what all we have lost. Upon its heels came the editorship at Deutsche Welle which proved to be a window to the minds of Machiavellis and Goebbels. And finally, the offer to be a Visiting Media Faculty in Pakistan strengthened my resolve to seek the truth behind the Tragedy of Bangladesh and unmask the faces behind militancy.

It would have been so much easier to overlook our past had the shadow dancers not killed our Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Shekh Mujibur Rahman, on August 15, 1975. But it would be soulless of us to overlook the untimely and unjustified death of a statesman who liberated Bengali soul and gifted us with our lost motherland.

History has no use if we make the same mistake twice. We cannot let the shadow dancers win anymore, we cannot dishonor Bangabandhu’s gift of 1971, and we simply cannot allow our mystic land to be reduced to ashes of poverty, bigotry and terrorism. Bangabandhu’s call on the 7th of March, 1971, for the struggle for independence and freedom continues to echo around militancy-haunted Bangladesh, only to be heard by those who care to listen. Even if the powers that be are forced to ignore the message in that echo, the World Wide Web has the strength to make the Phoenix rise from the ashes.

E-bangladesh.org is a virtual global forum that offers the freedom to speak out, share ideas and seek the truth, so that secular wisdom can breathe. Intellectual sparring is most valued here. Please drop in. Read, write, laugh, cry or just dream for a morning as passionate as yourself.

With Regards

Maskwaith Ahsan,
Editor

(Former Editor Sushanta Das Gupta announced the handing over of the editor’s password to me on his Face Book wall on the evening of July 24, 2010. He will continue his support as author and publisher of e-bangladesh.org)

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14 Responses to Breaking the spell of Shadow Dancers

  1. Khondkar A Saleque
    July 27, 2010 at 2:39 am

    All the hungry wolves must be netted without delay.Snakes grow venom teeth after every 15 days. We must not let these obnoxious weeds poison our society any more.Theyt have huge black ill gotten money.Their friends have also huge ill gotten money which they even repartiated to offshore banks. All progressive force at home and abroad must reamin very alert against all subversive acts and conspiracies.

  2. Tahmida khanam
    July 27, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Just kill them………….

  3. July 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

    they and their roots must eliminated through a crushing defeat…

  4. Umar K Channa
    July 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    One cannot simply kill them, we must stop propagating extremism on all fronts. We South Asian’s have been exploited on this one stereotype the most, that has led to so much turmoil and unrest in South Asia. In order to defeat the enemy we must understand it. We must take this challenge up as an intellectual war, using the enemies weak points to our advantage. I feel the time is unripe as yet for aggressive stance. We must evaluate our inadequacies and align ourselves for a new secular approach towards the problem. Then, only we can come a point where we can fight off the enemy.

  5. Mona
    July 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    The time for soft approach has passed. We now need to be as extremist about reviving secular mindsets as religious extremists themselves. Moderation only works with the moderates. Liberal anarchists will certainly agree with that.

  6. July 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Nixon said of Indira Gandhi that women in power could be tougher than men.

  7. Mahboob
    July 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    When enormous number of our people live in ignorance and without the basic needs to sustain a dignified human life, it will be foolish to think that everything will change rapidly. If our generation decides to shoulder the responsibility to create a new Bangladesh,we just have to act now. We need to have all the facts that need us guide the actions. The first fact will be how the children of Bangladesh is being educated, which will be followed by another like where is the health care? we need to handle the issue head on;
    Do these new Bangladeshi dreamers have any fourm to raise their voice??????
    There are many problems to be solved besides punish the war criminals; let the law take its own course. We have been waiting for almost forty years, a little more time will not do any problem….

  8. July 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Mr Mahboob,

    Thank you for your feedback. The poor never get justice. In rare cases that justice is not denied, it certainly is delayed. And as Churchill believed that only proper justice can ensure good governance. True, education and health must be our priorities, as must bringing closure to the victims of 1971. We look forward to any other concern you wish to share.

  9. Khondkar A Saleque
    July 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Some great issues raised here .The dialogue can start.No one denies that we need education , we need healthcare, we need energy security.But the need of the hour is to remain focussed and solidly united behind governments initiative to try the war criminals who opposed our liberation war , created anarchy and terrorism, poisoned the basic fabric of the nation.Bangladesh must uphold its ideals of liberation war to march ahead. Present generation must be made aware of that, among others we fought for secular democracy which fundamentalists and autocrat army regimes violated.
    Let this forum take the lead the lead to educate the people. It was a national shame that notorious Razakars like Nizamee and Mujahid were ministers and drove in cars with our blood earned national flag. .Let us form E-Bangladesh readers forum.Can someone of present generation tale the lead.We must negate the negative propaganda against progressive force.Bangladeshi nation is on the crossraod of turning around.

  10. Mahboob
    July 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Yes this is the same Churchill who also vehemently opposed the Indian independence. I think I know what he might have meant by that.
    I didn’t say we do not need any closure of 1971 but don’t waste too much resources on that. What I also wanted say is that,even after so much trial and tribulations we still entertain the luxury of delusion that government can and really solve all our problems (thanks to all the brainwashings of the donor agencies) and handful of half literate politicians and religious fanatics can actually responsible for the country’s problem. We need to grow out of it and take the responsibility of our country altogether. Everyone is responsible and fortunately for the first time in out history we have a sensitive young generations we might be coaxed into believing that

  11. Mahboob
    July 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Yes this is the same Churchill who also vehemently opposed the Indian independence. I think I know what he might have meant by that.
    I didn’t say we do not need any closure of 1971 but don’t waste too much resources on that. What I also wanted say is that,even after so much trial and tribulations we still entertain the luxury of delusion that government can and really solve all our problems (thanks to all the brainwashings of the donor agencies) and handful of half literate politicians and religious fanatics can actually responsible for the country’s problem. We need to grow out of it and take the responsibility of our country altogether. Everyone is responsible and fortunately for the first time in our history we have a sensitive young generations who might be coaxed into believing that

  12. Hasan Nuri
    July 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Without Jamat i Islami, Bangladesh will be left with only pigs and monkeys.

  13. Mona
    July 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    News flash for you Nuri. A large majority of the people in Bangladesh believe whole heartedly that ‘with Jamaat i Islami, the country would be run over by pigs and monkeys’. I don’t know where you got your religious tender from, but actual Islam is a religion of peace; a religion whose holy book, The Quran, says that anything that divides people should not be practised. That means politics should not be practised because it inherently divides people amongst interest-based ideologies. Just like the Jamaat. If you guys really want to make a positive difference in the world, perhaps you should consider following the Quran and Sunnah first, instead of showing a human being’s barbaric side. Don’t delude yourself; today’s generation is too sharp and intelligent for the likes of you. We all understand your dilemma: half-baked religious concepts and lack of faith & confidence, all of which contribute to developing human beings that fall short of Allah’s adam. Do not think for a moment that people buy into your delusion. We understand your limitation; you need to mask your political interests by giving religious fatwas that are in sharp contradiction to the actual teachings of Islam. After all, preaching true Islam can never yield financial benefits, it only reaps peace.

  14. Khondkar A Saleque
    July 31, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Nuri Jamate Islami never accepted Bangladesh.To them Bangladesh never fought a liberation war.These animals let our sisters and mothers raped by their Pkaistan army god fathers. If you do not know ask your parents. But do not sahde crocodiles tears for them.Just hate them for their sins.

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