Sarmila Bose: The return of Goebbels

Maskwaith Ahsan

Maskwaith Ahsan

The writer is an Online Journalist and Offline Media Educator.

Sharmila Bose: The return of Goebbels
The ongoing war criminals’ trials are not only being opposed by groups within Bangladesh, but also from several diverse and questionable corners of the world. Leader of the opposition,Khaleda Zia, is on a road march to save her political allies from prosecution for crimes against humanity. Not surprisingly, her political credibility has failed in generating public support against this long-awaited trial. The generation next of Bangladesh is no longer vulnerable to distortion and political slogans. Khaleda Zia’s soft corner for the radical Jamaat is well-known, as also the fact that her late husband, General Ziaur Rahman, rehabilitated the war criminals of 1971 and made politics difficult by distorting the history of our war of independence.

But now, with the Awami League government determined to bring closure to the families affected by the horrific crimes of ’71, war criminals associated with Jamaat have resorted to hiring western lobbyists to fight their case, not in courts, rather by trying to influence globalgame-changers. There is documented evidence of the Jamaat investing huge amounts of money to run concerted campaigns against the trials in Dhaka: the campaign includes co-opting western media through indirect means and hence we see a stream of articles even in respected western newspapers and magazines questioning the neutrality of the trial courts. This is nothing but an attempt to destroy the credibility of both the Awami league government and the tribunal.

Ironically, even a few human right organizations are expressing concern about the fairness of these trials when the war crimes are clearly documented in Jamaat’s own partisan newspapers of 1971.

Not sure of the impact of their media on slaught, western lobbyists also turned to hiring an academician with enough worth (!) to turn the trials into a controversy. In Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War, Sarmila Bose has tried to undermine the genocide of 1971. With a sugarcoat of academic research she has distorted the history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh, not realizing that events that took place 40 years ago merely register as having happened yesterday on the timeline of world’s history. Witnesses of that genocide are still alive. Bose’s arguments resound those of Khaleda Zia & her followers who are desperately trying to rewrite the history of ‘71 just to achieve political edge over Awami League.

Almost 34 years after the Liberation War,Ms Bose visited Bangladesh to gather evidence against the genocide and in favour of her argument. She saw what see wanted to see, learnt what she wanted to learn. Bose carries the genetic influence of Netaji Subhash Bose who joined Hitler to fight back the British Raj. I have yet to ascertain who Ms Bose is trying to fight by joining the anti-trial campaign. In 1971, she was only twelve, too young to cash in on the political wisdom which she now propagates. But better late than never, as she has now made her interviews of the 30 Pakistan army officers, involved in the 1971 carnage, as the basis of her book. Those interviews must have been quite something as they were apparently enough to convince Ms Bose that the Liberation War was just a Civil War and that the Biharis were the main victims of Bengali nationalism.

Let’s recap ’71. The Awami League led by Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won the general elections of 1970 and according to the constitution he was supposed to form a government as prime minister. But Zulfikar Ali Bhutto couldn’t accept defeat and was not ready to hand overpower to anyone else. President Yahya Khan sided with Bhutto by delaying the process of power-transfer. Mujib in good faith took part in the negotiation process and continued his non-violent movement for the acceptance of his six-point demand.

During his historical address of March 7,1971, Mujib had urged the Pakistani military junta to show respect to the will of majority voters and requested the people of Bangladesh to get ready for freedom struggle in case the election mandate was violated.

Yahya Khan discontinued the dialogue process with Mujib and left Dhaka on the evening of March 25, 1971. By midnight his army, under the command of General Tikka Khan, launched Bengali genocide. That led Mujib to declare Independence on March 26, 1971, just before his arrest.

Mujib’s followers formed an interim government on April 17 to fight back the occupying forces of Yahya Khan, and soon the freedom struggle turned into War of Independence. The fight between a civilian Bangladesh interim government and the entire army of Pakistan was in no way just a civil war, a reality which Ms Bose has failed to identify.Bangladesh lost almost 3 million people and almost 2 to 4 lakhs of women were brutally raped and tortured by the Pakistan Army and its native collaborators.

Ms Bose has tried to create another controversy by challenging the number of death and rape victims, just like Nazi-sympathetic researchers dispute the number of Jews killed in Holocaust. There is no area of Bangladesh that did not face the brutality of Pakistani Army and its Bangladeshi collaborators. If Ms Bose was sincere she would have stayed in Bangladesh long enough to seek the truth and not just be satisfied with the accounts of the selected few she chose as her research sample.

How could she not realize that Bangladesh itself is a mass graveyard as almost every family lost their beloved ones in 1971? Her field research is heavily biased because the 30 war criminals she interviewed in Pakistan would obviously never confess to their crimes. So instead she has highlighted the killing of pro-Yahia Biharis while overlooking the massacre of Bengali Muslims and Hindus.

Ms Bose has tried to distort history under the disguise of academic neutrality. Her biased research sampling in fact is a beacon of some hidden agenda clearly favouring the war criminals of ‘71.

Lobbyists have organized book readings of Dead Reckoning (The return of Goebbels) at reputed western universities to buy recognition for Ms Bose’s em-bedded version of history. Influential dailies are raving about her book and sugar-daddy columnists are patting her back, conveniently forgetting that this is no longer an era of government controls over media and/or censored journalism. Truth is now just a click away. Ms Bose needs to keep herself more updated in this age of internet, when social media is enough to unleash every truth distorted by interest groups. She should also be ashamed of her colonial hangover and Goebbels syndrome.

The people of Bangladesh have neither forgotten their relatives killed in 1971, nor are they ignorant of the fact that justice has been denied to them for so long because of the machinations of the pro-Jamaat cult. That’s why they voted Awami League into power in 2008; to get justice and closure.

If Ms Bose continues to take her 15 minutes of fame seriously, she might end up making a fool of herself and in the process lose her credibility. She reminds me of a blind woman trying to understand what an elephant looks like….

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416 Responses to “Sarmila Bose: The return of Goebbels”

  1. Mahabubur Rahman

    To me, Ms. Sharmila Bose is doing even greater crime than the war criminals, creating misconceptions and trying to save criminals through that. She deserves a trial also…

  2. Khondkar A saleque

    Who is Sharmila Bose to distort our glorious liberation war of 1971? There are so many living evidences of the atrocities of Pakistan Army and their accomplices that no one can deny the pathetic incidents. We saw it how succesive regimes after August 15th tried to drive country into darkness in evil attempts of rewritting history .But all attempts failed. Allaiance favoring liberation war ideals are in state power and trails of ciminals against humanity has started.
    It is only natural that there would be all out residstance from criminals and the beneficiaries .Khaleda is doing that.She has no choice as war criminals are her strength of politics. She is going to be doomed.
    I hope that persons like Sharmila will realize her mistakes or face the ignominy of going against the wave of history.
    The true history of liberation war will be established someday. It will place heroes and criminals in respective places.History never failes to do that .

  3. mstasfin

    The question of neutrality that u mentioned above got some logical reasoning.
    lets just ask urself a question, “would the killers of the father of the nation be prosecuted,if any other party rather than AL holding power?”
    “would the rapists and murderers(u know who i mean) of 1971 be trialed, if it was not AL in power?”
    If the answer is no , then definately AL is exerting some power and hence the question of neutrality .As far as i can understand because of these they are questioning the neutrality.
    It would have been great ,if together we (99% of bangladeshi’s)could have prosecuted them.but it is unfortunate to see the way things are going.Now it feels like a whole lot of people of bangladesh do not want them trialed.

  4. Khondkar A saleque

    Who is Sharmila Bose to distort our glorious liberation war of 1971? There are so many living evidences of the atrocities of Pakistan Army and their accomplices that no one can deny the pathetic incidents. We saw it how succesive regimes after August 15th tried to drive country into darkness in evil attempts of rewritting history .But all attempts failed. Allaiance favoring liberation war ideals are in state power and trial of ciminals against humanity has started.
    It is only natural that there would be all out resistance from criminals and the beneficiaries .Khaleda is doing that.She has no choice as war criminals are her strength of politics. She is going to be doomed.
    I hope that persons like Sharmila will realize her mistakes or face the ignominy of going against the wave of history.
    The true history of liberation war will be established someday. It will place heroes and criminals in respective places.History never fails to do that .

  5. Mujahidul Islam

    In any successful revolution it is imperative that the victor rout out the last remnants of the perished demons. Even in today’s world this is evident in case of Iraq and Libya. The victors made sure that the core behind despot and tyrant madman Gaddafi did not survive to emerge later as counter-revolutionaries to spoil the booty of the revolution. The same had happened in Russia and China. But unfortunately, exactly the opposite had happened in Bangladesh. The war criminals, especially the Islamic fascists the Jamaat-e-Islami top brass including collaborator and killers Golam Azam, Nizami, Mujaheed and many others survived and soon staged a counter-revolution with help from pseudo-freedom fighters like Zia and collaborators like Shah Azizur Rahman and Jadu Miah. The savagery in the second half of 1975 allowed the defeated forces to quickly reorganise under direct patronage of the Pakistani army and countries like Saudi Arabia and Libya who were spending petrodollars madly in the seventies to fund most of the dreaded terrorist organisations and assassins worldwide. Its fallout could be felt many decades later in what Laden achieved in the gruesome inhumane 9/11 massacre. Despicable madman Gaddafi is known to have given millions of dollars to Bangladesh’s founding father Mujib’s assassins from the Bangladesh army many of whom are now in the US, Canada, and, also in hiding in India and Pakistan using the ill-gotten wealth they amassed from Arab leaders and the ISI of Pakistan.

    But times have changed for good. The Arab Spring has brought down some of the most fascist brutal dictators and more are likely and surely to be toppled ushering in an era of democracy for all including women in the repressive Arab world. Dictators and despots like Gaddafi had sucked the oil rich economies for generations depriving those people of basic human rights while promoting Islamic terrorism abroad to brand Islam as a terrorist religion in the minds of Westerners. Pakistan too is cornered and the ISI is a major suspect under strict surveillance. This has had a devastating effect on the billions of dollars that the Arabs poured into the coffers of Jamaat-e-Islami of Bangladesh who now own many of the banks, insurance companies, media, business, hospitals in Bangladesh. The Jamat-e-Islami has heavily infiltrated the government and army during Ziaur Rahman and especially Khaleda’s ten year rule. The Jamaat also tried to wipe out all secular personalities and even launched a grenade attack with surgical precision on the Awami League leadership but astonishingly Hasina and her top aides survived that carnage. The Jamaat-e-Islami is a tool for the terrorist wing of ISI to convert Bangladesh into a fascist fundamentalist terrorist state. Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh is using BNP (an intellectually hollow political entity) to further Jamaat’s hidden agenda. Khaleda Zia is a pawn in the hands of Jamaat. She and her two sons have already been indicted for terrorist acts and money laundering in Sngapore and the US. This also exposes the hypocrisy of Jamaat trying to cast itself as a Islamic party that was behind illegal weapons shipment to rebels in India.

    Jamaat-e-Islami is the biggest threat to democracy in Bangladesh and if they succeed in grabbing power in Bangladesh through their implants in the army Bangladesh is likely to be another thorn and if not a raging inferno in Asia for the rest of the world after Afghanistan. During BNP-Jamaat`s rule the minorities were treated like filth and terrorized.

    But for the last five years Jamaat`s fundamentalist terrorist acts have been defanged and Bangladesh is slowing moving to its original secular foundations of the 1972 constitution that have been raped by most of the post- 1975 regimes. It is necessary that the war criminals of 1971 are tried once and for all and the gestapos, goebbels, himmlers and goerings of the 1971 genocide hanged.

  6. mujib

    sharmilla bose is not doing any favours as fair trial is concered for these so called war criminls, under the autocratic regime of today. if it was not for certain patriotatic individuals bangladesh would have been another kashmir

  7. Probal Dutta

    Sharmila Bose’s sister, with whom she is very close, married a Pakistan Army officer and lives in Pakistan. Sharmila may have been forced to write what she did just to ensure that her sister survives.

  8. Urmila

    Apart from all other logical views,the most distubing aspect of an apparent characteristic feature of Ms. Bose, as it appears, that she lacks normal respect towards female-modesty in general and the universal the universal hatred towards rape in-general.And that is the most ashtonishing and mysterious aspect of her character as it appears!

  9. Khondkar A saleque

    Thanks ms Urmila for your right analysis.She failed to appreciate that raping and torturing helpless women is a henious crime .
    Numbers are not important here. Can Sharmila Bose deny indicriminate looting ,raping, areseal, murders and other inhuman atrocities of Pakitani occupation force and their stoogaes in 1971. Where was she anyway during that time? What she wanted to establish diputing the numbers? What was her ultimate objective?

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  11. Suhel

    Who ever has gone through her reporting would surely be convinced with the fact that Ms.Bose all the way through her statements, maintained a sympathetic tune towards the Pakistani occupation Army, and sometimes a hidden impressive fascination at the personalities of their middle-ranking officers. She even tried to establish an arithmetic presentation on man’s ability to rape a woman. Whatever disgusting these attitudes might be, it is Sarmila Bose who knows the reasons best.

  12. Suhel

    Who ever has gone through her reporting would surely be convinced with the fact that Ms.Bose all the way through her statements, maintained a sympathetic tune towards the Pakistani occupation Army, and sometimes a hidden impressive fascination at the personalities of their middle-ranking officers. She even tried to establish an arithmetic presentation on man’s ability to rape a woman. Whatever disgusting these attitudes might be, it is Sarmila Bose who knows the reasons best.

  13. Suhel

    After going through the pages of the Dead Reckoning, one must be confused to term it as a Research work or simply a fictional Travel-description.
    Her view of Pak-Army’s activities during the nine tragic months was merely a defense of their country’s sovereignty. Well, this could be right when India declared war against Pakistan. But the question remains as what they were defending and against whom when they suddenly attacked the unarmed population of Dhaka on the fateful night of March 25? Was it the people of the same country who were demanding the power-transfer to the elected and legitimate hands from the military junta?
    In her so-called research work, it is significantly strange that she has totally failed or ignored to identify the very root cause of Army crackdown on 25th March, all though in her time it has been crystal clear to the whole world!
    At one point, she has mentioned that a wounded Bengali Army officer who was captured by the Pak-Army and kept on guard in Chittagong Military Hospital called a visiting top Pak general(April 71) only to tell the General that he(the Bengali officer) and his men raped a group of non-Bengali women and later made them dance in nude, only to suggest that Bengali rebel Army officers were also involved in the gruesome acts. Could such an unbelievable statement be considered as a research factor?
    More surprising, if not disgusting is the fact that throughout her narrative, she has tried to trivialize the inhumane issue of Rapes in general. Worst of it is felt when she indirectly ridiculed the case of a
    the-than 13 year old rape-victim who was so traumatized that she had lost her memory and has been suffering from mental imbalance till date.
    One can not and may not expect such a careless study(if at all it is termed) from a person of Ms. Bose’s stature and especially from a woman!

  14. The Honest opinin

    No person has right to take any part of AWL or BNP or any other group.
    Crimes committed by both Pakistanies as well by Bangladeshies.
    East Pakistan would have remain intact if Mujib were made Prime Minister
    as he was rightly elected.
    Every citizen of Bangladesh has right to support a party without committing a crime. Now as we see lot of lies prevail to harm the people of opposition.
    History repeats itself. Today its BNP & others, tomorrow it will be AWL.
    So be truthful. ALLAH SWT watches over all of us. Let the witnesses be truthful or they will have same fate of bygone leaders as punishment comes from ALLAH SWT .

  15. Eesha Ahmed

    you are so wrong.you are blaming them just because the real history of war will come out. I am 21 years old, i really don’t know the real war history of Bangladesh but i also don’t want to know any man making history. I have research a lot and i found out the contribution of General Ziaur Rahman and Shake Mujib Ur Rahaman. One of them were fight for us and other one is fight for his own self. And now by the name of Judah Oporadhi they are killing the decent people who knows the real history of the war. Neither i support any team nor i hate. I just want a good Bangladesh. which for millions of people contribute there life…….

  16. Mansur

    then great lady sarmila bose has made clear the facts and dump the false propaganda

  17. Dr A Rahman

    Much though we may dislike Sarmila Bose’s statistical methods and her close associatio with retired Pakistani Army Generals during her data collection trips in Bangladesh during 1970s, there is no denying the fact that 3 million deaths in Bangladesh during nine months of independence war is well off the mark. It is a well known fact that when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came back to Bangladesh from his detention in Pakistan, he was told (with exaggeration) that 3 lakh Bangladeshis died during the war. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman translated it into english and told the foreign journalists that 3 million people died. Population censuses of 1961, 1971 and 1981 do not show a dip of 3 million people during 1970/71 war.

    Take, for example, the seige of Leningrad which saw the world’s most savage and brutal fighting over a period of two and half years during the World War II, the total number of people killed on both sides was about 2 million, including half a million civilian deaths from hunger, starvation and disease. Over 5 million soldiers on both sides were involved in the fight to death. Nobody in the right mind can claim that in Bangladesh’s war of independence which lasted only about nine months, the death toll was 50 per cent higher than the Leningrad seige which lasted two and half years. In Pol Pot genocide in Cambodia, the total number of people killed in ten years was about a million. Lets look at it in another way. Dhaka stadium in 1970 had a full capacity of about 50,000. To have 3 million killed, one has to have full stadium capacity of people killed not once, not twice, but 60 times. In every four and half days, dead bodies of the full stadium capacity would have been buried in Bangladesh. It is simply and utterly ridiculous.

    No international body, no foreign journalist, not even those journalists who brought Pakistani Army brutality to the attention of the world, accept this figure of 3 million dead. In fact, this claim of 3 million death is a blot on Bangladesh’s credibility to the world. The sooner this figure is corrected the better it is for Bangladesh.

  18. Mansur

    but my dear dr rahman,
    historical record based on facts not on fiction.
    if one person make a story with full exaggeration, then do u
    will like to impose that story as fact? Bose has examined
    with care all possible aspects of the event.
    if i shall accept your argument, then pls accept this fact
    that M.Bahini was backed by Indian army and Indian Generals
    and what they feeded, theses things became HISTORY
    do u will like this hammering argument?
    so, my dear Dr Sahib, do not trust the propaganda cooked
    by RAW, make sense on objective path.

  19. Dr A Rahman

    I fail to understand the point Mr Mansur is trying to make in his very bad English. He said, ‘Bose has examined with care all possible aspects of the event’ and then he is urging me to accept that Mukti Bahini was backed by Indian Army and Indian Generals. It is true that Mukti Bahini had the backing and support of India; otherwise Mukti Bahini would not have been allowed to seek shelter and operate from India. Bangladesh exile government was set up in Mujibnagar which was in India.
    So what is it that you are saying that I should not ‘trust the propaganda’? Are you saying that Indian support for Mukti Bahini a propaganda? Are you saying that questioning the validity of 3 million death a propaganda? Please wake up.

  20. Dr. M. Alam

    In response to Dr. A. Rahman’s comments, I do not disagree with your point about the controversy over the 3M or 3 lakh figure. We will never know the truth actually, we can only make guesses and get stressed over who is right and who is wrong. Some people say propaganda, some people say unpatriotic and so on. But I don’t think any of these figures matter really because how many will really justify a genocide, a war, no matter how big or small? 3M, 3 lakh, 30000? It doesn’t matter, and the reason that this debate over how many were actually killed is irrelevant till now is because the Pakistani army/warmongers were never tried internationally for their war crimes. The liberation war (or Civil War as claimed by some critics)of bangladesh was basically a very political chess game among India, China, USA, KSA, UK, Russia, where India finally got check mate. The death of many poor, dravirian looking Bangalees means not much in the international humanitarian court – but it should have meant something worth a trial for war-crimes, which happens in case of Serbia or Bosnia. The story of 1971 Bangladesh is a very ignored page in world history – maybe because we are small people. I would say, lets talk about how the world judged Pakistan for their act of planned genocide of their own people, then we can talk about how many people were actually killed. We should ask Sarmila to use her academic excellence and honesty to study that first. I think Sarmila Bose at this stage is a very insignificant character. She got what she wanted – I know her name now like many other people do.

  21. S Choudhury

    To me Bose’s book is not a significant book based on sound research and logical conclusions. Well, that is my opinion — one may agree or disagree with that observation.
    Now about the figure 3 million or 3 lacs (three hundred thousand), is it very important.I don’t think 3 lacs or even 30 thousand is a figure you can condone or ignore if you are commenting on a genocide by an army acting on the orders of a military ruler with a lousy reputation and charecter. Obvio- usly, during the turbulent period immediately after the independence of Bangladesh, no survey was possible or even feasible and the figure mentioned was at best a rough estimate or a guess work.The problem of English version of lac as million is not that far fetched. About a decade later in 1981, I found a very senior bureaucrat asking his junior to convert figures in million to crores as he did not have a clear idea about million. Killing (and raping) of civilians in millions or lacs or thousands are definitely war crimes amounting to genocide and the culprits should be tried.However, the trial should be fair and not politically motivated since everyone deserves a just and a fair trial.Let us ensure a fair trial, complete it sooner than later and leave it behind and look forward.
    We should concentrate on so many problems the nation is facing – climate change is a relatively new addition with massive impacts – and try to build national consensus as to how we could tackle those with or without outside aid. Nation building and country’s progress should get top priority once this trial is behind us. It would be better if we could do both simultane- ously and decide to be inclusive rather than exclusive by putting narrow party interest to back burner.

  22. Khondkar Abdus Saleque

    Here people are unnecessarily disputing the numbers of people killed during liberation war .Say for the argument sake we take 3 lakhs as the figure, then can we deny that it was a planned massacare , a genocide.The inhuman brutality of Pakistan Army and their local cohorts were condemned in all world media.How can we forget the horrors of those days? Those who witnessed the massacare of midnight of 25th March at Dhaka and who saw the dead body of the victims at Rayer Bazar Badhyabhumi would not care how many people were butchered by occupied Pakistan Army and their cohorts.
    What Sharmila did is trying to deny the cruelity and atrocities . She must carry out more research.
    There are no logic of trying to defend the suspected and alleged war criminals who are being tried now.Nation must stand rock solid behind it.

  23. abuusa

    should the war-criminal trial become an absolute necessity after 40 years of the perpetrated crimes, then i should say sheik mujib was the most stupid leader who failed to understand the gravity of the crimes and who forgave the real perpetrators of pakistan army and leadreship. now, after 40 years we are doing mockery of justice by so called trial of associates of criminals being oblivious of the crimes of real criminals. it’s shame on the sense of our justice. it’s as if beating up of wives at homes being lost and humiliated in the village arbitration out of homes,with the excuse of why the wives failed to give good advices in time. somebody says… does it matter whether the martyrs number is 3 millions or 3 lakhs? of course, it matters significantly as it indicates we were callous insensitive as a nation. establishing a concocted number from lakhs to millions of martyrs’ number was an unforgiveable injustice to the martyrs. think of supply-demand, when number number or supply increases exponentially the price falls precipitously. so making up the number of martyrs we have cheapened the blood of martyrs. and again without assessing the crime accurately, there is chance of injustice in the name of justice. million dollar question remains. about 11-12 thousand alleged criminals were arrested , some were tried and some punished during sheik mujib’s rule. then how come the currently alleged associate criminals who are identified as the top of the associates had escaped arrest and punishment. even they were never charged. then were sheik mujib goverment was highly bribed nizami-mujahid… how come the incumbent government holding the trial now, had political ally and smiling footages with the associtae criminals in 1996. all the trial stuff is none but farcical and bull-shit.

  24. mohammed giashuddin

    should the war-criminal trial become an absolute necessity after 40 years of the perpetrated crimes, then i should say sheik mujib was the most stupid leader who failed to understand the gravity of the crimes and who forgave the real perpetrators of pakistan army and leadereship. now, after 40 years we are doing mockery of justice by so called trial of associates of criminals being oblivious of the crimes of real criminals. it’s shame on the sense of our justice. it’s as if beating up of wives at homes being lost and humiliated in the village arbitration out of homes,with the excuse of why the wives failed to give good advices in time. somebody says… does it matter whether the martyrs number is 3 millions or 3 lakhs? of course, it matters significantly as it indicates we were callous insensitive as a nation. establishing a concocted number from lakhs to millions of martyrs’ number was an unforgivable injustice to the martyrs. think of supply-demand, when number number or supply increases exponentially the price falls precipitously. so making up the number of martyrs we have cheapened the blood of martyrs. and again without assessing the crime accurately, there is chance of injustice in the name of justice. million dollar question remains. about 11-12 thousand alleged criminals were arrested , some were tried and some punished during sheik mujib’s rule. then how come the currently alleged associate criminals who are identified as the top of the associates had escaped arrest and punishment. even they were never charged. then were sheik mujib government was highly bribed nizami-mujahid… how come the incumbent government holding the trial now, had political ally and smiling footage with the associate criminals in 1996. all the trial stuff is none but farcical.

    those who says knowing the the exact number of martyrs, pl read the news in the link below. and in this era of advance technology, we can get the accurate number in just one day by a team of 68 members each of whom will receive 1000 phone calls. if only one man or woman who is 7 years or older at the time of war, now 47 or older found alive in a village he or she can give the numbers of that village. killing by millitary had been vividly imprinted everyone’s mind who reached of understanding.

    http://www.amardeshonline.com/pages/details/2012/02/04/130083

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