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.
(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)