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I AM SHEIKH MUJIB

Published : Saturday, 16 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 395
Anisur Rahman

I AM SHEIKH MUJIB

I AM SHEIKH MUJIB

CONTINUED FROM LAST ISSUE.

This is Najimuddin.
This is Nurul Amin.
What does power mean?
What does meanness mean?
A big conspiracy continued against the Bengali language.
If Bengali was not recognized as the state language, our culture and civilization would vanish.
The songs that we like today, they will lose their dignity and relevance.
Bengali must be recognized as the state language.
Pakistan was made.
The fourth-class employees at Dhaka University began to experience oppression.
They did not have job security.
They did not have accommodation.
The number of students grew.
The volume of work grew.
But the number of employees did not increase.
This situation continued.
In this situation I along with some students became involved in the movement of the fourth-class employees.
We called a strike.
I was arrested for my involvement in this movement.
The movement intensified.
In 1947, the people from Bengal enthusiastically supported the Muslim League party.
Within two years, the people rejected this party.
Why? Because of bad rule, Oppression, Abuse and Lack of Economic Plan.
23 June 1949
I am in jail.
East Pakistan Muslim League party was formed.
Moulana Bhasani was made president, Shamsul Haq became its secretary and I was chosen as its joint secretary.
There was  no need for a communal name for a political party after the creation of Pakistan.
We understood.
But the time had not yet been ripe to use a non-communal name.
Considering this consequence, the word 'Muslim' was added with 'Awami League'.
This was my thought when I was in jail.
I was freed from jail.
Mr. Shamsul Haq gave me an idea that this was the time to launch our movement.
The country had become independent, but suffering had not disappeared.
Political activists were facing harassment without any judicial trial.
The government built industrial factories in West Pakistan.
On the other hand,  East Pakistan witnessed the food crisis.
What were the people of Bengal doing?
How could we survive?
I had a conversation with my father and my wife Reno.
I opened my mind to them.
Without a powerful opposition party, democracy could not exist.
But the Pakistan Muslim League Party did not accept this truth.
The Muslim League government declared Section 144 and spoiled our public meetings.
When Mr. Moulana Bhasani raised his hands, we all raised our hands.
Police officers and sepoys raised their hands.
Moulana Bhasani uttered all his political speeches through his prayers.
Terrorists from the Muslim League party inflicted  many injustices.
We faced all this with our courage.
They had to face 'tit for tat.'
What would be the punishment for killing hundreds of people as opposed to where one is hanged for murdering one person?
They deserved the death penalty by firing squad.
Liaquat Ali Khan, let him come and see what the people from Bengal wanted
We held a rally and made slogans for the freedom of the people in Bengal.
TO BE CONTINUED
Bengali-Swedish writer Anisur Rahman's authorship is based in Bangladesh and Scandinavia and he sits in the board of the Swedish Writers' Union.










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