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 25th March 71

Fatema Miah:

World condoned, Muslim world allowed, USA supported and remained Unspoken ‘71’. My Book Unspoken.

Innocent civilians were attacked in their sleep. People woke-up horrified, hearing sound of gun-shooting, smashing sound of breaking building structures and bridges, and echoes of human screaming voices. Fearful, anxious and helpless people were wondering what is going on. People of Bangladesh couldn’t believe that they are attacked in their sleep by the military, although military power abuse wasn’t unknown to people because military have been taking away targeted individuals. Targeted individuals were the educated of  all mediums, intelligent and professional Bengali people. It was a well thoughtful plan for oppressing the Bengali Nation to hold them down to a second class citizenship by killing the educated.

Armed Military entered into town and villages, and began to terrorising, surging into houses across the country in rage. They began harassing, capturing civilians at gun point and dragging people out, swearing at people and blaming them for voting their choice of political party.  The military began to kill targeted individuals and families, on the spot by gun firing. Simultaneously, the destroying sounds of bridges and other structures continued at other places.  This was a real horror story of countless tragic scenes, all over country on that memorable night and the same horrified terrorism continued throughout duration of a nine long months.

The Bengali people, civilians, the youths and men of all ages were angry, hostile and defensive. When the military troops began to surge forth, coming towards to Sylhet through the national highway from Dhaka, men in groups in Sylhet, began to smash up the bridges to prevent the military troops accessing Sylhet and other towns to avert the aimed attacks. They were  mostly  unsuccessful in this unprepared  mission because they didn’t have essential tools nor skills neither sufficient time. The military reached Sylhet in no time and the people had to run for their life.

What a horrible picture. The horrified experience of an unforgettable dark night, it was a bloody stormy night that the entire nation can never forget. It was the night, when the innocent civilians of an entire nation very deceptively were attacked in their sleep by their own defense system. It was an order from the government to kill innocent civilians. “Death by the government” Canadian Historian J R Rummel mentioned it in his term with thorough reflective evaluation of witness statements with evidence.

On that same night 25th of March in 1971, Armed Military forced entered into the house of Awami League leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and captured him. At the midnight hour, the Military of so-called ‘Islamic Republic’ of Pakistan by force took Sheikh Mujibur Rahman away.  They dragged him out of his resident into their vehicle. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an elected leader of the Awami League Party. The Awami League party represented East Pakistan and its aim was to promote equal right to all tribes in Pakistan therefore, the party democratically and successfully was voted in both East and West Pakistan. Pakistani People’s Party and the Military Yahiya Khan refused their political electoral defeat and Under Yahya Khan’s dictatorship and with Zulfiker Ali Bhutto’s collaboration, very aggressively and deceptively they Planned and ordered an attack against East Pakistan. Democratically voting a Political party of choice became a crime against Pakistani Political Zeal.

On that Dark Night on 25th of March 1971, when Pakistani military attacked the towns and villages in Bangladesh, the helpless Bengali entire nation, after shock, eventually understood that they are under attack and in a hostage situation. Certainly, the nation knew the Freedom Fight is inevitable for their rightful survival. However, question was how are they going to fight it?   Unspoken Chapter 1.

The above question answered  itself then, when a section Bengali people of East Bengal stood firm and fought by struggle and facing loss and sorrow.  From there we Brits have an ethnicity box with our own identification.  Consequenceialy  Bangladesh became what was over due.  What should have been a joyful for the nation has split up into other painful categories.  Fighting against injustice has curved irony.  Wake up Bengalis and shake off zeal.

Bangladeshi people of (most Muslim faith) must hold Quran Recitation and Durud chanting sessions together with discussion  in Mosques across the  world to commemorate 71 to teach against manipulations that bore and only  bring suffering not peace.  Fatema Miah, Solihull, uk. fatemamiah@mail.com