Independent Bangladesh : Pakistani Views

‘Pakistanis refuse to see Bangladesh eye-to-eye. They hide themselves behind a very shoddy narrative of the happenings of 1971 that only describes it as a conspiracy. It might well have been one. But who plotted against whom and when? What were the Bengalis up to? How did they reach the breaking point?’ This comment published on a blog of influential Pakistani daily Dawn. Tahir Mehdi, a member of a Pakistani research and advocacy group, writes an article titled ‘The crow is white, Bengal is Pakistan’ on this blog. He writes,Exaggerations are permitted in poetry, and distortions can be tolerated in business but then there are limits. You can’t call a crow white. But come statecraft, everything becomes possible. Even the word ‘justice’ can stand in for ‘injustice’ or at least the word ‘parity’ can be deployed to hide ‘disparity’. If you think I am exaggerating, you need to revisit one important event of the early history of our country.’

Another Article published today on the Daily Times, a Pakistani newspaper, titled ‘Anatomy of East Bengal’s secession’ by Lal Khan, the editor of Asian Marxist Review and International Secretary of Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign. He writes, ‘The upheaval that led to the eventual breakup of Pakistan started not on the national question but on the basis of class struggle. The infinite debates of who was actually responsible for the breakup of Pakistan in December 1971 have only confused the real issue. Blaming individuals, institutions and accidental events only ends up in obscuring the role of the system and the state in that secession. In the wide spectrum of diverse tendencies of the dominant bourgeois intelligentsia, the arguments put forward range from conspiracy theories reverberating from religious chauvinism to the liberals who simply confine the whole episode to national oppression.’

Lal Khan also writes, `The secession of East Bengal proved the futility of creating a modern nation state on the basis of religion, especially with a geographical bifurcation of more than a thousand miles.’

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