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Resistance against India in BD

Resistance against India in BD

Author: Sultan M Hali
Publication: Pak Observer
Date: March 2, 2005
URL: http://pakobserver.net/200503/02/Articles03.asp

During a recent visit to Dhaka, I had the opportunity to meet Major General ALM Fazlur Rahman, a retired officer of the East Bengal Rifles. The officer sought me out when he learnt that I was a columnist. We had a long chat for more than two hours despite the fact that I was short on time and my friends, who had invited me for a reunion of the old boys of our school, were constantly tugging at my sleeves to join them in the revelry and fun. I found the Bengali General so earnest and serious in describing his efforts and endeavour to resist Indian influence in Bangladesh that I gave him a patient hearing. I obtained his permission to include what we discussed in this article so that I could share it with our readers.

The General, who was very articulate in expressing his sentiments and share his plans, explained that India had helped Bangladesh gain its independence only to break up Pakistan and destabilize it. It was never sincere to Bangladesh and wanted it to be acquiescent to India. Soon after the birth of Bangladesh, it tried to get its pound of flesh by removing heavy machines and tools from the factories from erstwhile East Pakistan as retribution for its expenses on the "Bangladesh Liberation War." With the advent of General Zia-ur-Rahman's Government, Indian influence started waning and possibly the Indians machinated his assassination. Khaleda Zia is also possibly a thorn in India's side and efforts are at hand to destabilize her Government so that pro-Indian Shaikh Mujib's daughter Hasina Wajid may become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and tow the Indian line and ensure the accomplishment of Indian designs in the region.

Fazlur Rahman took pains to state that unless Pakistan had achieved its independence, Bangladesh would not have been created. It was thus the culmination of Quaid's 'Two-Nation Theory' and not its negation as India claims. He was visibly pained when he described that "India was endeavouring to destroy our motherland (Bangladesh) since her existence. They have not only constructed 53 Dams out of 54 common international rivers flowing through Indian Territory to Bangladesh. More so, India is planning to deprive Bangladesh from her rightful share of waters of common international rivers by implementing water-diverting river linking mega project. Through this river linking mega project India would divert all the waters of those 54 international rivers during lean period to augment flow of Indian rivers in far-flung areas. If this inhuman project is implemented, Bangladesh would turn into a desert within 30/40 years and her 14 crore people will die of hunger and arsenic infection." To foil Indian designs including preparing the nation for war against India if so needed and to bring about a positive and peoples' welfare oriented political change, General Fazlur Rahman launched a peoples' oriented Islamic values based political platform namely "Nirdolio Jono Andolon" (Non-Party Peoples' Movement) in April 2004. He claims that people at grass-roots level are showing all-out support to this extraordinary organization and have started forming committees at various levels on their own initiative. The party is planning to field candidates in all 300 constituencies of the National Assembly in the elections of 2006. The Party Manifesto aims at eliminating corruption and focusing on the creation of a National Army to defeat India. It also aspires to sever/detach northeast India from Indian mainland to foil river linking mega project as well as restore the sovereignty of Sikkim and support Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim in wresting effective control of their water resources. A major endeavour of the group is restore "Nawabi Bangla" comprising West Bengal, Assam, Bihar and Orissa from the clutches of India. The General claims that these areas were lost to the East India Company as a result of the Battle of Plassey. He believes that all these can be achieved with the use of people's power since there are 12 crores of homogeneous Muslims having common religion, language, culture and race, which is a unique feature. If required, as a complement to the National Army, an army of millions of Muslim freedom fighters could be raised.

He quoted Mona Sangheeta's concept which implies that "Any country with adjoining borders with India will be inimical to it so India can never enjoy good relations with it." The General was very confident and sanguine that a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) could be organized to contain India comprising the States mentioned above. The CIS would pledge solidarity with the Muslim world and have special relations with Pakistan. The aspirations of Major General Fazlur Rahman are not unique. A majority of the Bengalis I met, expressed their helplessness over the harassment and bullying being inflicted by India over Bangladesh. They appeared to regret the break-off from Pakistan as they quoted Indian Occupation Forces, when they entered Dhaka in 1971, after seeing the development established infrastructure and prosperity, who remarked, "What were you grievances against Pakistan? Even India is not as developed as you are!" It is a crying shame and height of Chanakyan guile and duplicity that having "aided" the Bengalis in the formation of Bangladesh, they are now out to destabilize them and keep them acquiescent to India. Most of the Indian Embassies/Consulates around the world are dens for hatching RAW plots. These set-ups are grouped together on regional basis under one head, known as the RAW centre. This includes the espionage efforts as well as the subversion, sabotage and terrorism oriented operations. RAW centres at London, Dubai, Iran, and South Africa operate against Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Indian hegemony and State terrorism even under the garb of diplomatic niceties is a cause for concern.

India continues with its intransigence to bully and terrorize its neighbours by employing various means among others implementing the river-diversion plans and extending support to rebels or the oppositions of member countries with a view to realizing its objectives. India is pressurising Nepal and Bangladesh to make them realize that if they do not 'fall in line' they will face insurgency and/or water shortages. Arun Rajnath of the South Asia Tribune July 12, 2004, discloses the shenanigans of Indian secret agency RAW's operatives in his revealing article, aptly titled: 'As Diplomats Hug and Talk, Secret India, Pakistan Intelligence Wars Go On'. His exposé of the RAW's offensive is really an eye-opener. He states, "Such an intelligence practice is not new. Israeli secret agency Mossad has infiltrated several Jewish agents into the occupied territory of Palestine as Muslims. These agents practice Islam like any ordinary Muslim. They say prayers in mosques, observe fast during Ramadan, and mingle into local Muslim population just to wait for the appropriate time to strike. During the armed struggle in former East Pakistan, Indian Army regulars, after they were physically made to look like Muslims and taught Bangla, were pushed into East Pakistan to fight as Mukti Bahini against the Pakistan Army."

The cross-border terrorism offensive plan of RAW includes working on ethnic, regional, parochial and secular themes. RAW is extremely active in Bangladesh to topple Khaleda Zia and ensure the Bengalis remain under pressure. After India sabotaged the recent SAARC Summit scheduled to be hosted by Dhaka, Seema Mustafa, writing for the Deccan Chronicle, in a hard hitting article titled: India's foreign policy is now fuelled by 'wannabe' arrogance, commented, "Indian foreign policy continues to steer an uncertain course with each morning being a new day for policy makers basking under the artificial glow of India's bigness, her power, and her stability. These strengths are converted into the single weakness seen as arrogance by a neighbourhood that has for long been at the receiving end of Indian shifts in policy as knee jerk responses, reactive gestures, high-handedness, and even internal top level rivalries at home are becoming the ingredients of policy that does not withstand either scrutiny or the test of time. The Singh government is delusional if it believes that its pulling out of the SAARC Summit will pressure Dhaka to wind up the supposed training camps and embrace New Delhi as its great neighbour.

Rather, the move is likely to send the Bangladesh Government into a spin, make it more resistant to overtures of any kind from India, and strengthen the fundamentalist forces that are trying to control the functioning of the Government." Under the prevailing scenario, General Fazlur Rahman's initiative appears justified. How far he will succeed and what are his chances of success, only time can tell.

The past cannot be undone now, neither can the pages of history turned back but with the cooperation of Bangladesh and all other weaker neighbours of India, pressure can be mounted on India to renounce its hegemonic and authoritarian ways and live and let live peacefully so that the region can exploit its full potential of growth and development.

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