Here are two statements, one from Dhaka university Teachers’ association leader prof Anowar Hossain, who has recently been arrested and the other one by the de-facto CTG spokesperson, Advisor Mr Moinul Hossain.
Prof Anwar says sorry to army
The detained general secretary of Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) yesterday apologised to the army for the attack on them during the recent campus violence.
Also the dean of bioscience, Anwar Hossain made the public apology before the newsmen while being taken to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, Dhaka.
“As general secretary of the teachers association and a guardian of the students I regret the incident that must have caused pain and hurt to every single member of the ranks ranging from a soldier to the army chief,” he continued.
“From the heart, we offer our apologies for the incident. And we don’t feel any shame, or anguish to do so,” added Prof Anwar.
“We are sorry for the humiliation and injury dealt to the reputation and esteem of the army personnel,” he observed.
“This army is the emblem of the state of Bangladesh, sovereignty and solidarity. And we can feel how much it pains an army personnel to watch an attack on their uniforms,” the detained DU professor told the reporters.
He also said, “We expect that every army man will accept the apologies, and forget the grievances they had suffered.”
And this is what the spokesperson this CTG had to say in his latest public speaking. He told this to BBC,
“….You have seen how they kicked a uniformed man belonging to the armed forces, how they burnt the effigy of the army chief. Its Ok as long as they criticize or burn the effigy of us, the civil leadership; but with what plan or how dare they kick a uniformed man or burn the effigy of the army chief?….”
You dare talk against the militray, they sure will beat the apology out of you. Just look at professor Anowar Hossain’s above mentioned apology. And even a a professor of Dhaka University is not exempt from the wrath of speaking against the military.
Moinul’s statement was far more dangerous. I am puzzled and still trying to grab what he actually meant. Isn’t the civil leadership still the supreme leadership and the authority over our state’s armed forces? Then how come, criticizing civil leadership may be OK, but criticizing the army chief is a big No No? Doesn’t our constitution protects you even if you criticize the God? Is Army, now, bigger than God for Bangladesh?