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Because our gobu montri came up with a statement of a “new dimension in terror attacks”, the ‘shepai santree’ of the gobu montree are out to somehow have Jadab Das and family put on the “shul ” at any cost.

Yadav Controversy; His father, brother still in custody; Cops give contradictory statements.
The superintendent of police (SP) of Netrakona and an officer-in-charge (OC) have given contradictory statements about picking up the father and brother of Yadav Das after they had spent over 36 hours in police custody.
The town was rife with rumours yesterday that police are pressing them to admit Yadab embraced Islam to substantiate the claim of the state minister for home that he was a suicide bomber.

Another example how inept and irresponsible our government is. Does our home minister understand what the implications of his comments are when he impulsively says something without really investigating it, double checking it.
Shame on us, shame on the people of Bangladesh. This sort of irresponsible inefficient people can reach the top leadership in our country.
–Rumi

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1. My main fear, bombing will not simply keep on going, it will rapidly become more devastating. The pattern of recent attacks clearly depicts a picture of improving sophistication and lethality of the attacks. Today in Netrokona, first bomb attracted law enforcement people and then the suicide bomber did his job when many people gathered. An eerie resemblance of recent Iraq bombings.
2. Strong political will is needed to work together and make a concerted effort to quell the attacks. Awami League and supporters will strongly resist any sort of unified movement as long as their main focus remains the short political gain against BNP and Jamaat in the aftermath of these bombings.
3. BNP and AL both are to blame for the current rise of fundamentalism. After last Udichi blast, AL preferred to use the matter more for political gain than looking for the real culprits. Now it is getting increasingly clear that JMB and gong were involved in all those bombings, but AL charge sheeted their local political opponent, Toriqul Islam. Toriqul Islam, a very senior BNP leader, who is from a leftist political background and known to be an alcoholic, is highly unlikely to belong to any pro Islamic fundamentalist fraction in BNP.
4. I feel that a powerful section of our media is sort of resorting to the same strategy, i.e. the strategy of using this national calamity for their own agenda. To the progressive and secular forces, Jamaat is probably the enemy number one, I don’t disagree. However these bombings are, most likely not done by Jamaat. Along with government, they are probably the most disadvantageous situation at this time. But I see that our media, are seriously trying to relate every single militant with jamaat, by any means. Silly and ridiculous stretching came in news reports, like, Militants uncle’s wife’s brother in law’s friend was a jamaat supporter, or militant himself used to be a jamaat supporter etc. This sort of journalism is not good journalism. However, what sounds more alarming to me is to the trend promote or sympathize with Islamic fundamentalists like Amini or Mufti Wakkas only to have them say something against jamaat. These entities, Amini, Wakkas etc are, by all means, closer to the madrassa based militant Islam in Bangladesh than anybody else. Sometimes, I feel they are representative of the political wing of JMB, JMJB etc. I believe a well thought plan of action against these militant Islamic outfits and a successful eradication will create an environmnet in the country that will eventually help the secular forces device a strategy to challenge Jamaat politics.
5. One suicide bomber (Or a victim?) of today’s attack at Netrokona was identified by locals as Jadab Biswas, visibly a Hindu name. While I suspect foulplay in government’s intensified efforts to bring a new dimension to the militancy, I hope it does not divert are national attention from JMB/JMJB.

Over the last two to three years, while there have been a plethora of international print media reporting on possible violent Islamic militancy in Bangladesh, many of us protested. I, living in USA for almost ten years, did not believe it was possible in Bangladesh. I thought some of these as media exaggeration; some thought these were all planted materials of Indian propaganda agencies. Our government, from grass root supporters of ruling party to the top leadership, believed in the same line.
I feel that the government leadership genuinely believed what they said during that time. I don’t believe they knew what they now know. Or probably, they could not imagine the danger of the frankenstine they are nurturing.
Now all government leaders, including the prime minister, home minister, police high ups, are saying in a chorus, the culprits are JMB or JMJB.
I agree with them.
But the question, what Alex Perry, sitting in his Hong Kong office, could know why the government leadership didn’t have any clue about this?
Who to blame?
While it is true there has been a systemic indifference towards rise of militancy by the ruling party, a sense of patronization of certain entities, I won’t blame one single person or party, department or any political conspiracy or any political bias.
The reasons I feel are as follows.
1. I feel this whole undercover rise of Islamic militancy, is a representative sample of a grim picture of the inefficiency of the government machinery. I don’t like to believe it, but it is probably true, government employees in Bangladesh, starting from the top most officials to the lowest paid workers, go to work every morning with an agenda. This is not the agenda of their job responsibility. This is their personal agenda. Everyone spends all their concentration, intellect, skill, time and effort to make a gain in their personal fortune. A police CID or Special branch officer goes to work daily and spends most of their thought on how to make some money or some other kind. A DC or magistrate or government attorney do their official job as a mere formality, they have to keep more focused on keeping ruling party leaders happy or other doing political financial staff. A minister, today with one portfolio, tomorrow with the other, keep worrying about fetching enough money for next election, or spends all his creativity in devising how to keep the prime minister or her son happy. I believe, few, if any, in the government are really doing the job they are supposed to do.
2. Secondly, there is an inherent attitude among the people in our country is to think of people in religious outfits as benign ‘good’ people. A thought prevails everywhere, “Oh, he is ‘Huzur manush’,” as if no serious harm is possible with him. Until recently, we were not used to suspecting a man in religious outfit as a harmful entity. There used to be a deep sentiment in Bangladesh against prosecuting these orthodox Islamic entities in Bangladesh. They were kind of beyond the law. They could go by doing whatever they wanted to do.
3. This is probably why, ruling party have been sympathetic to Jamaat, JMB, JMJB-Bangla vai etc
I see a silver lining in the big black cloud of Islamic militancy in Bangladesh. That is, the attitude is changing, and is changing very rapidly.
We are fortunate, time and again. In 1971, Jamaat-e-Islami acted against popular pro-independence movement in East Pakistan. That stand still kept them handicapped in Bangladesh politics. They are still political pariahs to the majority of the people in Bangladesh.
Now this militancy by the madrassa based religious extremists took away the immunity, they used to enjoy so far. A ‘huzur’ in typical outfit is no longer the respected, adored figures in Bangladesh, rather they, now a day, are immediate suspects.

While I agree, mostly, with Asif Saleh’s recent commentary on the key responsibility of ruling BNP for the rise of Islamic Militancy in Bangladesh and I support the demands laid forward by Saleh to the government, lets take a ride around the Bangladesh democracy.
By all basic political science rulings, democracy is always a joint venture of both the ruling and the opposition party. In Bangladesh democracy, while ruling party, whoever they are, are not used to the idea of respecting and listening to the opposition, the opposition, I believe , have been doing a much worse job as the responsible partner.
Since the day after the election, the opposition has been demanding immediate resignation of the government. Now, in the aftermath of the attacks of the militants, apparently the only thing our opposition have to say, ‘ the government has to resign’.
Do our previous and possibly future prime minister and other ex-ministers and national leaders understand the implication of their demand? Don’t they understand what an irresponsible piece of demand is it? Or, responsibility is something that you can’t live with in Bangladesh politics.
Who will be the ultimate winner if the government has to fall after the militant bombing campaign? Why Awami League is so blinded by the lust of power that they simply don’t see that, in the face of fledgling islamic militancy, fall of the current government is the worst thing to happen to Bangladesh at current time. Resignation of government will reward the militants and encourage them to keep on doing their militancy. At the same time, uncertainty after the fall of government, lack of political authority will seriously hamper current anti militant campaign in Bangladesh. And is there any guarantee that fall of BNP will stop the bombing campaign? If AL say so, won’t it justify the BNP-Jamaat allegation that AL is behind the bombings?
There has been a lot of spin with the demands for government-opposition talk. Writer Humayun Ahmed also came under fire for such demand. Let’s put the spin aside, why don’t we understand the real meaning of this demand? When general people ask for such a discussion, they probably don’t mean any dialogue per se. People probably mean a national consensus, a unified effort to tackle a formidable enemy. We had a unified nation in 1971 and same unification paved the way to democracy in 1990 also. With a nation, undivided, i.e BNP not blaming AL for the bombings and AL not blaming Khaleda Zia for the same, there will be real opportunity to focus on the real perpetrators. I wasn’t there to take part in the war of 1971, but I was very much present during 1990s movements. I know what energy can come from a unified political front. If we can regain the energy, in this close-knit society, we will easily be able to identify and root out the extremists from all aspects of the society.It is true that ruling party has 90% or more responsibility to create the environment towards a unified nation. It is true that the ruling party, so far, did nothing, in fact did the opposite, to create such an environment.But, it is also true, we need to get united. Divided, our nation, never gained anything. United, we got our independence, we got our democracy, we will be able to eradicate islamic militancy from the soil of Bangladesh if we are united again.
I returned from Bangladesh last week. I was updating myself with all the messages of the last month. I feel the flurry of emotion regarding Humayun Azad incident.
Friends, are we missing the forest while searching for the tree?
1. The day H Azad was attacked; two of my friends were mugged. Both of them dare not bring their car as they planned to spend the evening with me in boi mela. One of them is still in bed because he was temporarily blinded by rubbing of some chemical in the eye by the muggers. The taxi cab driver teamed up with the muggers, so he didn’t want the victim to see the car number plate. Other friend was stopped near Shahbag, robbed on gun point. ___ two separate incidents, same day, involving two of four of us.
2. The infrastructure of this country, including all aspects, moral, legal, law enforcement, cultural— are in shambles.
3. DU teachers are not taking classes in DU because some one assaulted Azad. They are enjoying all the benefits of DU, including housing, salary, but not doing the job they are supposed to do. At the same time they are not boycotting the classes they take in private universities. Who will be looser at the end? Why punish students for some one else’s crime? Why use the students? Why push them to be used as a pawn in the game of power politics?
4. We, the liberals are hell-bent in punishing Jamat/shibir for this crime. Government on the other hand is confident that AL did it. Reminds me of Rashed khan Menon stab incident, same blame game! same CMH!
5. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.
6. We, romantic liberals make the loudest hue and cry for one Humayun Azad, but nobody notices when my whole country is being chopped mercilessly, all over her body, again and again.
7. I saw the same “student power” when police lathi-charged a group DU dorm girls. But alas!! Nobody comes to street when dozens of garment working girls burn alive each year while escaping inferno in their faulty designed factory.
8. Just yesterday I read in prothom_alo, 50 mothers are dying every day, while giving birth. Maternal mortality Rate is the most sensitive indicator of a nations well being. Despite all efforts, Bangladesh is still near the bottom of the list.
9. Our politicians are focused on power clinging or grabbing, liberals are focused on Humayun Azad and poor students are dancing on the streets when they are told to do so.
10. Continent Africa is getting deserted with the curse of this century, the AIDS epidemic. Bangladesh is silently inching closer to that curse. “With the number of injecting drug users (IDUs) more than doubling in 2002, Bangladesh is now just one percent short of becoming a country with HIV epidemic among IDUs,” http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/03/11/d40311060160.htm
11. I believe, not the Humayun Azad mancha, a more important mancha need to be built in DU campus, it could be AIDS mancha, it could me anti-terror/anti-corruption or even an anti-strike mancha.

Dear Mr Miller

When you write your roving reports from Dhaka, as a member of the media entourage, you represent your team as well as your nation.
No doubt, as you see it, Bangladesh is a poor dirty corrupt messy third world country.
What else you expect from an impoverished country, when all her wealth had been systematically looted during the two hundred years of British Raj.
However, the British civilization also gave a lot of things to that part of the world, they spread education, they tought humanity, humility, modesty to the ill educated majority of the then India.
Now when you visit Bangladesh, and keep on acting exactly the opposite what your forefathers tought us hundreds of years ago, it is shocking to us.
Things may be bad or dirty in Bangladesh, you don’t have to write such stories with such vitreolic hate about those bad things in Bangladesh. You wrote about the fantasy kingdom. Did you have to? A history making test match is going to be started soon between the two countries. Lets make a good media gesture. Let me give you an example, rather than writing about the Fantasy KIngdom, you could write about Curzon Hall, named after the British Lord Curzon. This is a building in Dhaka university. You could write about this campus life, that represents Bangladesh youth who are playing and watching cricket. In your article about the fantasy kingdom, you guessed the hotel owner lied to you when he asserted about the Jaguar dealership. Do you know that just months ago, the BMW dealerships in Bangladesh were all sold out of their stock?
Sincerely,
Rumi Ahmed.

Andrew Miller wrote:

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 03:11:58 +0100 (BST)
From: Andrew Miller
Subject: Re: Your reporting from Dhaka
To: Rumi

Dear Rumi
Thank you for your email. I’m sorry if you think that all I see in Bangladesh is dirt and squalor. Believe me, that is far from being the case. As many people have acknowledged in their feedback, I have been blown away by the warmth of my reception in this country, and have gone out of my way to put it across. Unfortunately, I am still a journalist, and as such I cannot sugar the pill – the fact remains that Bangladesh is a very poor country. My writings might seem like mockery, but really they are painting a picture for those people who have never been, and never will come, to the country.
Writing about fantasy kingdom was one of those things that happened because I happened to pass it. It was such an unusual place to find that I had to go and see it. I don’t regret what I said, but perhaps it was easily misconstrued. I have since been rather more selective in my writings. Last week I went to see the house where Bangabandhu was assassinated, and my article was deemed good enough and sensitive enough for reproduction in a bengali-language newspaper.
As for going to see Lord Curzon’s house. Nice idea, but surely that would lay me open to the (unfair) charge that I am only interested in researching my country’s colonial past!
All the best
Andrew Miller

The Bangladesh Hindu Boudhdho Christian Oikyo Porishad, USA chapter and probably HRCBM ( I am not sure) arranged a seminer today at the Midtwon Grand Ramada Plaza at New York, reports The Daily Ittefaq and daily Janakantha.
Bertil Linter of FEER was the key note speaker, while Columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury was the special guest.
Braving the inclement weather and sub-zero temperature, a significant number of expatriate Bangladeshis gathered outside the Ramada Plaza and protested the seminer as they deem it to be anti-Bangladesh in nature, reports Ittefaq.
As per Janakantha, some supporters of BNP gathered outside and gave extra weight to the seminer which was already overflowing with audience.
Bertil Lintner reportedly stated that nobody protested the content of his article, middle east funded hospitals in Coxs Bazar was making Bangladesh an al quida heaven, Bangladesh was a den of ISI activities and Bangladesh should pay for it and he was everwhelmed by the support/love/respect he recieved from people of Bangladesh as shown by the seminer. He also mentioned that Bangladeshi people are threatening to rape his wife and his daughter over email.
Abdul Gaffer Chowdhury declared that if he was healthier, he wouild have taken arms against this fundamentalist and cruel government.
A cross section of mainstream society attended the meet including a local congresswoman (Who apparently didn’t make any speech), a famous poet ( Who protested Gaffar Chowdhury’s call to arms), local humanist/secular organizations, local Jewish community leaders etc.
A notable organizer of this meeting was Mr Bidyut Sarker, who is a leading proponent creating a separate Hindu republic breaking a portion of Bangladesh. He raised that issue again in that seminer.
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Some Observations:
1. Bertil Lintner is supposed to be reporter only or a neutral journalist. Why he has to take a side in Bangladesh’s foreign policy towards India and Pakistan?
2. Does Gaffer Chowdhury ( With his close relations to AL and Sheikh Hasina) understand the implication of attending such meeting and make such statements? Forget about Bangladesh, won’t it make him a liability to Sheikh Hasina also?
3. What is Bertil Lintner upto with this hoopla? Why Bidyut Sarker is being patronized by This Bertil Lintner or Gaffer Chowdhury?
4. Grrand Ball room ar Midtown Ramada Plaza is supposedly an extremely costly venture. Oikyo Porishod and HRCBM has a good flow of fund, it seems.
5. With all the recent media campaign, memo to congress to stop importing Bangladesh garments and recent INS registration requirement for Bangladesh are certainly not positive developements for Bangladesh. In this background, How would this seminer help Bangladesh? Can Gaffer Chowdhury, Bertil Lintner or their sympathysers answer this?

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