Noted historian Professor Muntasir Mamun has said the Liberation War of Bangladesh is still the main spirit of nation's existence and only that spirit will protect the country and lead to its desired development.
He believes that Anti-Liberation forces in Bangladesh will be abolished one day as a natural outcome of history. "Bangalees will stand in unity and it will be a Sonar Bangla," the researcher of Liberation War told the Daily Observer in an interview marking December, the month of victory.
He said, "Bangladesh can proud of being liberated from Pakistan, which destined to a barbaric end. Bangladesh is improving day by day, while Pakistan is being engulfed by darkness. They are becoming more barbaric, which is evident in their denial of genocide and atrocities they committed in 1971."
He sharply criticised Pakistan for denying their crimes against humanity. "Some of the Pakistanis criticise the faults and atrocities committed against Bangalees by their politicians and Army. They, at the same time, would criticize Bangladesh. Basically all the Pakistanis are Pakistanis at the end," he observed.
Recollecting the horrors of 1971, the Dhaka University teacher said, "What is more regrettable that a section in Bangladesh stills dream of Pakistan. When a certain political party bags 30 percent votes in elections, it appears to us that the entire people is yet to get relieve of Pakistani mindset."
Responding to a question he said, "We were emotionally churned to contemplate that Bangladesh would become "Golden Bangladesh" soon after attaining independence. The emotion was not realistic. What we saw after the Liberation War? Everything was destroyed. There was nothing to begin with. Bangabandhu had to start with empty hands. Our dreams were shattered with the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975."
He said Bangabandhu had united the nation. Gen Zia had divided it. It is tough to unite a nation, but it is easy to divide it. Zia did it. We hope the new generation will be able to be united once again. There will be no anti-liberation element in the country. The entire nation, imbued with the spirit of Liberation War, will stand in unison.
"Unfortunately the political forces in Bangladesh are now divided as anti-Liberation and Pro-Liberation forces. There is no other nation in the world where anti-Liberation forces exist. But in Bangladesh, it exists. There will be politics in Bangladesh. But there will be no anti-liberation politics. Everybody will have to be pro-liberation," he said.
"You will find no country in the world, where any political party upholds the spirit of defeated forces. But in Bangladesh, BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami hold the spirit of the defeated forces. They support crimes against humanity. You will not find it anywhere else. Khaleda Zia questions the genocide. You will not find any such politician in other countries."
"Whole nation is indebted to millions of martyrs. We will not be able to repay the debts. But at least we can admit our debts."
Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators in 1971 killed three million innocent Bengalees. Some 200,000 women fell prey to their barbaric repression. They destroyed thousands of localities in rural and urban areas. It became impossible for people to bear the repression, killings and barbarism unleashed by the Pakistani army which led to the exodus of 10 million people into India for shelter and safety.
What was the fault of the Bengalees? They wanted democracy, a society free from all kinds of deprivation and repression. They wanted to be a self-reliant country, free from religious conflicts and on the basis of thousand-year-old rich heritage.
The expectation of the Bengalees was just a reverse of the state philosophy of Pakistan. Pakistan is such a militarist and fundamentalist country where there is no place for democracy and human rights.
"The whole nation is indebted to millions of martyrs. We will not be able to repay the debts. But at least we can admit our debts," Muntasir Mamun said.