is reluctant to watch Bangladeshi Islamists; a very pessimistic scenario
A week or two ago,
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K. Thomas visited the Bangladesh
Minister for Social Affairs, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid in his office.
The US Ambassador exchanged greetings with the die hard Islamist and
wished him well for the minister's trip to USA. It is hardly conceivable
that the honorable ambassador was not aware who this Mujahid guy was. It
is also very difficult to understand why still now US State Department
is following the policy of passive patronage of Islamic fundamentalists
It is possible
that many high officials at the State Department are not too inclined to
be deeply involved in the treacherous and dirty arena of Bangladesh
politics. But they ought to keep a close eye on the activities of the
ever encompassing Bangladeshi Islamist front. There is enough
intelligence on the diabolical nature of Bangladeshi Islamists. Any
social scientist can fathom how a secular liberal country like
Bangladesh is gradually becoming Islamized and how the Islamic
fundamentalists are gaining power with each passing day.
USA should keep a
cold shoulder to the fundamentalist elements of that country. On the
contrary, it appears that America is not too unhappy to see their power
base enhanced. In other words if Bangladesh becomes truly Talibanized,
nobody bothers at all.
A few weeks ago,
some Jamaati leaders threatened the life of liberal intellectuals and
writers. They had categorically threatened the life of writer and
novelist Humayun Azad. Today the writer is assaulted mercilessly and at
present is fighting for his life on a hospital bed.
The shrewd and
manipulative Jamaati Islamists have penetrated in all the spheres of
Bangladeshi society. Members of this vicious group are found not only in
the Bangladeshi military or Government, they can be found in foreign
missions and non-governmental organizations as well. A newspaper report
said even one high level Jamaati leader is working as a Political
Analyst at the US Embassy in Bangladesh. After the press report, as far
as we know the US State Department did not take any remedial measure.
May be the policy makers in US capital still think Bangladeshi
Islamic fundamentalists are benign and not as dangerous as their
am not sure how long the USA will keep a deaf ear to the cry
of the conscientious people of the world. Should we wait to see a
recurrence of Bali and then wake up?
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 12:55:04 -0800 (PST)
Subject: URGENT: Bangladeshi liberal writer attacked by "unknown
To: NY Times-1
, "Prof. Paul Kurtz"
CC: NY Times-2
, NY Times-3
I am very upset over this piece of news. Dr.
Humayun Azad was not only a pivotal member of Bangladesh's
intelligentsia but was a unique freethinker who didn't ever
hesitate to reveal his secular/humanist ideals before public despite
inherent risks of assaults by radical Islamists. So far he was
spared. Recently, he has done a magnificent job of portraying true
pictures of underground level growth and heinous policies of Jamat-i-
Islami, country's leading political party of Islamist extremists
which has now two ministers in present government. It is so
ironic that USA so far raised no concerns despite being
aware of these ministers' anti-Bengali and anti-Hindu roles
during 1971 war. On top of all these, recently one such war
criminal minister has attended a USA government funded
conference in Philadelphia on Christianity-Islam dialog.
While letting Muslim liberals like Dr. Azad
being attacked by Islamists and inviting fanatic Islamic minister to
conferences, USA government is gravely undermining its policies
against Islamic extremists. How many more of us should die before
the country carrying a rich secular heritages of
such thinkers as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln , Emerson, H.D.
Thoreau and Mark Twain realizes revision of its aberrant
policies against Islamic militants?