STRUGGLE FOR PEACE
The Human Rights Today report: The editor of “THE HUMAN RIGHTS TODAY”, journalist Jahangir Alam Akash have written two new books in English. The books are “Struggle for Peace” and “Away from Home”. In the Independence Day of Bangladesh 26 March, 2010 these books have published from Adarsha publication of Bangladesh. We would like to share about the books of Akash. The subject of these books are press freedom, minority oppression, politics, extra judicial killings, Islamic militancy, extra judicial killings, torture and the human rights in Bangladesh. Now the books are available in Germany. If anyone would like to buy then please contact with the Author (email@example.com).
Flairs: It is now 38 years that Bangladesh is an independent country. But the rule of law, honest administration and the culture of democracy are still far cry! Common people are searching peace. Militancy, extra judiciary murders, maladministration, party-attribution, terror, corruption are closing the path of progress. Religious and indigenous minority killings-oppressions are hindrances to the amity. The murders of Journalists are robbing the opportunity of free Reporting’s. All these current problems and crisis are well depicted through the pen of Journalist Akash. This young writer is a courageous soldier of peace and democracy. ‘Struggle for peace’ is a reflection of Bangladesh-reality. The international community will definitely get a transparent picture of Bangladesh in the book.
Preface: Possibly the struggle for peace is the oldest struggle of mankind! Sometimes it seems to me that it is like a searching of a black cat in a dark room where there is no cat at all! Yet we do not (should not) abandon the try! In the modern chaotic world, it is a hope which can still render us the meaning of life.
Who wants to live in a society where there is no justice, rule of law, fellow-feelings? But more than 155 millions of our countrymen in Bangladesh have been living under such precarious circumstances and many of them have not given up the struggle, struggle for peace. Jahangir Alam Akash is one of them. With his 20 years of professional journalism, he has been fighting for human rights with his innumerable reports on state-terror, killings extra judiciary, corruptions. As the hundreds of rivers of Bangladesh, we have endless evils throughout the country. ‘No single person can be found in Bangladesh, who was not a victim of corruption at least once in his life!’ Akash has written in this book. It is like the air, it is everywhere but unseen and only to be felt.
Is there any formula of peace? I do not know. But the majority poor people of Bangladesh only expect daily 3 times food and a sound sleep at night, possibly that is peace for them. Unfortunately, this very tiny hope could not be yet materialised by any government after about 40 years of the liberation.
From his head to feet, Akash is a dedicated journalist, no doubt. He took unthinkable risks to gather information’s. His investigative and truth-searching reports are thrilling as well as tragic! While translating, I myself sometimes could not believe my eyes. Truth is really stranger than fiction. Reality may be sometimes very hard but it is known only when a courageous journalist like Akash brings the unpleasant truths but bare realities in front of our eyes.
I don’t know, if any day, like the mysterious city, ‘Shangrilla’, we would find peace for us, for our country and for the world! Freud has said, ‚who does not dream, he is lifeless!’ If it is true, why we shall not dream about peace? In our daily lives, from all directions, disappointments, deprivations, pains, injustice, poverty haunt us. We know, only peace can be the best remedy but where is it? Shangrilla is in the remote mountains in Tibet. But nobody could yet locate peace or find a formula of it! There is one Nobel-Prize for Peace. Every year, one time, the Nobel-Committee makes the world aware about peace but in true sense, all the prize-holders (almost 100 so far) could not give us any hint of peace, temporary or permanent. They have got the prizes and we have only seen their Photos in Newspapers. Even one from Bangladesh has got it. Was it a help for us to achieve peace?
Akash is now stateless. He was compelled to leave his country. For one year, he has been living here in Germany. He does not know where his next shelter is. He is trying to find and I hope he will get one, for him and for his family.
But he has not given up his dream. He is a reporter and human rights-worker. He believes, with these two weapons, if he can’t win peace, at least he can show us a way for us. So his ‚Struggle for Peace’ will be continued. This book is a clear sign.
I hope, it will encourage the reader to dream for peace.
Context: Peace, people’s government, real democracy and the rule of law are all golden-deer in Bangladesh. The religious fanaticism, innumerable superstitions, lack of education, poverty, corruption, immorality, have now strongly established the criminality everywhere. Disunity, unfairness, oppression, torture, killing-murder, terror, activities of the communal fundamentalists have crashed the people on the ground! Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians live here. People of all religions unitedly have fought for the independence of Bangladesh and shed blood. With enormous sacrifices under the leadership of Banganondhu (late) Sk. Mujibur Rahman, The nation got one nice secular constitution.
After only 4 years after the independence of Bangladesh, father of the nation, Sk Mujibar Rahman, was killed brutally with most of his family members. Through a planned way the following governments of General Ziaur Rahman and General H.M. Ershad have amended, revised and changed many times the original constitution of Bangladesh and have made it almost a farce! Islam was declared as the ‚State-Religion’. Although Bangladesh has people from four religions! But such a radical change of the former secular Constitution was a heinous dishonour to the holy constitution! Through these measures religious fanaticism and communalism were given a state Contour. In the name of Islam the religious fundamental militancy has become now the greatest problem of Bangladesh. It is about now about 38 years after the independence, but the war criminals of Al- badr, Al- Shams, Rajakars and the murderers who were directly related with the genocide during the struggle for independence have not yet been put into the trial. The Political Party, Jamaat Islam is regularly igniting the fire of communalism in the name of Islam. Communal-politics is not banned in the country. State-terror like killings extra-judicial is going on without end. All devouring corruption is the greatest obstacle for the fulfilment of the basic rights of the people. The afflictions of religious minorities are a day to day affair.
In the society, a privileged class is making mountains with money. On the other side, majority people, not less than 95%, are becoming poorer every day. Religious minorities and the indigenously people are deprived of constitutional rights. Including the father of the nation, hundreds of politicians, journalists, lawyers, judges, members and common people have been killed. Different state-controlled armed cadres have created an extreme fearful and inhuman situation by their killings of innocent people, tortures and oppressions. Within 38 years of independence, the country was under the military rulers for long 17 years. People were pushed to the dark-wild-administration and its persecutions. Torture-murders and planned genocide, crime and the incidences of the militancy are never enquired properly and effectively. Of course after the event, government announces for enquiry and committees are also formed. ‚Whoever is the criminal, he would be definitely punished’, such promises are heard from the top level of the government or from the concerned authorities repeatedly with arrogance. But they are never materialised. Shortly speaking, there is no ‘explanation’ in the country. In the history of human-civilisation, the self confessed killers who have committed utmost heinous murders are saved from the state level and any possibility to put them into trial is closed. Judges feel agony to perform their duties. The culture of the ‚absence of justice’ is increasing the criminal tendency day by day. All the state organs have been criminalised. The endless greed of making money of the upper class people are pushing the 70-80% common people towards the lowest level of poverty. By the most of political parties, specially the two big, Awami league and BNP have no headache for democracy. So the democracy in the state level is now beyond every possibility!
Fundamental militancy in the name of Islam is growing rapidly. Women-Children-tortures, giving of fake religious decrees (Fatwa of Islam), meanness, and religious fanaticism are expanding. Raids with Bomb and Grenades, suicidal-conspiracies, envy and malice, scrambles are in extremity. Brotherhood, mutual delight, solidarity, love and respect are being lost. Everywhere the humanity is hindered. Differences, dissimilarities between persons are growing. Kindness and humanity are decreasing and on the other side, selfishness and mercantile mentality are growing on an electric-speed! Every day million of peoples are hungry and so to say almost naked due to lack of clothings. Each year through flood, draught, dearth and tempest-cyclone millions of people suffer. Because of the change of river-flows, everyday innumerable people are losing their all possessions. The five basic rights to have food, cloth, education, treatment and dwelling are totally unknown to the vast majority of the people. Each year innumerable persons die on diseases and without treatments. Millions of children have no access to schools, but ‚Child-labour’ is everywhere! Women-Children-smuggles, rapes are very common matter in Bangladesh. Besides, there are labour-discriminations. For similar works as men, women get less remuneration. Crime and criminals are ‘pardoned’ by state and it is a big obstacle for the establishment of rule of Law in Bangladesh. A general statistics depicts that from 2004 till today, more than 1,500 persons were killed extra judiciary, through so-called ‘crossfire’, ‘encounter’ or in the name of ‘exchange of fires’. After the killing of father of the nation, the culture of impuning crimes has started. It is still going on, eve under the present new government.
From February 2008 to April 2009, I have published four books on Islamic militancy, murders extra judiciary, state-terror and torture and bomb-grenade charges.
They are: ‘15 hours in total Darkness’, ‘Extra judicial killings and Revenge’, Militant-Godfathers and other Issues’ and ‘From Udichi to Pilkhana’. With few exceptions, in general Peoples-media actually nourish the interests of politicians and capitalists. In one case at least, the media of Bangladesh is quite blind. This is the ‘killings extra judicial’ by the state-army. After 38 years of independence, the tribal people have no constitutional-recognition. At least 1,50000 Indigenous children are deprived of education. Apart from this, about 27 lacs children of the coutry have no right for education. Still now the black law, ‚Land-vested-law’ is existing. Religious minorities and indigenous people are being persecuted. But why? Although from the independence struggle for the country to all democratic-progressive movements, their roles are very much significant.
The murders and tortures of religious minority and indigenous people and other oppressions are never redressed. As a result, one after another brutal incidences are happening. Criminals are encouraged! You can buy ballot papers in the name of democracy. Only during election, common people have some attentions. After election is over, nobody takes care of the voters. An unequal and unfair society can’t exist longer. To establish peace, democracy, justice and fair-administration, the total change of the state-structure is needed. For this a distinct political commitment and its effective successful materialisation are badly required. Without this, only Internet and digital technology can’t bring any development for the majority of the people. In true sense to establish in Bangladesh, people’s welfare, peace and digital, we need the change of total system and a new structure.
I have already finished another manuscript in Bengali, ‚Tortures on religious and tribal minorities in post independent Bangladesh’. Because of the constant threats from the Islamic militancy, one particular political- criminal clique and special state-force, I was compelled to leave the country. From the four published books and the 5th unpublished one, I have taken an attempt for an assimilation of an English-edition. Those who are helping in this effort, I thank them all. This is a book on events and convened information. I hope this book will be a document of the incidences of Bangladesh, past and present. From the book “Struggle for Peace”.
“STRUGGLE FOR PEACE”
April 9, 2010 by Euro Bangla for Peace and Human Rights edited by Jahangir Alam Akash