HERE are two emails, exchanged between a Bangladeshi and Pakistani blogger. Even 40 years on, the tragedy of the erstwhile East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, is still haunting the intelligentsia of the South Asian region. These two tiny emails speak volumes about the intellectual, political and militarily stipulations of the conflict zone of the world.
Subject: A question
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 3:52 AM
I am a Bangladeshi blogger. I write in Bengali. I am a reader of your blog. I found that how tough a fight you have to fight everyday to keep your readers informed about the truth. I have also seen the comments that attack you on your blog. I appreciate you.
Hope you will have time to answer me.
Cc: The Terrorland
Pakistan Army generals work as "mind-police" in our militarized and Talibanized country. They can do anything to hide their crimes! Journalists, writers and scholars can't work independently in this country anymore. I was attacked and am being punished along my family members for the last 21 months just for exposing their criminal face. No one in the Pakistani media can utter even my name due to fear of the devils in the khaki. They kill voices of dissent no matter a journalist or politician; even military-men and judges have become their silent victims!
As a writer, I'm really ashamed what the cruel generals did in Bangladesh prior to your independence. So are the feelings of other writers, journalists and scholars in Pakistan. I think there should be an independent investigation into the alleged intellectual dishonesty besides the genocide. The intellectual terrorism must be exposed.
I’m so sorry for being late in writing back to you. Actually, I was searching for a poem, I had written years back about the Bengali intellectual heritage of South Asia, but couldn’t find it so far. Anyway, thank you very much for the kind words in an unkind society!