I was not very old when Mujib formed BAKSAL..
Shukanto left for Calcutta because of FAMINE in this Part of India then..it seems FAMINE as it happened during Mujib administration..one will he surprised how food shortage is created..for instance when this BAL administration came to power..I was in a Bengali owned restaurant.. Owners mentioned to me, sudden increase in price of rice to cooking oil..I mentioned to him I shop in a grocer store close where I stay in Houston as of just day or two ago price of rice was much much less as far as I could tell..well sudden increase in price is ONE way that contribute to famine..SECOND way is that year CROP Go bad for some reason..such as lack of rain, insects and etc..
Do you thing these are just coincidences..this is one sure way to ruin winning parties popularity all I can tell you is..at least my side of temple knew few things..as I was following the News in Bangladesh on this occasion military even got involved in distributing rice at fair price. It surprised me that military known as BNP surrogates was playing role dictated by new Govt..Oh well some of these guys in the restaurant went to the Grocery store I mentioned of..
These are called KALO BAJAIRS..in our language..well it is them wants other side in office..that is BNP/JAMAT and AGA KHANI allies..
With Independence of Bangladesh New administration was facing crisis in all fronts..war in Hill tracts..Siraj Sikdars Purbo Bangla..movement..to be honest this was continuation war of Bangladesh in new front..and new way well Mujib did as far as I am concerned the best he could or what ever he understood ..it could be criticized for what ever its worth..to the most it was may be bad decision..but I do not thing it was self serving..in any way..Just think this PURBO BANGLA name remember the song PUROBO BANGLAR SHAMOLI MA>>DUSTORO SHINDHU MORU SHAHARA JHANDA JAGICHEY AAJ JA..In think was almost Pak National Anthem..
Nationalized of industries was platform which Mujib won the election..that lead to independence..Just read Bhuttos Wikidepia you will find him an ardent advocate of socialism..well that is how in Socialist Economy..industries are Nationalized..Only thing you will not find COMMUNISM mentioned any where in Charter of AWAMI LEAGUE and BAKSAL
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Subject: [chottala.com] Wikiapedia edited history, some critical views, and declared forgiveness of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mojibur Rahman
Dear Bangladeshi and Bangladesh sympathizer friends,
Here are the some critical extracts from Wikiapedia edited history, some critical views, and declared forgiveness of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mojibur Rahman (references and extracts are high lighted in bold letters as given below:). Professional historians, journalists, newsmen, and biography writers should thoroughly explore, investigate, and incorporate, to the best of their abilities, the correct and factual history of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mojibur Rahman, the father of the nation of Bangladesh.
Golam F. Akhter, Bangladesh-USA Human Rights Coalition Inc.
Reference 1. : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Mujibur_Rahman#BAKSAL
Reference 2. Correction , if any , contact process: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Contact_us
Mujib's government soon began encountering increased dissatisfaction and unrest. His programmes of nationalisation and industrial socialism suffered from lack of trained personnel, inefficiency, rampant corruption and poor leadership. Mujib focused almost entirely on national issues and thus neglected local issues and government. The party and central government exercised full control and democracy was weakened, with virtually no elections organised at the grass roots or local levels. Political opposition included communists as well as Islamic fundamentalists, who were angered by the declaration of a secular state. Mujib was criticized for nepotism in appointing family members to important positions. A famine in 1974 further intensified the food crisis, and devastated agriculture — the mainstay of the economy. Intense criticism of Mujib arose over lack of political leadership, a flawed pricing policy, and rising inflation amidst heavy losses suffered by the nationalised industries. Mujib's ambitious social programmes performed poorly, owing to scarcity of resources, funds and personnel, and caused unrest amongst the masses.BAKSAL was protested by different groups but they were punished by Mujibur Rahman. It was known that Mujibur Rahman never accepted any criticism against him. Mujib was widely accused for the responsible of 40000 killings by his Rakkhi Bahini.
The 1974 famine had personally shocked Mujib and profoundly affected his views on governance, while political unrest gave rise to increasing violence. During the famine, 70000 people were reported as dead. In response, he began increasing his powers. On January 25, 1975 Mujib declared a state of emergency and his political supporters approved a constitutional amendment banning all opposition political parties. Mujib assumed the presidency and was given extraordinary powers. His political supporters amalgamated to form the only legalised political party, theBangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League, commonly known by its initials—BAKSAL. The party identified itself with the rural masses, farmers and labourers and took control of government machinery. It also launched major socialist programmes. Using government forces and a militia of supporters called the Jatiyo Rakkhi Bahini, Mujib oversaw the arrest of opposition activists and strict control of political activities across the country. Members of Jatiyo Rakkhi Bahini were granted immunity from prosecution and other legal proceedings. The militia known as RakhiBahini and police were accused of torturing suspects and political killings. While retaining support from many segments of the population, Mujib evoked anger amongst veterans of the liberation war for what was seen as a betrayal of the causes of democracy and civil rights"
Mujibur Rahman briefly assumed the provisional presidency and later took office as the prime minister, heading all organs of government and decision-making. In doing so, he dismissed Tajuddin Ahmad following a controversial intra-party power struggle that had occurred during Mujib's incarceration. The politicians elected in 1970 formed the provisional parliament of the new state. The Mukti Bahini and other militias amalgamated to form a new Bangladeshi army to which Indian forces transferred control on March 17. Mujib described the fallout of the war as the "biggest human disaster in the world," claiming the deaths of as many as 3 million people and the rape of more than 200,000 women. The government faced serious challenges, which including the rehabilitation of millions of people displaced in 1971, organising the supply of food, health aids and other necessities. The effects of the 1970 cyclone had not worn off, and the state's economyhad immensely deteriorated by the conflict. There was also violence against non-Bengalis and groups who were believed to have assisted the Pakistani forces. By the end of the year, thousands of Bengalis arrived from Pakistan, and thousands of non-Bengalis migrated to Pakistan; and yet many thousands remained in refugee camps.
After Bangladesh achieved recognition from major countries, Mujib helped Bangladesh enter into the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement. He travelled to the United States, the United Kingdom and other European nations to obtain humanitarian and developmental assistance for the nation. He signed a treaty of friendship with India, which pledged extensive economic and humanitarian assistance and began training Bangladesh's security forces and government personnel. Mujib forged a close friendship with Indira Gandhi, strongly praising India's decision to intercede, and professed admiration and friendship for India. But the Indian government did not remain in close cooperation with Bangladesh during Mujib's lifetime.
He charged the provisional parliament to write a new constitution, and proclaimed the four fundamental principles of "nationalism, secularism, democracy and socialism," which would come to be known as "Mujibism." Mujib nationalised hundreds of industries and companies as well as abandoned land and capital and initiated land reform aimed at helping millions of poor farmers.Major efforts were launched to rehabilitate an estimated 10 million refugees. The economy began recovering and a famine was prevented. A constitution was proclaimed in 1973 and electionswere held, which resulted in Mujib and his party gaining power with an absolute majority. He further outlined state programmes to expand primary education, sanitation, food, healthcare, water and electric supply across the country. A five-year plan released in 1973 focused state investments into agriculture, rural infrastructure and cottage industries.
Although the state was committed to secularism, Mujib soon began moving closer to political Islam through state policies as well as personal conduct. He revived the Islamic Academy (which had been banned in 1972 for suspected collusion with Pakistani forces) and banned the production and sale of alcohol and banned the practice of gambling, which had been one of the major demands of Islamic groups. Mujib sought Bangladesh's membership in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and the Islamic Development Bank and made a significant trip to Lahore in 1974 to attend the OIC summit, which helped repair relations with Pakistan to an extent. In his public appearances and speeches, Mujib made increased usage of Islamic greetings, slogans and references to Islamic ideologies. In his final years, Mujib largely abandoned his trademark "Joy Bangla" salutation for "Khuda Hafez" preferred by religious Muslims. He also declared a common amnesty to the suspected war criminals in some conditions to get the support of far right groups as the communists were not happy with Mujib's regime. He declared, " I believe that the brokers, who assisted the Pakistanis during the liberation war has realized their faults. I hope they will involve themselves in the development of the country forgetting all their misdeeds. Those who were arrested and jailed in the Collaborator act should be freed before the 16 December 1974.".
In 1974, Bangladesh experienced the deadliest famine ever, which killed around 1.5 million Bangladeshi people from hunger. The Bangladesh famine of 1974 is a major source of discontent against Mujib's government. Bangladeshi people feel ashamed, insulted and demoralised as a nation for this famine that was not due to a food crisis but, according to Amartya Sen, but due instead to the lack of governance and democratic practices."