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I believe and I feel the Rajakars (War criminals) should have been punished already. But is it the right time now? I know many of you would say that there are examples of war criminals of World Wars been punished after long long time. But my dear brothers and sisters, those were International cases, and were fought among many countries. Many complicated situations were there for which the trial took so long to be implemented. But what about the Rajakars? Everybody knew what they did and also everybody knew/know who they were/are. What took people 36 years to think about the punishment of them? You might say – “better late than never”. But is it acceptable in this case? The demand definitely started from the campaign of our beloved (!!) leaders. Now it has almost become a demand of many of the people in Bangladesh. My question is, why didn’t our beloved leaders and political parties themselves didn’t bring the Rajakars to the justice???? The reason is- all the parties used them as a ladder towards the power.
For last one year, the real faces of our leaders were brought infront of us. Just try to figure out the number of our patriot political leaders currently staying in the jail. Now try to figure out what not these leaders have done!!! Now when both the parties are finding them in trouble they are trying to divert the attention of the current government to something else. Awamileague ruled the country for about 9 years, BNP ruled for about 15 years, Jatiyo party for about 10 years. All of the parties got more than enough time to bring the war criminals to the justice. If these three political parties were really interested in bringing the criminals to justice- they could have easily done that. But their consciousness took 36 years!!! isn’t it mysterious??
Now question might arise, what’s the problem if it is late?? The problem is the the aftermath of the punishment. It is so late that, by this time some of the well known Rajakars are in the top of a big political party. And that party consists of millions of members and supporters (Don’t think I’m one of them ). How will their followers react if they are punished? If there was no emergency now, what would the followers of Khaleda Zea and Sheikh Hasina do? Supporters of BNP and Awamileague would almost bring qayamat in Bangladesh. Why these two leaders are in the jail are known to all. They were engaged in corruption and they influenced corruption and what not else!!! Still their supporters are ready to become martyr for their great (!!) leaders. Things will certainly be same with Jamat-E-Islami. People voted them and eventually sent them to the parliament and to the government also. Still people will vote for Gol*M Az*m and Niz*mi knowing how they participated in the genocide in 1971. The reason is, they got into the veins of the political system of Bangladesh. Punishment of them will lead to more violence and terrorism . A Rajakars son/daughter and relatives are not rajakars. Punishing the Rajakars after 36 years will draw a negative impact on their relatives and also followers. It will reignite the RAJAKARISM inside them. After 36 years of the independence these segmentation/division will bring no benefit to the country if not more harm.
As I mentioned earlier, our political leaders are successful enough to raise our voice in this issue. These leaders are not much behind in the race!!! Just try to calculate what the Bangladeshi people have achieved being a citizen of an independent democratic country. I know it is almost impossible to control emotion in this regard. But emotion can lead to great difficulties. It’s time to progress. We (who ever think alike me) want no more segmentation/division among people. We are already far behind in the race compared to some of our neighbors. We want to raise our nation and mark our position in the developed world.
The above statements are solely my personal views. It is usual that you might have other opinion. Many of us lost our loved ones in 1971. So did I. I can feel the emotion too. I will also support them who demand the punishment, if they ensure that there will be no deterioration in the situation. Can they ensure it? Because, I believe we have got a life to lead. It is my right to think of my future security.