Indian Muslim Leading Newspaper, New from India, Islam, World
32 pages, Twice a month. Subscribe Now.  (RNI DELENG/2000/930; ISSN 0972-3366)

Since Jan 2000

Cartoons .  Special Reports . National  . Issues . Community News Letters to the Editor  . Matrimonials . Latest Indian Muslim Statements . Book Store ++

Subscribe Online

About Us

Online Book Store  

Jobs @ MG

Advertise on MG
Our Team
Contact Us

Muslim Matrimonials
Our Advertisers

Add to your RSS reader - Indian Muslim Islamic News online media web site

»  Lastest Indian Muslim 
Statements & 
Press Release
Web (WWW) OR  
only MG

» Tell me when the next issue comes online:






If you haven't seen the print edition,

missed it ALL

send me the print edition


Taking Stock
The course ahead
By Rizwan Ullah

Rizwan UllahAs a result of a revolt or a revolution of sorts new governments do prop up overnight but countries with the attributes of a nation state do not. They take a longtime to evolve and that longevity depends upon many factors.

For instance, it took two devastating great wars over Europe to weaken the global power, that Great Britain was, so much that it could no longer resist the pressure to let India get its freedom. British government left this country in a huff and, like a fussy child who smashes his toys, split the country into pieces.

It took ten years of wasteful involvement in Afghanistan for the erstwhile Soviet Union to disintegrate leading to the emergence of half a dozen independent states. Again, it took pan-Arab movement for nationalizing their oil resources, nationalization of the Suez canal, a war over Suez and its after effects that made it impossible for the Royal British Navy to continue its surveillance east of Suez which included the Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific upto Hong Kong. Thus the sun that never set over the British Empire finally set in the farthest East. The emergence of Bangladesh was one of the consequences of this latter phase other coincidences notwithstanding.

Atmospheric vacuum raises storms. Bay of Bengal is one such notorious spot on the globe. Storms rising over there play havoc in vast areas of littoral Bengal. The withdrawal of the British Navy only upto the Mediterranean left a power vacuum over a vast area. Naturally then, some powers must rush to fill that vacuum. America and the Soviet Union were two probable contenders. As the Russians were family friends of India they did not foresee any problems for their naval ships if they visited Indian ports on the eastern coast. But still in case of any emergency it would not be easier for their navy to play any decisive role in an arena as far as the Indian Ocean from their Eastern or Western sea ports that remained frozen for months together in a year. The U.S. seventh fleet covering the Pacific area was instructed to extend its area so as to cover the Indian Ocean. Thus the flag ships of the seventh fleet passed through Strait of Malacca and sailed beyond Singapore, reaching upto Bay of Bengal where Chinese submarines had already been sighted prowling in the vicinity of Andaman-Nicobar Islands. As for the Indian Navy it would be too big a job to extend its coverage beyond the Indian Ocean. Perhaps thousands and thousands of overland borders mostly in disturbed and difficult terrains kept India so much pre-occupied with its army that it could not devote as much attention and funds as would be needed for an expanded naval activity, whereas the fact remains that a powerful navy is a prerequisite for a big power role. This is a proven fact of history.

In short, this was the global situation when the Bangladesh imbroglio boiled up. Within Pakistan unfortunately for them, West Pakistan never saw East Pakistan with equanimity and doubted the loyalty of Bengalese although leaders like Hussain Shaheed Suhrewardy, Khawaja Nazimuddin and Mr Mohammad Ali of Bogra had served the country well in their capacities as President and Prime Minister. If Sheikh Mujeebur Rahman wanted Bengali at par with Urdu as the national language of Pakistan, he was perfectly right. He was also perfectly reasonable in expecting premiership of Pakistan when his Awami League had emerged as a majority party after the general elections. But he was manipulated out of power. These and a trail of incidents coincided resulting in the emergence of Bangladesh. The rest is history.

Thus far to remind the fact that the emergence of Bangladesh was not the result of one single event whatsoever – neither the Bengali stir nor the incursions of the Mukti Bahini, nor the atrocities of Pakistani military in East Pakistan, nor Mr Bhutto’s behavior nor the Indian intervention. It resulted from the consensus of the powers governing the world affairs that Pakistan be broken apart to rid it of the burden of eastern wing which it had to carry, and engage India on two sides. Latter developments proved it. India was sternly warned against taking any move on the western front which it did take heed to. During the course of two earlier conflicts there was no stir on the eastern front. Now India should be alert against probable threats for the brutes who mutilated the bodies of the BSF men were reported to have come from the area where the Mukti Bahini had been trained during the Bangladesh stir.

There are obvious lessons: The process of decimation of Muslims as individuals, as groups, as people, which began around 1857 is still in progress on various planes, with various pretexts, at times sublime, glaring at other times. Muslims simply for being Muslims have immeasurably suffered. They have been eliminated as a force to be reckoned with in Northern India. A section of them, which had frittered away in 1947 towards East Pakistan was later drowned in the deluge of Bangladesh, their remnants are living like swines in slush in ghettos meant for those who call themselves as estranged Pakistanis. Neither they are prepared to come out of the fools paradise nor the Bangladeshis realize that what they had got as Pakistan in the first place and later as Bangladesh was made possible partly due to the sacrifices and untold miseries of these pariahs. Another similar lot got lost in the oases of Sindh.

Is it not the time to look back and find how the Muslim intellectuals misled their people, led them astray on the path of total destruction and at the same time discover that the selfless Ulama were perfectly right in disapproving the two-nation theory and partition of the country on that basis? They stood for rise or fall along-with the people of undivided India. It is no longer possible to regain what has been lost but still there is no time to sit idle. What should be the next step then? Build bridges, here, there, everywhere.

Subscribe Now

Get Books from India at cheap attractive ratesArabic English High Quality translation

Help Relief, Welfare, development work in India - Zakat

Read books on Indian Muslim Islamic topics only on MG bookstore !

Subscribe 2 MG print edition | Muslim Educational Loan AidContact Us | Muslim Baby Names | OutreachIndia | Suggestions | Muslim  Islamic greeting cards

Bookmark The Milli Gazette

Privacy PolicyDisclaimer  © Copyright 2000-Present  Publishers: Pharos Media & Publishing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India