Saturday, March 19, 2005
Bangladesh was undoubtedly a moderate state at its inception---secular and progressive---till the rulers who took over after the massive political changes in mid '70s, decided to do away with the people's [formulated] constitution of 1972, replacing it with a controversial document of their own beliefs, thoughts and philosophy. [...]The omitted material fills in the timeline to the present day. But the critical pieces are:
One thing therefore has been proved beyond all doubts as the common perception so long had it. Some forces, inimical to the very existence of Bangladesh since our independence, have finally found it quite convenient to clandestinely fund the Islamic militants from the background in garb of their friends, but actually with the ulterior motive of tarnishing the age old secular identity of the people of Bangladesh amongst the comity of nations. And to a great extent they have succeeded no doubt.
- Bangladesh has moved steadily from secularism to Islamic extremism since its founding.
- The cause is an unknown source or sources that has been funding lots of fundamentalist madrassas and political groups.
Not good news for Bangladesh.