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A Stranger in My Own Country. BY DANIEL SHEEHY. The Los Angeles Times, the newspaper I receive at home and possibly the most pro- open borders paper . “A stranger in my own country - East Pakistan, ” by Major General ( Retd) Khadim Hussain Raja is nothing more than what one would expect from a. A Stranger in My Own Country: East Pakistan, [Khadim Hussain Raja] on freemindakebe.ga *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ROAD TO.
They felt that the awami league was stirring up trouble in a propagandistic and manipulative and untruthful way in order to advance its own interests. They felt that they along with the Bihari population was under imminent threat of communal violence, which did actually materialize at times.
They felt like they're country was being destroyed by a group of self interested political radicals under Indian influence. And it's all true to an extent. Particularly the plight of the Biharis is something which is totally brushed aside by mainstream historical accounts of the war.
The big takeaway of the book though, is that mujib should have been neutralized through political negotiations and not through military force. Once Pakistan committed to a military solution to the east Pakistan problem, it had already lost the war.
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He notes that before the post-unification immigrant wave of the s, there were fewer than 30, Jews in West Germany, a nation of 60 million. On the other hand, his dissection of post German leftism, which bizarrely twisted anti-fascism into a sinister species of anti-Semitism, is cogent and haunting.
There is an adage, usually attributed to an Israeli psychoanalyst, that the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz. If you want to understand how that can be, read this book.
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While Mr. His argument, which includes comparisons between philo-Semitic Germans and white Americans who adopt hip-hop culture, is too cavalier about the profound differences in these phenomena.
He then concludes with a paean to New York City, which has lifted from his shoulders the burden of history. That is, one might say, the central insight of Zionism. What happens if he moves to Des Moines?
Traverse City, Mich.? Provo, Utah?
Will he be a Jew again? In all fairness, Raja includes in the Appendix to his book an alternative version of the events of March 67, by the Bangladeshi intellectual and patriot, and close adviser to Mujib, Rahman Sobhan, who says, Subsequent suggestions that he Mujib lost control to extremist elements in his party bear no relation to facts, and overlook the point that the crucial issue relating to whether or not UDI should be declared at the public meeting had been resolved before March 7, after which Mujibs authority on all substantive issues was unchallenged within the party.
A week later, Yahya arrived and was bluntly told by the Air Force Commander, Air Commodore Masood, that military action was not the solution.
For his pains, Masood was promptly http: Vice Admiral S. Ahsan had quit in disgust a few days earlier. A completely new team, raw, uninformed about the East Wing, led by Tikka Khan whose knowledge of the province was superficial and who obviously had a negative approach to those of us who were at the helm of affairs took over.
And readied for the military crackdown. General Sahibzada Yaqub Khan had already on March 4, decided he had had enough and, in the face of Yahya not confirming that he would soon arrive in Dhaka to defuse the situation, sent in his resignation.
Raja claims he and General Rao Farman Ali had also sought Yaqubs permission to put in their papers but been advised against doing so. On 17 March, secret orders were issued to Raja and his fellow-Number Two, Rao Farman Ali, orally but not in writing to keep matters even more secret, to be ready for military action and to prepare a plan accordingly.
Next day, Raja arranged for his wife to keep our Bengali ADC busy and away from the office so that they could get on with their planning, a plan that was approved on March 18 without any discussion.
Bhutto then arrived on March 21, in an atmosphere where he could have been lynched. At this point, General Rajas reservations over his complicity in what he believed was the wrong strategy, appeared to have peaked. He says a person he does not want to name suggested that he and his colleagues take the military and political leadership, then assembled in Dhaka that is, Yahya and Bhutto, Niazi and Tikka , into custody and assume control of the country.
Raja apparently pondered over it, then decided against doing so as I would continue with my work in the line of duty. Raja does not seem to realise the irony of how he sounds exactly like Hitlers generals Operation Searchlight, as Raja code-named his plan, began by hoodwinking Brigadier M.
Mozumdar, the highest-ranking Bengali officer in the province, then commanding the East Bengal Regimental Centre in Chittagong, into accompanying General Raja to Dhaka where he was taken into protective custody?!
Such chicanery towards a fellow-officer is described by Raja as "a little ruse. Yahya fled East Pakistan secretly on the night of March Bhutto fled the same evening after watching with quiet satisfaction Dhaka University burn from the roof of the Intercontinental.
On March 26, Mujib was arrested by a colonel and lodged in a girls school.
Meanwhile, in Chittagong, young Major Zia-ur-Rahman later to be instrumental in the overthrow of Mujib and the wanton massacre of his family had killed his Commanding Officer and two other West Pakistani colleagues and took up a defensive position and isolated the town from the cantonment. Chittagong was retaken on March The Bangladesh flag that Zia-ur-Rahman had hoisted was pulled down and presented to me as a war trophy which I cherish to this day.
That, however, did not help Raja. Niazi, Tikka Khan and Yahya decided two days later to post Raja back to a sinecure in West Pakistan as their way of scorning his warnings and apprehensions. He, therefore, escaped defeat, dishonour and imprisonment. What happened later is a matter of history. Yes, indeed, a matter of history.
A stranger in my own country EAST PAKISTAN 1969-71
But reflecting back on events now four decades old, General Raja allows himself a final chapter, Last Words, given over to asking what happened and why. He wisely sets the Pakistan nation the task of analys ing the tragedy in detail, recognis ing the mistakes made; and resolv ing not to repeat them. Yet, his own effort to do so remains superficial and episodic, impregnated with blatant bias and perverted racial prejudice. The people of Bangladesh are dismissed as starved and famished, indolent or unemployed, very volatile and easily excitable: Like most illiterate people, they were also very gullible.
If you sneezed loudly enough, you could collect a crowd of several thousands in a few minutes.
And this is the same commentator who deplores the haughty, colonial attitude of West Pakistan civil servants allegedly serving in East Pakistan. Talk of the kettle calling the pot black. He mentions the lack of industrialisation in the East in comparison to the explosive growth in the West, but does not appear to comprehend the need to reconcile growth with regional equality and social justice Montek Ahluwalia, please note , focusing instead on the East Wings comparative lack of natural resources.
Of course, he does not even begin to explain why if Bangladesh were such a basket case, it is now doing far better than rump Pakistan in overall economic performance.
If Rajas economics is deficient, his history is worse. He describes Muslims as being reduced to serfs and menials after the Battle of Plassey in with no sense of the Mughals having reigned for years further or of the Muslim serfs and menials who made up the bulk of the Muslim population even in the Mughal heyday and suffered the opprobrium of not being Ashrafi, which is how the highborn and largely foreign-descended Muslim aristocracy described itself.A week later, Yahya arrived and was bluntly told by the Air Force Commander, Air Commodore Masood, that military action was not the solution.
He describes Muslims as being reduced to serfs and menials after the Battle of Plassey in with no sense of the Mughals having reigned for years further or of the Muslim serfs and menials who made up the bulk of the Muslim population even in the Mughal heyday and suffered the opprobrium of not being Ashrafi, which is how the highborn and largely foreign-descended Muslim aristocracy described itself.
But he doesn't acknowledge his role in that at all. Trivia About A stranger in my We have to thrust the Khadim Rajas and the generals of his time http: Gen Khadim has taken into account all point of views and has tried to give a picture of moods and suspicions rampant in the East Pakistan of that time.
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