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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Re: [mukto-mona] Poem: A Razakar Haunted

I must say this poem is only for highly educated Razakars. The regular ones might be excited only because their names being mentioned by a good writer?

--- On Fri, 6/15/12, Jiten Roy <> wrote:

From: Jiten Roy <>
Subject: Re: [mukto-mona] Poem: A Razakar Haunted
Date: Friday, June 15, 2012, 10:52 PM


A timely piece, when there is an ongoing deliberate campaign to defuse hatefulness and anger associated with the infamous word - "Razakar." Jiten Roy

--- On Fri, 6/15/12, Farida Majid <> wrote:

From: Farida Majid <>
Subject: [mukto-mona] Poem: A Razakar Haunted
Date: Friday, June 15, 2012, 4:53 PM


          The angry negative responses my poem received among the yahoogroups regulars in 2007-2008 were amazing, overwhelming and totally unexpected. That says how razakarized the cyberspace really is! Most English professors liked the linguistic skills and other literary qualities in it.  But not the Jamaat-pasand wallahs and zia-piyari types.
         I am posting it again to test the waters and to see if there has been any sea-change.  Comments are welcome.

A Razakar Haunted


   Farida Majid


We marvel at your sensitivity

and reprove for the word 'hunt'

as if, in the phrase 'how to hunt a razakar'

it is not 'razakar' that bears the brunt

of your ire. You insist, the word 'hunt'

incites murder!


Such crafty avoidance! But

why does it hurt being called a razakar?

Was it not you who kissed the boots of Paki hanadar

in the midst (around June, 1971) of a bloody massacre

when Pakistan Military Gazette designated the term 'razakar'

and promulgated an order to employ traitors

to maim, rape and torture fellow Bangalees?


Remember those glorious days when you did the hunting?

You did not wince, blink and nary a shot miss.


Thousands of precious human lives were lost----

thanks to your awesome, destructive hunt----

none of them less valuable than your own,

the one you boast of with so much pomp and stunt!


So now you get itchy, you growl and grunt,

and oh! how you get all touchy-feely

at the mere hint of a 'hunt' for razakars. Really!


We do not have the pack of hounds

(like those Paki friends of yours) nor bugles

of self-praise to round off a bloody rout.

We just get the wary giggles

when you self-expose your foxy snout.


                                                            © 2007 Farida Majid

                                                               Published in the Daily Star, Literature Page, on 19th January, 2008.


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