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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

[mukto-mona] Re: Two Nation Theory and Bangladesh

Please don't fall into trap of Ranu Chowdhury, et al who had never heard of 'Secularism' -- the English word -- even though their families & forefathers lived with it all their lives.

In East Pakistan, the Language movement represented the move against the British-initiated practice of defining people's "identity" by religion.  Yes, that was Bangalee Muslim's rejection of the cruel, inhuman and unearthly formula of "one religion, one nation" the formula that led to the creation of Pakistan.

     The British were so confounded by the co-mixture of so many religions, languages, customs and even laws in India that they decided to break up the harmony in every which way they could. One of the ways was to count people by their religious identities only (The Census of Bengal, 1872). They even started ascribing religious identities to languages -- Muslim Indian language and Hindu Indian language, etc. This forced pre-selected classification ignores other principles of grouping. 
                     Unfortunately a great human tragedy befell the people of India based on those silly, imparactical, hatemongering notions of religious identity -- not religion itself.   It was partitioned.  The birth of Bangladesh is arevolt and a negation  of that ridiculous and disasterous 2-nation theory.

Please read my article that was published in the New Age but blogged by many -- including Pakistani presses.

Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3:49 PM
To: Sukhamaya Bain
Cc: Farida Majid
Subject: Re: Two Nation Theory and Bangladesh

Dear Dr Bain,

I do not know what made you think that I said Bangladesh liberation war was fought to prove the TNT was wrong. I never ever said that. This is a strange accusation and totally unfounded. I don't think any educated or sane person could say that. So, please do not label an absurd accusation on me and then politely say or imply that I was wrong.

I said TNT is discredited as there are now three nations. The basis of Two Nation Theory on religious grounds was wrong as history has proven that religion is not a strong enough cohesive force to bind peoples together - Middle East is a concrete example.
I would come to an end of this absurd discussion.

- AR

On Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 2:19, Sukhamaya Bain <> wrote:

Oops! The k in my name was missing in my email a few minutes back. - Sukhamaya Bain

On Monday, April 17, 2017 9:12 PM, Sukhamaya Bain <> wrote:

Dear Dr. Rahman,

I did not want to disagree with you in forums where some sub-humans are abusing you. But the talk of fighting for secularism in 1971 or for discrediting the two nation theory is either ignorant or dishonest. Neither the 6-point demand by Awami League nor the 11-point program by the Chhatra Sangram Parishad included any of these two items. The 1971 liberation of Bangladesh was because the people of East Bengal had no other dignified choice after the Pakistani military brutality in the night of March 25 and in subsequent months. The Banglaee struggle before 1971 was for fairness, and the Bangalee fight in 1971 was for dignity and honor in the face of extreme brutality.

TNT was wrong and unrealistic, and the break-up of Pakistan was the clear cut proof of that. But to say that we fought to prove TNT wrong is exaggeration to the point of lying.

Secularism is the right thing. But it was not a significant reason for Bangalees to fight the Pakistani brutes. I think honorable people like us need to promote what is right without falsely attributing it to an event that everyone wants to respect. Instead of giving false credit to our forefathers, I would rather acknowledge their faults and advocate making our generation and future generations better. That is really how the world has been progressing.

Best regards,

Suhamaya (Sam) Bain, PhD      


Posted by: Farida Majid <>

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