Students at Tezpur train during the Bangladesh war. A file picture
Agartala, Nov. 16: He fought for the liberation of his country from Tripuras sacred soil and after having spent 37 years providing security to a newborn nation, is now back on a pilgrimage.
Commander of the Bangladesh Liberation War, Mohammed Harun Chowdhury, is currently on a tour to Tripura with his wife and children to show them obscure places like Kathalia, Ampi, Bisramganj, Akhaura and Sabroom across South and West Tripura where he had encamped with fellow warriors in 1971.
The memory is indelible and as long as I will live, my fellow liberation fighters and I will never forget Tripura and other Indian states that provided us the launching pad for the fight against the Pakis- tani occupation force, Chowdhury said. He was at an informal interface with the media in a city hotel today.
Indias role in the liberation war of Bangladesh is unparalleled in history, the erstwhile commander said.
No other country would have done that the moral and material support; sanctuary facilities and everything were opened for the liberation war fighters by the Government of India.
The former government of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) tried to rewrite history and distort it but the present caretaker government had restored normality and truth in the study of history, Chowdhury said.
The BNP government had included fake names of their party supporters and activists in the list of liberation war heroes.
At present, there are 1.82 lakh liberation fighters in different parts of Bangladesh, Chowdhury said.
He accused the BNP government led by Begum Khaleda Zia of unbridled corruption and plundering the exchequer.
Seventy ministers of the BNP government are currently in jail on corruption charges.
Chowdhury, however, said the caretaker government had amended the infamous Vested Property Act in force during Pakistani rule and tried to protect the interests of the minority Hindus and Buddhists in Bangladesh.
On the activities of religious fundamentalists, Chowdhury was forthright. The Qaumi madarsas are making terrorists though the Awlia ones are different as they impart good education.
He added that Jamat-i-Islami and Khilafate Maszid were anti-Indian parties.
Chowdhury said his visit aimed at acquainting his wife and children with the places where the liberation war was launched.
They will see it for the first time. But I have come on a pilgrimage to savour the memories.