Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stop the denigration of Bangladesh Liberation War

What’s common between Mahee Ferdous Jalil (the owner of Channel S and Prestige Motor Group), the Bangladesh High Commission and Rushanara Ali the MP for Bethnal Green in East London? The answer I’m looking for is not that they are all Bangladeshis, but that Mahee is a convicted fraudster who served time in jail and the other two are some of his hang-out-with-me cronies. Anyone with common sense would consider such people alike and their association inseparable. As the saying goes, people will judge you by the friends you have.

A little background, after 9 months of courageous resistance the freedom fighter of Bangladesh with the help of India defeated the Pakistani army on the 16th of December 1971. Millions of Bengalis were killed and many others suffered during one of the worst genocide of last century. Every year on the 16th of December, Bengalis celebrate their glorious victory.

But beneath the surface of all this glory lies a sinister industry. A growing number of people are personally gaining from the Bangladesh Liberation War, in what can be called an “industry”. It reminds me of the book “The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering” by Norman G. Finkelstein. Finkelstein, whose parents suffered at the hands of the Nazis, exposes the exploitation of Jewish suffering by what can be called the Holocaust “industry”, to bring political power and huge financial gain to an elite minority.

Mahee is a self-proclaimed “leader” of the Bengali community and one of the abuser of the Bangladesh Liberation War, similar to the Holocaust Industry. The major political factions in Bangladesh and their British branches also abuse the sacrifice and memories of Bangladesh Liberation War for their own gains. Even worse, there are war criminal from 1971 who live in the safety of British society without being held to account for their crimes. Then again Britain does provide sanctuary to war criminals. It even went to the length of changing the Universal Jurisdiction law to allow Israeli war criminal, Tzipi Livni to enter Britain without the risk of being arrested.

Mahee Ferdous Jalil

On the 16th of December 2011, a Bengali TV channel of Sylheti dialect known as Channel S, owned by Mahee Ferdous Jalil, held a big show/celebration on the 40th Victory Day. On this day, Mahee decided to turn the whole evening into celebrating the 7th anniversary of Channel S under the pretence of celebrating the Victory Day. Most British Bengalis are of Sylheti origin, therefore they would naturally tune into the only channel that speaks in their dialect in order to celebrate the Victory Day anniversary. Mr Jalil seized upon this opportunity as he always does and exploited it to promote himself and his TV channel for his personal gains at the expense of Liberation War victims. Mahee is a convicted criminal and a disgrace to the Bengali community. He invited the likes of Bangladesh High Commissioner and Rushanara Ali and many others to his pretend celebration. He cannot change his character or clear his dirty past no matter who he hangs out with, instead all those who go near him become like him.

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