Why Sayedee?

Over 20 years ago, the late Jahanara Imam led a movement for the trial of Ghulam Azam — then Jamaat’s Amir — for war crimes in 1971.  Jamaat’s next Amir and head of its parliamentary party in 1991 and 2001, Matiur Rahman Nizami, led the Al Badr death squads that killed the intellectuals on 14 December.  Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury was a notorious collaborator in the Chittagong region.  Maolana Mannan — founder of Inquilaab and minister in the Ershad regime — was a well known razakar.

All these men feature prominently in Col Nuruzzaman’s classic Ekatturer ghatak o dalal ra ke kothay.  Anyone who knows anything about 1971 would agree that other than the Pakistani army, these men bear the most responsibility for mass murder-rape-arson on the Bengalis in 1971.

Of course, Maolana Mannan is dead, and his newspaper is now firmly pro-AL, with the current editor being a member of prime ministerial entourage overseas.

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