Special Report | Rage against the ‘Joy Bangla!’ Kitsch Culture Machine

Attempts to decode the political crisis submerging Bangladesh must first survey its connections to the cultural landscape. The ever-widening gulf between the ruling class and the people under its subjugation stems from the Islamophobia of the current ruling elites, a hangover from the 19th-century Orientalism of the British Raj given a new lease of life by the ‘War on Terror’.

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In a local adaptation of Lord of the Flies a small child is draped in religious clothing and a noose - Ceasefire

In a local adaptation of Lord of the Flies, a small child is draped in religious clothing, and a noose

Kitsch (/ˈkɪtʃ/; loanword from German) is a low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. Also referred to as “tacky“.

Islamophobia is a neologism, used generally to refer to prejudice against, hatred towards, or the irrational fear of Muslims or of ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim.

Contested Narratives of Bangladesh: Whose Bangla is it anyway?

During my undergraduate studies, I used to rummage through the second-hand academic remainder bookshops that grace the area between London’s British Museum and Tottenham Court Road. One day, I came across a volume on Bangladesh, Basant Chatterjee’s Inside Bangladesh Today – An Eye Witness Account, a pessimistic 1973 travelogue of the country by an Indian journalist. Chatterjee argued that the term ‘Bengali’ etymologically referred to upper class Hindus in nineteenth century Calcutta, those who rose to power and eminence under the political umbrella of British rule and who also acquired a new culture experience from the Britishers. It did not apply to the Hindu community at large and it definitely then did not apply to Muslims.

Post-6th May Massacre I revisited the book, to understand the motivation of the protesters killed, their killers and the complicity of those in the media and civil society who covered it up. Surveying the cultural landscape 42 years on, the pendulum of disenfranchisement in Bangladesh appears to have swung to another extreme. It seems that the people have merely exchanged a Rawalpindi barracked Sandhurst-educated junta, which suppressed the aspirations of its populace, with a Dhaka-cocooned, Delhi-directed and Gopalganj -taffed feudalism, perceived as suppressing its citizen’s religious manifestation, expression and dignity.

Culture of Alienation

On the moon it is hard to breath and remain on a firm footing

On the moon it is hard to breath and remain on a firm footing

Surveying the cultural landscape of modern Bangladesh, the etymology of what it means to be a Bengali has not moved on, and remains caught in a timewarp of 19th century colonial capital-driven Calcutta. Instead of a constellation of vibrant interacting institutions and a creative cultural milieu articulating and refining the views of the majority, we have a derivative suppression of Muslim identity in the cultural space. At the 2013 Dhaka Ekushey book festival, organisers forced a stallholder to switch off an audio Quranic recitation performance, deemed to be offensive. At the recent Dhaka Hay Literary Festival we came to know the same fate met a work of Islamic calligraphic art.

Such Islamophobia in Bangladesh, as argued by Chintaa magazine’s Farhad Mazhar is the pervasive systematic practice of a culture of hatred and ignorance maintained by Bangladeshi cultural elites, through their portrayals of the characters of religious people and the religious, social and cultural practices of Islam. Such evidence is abundant in Bengali dramas, novels, stories and other media and genres. An evil character is almost invariably signified by an image of an Islamic religious personage with his bears and traditional attire of skullcap, long shirt, sarong and loose fitting pyjama bottoms. This video clip from a ‘Game Show’ on Ekushey TV demonstrates the banality of the culture machine.

This is a constant insult and humiliation, not only to the scholars and students of religious specialisms, but also to the majority of rural people, the urban poor and most self respecting Muslims. This was the basis of Hefazot e Islam’s ninth point of protest last year.

Stop the spread of Islamophobia among the youth through depiction of negative characters on TV plays and movies in religious attire and painting negative stereotypes of the beard, cap and Islamic practices on various media.

This kinds of Islamophobia is co-produced in the corridors of power. From the Prime Minister’s son, Sajib Joy’s pontifications on Muslim female attire, to his mother, Sheikh Hasina, giving Chris Blackburn – a contributor to  the right-wing Frontpage magazine – a ‘Friend of Bangladesh’ award. It rides on bicycles too, back in 2012 London cycling tsar and controversial mosque-busting hack Andrew Gilligan was invited for a week-long press junket to Bangladesh.

This fantasy kitsch culture, detached from reality and contemptful, of the soulful intellect of the ordinary person, reached its zenith in the movement of Shahbag in February 2013. There is however a downside to spending as much energy as the Shahbag complex did running away from reality. It generates a period of time in which unreality becomes the norm, when common sense gives away to madness, and darkness grows.

It is a kind of madness where demons come crawling in through the dark, when reason gets high on phensidyl, and an immoral artistic imagination hunts for its next victims. This mania reached a peak during the Dhaka version of ‘The Bonfire of The Vanities’ last year, when the entire establishment, including the Prime Minister, came out in attendance for the Islamic funeral prayers (janazah) of the murdered, self-declared atheist, Rajib Haider.

A new innovation in Bengali nationalist syncretism a state orchestrated funeral prayer for an atheist young man never mind a robust investigation of his grizzly murder.

A new innovation in Bengali nationalist syncretism: a state orchestrated funeral prayer for an atheist young man, never mind a robust investigation of his grizzly murder.

Historical Omissions and Misdirection: an Orwellian Nightmare

This ‘Joy Bangla’ kitsch culture is founded on a series of myths, omissions and misdirection. The primary myth is that history began in 1971. It ignores the historical facts and interconnected reality, that 1971 was a consequence of the 1947 and 1905 partitions, which themselves were a consequence of the Permanent Settlement of 1793 and the failed 1857 War of Liberation.

1905 prayer of thanks

Muslims of Dhaka offer a congregational prayer of thanks for the 1905 Partition of Bengal, which they viewed as shot in the arm for their struggle for equality and social justice

Even the institutions that make up modern Bangladesh have their origins before 1971, from the Dhaka University, the Supreme Court and even the Bangla Academy. Yet, in Joy Bangla Land everything began in 1971. How many more times will we be forced to cringe at the “But we are a Young Nation” excuse?

The second myth is that people do not have multiple interacting identities but singular deterministic ones. Thus the population in 1971 exchanged their pre 1971 Muslim identity for a post 1971 Bengali one. The reality is that the mass of the population could see no contradiction between their Muslim faith and the call to challenge the local oppression, as exemplified by the actions of the many who fought. The state too was very much interested in (controlling) Islam.  It was through the Islamic Foundation Act of 1975, that Mujib established a state organ to disseminate its values and ideals of Islam and carry out activities related to those core principles, thus de facto establishing Islam as the state religion of the new country.

These are just two of countless number of myths and omissions perpetuated by the fantasy fairy tale of ‘Joy Bangla’. The main plot is a Bengali version of a Greek Tragedy, of the father killed by his faithless lover after a battle and eventually avenged by the daughter. The subplots in this epic fantasy include: the creation myth of universal exceptionalism of the Bangla Language Movement; the painting of the secular Ayyub Khan and the alcoholic Yahya Khan as villainous religious fundamentalists; the selective amnesia of Bhutto and the PPP’s critical role in pushing the military crackdown; the myopic blackout of the 1974 famine, which may have claimed more lives than the war; the 1975 one party state of BAKSAL; not to mention flashback depictions of the inclusive Zia and Ershad administrations as shadowy krypto Islamists.

The effects and inconsistencies of the Joy Bangla fantasy eventually generates an Orwellian nightmare, as reality is constantly being suppressed to conform with delusion. The kneejerk reaction to the recent 1971 research of Sarmila Bose and the hounding of a history lecturer for including her Dead Reckoning on a reading list for undergraduate historians at a public university was a case in point. This hysteria even spread to elite art circles of Dhaka with the self-censorship by the literary press of Neamat Islam’s critically-acclaimed novel of the 1974 famine, ‘The Black Coat’.

Entrenched in a redundant, modernist view of history, it would not be a cliché to quote a “gender-empowered” truth from George Orwell’s 1984 here, “She who controls the past controls the future. She who controls the present controls the past.”

AL-al o Dalal: Hasina’s Willing Executioners

AL-al o Dalal Hasinas Willing ExecutionersFor an elite mythology to be effective, a priesthood is needed to deliver and execute its edicts. Enter the upper middle class cadre officers of the Joy Bangla Brigade, willing to turn a blind eye to an increasingly brutal regime in exchange for career opportunities and a Bangladesh rid of all cultural impurities. Some, like Zafar Iqbal and Tahmima Anam have effectively become PR spokespeople for the regime in their pursuits of cultural purity. Others, still in the seminary of dark arts,  self-censor massacre with excuses, deny the free speech they proclaim to those they disagree with, and take on the role of authority’s batmen and women as their fellow humans are slaughtered. We cringe at the pantomime of the self-proclaimed progressives, a silent dance of ever-increasing logical contortion, of see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. It is a crying shame that so many self-proclaimed liberals in Bangladesh hold their neighbours lives up to liberal values, yet conveniently forget to scrutinise their own.

As this Bangla Winter demands, we re-appraise the values of Language and Liberation with a sobriety aroused by the brutal reality of Bengali hypernationalism that is still fresh in our minds. Three facts are worth noting here. Firstly, that the Bengali East Pakistanis were not unique in challenging Urdu/Hindi upon decolonisation. Secondly, as Anandita Ghosh’s work on the artificial construction of the Bengali language in the 19th century suggests, the expulsion of Arabic and Persian from the language during this period, for the sake of a ‘chaste’ Bengal, can be seen to underlie the cultural eliminationist Islamophobia of the Joy Bangla Brigades, wittingly and unwittingly. Thirdly, the teleological view of history at the core of Bengali Nationalism, as argued by Srinath Raghavan, belies multiple options available to regional, international and subnational actors at various decision points. Liberating Bangladesh from the narrow confines of being an end point of history is a powerful motivator to reform.

Unlike European Islamophobias, which tend to be essentially anti-immigrant, the Islamophobia expressed in Shahbag and by the ruling elites is more insidious. It is an eliminationist form of Islamophobia, which has been developed over the years through a cultural cascade of narrow, virulent and exclusive nationalism. This is witnessed by: the continuing mistreatment and marginalisation of the new Muslim arrivals from India during the 1947 Partition; the shameful attitude towards Burmese Rohingya refugees; and the eliminationist demands of the Shahbag movement to ban Islamic expressions and symbols from the public and political spheres.

Calendrical Coloniality: From Alpha to Omega

Bangladesh’s ruling elites like their dates, they are the national opiates. Alpha is denoted by Ekushey, the 21st of February, which selectively commemorates police firings on Language Movement protesters in 1952. Omega is known as Victory Day, the 16th December, and marks the end of history, our Victory Day, the surrender of the Pakistani junta to the Indian Army in 1971, a few weeks after they joined in officially and nine months after the juntas ultra violent crackdown sparked exodus, insurrection, guerilla warfare and heartless Cold War powerplay.

So roll on, Ekushey (21st), International Mother Language Day, but let us ignore the 22nd February 2013, when protesters against Joy Bangla’s finest ‘satirists’ were fired upon after Friday congregational prayers. On that fateful day, the Baitul Mukarram Mosque resembled the aftermath of a security raid by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir rather than the national mosque of Bangladesh. One British eyewitness recounted –  in confidence as he runs a charity in Bangladesh – that before those prayers at the Baitul Mukarram mosque were complete, security forces stormed in and started shooting indiscriminately at worshippers as they sat praying, waiting for the final salaam (call to peace) of the Imam. February is now not so simple anymore from the point of view of national calendrical coloniality: it is not just the day after the 21st, the 22nd (Baishey), that bites, but the week after, on the 28th (Athaishey), as the state ruthlessly suppressed nationwide protests at the conviction of an innocent man.

Silence over Satkhira

This detachment from reality and the logical conclusion of this eliminationist Islamophobia came to prominence in the recent 2013 Victory Day celebration. While the Joy Bangla kitsch culture machine and its Dalals were putting on a Nuremberganj rally that would make a North Korean dictatorship proud. Perhaps the young ruler in Pyongyang will commission Shahidul Alam to take some pictures for him, too some day.

silence on satkhira bangla flag

With the Prime Minister too afraid to put on a military parade, the corporate media obliged

Within a few days of those celebrations, a scorched earth attack was being carried out in Satkhira, a district in the south west of Bangladesh that regularly returns MPs from the government’s avowed nemesis, Jamaat e Islami, to power. In coastal Satkhira, hugging the Indian border, and perhaps better-known to the climate change community for its proliferation of salinity case studies, we witnessed a historical reenactment of the Pakistani junta’s crackdown, an Operation Searchlight ‘2.0’. However, this time the troops were from the Bangladeshi joint security forces, with an alleged assist from the Indian Army. As ever, there was a performance from the legendary human rights make-up artist Sultana Kamal, director of the increasingly incredulous and ever-unaccountable Ain o Salish Kendra.

Harrowing reports came out of Satkhira following the operation of the 16th to 19th of December 2013, from the indiscriminate hunting of all adult males, to the looting and destruction of homes in front of the children and women folk they left behind. Meanwhile, in Dhaka, there was no hue or cry and the show went on, with the leader of the main opposition placed under virtual house arrest and a constitutional coup d’etat carried out under the guise of a farcical election.

Right on cue, when the international community started raising concerns of the worrying “democracy deficit” in Bangladesh, the Dalals crawled out of the woodwork again, clutching the fictional narrative of Joy Bangla and singing the same song of mission civilisatrice. Taking their cue from the ‘thin red line’ of 19th century Imperial Orientalism, we saw Anam Junior, BRACademic Nayma Qayum and neocon Daniel Greenfield carrying on the narrative, with a cacophony of factual inaccuracies: of Muslim barbarians at the gate, and the heroic role of the Awami League ‘gatekeeping’ government in combatting them. It appears that in our 21st century, it is not patriotism, but the ‘war on terror’, that is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Strange Fruits on Victory Day

As I settled down in the Christmas break, to researching the brutality in Satkhira and adjoining regions, I encountered something that resonated deep inside me that summed up the brutal nightmare engulfing Bangladesh. It was a story reported in the Daily Inquilab, that due to security forces brutality, the call to prayer at the Jamia mosque had been suspended as there were no men left to offer the congregational prayer.

The story cut into my own family history. Nearly 750 years ago, I had ancestors who fled the Mongol invasion of Central Asia, crossing the Indian subcontinent to unsettled lands in the Surma valley in order to practice their religion in peace. As reward for public service, they were granted land containing a mixture of jungle and marsh. The first thing they did was to establish a mosque, and right beside the mosque they planted a date palm, replicating the act of earlier ancestors who planted the date palm in Central Asia as they settled upon lands in the wake of expansions during the Umayyad Caliphate.

Throughout the centuries, as in all the other villages and settlements in Bangladesh, the call to prayers at the mosque has continued and the syrup of the date palm is tapped every winter for its sugary molasses. This sweet harvest continues to this day, throughout the villages and mufassil towns that constitute Bangladesh. The date palm and the adhan are permanent threads of this fabric, as permanent and regular as the life-giving monsoon rains and pulsating rivers. A story, narrative and experience which is documented in Richard Eaton’s,‘The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier 1204 – 1760.’

As I reflected on our situation, I listened to Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’, and my mind was moved to the devastation of Satkhira and adjoining regions. I could only imagine the scene, and that instead of the usual clay jars hanging from the date palms to collect the sap, strange fruits hung.

Courtesy of the Islamophobic, ‘Joy Bangla!’ Kitsch Culture Machine.

Southern trees bear strange fruit

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

 

Pastoral scene of the gallant south

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth

Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh

Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

 

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck

For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck

For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop

Here is a strange and bitter crop

The Brethren of Black Lotus are a collective based between London and Dhaka, founded out of sorrow at the Massacre in Dhaka, and a hunger for understanding and justice.

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Muhammad Ahmedullah
Feb 22, 2014 22:25

My comments are from a facebook discussion on the article

Muhammad Ahmedullah

Actually the Ceasefire article is a good piece covering important areas in ways that have not been covered before. Although I cannot comment on the value of individual assertions in the article, overall, I think people should include elements raised in the article when they study our history. Many historical issues have been usually and conveniently avoided with the result that now many of the new generations don’t even know many important aspects of our history. I hope the Ceasefire article will open up new debates and help the process of dismantling ideological history of aggressive Bengali nationalism, directed primarily against 800 years of Islam and Muslim culture of Bangladesh.

Farida Majid

The myth of ‘aggressive’ Bengali nationalism versus Islam is being circulated by the those who want the perpetuation of 1947 2-Nation theory of the Partition of India. The desire for self determination of Bengali Muslims expressed through the bloody struggle of 1971 and the birth of Bangladesh are anathema to them. In actual fact, if one looks around, it is the proud legacy of Muslim presence and culture in Bengal that is under attack. “800 years of Islam and Muslim culture of Bangladesh” did not contain Moududibadi Salafi/Wahhabi orientation in the conduct of religious life of a Bengali Muslim.

Muhammad Ahmedullah

I am glad you Farida Majid responded to my comments and now we can have a nice debate. I am in my friend’s car right now. When I get back I will respond and we can continue.

Muhammad Ahmedullah

Dear Farida,

As I said previously thank you for responding to my comments.

First of all I think you are wrong on two counts to claim that those circulating the myth of “‘aggressive’ Bengali nationalism versus Islam” are “those who want the perpetuation of 1947 2-Nation theory of the Partition of India”.

First, in my posting I never suggested that there was such a thing as ”aggressive’ Bengali nationalism versus Islam’. I pointed out how the article may help open up a process of ‘dismantling ideological history of aggressive Bengali nationalism, directed primarily against 800 years of Islam and Muslim culture of Bangladesh.’ This view is based on how I see Bengali nationalism excluded 800 years of Islam and Muslim culture in the definition of Bengali culture. This in my view is wrong and ideological because the culture and identity of the people of Bangladesh have been massively influenced by Islam and the wider Muslim world. In order to support the false idea of Bengali culture promoted by Bengali Nationalists, both aggressive and mild varieties, they have invented partial and one sided interpretations of history and because they had the intellectual advantage, relatively speaking, they got away with their misdeeds for a long time. But things are about to change.

Second, I believe at one level the partition was wrong because the two nation theory was false, most probably developed by Indian Muslim students studying in Western educational institutions during the earlier part of the 20th Century, who became familiar with the Zionist idea of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. I don’t believe for a moment that the two nation theory of India as propounded by Indian Muslims, who dreamt of a Muslim homeland in India, were developed enough intellectually at that time to operate at the cutting edge level to come up with this idea independently. Another reason why it is false is because the process of partition based on two nation theory lead to the division of Indian Muslims into three separate nation states, and they all lost contacts and communication with each other and there has been massive bloodshed between Muslims during the Bangladesh 1971 Liberation War.

I have always supported the birth of Bangladesh and most Bangladeshis who fought for or supported the Liberation struggle in 1971, including General Ziaur Rahman and many of the killers of Sheikh who were freedom fighters, did not fight for Bengali Nationalism, but to free our land from dictatorship, outside domination and in defiance of the unjust war impost on us by the Pakistani military junta.

You also suggest that “”800 years of Islam and Muslim culture of Bangladesh” did not contain Moududibadi Salafi/Wahhabi orientation in the conduct of religious life of a Bengali Muslim.” I agree with that partially. Off course before Moududi there could not have been any of his influences on our life and culture. After he started his activities and the establishment of Jamaati Islam Moududi’s ideas have influenced elements of our culture and life. This is the same as with Salafi and Wahhabi influences because Bengal has 800 years of Islam and influences from the wide Muslim world. Salafi and Wahhabi are relatively new but nonetheless they have also had influenced our life and culture in various ways. Throughout the 800 years of Islam in Bengal there have been both negative and positive impacts of the activities of Muslims rulers and thinkers but our culture has become deeply rooted in Islam. This is also similar to the fact that before the late 19th Century Bengali culture had no influences from Tagore and there was no developed Bengali language before the 19th Century and before the British came and conquered our land. Can you now imagine a Bengali culture without Tagore? It is impossible. Culture and history are ever evolving and new individuals, movements and developments continue to have impacts on our life.

You say that ‘In actual fact, if one looks around, it is the proud legacy of Muslim presence and culture in Bengal that is under attack’, which I agree with you partially. I feel it is the aggressive Bengali nationalism, by excluding 800 years of Islam and Muslim presence in Bengal in the definition of Bengali culture and identity, has been the most virulent force attacking our deep rooted Islamic culture of Bengal.

YOUR LINE OF THINKING DOES NOT WORK WHEN APPLIED TO MY WAY OF THINKING AND ALSO THERE IS NO LOGICALLY VALID PROCESSD INVOLVED IN THE LINKAGES THAT YOU MAKE WITH RESPECT TO VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF YOUR ARGUMENTS.

I look forward to your response and hope to continue the discussion on many other relevant layers and elements of this subject matter.

William Tailor
Feb 24, 2014 21:29

I was forwarded this article via email on the Muslim Academics Network, after readings comments on the email chain with regards to the article I decided to read it. First, I would like to say I find the writing style, refreshingly non-academic. Second, although I am not a South Asia, but an NME specialist I find the scenario similar to Turkey and Iran in the inter war years, both countries elites tried to adopt identities before Islam, (a purely Turkish or Persian nationalism) and both countries failed. Would be interesting to see (as the article suggests ) if the same will happen in Bangladesh.

William Tailor
Feb 24, 2014 22:17

Note to editor: Some of the links in the article are not working.

seema
Feb 25, 2014 6:59

Critical piece, well-done. Now, ‘democracy deficit’ falls into the same modernist developmental paradigm as the nationalist one you have criticised.
The lines from Orwell are perfect, but it’s revision into ‘gender-empowered’ ‘She’ requires some thought. The fact that Bangladesh’s two alternating leaders have been women and that the present ruling regime uses the discourse of gender-empowerment and one branch of Bangladeshi Feminism a la Khushi Kabir and Sultana Kamal, has created a misguided reaction among those of us ‘non-secular’ non-Islamic feminists who are somehow forced into listening to diatribes against these institutions of power, like the PM and Kamal, rather than some coherent understanding of how state and corporate patriarchy intersects with the ‘personal’/patriarchy tout court. Misogyny and Islamic Fundamentalism are NOT on the rise in Bangladesh, rather, the old misogyny finds new ground on multiple fronts: From the state, that shrinks democratic space via militarisation, authoritarianism and corporate suffocation of difference, and from the multiple discourses used in strategies against the state which also suffocate the very real, continuous subversion of ‘the othered, appropriated’ consciousness of women. To a militant, neo-evolutionary strategy, where Orwell’s “he’ remains a He.

Seema
Mar 1, 2014 5:13

BTW: Lyrically outrageous piece, formidable, so goood.
“It seems that the people have merely exchanged a Rawalpindi barracked Sandhurst-educated junta, which suppressed the aspirations of its populace, with a Dhaka-cocooned, Delhi-directed and Gopalganj -taffed feudalism, perceived as suppressing its citizen’s religious manifestation, expression and dignity.”
Would be good to see a supporting treatise on the (mainstream) left’s role in all this, it’s salt of the earth dreams, its ‘ruled class’ discourse and its inability to be an interpreter of its own maladies…Calcutta ‘red’ so near, so dear. If we don’t include their role, we forget that the ‘best’ of the discursive protesting classes of Bangladesh, straight out of Art College, so often get their fists discolored by flags.

Seema
Mar 1, 2014 5:58

Also, this survey of the cultural landscape makes no suggestion that these discourses are being availed to get away with the usual murders (highway robbery, Bay of Bengal Blocks).

And the highway robbery needs a Kitsch Culture Machine, discourses are just the playing field, black seas lie below.

Burden of development– Suggest you add that to the Rage.

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abdus salam
Mar 24, 2014 8:50

Jamat-e-islamist are not islamic at all.they just hanker after earthly gain.when they dont get it they use ‘islam’.I have few questions to all the muslims of the world

1.Sheikh Mujib was the legitimate president of Pakistan as he won in the election.Why the west Pakistan didnt hand over power to him?YOU TALK ABOUT ISLAM?HE WON IN AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY’S ELECTION.HE NEVER SAID HE WOULD CHANGE CONSTITUENCY.I BELIEVE THEY DEPRIVED OUR RIGHTS.WILL ALLAH FORGIVE THEM?IT’S HAKKUL IBAD!

2.Jamtist or Moududist here in Bangladesh still dont believe my country’s birth.Yet they try to gain power and wealth on this country.I FEEL PITY FOR THEM.THEY CANT TAKE BANGLADESH FOR GRANTED.I THINK IT IS A CLEAR SIGN OF ‘MUNAFIQ’.Here they never regret it in open but cant tolerate it.Now they never dubbed BNP as anti islamist.BUT WE KNOW BNP IS AS ISLAMIC AS AWAMI LEAGUE.EVEN THEY NEVER PROTESTED AWAMI GOVT BEFORE THE TRIAL OF THEIR LEADERS.A GOVT BECOMES ANTI-ISLAMIC AFTER 2013.WHY NOT BEFORE?

3.They(MOUDUDIST) patronized violence by saying lies about Ka’aba sharif.THEY SAW SAYDEE(A LEADER) ON THE MOON AND ALSO ALLEGED ANGELS WERE FIGHTING FOR THEM AGAINST POLICE.I’ve had the opportunity to come close some of them.I can say they are more opportunist and lowly than the prostitutes.THEY KILL PEOPLE WITH FIRE,THEY DESTROY OTHER MUSLIMS PROPERTY,THEY PROTEST ICT TRIAL BUT WHAT ABOUT THOUSANDS OF OTHER COURTS’ TRIAL?THEY’RE NOT ISLAMIC.THEY NEVER PROTESTED.KNOW WHY?BECAUSE THEY HAVE LAWYERS,JUDGES IN THESE COURTS.HOW ISLAMIC?

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