Anything but revenge
This refers to the article ‘The Politics of Revenge’. While it may be very easy for some writers to call it ‘politics’ of revenge, the reality, particularly for the people of Bangladesh, is far from it. The sufferings they went through are innumerable and all because they wanted their basic rights and freedoms. The ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami is completely justified considering the role it played in the 1971 War of Independence. Moreover, its existence threatens the secular national fiber of the country as the party holds and propagates radical views. We have seen the role its sister organization, the Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan, has played in promoting extremist ideologies there. Can we forget the comment of Munawar Hasan, the former Ameer of the JI Pakistan, who termed Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of the Pakistan Tehreeke-Taliban, a martyr (shaheed)?
The government and the nation of Bangladesh want to ban the JI because they don’t want such radical ideas to take root in the Bangladeshi society. It’s not about revenge. It’s about tolerance, coexistence and respecting the other person’s views.