Any­thing but re­venge

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL - Motiur Rah­man Dhaka, Bangladesh

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.

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