Mu­jib’s mem­oirs

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He wrote the truth about him­self in his mem­oirs. He never hid his role for the cre­ation of the Mus­lim League in his home­town Gopal­ganj in 1939.

He even ac­cepted that at one point Ben­gali leader Fa­zlul Haq re­fused to sub­mit to the lead­er­ship of Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah in 1941. At this stage the Mus­lim League started a cam­paign against Fa­zlul Haq and Sheikh Mu­jibur Rah­man was part of that cam­paign. He was with Jin­nah, not with Fa­zlul Haq. He was among those young work­ers of the Mus­lim League who used to sell a pro-Pak­istan weekly news­pa­per Mil­lat on the streets of Dhaka.

It is im­por­tant to note that Sheikh Mu­jibur Rah­man wrote this book when he was im­pris­oned in Dhaka jail dur­ing the dic­ta­to­rial regime of Gen Ayub Khan. He nar­rated some im­por­tant events of the Pak­istan move­ment very hon­estly.

Sheikh Mu­jibur Rah­man ex­posed the dis­hon­esty of Viceroy Lord Mount­bat­ten and wrote that Mount­bat­ten was help­ing the Congress Party covertly in all sorts of ways against the Mus­lim League.

He was in­car­cer­ated by a mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor at that time but he never tried to please the Congress which was rul­ing In­dia in those days. This book is a first-hand ac­count of pol­i­tics in Pak­istan from 1947 to 1955, which was full of palace in­trigues and con­spir­a­cies. This book is a great source of his­tory for the young gen­er­a­tion of Pak­istan.

This book tells us about the com­mu­nal vi­o­lence that broke out af­ter the di­vi­sion of In­dia in 1947. One day Sheikh Mu­jibur Rah­man saw that hun­dreds of Hin­dus were at­tack­ing a mosque. He cried out “Pak­istan Zind­abad!” with some other young Mus­lims and started re­sist­ing the Hindu mob by brick-throw­ing.

Why did this sol­dier of the Mus­lim League leave the party of Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah im­me­di­ately af­ter the cre­ation of Pak­istan?

Young Sheikh Mu­jibur Rah­man was very dis­ap­pointed when the prime min­is­ter of Pak­istan de­clared in the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly that the peo­ple of East Pak­istan must ac­cept Urdu as their state lan­guage. Young Mu­jib came out on the roads on March 11, 1948, against this dec­la­ra­tion.

He was not op­pos­ing Pak­istan. He was only de­fend­ing his lan­guage, which was his po­lit­i­cal right, but he was ar­rested. Mu­jib was re­leased on Jan­uary 21, 1949. Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah was no more and Mu­jib left the Mus­lim League.

He joined the newly formed Awami Mus­lim League un­der the lead­er­ship of Huseyn Sha­heed Suhrawardy. Within five years the Awami League swept the Mus­lim

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