People became the enemies

Pakistan is gone. But there had to be an enemy? Enemy was the people.

The people had fought, make sacrifices to get the independence. Naturally they would like to see their dream came true. They wanted freedom, human rights and social-justice. But their aspiration was confilicting with the interest of the ruling people. The governemtn and Awami League represented the Bengalis bourgeoisie. Their was no difference in character between them and the erstwhile Pakistani ruling class. Therefore, soon after they were installed in power, they started taking their own interest. Proclaiming socialism they took control of all national resources as well as means of production. They took over all businesses, industries, abandoned properties. And appointed their party members and henchmen as the administrators. Business licenses, permits were dished out as booty to the party touts and inexperienced novices. Over night these lots became novo-rich in the country, which happened to be, looted by the non Bengalis before became a paradise for loot and plunder in the hands of the new rulers. To perpetuate their rule and secure their loot they started eliminating all nationalists and unleashed state terrorism to intimidate the people. The ghost of Mujibbad haunted the whole nation. Government Ministers and the party leaders were saying, "Establish Mujibbad, any one who opposed will be crushed." On 9th April 1972 Mr Kamruzzaman a cabinet Minister and senior leader of Awami League declared, "Training camps will be established in every thana to teach Mujibbad." Mr. Mizanur Rahman Choudhury the then information Minister in the month of July said, "Mujibism is the manifestation of the aspirations of the people of Bangladesh." To establish Mujibism draconian ‘Armed-Bahinis’ were created with the party followers one after another. Such as Rakkhi Bahini, Shecha Shebak Bahini, Joy Bangla Bahini, Lal Bahini etc. Other than these Bahinis all the influential leaders of the ruling party also maintained their goonda bahinis. While efforts to establish Mujibbad was at the height, the national dailies were publishing news of secrete killing, extortion, robbery, hijacking, mob violence, murder, and kidnapping almost every day. According to the government statistics between January 1972 and June 1973, 2035 cases of secret killing, 4925 assassination, 337 cases of kidnapping, 190 rape cases, 4907 robberies were recorded. During the initial five months of 1973, the unidentified people looted 60 police stations.

The people thought the spirit of the liberation war had removed all social barriers. But that was not the case. The character of the ruling elites did not change at all. Cruelty and selfishness emerged as the decisive factors in political and social behavior. Just within two years people could see dead bodies on the streets of Dhaka. Foreign television programs showed heaps of corpses and living skeletons along side luxurious and wasteful marriage ceremonies. Civil strife and conflicts were manufactured centering around individual, group and party interest and thus one time comrades fought viciously against one another. Greed, money, ambition, power, position were the root causes of such heartless cruelty. The political leaders and workers alike miserably failed to grasp the famous doctrine, "Of the people, by the people and for the people." Thus people could not achieve their cherished dream in spite of their glorious straggle and sacrifice. All their efforts had got lost once again in the blind alley because of the betrayal of the leadership.