Sena Parishad

At the same time when the defense forces were being organized some like-minded members of the arm forces took the initiative to from a secret organization called ‘Sena Parisod.’

This initiative was well responded and thus within a very short span of time the leadership was successful to organize secret units of Sena Parishad in many units of the army. Sena Parishad could also be established in some of the units of the airforce and the navy. Sena Parished used to monitor every policy decision and action of the government. Leaders used to carryout threadbare analyses of those policies and actions, their effects on the nation and the armed forces. The troops and the young officers were educated on those policy matters and all other important issues in a befitting manner by the leadership of Sena Parishad. While keeping a watchful eye on the governmental activities the leadership also deliberated and discussed among themselves on all the emerging national issues and about the future of Bangladesh and the role of the armed forces.

All these activities used to be done with utmost secrecy. The Sena Parishad maintained contacts with like minded compatriots among the civil bureaucracy, students, media people, worker and peasant leaders, teachers, intellectuals, political leaders, business circle, freedom fighters and cross section of the people to gather information and to exchange views on the national, political, social and economic issues. All such contacts used to be maintained at different level. Later all these gathered information used to be compiled and synthesized by the central leadership before transmitting to the out laying units. Sena Parishad maintained close contact with the patriotic and democratic minded leaders at various levels of the ruling Awami League as well. The general consensus, which prevailed then, was that, at a crucial time the patriotic section of the armed forces might have to play a vital role to salvage the nation from the prevailing crisis and suffocated state. In this regard Sena Parishad held the view that the patriotic armed forces shall remain ever prepared to make any sacrifice for the greater interest of the people and the nation. They will be a supportive force to the people in their struggle for total imancipation. Sena Parishad also believed that taking advantage of the chaos and instability in the political process, or the failures of the political leaders taking over the state power or direct involvement of the military in the politics can never be helpful to establish a just and equitable social order or to ensure the fundamental rights of the people.

Fundamental rights of the people can only be ensured through a continued nationalist democratic political process. And this can only be achieved under the tested leadership of the patriotic, progressive and democratic politicians. The patriotic armed forces can only play a supportive role in initiating and maintaining such a political process.

About our activities while we were in the army Major Rafiq psc in his book ‘Bangladesh Shamorik Shashan o Gonotantrer Shangkot’ writes,

"In contemporary world in people’s Republic of China, Combodia, Cuba, Vietnam the freedom fighters had taken over state power after the countries achieved their independence. But it was an exception in Bangladesh. After the liberation war the freedom fighters had surrendered their arms and did not create any problem for the political leaders to rule the country. The officers and the troops of the Bangladesh army who took part in the liberation war were frustrated about the poverty, economic collapse, corruption in the country.

The officers and the troops started to ponder about a difficult subject that of government and the Statecraft. Major Dalim, Maj. Pasha, Maj. Bazlul Huda, Maj. Shahriar were all posted at Comilla cantonment. Often they used to organize meetings at their leisure and used to express their unhappiness about the prevailing political situation, the corrupted leaders of the ruling Awami League, governmental misrule and the economic condition. Thus resentment started crystallizing. In 1972 Col. Taher and Col. Ziauddin, both these Brigade Commanders used to organize regular study periods at Comilla and Dhaka and openly discussed and analyzed over all prevailing political situation and developments as well as the failures of the government to achieve any economic progress with the young officers."