1971: On My Eyes
A mono lecture titled '1971: On My Eyes' by Indian Journalist Masash Ghosh was held at the BMA building Auditorium in Khulna on November 28, 2017. Manash Ghosh is one of the few foreign friends who have been awarded as Bangladesh Friendship Award by the Bangladesh Government. The program was presided by Dr. Muntassir Mamoon, President of 1971: Genocide-Torture Archive and Museum Trust. Dr. Sheikh Baharul Alam, secretary the Trust delivered the welcome Speech. Associate Professor Shankar Kumar Mallick was the host of the program.
Manash Ghosh recalled Bangladesh's War of Liberation and says as a journalist of The Statesman of India, he first witnessed the resistance war of Chuadanga. He was present at the oath ceremony of the Mujibnagar Government. On the eve of victory, he entered the Khulna-Jessore area with the Indian army and freedom fighters. He also witnessed Fultala-Shiromani war and the surrender of Pakistani army at the Khulna Circuit House on 17 December. Besides, the news reported by him on the Daily Statesman had created a huge buzz. He said that neither he nor his family had any connection with the East Bengal. But for the call of morality, he left office without informing anyone, just with pocketing 100 taka. He had reached Satkhira on March 28 among the foreign journalists. He arrived at Jessore on March 29. He says, ‘If I remember the image of the genocide and torture, I still shiver.’ Photographer Sudhin Roy was with him. He cries after seeing the scene and says, 'It is not possible for me to take pictures.'
Some of the Indians were also doing the same thing which is very disappointing. He said that, to preserve the Bengali nationalism, the spirit of the Liberation War must be upheld. New generation has to come forward. He also added that those who are trying to undermine the Liberation War should be identified and ostracized. He also said that, the history of the Liberation War has to be collected. The effort is being continued under the adept leadership of Dr. Muntassir Mamoon. The younger generation needs to be more involved with this process.
On the speech as chairperson, Professor Muntassir Mamoon said that the history of genocide and torture of the Pakistani army and collaborators in the Liberation War are still relevant after the 46 years of the victory. After General Zia's forceful seizing of power, from General Ershad to Khaleda-Nizami, Bangladesh has been Pakistanized. Dr. Mamoon also added that civil society has to come forward to mobilize opinion against genocide perpetrated in any country of the world. Following is the example of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the perpetrators of the genocide should be punished.