High Commission of Republic of Bangladesh in India organised a panel discussion on ’25 March Genocide’ that was carried in 1971 by Pakistani Forces.
In the conference, High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India
Syed Muazzam Ali briefed about the incidence and why this should be remembered.
“The night of 25 march is a night of genocide, which was perpetrated on the unarmed people of Bangladesh by the military government of Pakistan. People of Bangladesh had expressed their desire to exercise their vote to bring in to power. Bang Bandhu Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman and his party Awami League and their platform of 6 point formula for autonomy but Pakistan refused to recognise the vote in rights of our people. .. Bang Bandhu was trying for a peaceful transfer of power from Military authority to elected representatives. The Pakistani army unleashed the war … hense Bang Bandhu declared the war of independence of the country.” he said.
Panellist in the session Prof Dr Sanjay Bhardwaj, Head of South Asian Studies in Jawahar Lal Nehru University told it was a genocide carried by Pakistani premier Yahya Khan and he never been punished. “After coming into power, Sheikh Haseena in 2009 India and Bangladesh had done wonderful (work), … We are sharing the same ethos and values, we are sharing the resources, we are helping each other in development, we are fighting against terrorism, insurgency jointly. That kind of spirit is required. I am sure that kind of spirit will bring the prosperity in Eastern South Asian Countries, not only in Bangladesh but also in India, Bhutan and Nepal.” Prof Sanjay said.
He also elaborates the relationship between India and Bangladesh.
According to Wikipedia, The genocide in Bangladesh began on 26 March 1971 with the launch of Operation Searchlight, as West Pakistan began a military crackdown on the Eastern wing of the nation to suppress Bengali calls for self-determination rights. According to Al-Jazeera and a report titled ‘Women and Climate Change in Bangladesh by Margaret Alston claimed that During the nine-month-long Bangladesh war for independence, members of the Pakistani military and supporting Islamist militias from Jamaat-e-Islami killed up to 3 million people and raped between 2 to 4 lakh Bangladeshi women, according to Bangladeshi and Indian sources, in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape.
A number of high-level dignitaries including Nigerian High Commissioner Chris Sunday Eze and the representatives from various missions in India attended the panel discussion.