The topic of today's Hello Washington was History of the Liberation War of Bangladesh: Debates & Distortions.
In 1971 people of Bangladesh fought a nine-month long liberation war against the erstwhile Pakistan. Although the Bengalis in the then East Pakistan had always wanted an autonomy in terms of economy and culture , the direct armed struggle of the majority Bengalis began with the army crackdown on the night of March 25,1971.
It resulted in the death of civilians as well as of the Freedom Fighters and eventually people of Bangladesh won this battle resulting in the Freedom of Bangladesh .
However , because of political polarization, after the death of its founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, the history of the liberation war began to get distorted.
The major political parties tried to use this great national movement to their own political advantage resulting in some unfortunate debates about the declaration of independence as well as on national identity.
In this edition of our call-in show listeners from different parts of the World asked questions on the debates and distortions of this great history and asked about the remedies to the panelists . They also expressed their concerns about the distortions and how history should be taught objectively .
The panelists who answered the questions of the listeners were a renowned historian Professor Muntasir Mamoon of Dhaka University , an eminent political Scientist and the former Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University , Dr Emazuddin Ahmed and Professor AKM Shelly Shahabuddin , a free lance writer on Bangladesh Liberation War.