Dr Abul Barakat is the Professor of Economics in Dhaka University . As one of the think-tank personalities, he is a human right activist. Dr Barakat has done some interesting and innovative interviews on the source of economy for Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh as well as the funding matters of other Islamic fundamentalist groups.
In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service Professor Barakat talks about an important issue in the election manifestoes of political parties, namely the War of Liberation in Bangladesh. He says that the liberation war issues have dominated in the manifesto of Bangladesh Awami League while BNP has given a cursory importance to it. Abul Barkat says that the issue about the War of Liberation in the Awami League manifesto can be seen in three perspectives, first that it encompasses the spirit of Liberation War, secondly it vows to punish the War Criminals and help the freedom fighters and third it promises to build up memorials to recall the supreme sacrifice of the Bengalis during 1971.
As far as Jamaat is concerned they only mention the War of Liberation in the first line of the manifesto but has remained quiet about the whole issue. Neither BNP nor Jamaat e Islami talk about the war criminals. He also says that the huge funding which Jamaat gets can put an impact on Jamaat's elections. Abul Barakat has done extensive research on the source of finance of the Islamic fundamentalists parties, like the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami