June 26, 2007

Remembering Shohid Jononi

26th June marks the death anniversary of one of those Bangladeshis whose love for the motherland is above question. It is a reflection of the nature of the true patriot that she had government charges against her name even as she lay dying. Those who love Bangladesh must be ever ready, ever vigilant to protect Bangladeshis, even if it means being at odds with the government of the day, whatever their political hue, whatever their political rhetoric. Jahanara Imam was one such patriot.

Unlike many, she was no hollow patriot. Not for her the nationalism that rehabilitated former collaborators. Not for her the elitism that played to well-fed, clothed urban Dhaka-ites. Not for her the Islam that overlooks the suffering of the weak and poor.

No. She gave her all. A son and a husband to the struggle for an entire people's freedom. Her pen to chronicle the forgotten pages of history. Her failing light to a cause that was as politically dangerous as it was right.

The least we can give her in return is remembrance. God bless your soul mother of martyrs!

2 comments:

J @ Shadakalo said...

Asif:
Thank you for that post. I did not have the privilege of knowing Mrs. Imam personally but every time I read her book I feel her pain.

She saw Rajakars pardoned by Mujib, rehabilitated by Zia, and saw AL ride to power and conduct business as usual.

May Mrs. Imam's soul, along with Shahid Rumi and all other shahid's rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

amen to that!

Baangal