6 apr. 2015

"Nej, jag kommer inte skriva om krigsbrott, islamisk extremism, ..."

Förra måndagen mördades Washiqur Rahman av islamistiska studenter i Dhaka, Bangladesh. Han mördades för att han skrivit "anti-islamiskt". Nedanstående inlägg publicerade Rahman på sin facebooksida 20 november 2014. Texten kommer via IHEU och är översatt från bangla av Riasat Ahsan.

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No, I will not write about war crimes, Islamic extremism, the country or politics anymore
av Washiqur Rahman Babu

No, I will not write about war crimes, Islamic extremism, the country or politics anymore. Writing does not change anything anyways; it only serves to appease the rage in my heart. Even then, writing is said to hurt people’s feelings, ruin the “peace”, and impede progress. Therefore I should write only about topics that nobody would take any offence with.

I suppose I could write about plants. Our country has far fewer plants than it needs. Deforestation is occurring routinely for various reasons. Last year Hefazothe and Shibir cut down many trees in the name of protests. Their hatred towards trees could stem from the fact that they love deserts. On top of that, the proposed Rampal Power Station poses a threat to the Sundarbans.

Oh no, what am I writing?! No this kind of writing will not be tolerated. It will destroy the peace and impede progress. I need to write about something else.

Hmm… I could write about education. Education is the backbone of a nation after all. Every year, the number of graduates is increasing, but what about the quality of education! The leaking of exam questions is widespread. Priority is being given to passing exams by all means rather than the assessment of intellect.

No, I cannot write about this either. The rate of education is increasing rapidly. A piece of writing like this will be a blow to education.

Let me instead write about the story of a journey. A few years ago, I went to Sitakunda. One can see the hills of the mountainous region of Chittagong from there. A significant portion of the country’s indigenous population lives there. However, they are in danger of attack from the settlers and the military. Besides this, a long time ago during the construction of the Kaptai hydroelectric dam, a huge area of the region was flooded.

Oops! Only despicable traitors of the nation would write such things! Lets not be bothered with the issues of the indigenous people. Let me write about something safe…

I found it. Cinema. Our film industry is very obsolete, but a small number of individuals are trying to revive it. The most notable among them was Tareque Masud. It is unfortunate that we could not save his life. A particular group of people in the country does not like him. This is because his films featured religious fundamentalist militants. Even though the film “Matir Moina” (The Clay Bird), which he directed, won an award at the “Cannes Film Festival”, the BNP-Jamaat alliance party which was in power at the time did not want to release the film at first, due to a plea of protecting religious sentiments. Later…

…Impossible! Who am I to write about religious fundamentalism? Rather…

Love. Yes love and relationships are the safest topics. Who hasn’t been in a romantic relationship at least once in their lives! There are many guys who have several relationships, one after the other. But each time, they make promises of marriage to the girl, only to break the relationship off after having sex. Some even make videos of their intimate moments and release them on the Internet. In all of these instances, it is only the girls who have to bear the blame. The guys still go on to look for virgins for marriage. But the girls rarely go on to lead normal lives…

… Nope! The issues of the rights and independence of women cannot even be touched. Writing about such things will ruin society, spoil the young generation. Let society be, me…

…Let me just write something about myself. I was born in a middle class family. I have all the traditions, features, opportunistic nature, instability and selfishness of the middle class in me. At least I wasn’t born in the lower class of farmers and laborers. Farmers do not receive fair prices for their crops and laborers do not get fair wages. Even the workers of the largest industry, that of garments manufacture, do not have the assurance of a natural death. They die in large numbers, sometimes in building collapses, sometimes in fires. Then comes the charade of rescue expeditions, incompetent investigation committees, false assurances of compensations, protecting the suspect under the guise of a trail. These…

…No, I do not think writing is possible for me. The country is progressing beautifully. I am just interrupting that! Only conspirators who wish to destroy the country’s industries, foil the development of agriculture would write such things. Instead of reality lets…

…Write a story. There once was a king. The present day is not the era of kings. The last independent Nawab, Siraj ud-Daulah, was betrayed by Mir Jafar, defeated, and brutally murdered. Of course, Mir Jafar suffered the punishment for his misdeeds soon afterwards. But war criminals, much worse than Mir Jafar, have been living in the country for many years. They have even tasted being in power. Although they are on trail now, the slowly paced tribunal, announcement of verdicts on random dates, accusations of influence by the government, Shahbagh protests…

…No way! Writing about these will obstruct the trail of the war criminals. I will be branded as an opponent of sovereignty, a secret war criminal.

Then what will I write about! Can someone tell me which topic I should chose to keep the government, the political parties, the Islamists, the general public, the groups in favor and in disfavor of independence happy?

Is there anybody with any ideas?

Hello… !?

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