From East Pakistan to Bangladesh SGM Badruddin book Jahan say Ham Guzray Launched
KARACHI, Dec. 17: The people of East Pakistan loved Pakistan heartily which is exhibited from the fact that they participated in the 65 war against India with great zeal and passion. They, however, had a feeling of nonparticipation in the state machinery that is bureaucracy, army as well as an economy which made them feel deprived and the last nail in the coffin was the closing of the doors of the Parliament the depriving them of the only opportunity to have the share in power. This resulted into a push to the wall situation for them which was exploited by India to her advantage.
These thoughts have been expressed in the Urdu book ‘Jahan say Ham Guzray –Mashriqi Pakistan Say Bangladesh Tak ‘by late S.G.M Badruddin, the launching ceremony of which was held yesterday at Karachi Press Club. The author of the book was the senior most journalist of his own time who served in East Pakistan as the Editor of the then the daily Morning News, Dhaka, for 15 years till the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.
The ceremony was presided over by the senior journalist Muhammad Ali Siddiqi who was presented a copy of the book by Shams Badruddin the youngest son of late SGM Badruddin. Those who addressed the meeting included Sikandar Mehdi, former head of the Department of International relations, Karachi University senior journalist Babar Ayaz, Professor Doctor Tauseef Ahmed Khan, of Journalism Department Federal University. Muhammad Ali Sidiqi, while paying tributes to late SGM Badruddin said that his book was a significant contribution to the knowledge about the history of the country and would help understand the real causes of the separation of East Pakistan. Recalling his good old days with the author Muhmmad Ali Siddiqi told that SGM Badrudding who started his career from Karachi was a pioneer of economic journalism in Pakistan. Sikandar Mehdi in his address said that through his book SGM Badruddin has opened new chapters in the history of the country by bringing out new facts to the surface and raising new questions. In the book quoting historical references the author has pointed out that the Muslims in East Bengal had arrived before Muhammed bin Qasim arrived in Sindh and that with the passage of time the Muslims of India had emerged as a different nation not on because of their religion but on the basis of all other criteria required to define a nation. Sikander Mehdi said that the issue of stranded Pakistanis has been discussed thoroughly in the book and burning questions have been raised that how those people who were Pakistanis by virtue of all standards on 15 December 1971 lost their identity the next day? The author has also asked that question that the Germans French and Japanese did not lose their nationality because of defeat in war then why the citizenship and nationality of the stranded Pakistanis have been challenged? Babar Ayaz in his address while mentioning in detail the time spent with SGM Badruddin said that he was a saintly figure who declined offers of high government offices by those in power and never compromised on his self-respect.
With reference to the crisis of East Pakistan, he said that the people of East Pakistan had been treated as a colony and they had been left with no other option. Professor doctor Tauseef Ahmed Khan, described SGM Badruddin as a nonpartisan journalist who always wrote the truth which was distasteful to the rulers who ultimately were at a loss for not following the honest advice and as such the country suffered badly. Quoting many examples from the book he said that the book not only provides a new angle to understand our past and as such may be helpful in envisaging a better future. He also opined that in the context of events reflecting the wisdom and courage of SGM Badruddin the book shall always be a source of inspiration for the journalists as well as the students of Journalism. -PR