Bangladesh overflows with Lhendup Dorjis
Wednesday October 17 2012 21:09:26 PM BDT
By Mohammad Zainal Abedin, USA
Observing the joyous reaction that Hussain Muhammad Ershad, the Chairman of Jatiya Party (JP) of Bangladesh, showed in Dhaka after having preplanned weighty reception in India, I recollected the repentance of late Kazi Lhendup Dorji, the man who merged Sikkim to India. Unveiling the contradictory behavior and treatment of India with Lhendup Dorji prior to and after the annexation of Sikkim to India, Lhendup Dorji moaned saying that New Delhi that once honored him with red carpet reception, didn’t even inquire about him despite he merged Sikkim to India.
Even third grade Indian politicians didn’t visit him. In reality the agents and spies ultimately face such, even more, humiliating consequences. Mercenaries and stooges enjoy little value and status once the motives of their mentors are accomplished. They are thrown as refuse to dustbin and hated and humiliated by their people. Thousands of such instances are available in history.
It is difficult to predict now what will be the ultimate consequence of the so-called warm reception that Hussain Muhammad Ershad got in New Delhi that prompted him to express joyous reaction what he unveiled in Dhaka. It is difficult to predict whether it will bring about misfortune for Bangladesh, because before grabbing Sikkim New Delhi welcomed Kazi Lhendup Dorji with the same magnificent way and attributed great importance and honor to him.
The contemporary history portrayed Dorjji as traitor. He had to spend his remaining days carrying the burden of disrepute, hatred and aversion and died absolutely in a lonely atmosphere having neither nursing nor his near and dear ones around.
In the declining days of his life (in 1996) he in an interview with Sudheer Sharma, the editor of ‘Jana Astha’ a Nepali Weekly, Lhendup Dorji confessed his self-offence and guilt saying, I left no stone unturned to annex Sikkim to India thinking that we would remain in a better position under it (India). But after the accomplishment of annexation, India forgot and ignored me. He said, “Earlier, I used to be given a ‘Red Carpet’ welcome. Now I have to wait for weeks even to meet second grade leaders.”
Once Indian leaders, including Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, used to receive him warmly, but after the implementation of their plan he was reduced to mere a political clown and thrown to a dustbin, because, according to Lhendup Dorji they no longer required him, as their requirement was fulfilled.
In 2000 after 25 years of the annexation of Sikkim to India while Sudheer Sharma visited Dorji for the second time, he (Lhendup Dorji) informed that availing the cooperation of Lhendup Dorji and other Indian surrogates and through a grave betrayal with the King of Sikkim Indian policymakers annexed Sikkim to their territory. After 2000 Lhendup Dorji was alive for seven years and passed away on July 27, 2007 without care and treatment at Kalimpong town of West Bengal. The one-time red-carpet reception by his mentors in New Delhi later simply bruised him all over, pierced in his heart like a bullet. He got nothing prior to or during his death. India abandoned him before his death.
To install weaker and more loyal stooges in Sikkim India arranged such a situation that his party Sikkim Congress didn’t win even a single seat in 1979 election of Sikkim Provincial Assembly. The cruelest and most betrayal game was that when he went to file his nomination paper he found that his name was not available in the voter list. Such cruel and treacherous behavior of India is a lesson for all the stooges of all ages to come.
An dispassionate analysis of the confession of Lhendup Dorji unveils one reality that India before grabbing Sikkim welcomed and entertained him with highest honor, gave him monetary and all other logistic supports and advantages, promoted him to become a leader and made Prime Minister of Sikkim what he would have never got without India’s assistance. The sum total value of those personal advantages to Lhendup Dorji was the extinction of Sikkim from the world map, what was, as if, a batter. The necessity and value of Dorji exhausted alongside the extinction of Sikkim. India threw him out like spittle. These stories are known to Ershad and his associates and they should get a lesson from those stories.
Presently Ershad is none among the policymakers of Bangladesh. He is basically a leader of a former subdivision now a district (Rangpur). His political summersault, personal behavior, lifestyle, morality and character are frequently condemned and talked about that made the people to cut jokes on him making funny stories. The question is why India accorded such honor with red carpet reception to such a controversial person, a former dictator, or why the highest level mentors of Delhi gave him so much importance. The answers of these types of questions are revealed if one analyzes the hidden motive of India in showing honor to Dorji.
However, it is beyond my knowledge, whether Lhendup Dorji so brazenly expressed his joy and satisfaction what Ershad did after returning from India. Ershad, as if, feels proud in depicting him as an agent of India. What type of glorious self-satisfaction it is! It is extremely shameful and slanderous for an individual when someone dictates him/her or he/she acts on others’ direction as their pawn. It is strange to think how a class of upper level people of our country could sell them to others and act upon their suggestions in exchange of their blessings for worldly benefit. As a result, the prestige and image and even the existence of the county may perish to dust. This class of people though realizes it, yet do not hesitate to sell out the interest and existence of the country for their self-interest. It is unbelievable that India without having ulterior designs would have offered so rousing reception to Ershad, a leader of a district (Rangpur) who is basically isolated from rest of the country. Ershad knows it better that selfless love is available in the brain of a poet, but not in practice.
Ershad told the journalists: the outcome of this visit is that Jatiya Party will play a vital role in the next election. The important issue is we have established us as major power and Indian leaders begin to evaluate us. They attached great importance to my visit. Ershad held exclusive meetings and exchanged views with Indian Prime Minister Mohmohan Singh, President Pronob Mukherjee, National Security Advisor Shib Shanker Manon, other than RAW chief and other officials.
It is humiliating and disgraceful for an individual of having such psyche and helpless mentality that one needs the support and approval of India to a get a position in Bangladesh. And such trend is dangerous and suicidal for our country. The activities of some politicians indicate that they work for others enjoying facilities in Bangladesh. They proved that the source of their power is not the people of Bangladesh rather India. They exhibit such mood that India can empower anyone in Bangladesh if India desires so. None will be able to attain power beyond India’s approval and intention. If anyone incidentally comes to power superseding India’s blue-print will neither be able to rule the country peacefully nor remain in power.
Analysts opine, the inner reason of supplicating to India is that a bulk section of the educated persons of Bangladesh sold themselves to India in exchange of varieties of interests and advantages. This process starts from their student life. India pays money, provides logistic supports and other facilities to those who are relatively less talented, but greedy and ambitious and promotes them in their respective fields. Earlier this process was limited to an insignificant number of people who were related to politics, administration, cultural arena, or business circle. But now this trend is rooted to mass-level even to rural area. Applying varieties of techniques, these purchased people are brought to power or near to power. They are installed or placed in such position in such department or sector what is key to make money and serve Indian interest better. Every government is to depend on them, no government can survive without their service and support not to speak of attaining success. They get salaries and advantages from Bangladesh, but indirectly work for India to get extra benefits.
These parasitical individuals are aware that they are not fit for these positions and responsibilities. India paved the way for them to attain those positions and they are sure if they don’t act favoring India, they will be removed. So they remain loyal to India. They can’t do anything beyond the prescription of India before or after getting the responsibility, if it is even beyond the interest of the country. Those who are in bureaucratic core, they suggest the government favoring India, and in drafting treaties agree to use such terms that are ambiguous with contradictory senses what ultimately may go against the interest of the country. This circle, at the cost of local industries, turned Bangladesh to an Indian dustbin to throw India’s low quality goods and equipments.
In political arena they, when remain in opposition, impose general strike, blockade, or set on fire on shops and factories or vehicles, etc. After coming to power they give priority to Indian interest, agree to handover strategic and vital keys of the country to India, and according to Indian instruction move to wipe out the cultural boundaries of the country. In brief, they act in whatever way India desires. They, as if, forget that the people are the core power of the country and they believe that their alien masters decide their fate. To them their self-interest is greater than that of the country and to realize their interest they instead of remaining loyal to their country or party or leader, remain loyal to India. If anything goes beyond their interest they enjoying Indian blessing stand against their leader, covertly and at times overtly, create groups and sub-groups inside their party, or float new platform. They don’t have moral or spiritual strength and courage to act beyond the dictation of India. They move to that direction, to which India directs them.
If the country is ruled according to the prescription of India, or if India determines who will come to power in Bangladesh, who will be the Prime Minister, President, Minister, MP, or Secretary, (then) what is the necessity of having election commission or holding election incurring time, money and energy, it is better that India should install its selected persons in power according to its sweet will.
Playing this role, a section of people of our country wants to become immortal alongside realizing advantages. The upper class people of our country constantly demonstrate that it is a matter of pride to be a champion in sycophancy and servility. There is a tough competition among these surrogates to win the heart of their mentors. As a result real patriot honest judicious competent and talented persons lag behind, because they cannot mortgage their conscience, self-dignity, personality, morality, above all patriotism, to others. No expansionist bully can use them or gain any benefits, which are related to the existence and interest of the country. Those who are greedy, self-seekers, devoid of talent and self-respect and unfit to qualify in competition act as parasitic elements. No country can buy me if I myself don’t want to be sold. Those who believe in the self-respect and identity and desire to save the interest of their own country they cannot sell them out.
A class of self-seekers seems to prove that the people of a country named Bangladesh are unfit to rule and lead their country according to their own will or choice. So they are to become the toadies of New Delhi, they will do whatever Delhi prescribes them to do. A group out of these stooges may ultimately emerge to play the role of Lhendup Dorji and argue to annul national existence, or create situation, if possible, move a bill in the parliament seeking annexation of Bangladesh to India. And after having heard the motion passed they will rush to New Delhi saying ‘Oh Lords! Please accommodate Bangladesh under your feet as part of your dream of restoring Akhand Bharat (undivided India).’ If that is not possible these stooges will quarrel among themselves to create anarchic situation and invite India to intervene basically to take it over forever.
Meanwhile, those who still have minimum degree of patriotism; they may feel a sense of compulsion from inside to surrender to India, observing the shameless role of their opponents. They also at one time start to believe that to be installed to power they have no other alternative but to play the role of Indian toady.
There was a time when only a microscopic group of people would know who among our leaders or which parties get blessing of which country. This support was indirect and very secret. But after 2009 the issue was clearly uncovered before the people and India played the pioneerning role in this respect. It is India that publicly informed who or which groups are blessed by India. It is told that India has a bitter experience in selecting their men in Bangladesh. After assuming power enjoying Indian blessings and availing various advantages many elements didn’t work favoring Indian prescription and interest. They forget what they pledged to do for India after getting power. To overcome this problem India undertook this policy of introducing those who get Indian blessings.
To implement this policy Pronob Mukharjee was the first who opened his mouth. After the massacre of the Army officials at BDR Headquarters in 2009, Pronab Mukharjee astonishing all said, India will not sit idle if Sheikh Hasina is disturbed. He even expressed his desire to march Indian army to Bangladesh. He went a step forward saying Indian forces are ready in Kolkata, Ghuwahati and Agartala to rescue Sheikh Hasina. Later a story of a fake Army coup was abruptly aired. This time Indian prime minister came to the forefront. He echoing Pronab said, India would remain with Sheikh Hasina. Indian media informed that helicopters were ready to salvage Sheikh Hasina from Dhaka. Neither Sheikh Hasina, nor anyone of her party ever protested such degenerated statements what testified that Sheikh Hasinas are blessed by India, what is extremely defamatory for Sheikh Hasina and the country as a whole. Some analysts claim that both the above mentioned incidents were perpetuated by India in order to scare Sheikh Hasina and make her dependent on India, so that India can handle her to meet its geo-economic interest and strategy.
In her second term Sheikh Hasina also proved that she didn’t fail to act to meet the hopes and aspiration of India. Sheikh Hasina without getting equal privileges for Bangladesh bountifully provided all those advantages and facilities to India what all the previous governments right from Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Khaleda Zia declined to do. She agreed to sign such accords or treaties whose contents are unknown even to the Jatiya Sangsad (Bangladesh National Assembly) Members, not to speak of the common people. The clauses of those treaties probably may so suicidal and dangerous that even Indian leaders suffer from extreme apprehension and suspicion that the next Bangladesh government may repel those if Sheikh Hasina fails to return to power in the general election, scheduled to be held in early 2014. India under any circumstances cannot think anyone else to come to power in Bangladesh other than Sheikh Hasina.
Seeing Indian patronization to some Bangladeshi individuals and groups and their shameless role favoring India provoke others, who still have minimum sense of patriotism, to lean to India. They are induced to believe that they have no other alternative but to surrender to India to attain power. This trend needs to be stopped. We must have to take stand against this trend. We have to take lesson from the tragedy of Sikkim. If India can grab a rocky mountainous tiny land like Sikkim, then what is the guarantee that India in certain stages of time will not occupy our country what has tremendous geo-strategic importance. A section of Indians has already suggested Indian government to occupy Bangladesh, as according to them Indian map seems to be uncompleted if Bangladesh is allowed to survive with a separate identity. Moreover, Bangladesh may emerge in future as threat to India’s integrity. Indian policymakers also possess identical views. But it will be difficult to occupy Bangladesh by force. So India in instead of invading Bangladesh, designs to create same situation and restage the Sikkim drama using the Lhendup Dorji-type Bangladeshis. India follows the policy of creating Lhendup Dorjis in Bangladesh.
After installing Pronob Mukharji as President, India seems desperate to tame more and more Bangladeshis in order to extend its influence in all sectors of Bangladesh. In recent days, the world experienced series of visits comprising the Bangladeshis, junior and senior, of various strata what is an indication to India’s aggressive drive to win over as many Bangladeshis as possible. A delegation of 18 senior Bangladeshi intellectuals, journalists, politicians, think tanks was invited to India. Another group of 100 Bangladesh youngsters were brought to India who also called on Pronab Mujharjee and presented him gifts of different items. Earlier Jatiya Party leader Ershad, what I mentioned earlier, was awarded a red carpet welcome in New Delhi who held talks with leading policymakers of New Delhi, including Pronob Mukharjhee. Besides, some other invitations are not disclosed for technical reasons. These deliberate invitations have ulterior missions. The huge amount of money what is spent in sponsoring such visits is actually an investment to bring Bangladesh totally under Indian hegemonic paw.
In fact, India intrigues to make such situation in Bangladesh so that we request India: Please give us shelter annexing our country. 15 years before the annexation of Sikkim to India Nehru in 1960 signaled to the Sikkm drama. Nehru told Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar: “Taking a small country like Sikkim by force would be like shooting a fly with a rifle.”
Indian policymakers also design to grab our country using Lhendup Dorjis. With that end in view, they applying many-fold tricks desperately make as many Lhendup Dorjis as possible. Inviting the politicians, intellectuals, businessmen, industrialists, students, teachers, cultural activists, and holding cultural shows and so-called dialogues, seminars and symposiums, Indian policymakers try to win over the Bangladeshis, what may one day bring about unpredictable misery for sovereign status of Bangladesh. The current trend indicates that Bangladesh seems to proceed to Sikkimazation. This evil-designed drama needs to be thwarted.*
Mohammad Zainal Abedin is a Bangladeshi journalist & researcher
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