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Mujib v Gandhi and Jinnah – a short reflective analysis

Written By: NazirAhmed
13/01/2014 20:35

Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (hereinafter ‘Gandhi’) is, no doubt, an undisputed leader of India. Whoever comes to power in India, Gandhi is given due and utmost respect. His photo and portrait is put in the same place, no matter which party comes into power. Similarly, Quaid-E-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah (hereinafter ‘Jinnah’) is an undisputed leader in Pakistan. His photo and portrait is always kept at the top of the back wall of the President’s and Prime Minister’s Office, no matter which party comes into power. The only difference is in Bangladesh.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (hereinafter ‘Mujib’) is not an undisputed leader of Bangladesh. His photo and portrait is preserved only if Bangladesh Awami League (BAL) or at best its like minded Alliance led by the BAL comes into power. We have seen the rule of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) government and Jatiya Party (JP) government in the past. They have not respected (or displayed his photo/portrait) Mujib as the BAL has done? Why this is so? Partial, one eyed and blind supporters of different parties may give different explanation.

The true historical fact is: neither Gandhi nor Jinnah ruled their respective country as an Executive Head like the Prime Minister, the President. Mujib was an undisputed leader up until the independence of Bangladesh. However, his rule [many claim misrule] of 1972-75 made him controversial.

Gandhi and Jinnah did not survive long after independence of India and Pakistan. Thus, had Mujib died immediately or soon after the independence of Bangladesh or had he not ruled the country as an Executive Head of the Government or State, he would have been undisputed leader like Gandhi in India or Jinnah in Pakistan. Leading a mass or people’s movement with full confidence and charisma is one thing, but ruling a country with intellect, fairness and wisdom is completely another thing.

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    Nazir Ahmed is a UK qualified solicitor with many years of experience of advising and training the public sector on all aspects of immigration and nationality Law, civil litigation, constitutional law welfare rights law and environmental health and safety law.
    He is a director of Policyy Review Centre(PRC), London and a consultant with Lincolns Chambers Solicitors. He has conducted training sessions for many national organisations as well as local authorities. His notable clients include various government departments. 
    Apart from his legal profession he is a prolific writer, authored few books and analyst on socio political issues.
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