Committed to PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW
Vol. 4 Num 218 Mon. January 05, 2004  
   
Letters to Editor


Lahore Resolution


The movement for the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of British India was initiated by a Resolution known as the Lahore Resolution in the session of All India Muslim League in 1940.

The Resolution was drafted and moved by Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque, the then chief minister of undivided Bengal and in recognition of his services rendered to the Muslims of the sub continent, citizens of Lahore honoured him with the title of Sher-e-Bangla.

It is most unfortunate that in a programme on 25th December 2003 shown in the Pakistan television giving the background and synopsis of the Lahore Resolution, they simply did not mention the name of Fazlul Haque.

We protest this deliberate and calculated omission and the typical anti- Bengali sentiment of the Pakistani authorities that they simply tried to suppress history of the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. It seems even after creation of a sovereign and independent Bangladesh, the mentality of Pakistanis remains the same.

It is Bengal that was the only province having a Muslim League government and the rest of the Muslim majority provinces had Congress governments. As Lord Mount Batten, the then Viceroy of British India, once remarked to Mr Jinnah, "Bengal is the only trump card in your hand". But it is a sad augury that the worst possible treatment was meted out to the then East Pakistan.

The Pakistan High. Commission in Bangladesh should take note of this outrageous act of showing disrespect to the great leader of undivided India. The Pakistan television should apologise for the gross omission.