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World sensed imminent birth of Bangladesh way before actual labour

... by Mahmudul Hasan Raju ...

DHAKA, March 15, 2015 (BSS) - Much before the war broke out in the eastern wing of the then Pakistan and a new country was created on December 16, 1971, the international community had sensed imminent birth of a new nation in the form of Bangladesh.

American weekly news magazine Time carried an article titled "PAKISTAN, Jinnah's Fading Dream" on March 15, 1971. With inputs from an interview of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman taken by its correspondent Dan Coggin in the first week of volatile March, the article wrote, "...divided between a wheat-growing West with tall, light-skinned people and a rice growing East with short dark-skinned people, moved ominously toward a breakup..."

Terming Bangabandhu as the "unchallenged political leader" the weekly quoted him as saying, "Pakistan as it stands today, is finished...There is no longer any hope of settlement."

The article quoted the people's leader Bangabandhu as saying, "I will break them and bring them to their knees," to military junta in West Pakistan, --- "after such a statement; an outright declaration of independence could be little more than an anticlimax."

Even at the very start of the nine-month long war, which started with the barbaric attack unleashed by the mighty Pakistani army on unarmed Bangalees, world powers like then super power Soviet Union was weighing in to recognize Bangladesh as an independent nation.

British newspaper The Observer in a report published on March 28, 1971, headlined "Russia May Recognize Bangla Desh", reporter Dev Murarka wrote, "Soviet opinion is rapidly shifting in favour of recognizing East Bengal as a separate state."

A leaked top secret US government report prepared by Arthur K Blood, consul general of American Consulate in then Dacca, was seen in the first week of April, 1971, that read, "The independence of East Pakistan is inevitable. What started as a movement for economic autonomy within the framework of a united Pakistan has been irrevocably transferred by the wholesale slaughter of East Pakistani civilians into a movement that sooner or later will produce an independent East Pakistan - "Bangla Desh" is a matter of time."