- Aug 12, 2015
Exactly............ Target for Pakistan was the Bengali population irrespective of the point for them being Hindu or Muslim, whatever may be the reason. The same is going on till now in Pakistan with the Bengali settlement. So they have attacked them culturally along with religiously. The cultural attack on Bengalis was more massive then the religious one.Actually the plans were to target Bengali intellectuals in general and Hindus in particular. It has been well-documented in different reports, articles, research manuscripts published on 1971 that the West Shitistanis leadership had decideed that Hindus as teachers, as doctors and engineers and as businessmen in East Pakistan were the driving force behind the East Pakistan agitations, and this was an opportune moment to get rid of the problem once and for all.
Operation searchlight started with specific targeting of the educated Hindu intelligentsia, leading to lakhs fleeing to India. Of course it later spread to anyone who opposed the Napakis. Also do remember that the initial contempt of the West Pakistanis towards East Pakistanis was because they believed that Bengali Muslims were far too Hinduised and that Bengali language was too close to Sanskrit and Indic languages for comfort. The believed that this is why it would be easy to subdue impoverished East Pakistani masses, just as "their ancestors" had "ruled over Hindus."
The first attempts to "wean away" the Bengali muslims of the "polluting Hindu influence" started soon after independence. Bengali curriculum was systematically changed to include more and more Arabic/Persian vocabulary.
To give a few examples the word Ramdhanu was replaced with Rangdhanu. Words like paani, aasmaani, were added to replace the existing Benglai words. Bengali speakers can attest that Bangladeshi dialect is quite different from Bangla spoken in India, especially being heavy on Urdu/Arabic/Persian words. All this began during Shitistani rule.
Incidentally, Mamata Bannerjee is going down the same route in introducing changes to Bangla curriculum in Bangaal.