Former Awami League minister Air Vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandaker has made a correction in his new book that describes Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic March 7, 1971 speech, apparently in the face of widespread controversies that he had given misleading information.
In the preface of second edition, dated September 5, the deputy chief of army during the 1971 Liberation War says on page 32 he wrote: “The last word of the speech was ‘Joy Pakistan.’” But actually it would be: “The last words of the speech were ‘Joy Bangla, Joy Pakistan.’”
Khandaker said the second edition of his book “1971: Bhitore Baire” (1971: Ins and Outs) was being published. It was first published on September 2 by Prothoma.
Khandaker also thanked Prof Anisuzzaman for identifying another mistake. “I mistakenly mentioned ‘MLA’ instead of ‘MPA,’” he wrote welcoming more suggestions from the readers.
Soon after launching of the book, senior lawmakers in parliament, mainly from the ruling Awami League, criticised the former planning minister for distorting facts. They also demanded ban on the book and bringing sedition charges against him.
The book also criticises the role of Awami League leadership during the war saying that the political leadership had failed to play its due role because of their clashes and lack of visionary thoughts.
However, the BNP says the book is a true document against the Awami League’s long-drawn false campaign.
Meanwhile, Sector Commanders Forum and Liberation War ‘71 yesterday expressed deep concern over the book.
In a joint statement yesterday, they said Forum chairman had presented “misleading” information in his book in many ways on the declaration of independence by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 26, 1971.
“His such misleading information is unfortunate and also baseless,” the statement said.
The Forum also claimed that this book might be used by miscreants at home and abroad as a new weapon to “mislead” the people.
They demanded immediate modification and revision of the book.