Rewriting Liberation War history?
This is in reference to the controversy created by a book “1971: Bhetore Baire” written by Air Vice Marshal (retd.) A.K. Khondokar. It is a pity that since last 43 years, debates have been going on over the history of Liberation War, declaration of independence, etc. New historians are also being born to rewrite the history of Bangladesh and its War of Liberation. It is obvious that all this is being done to confuse the new generation of Bangladesh and there is a sinister force working to hold back Bangladesh from moving forward.
As for Air Vice Marshal (retd.) A. K. Khondokar, what I know is that on 16th December he was at Park Street in Calcutta when Pakistan army agreed to surrender. As most of the senior Bangladesh army officers were busy at war fronts, Indian army hurriedly located A.K. Khondokar and ferried him to Dhaka by helicopter to be a witness to the signing of the Instrument of Surrender. This was told to me by late Flt. Lt. Ahmed Reza who was a freedom fighter too. In the photograph of the signing of instrument of surrender, one can see that AK Khondokar is in civilian dress which may confirm the incident.
By the way, I was a 30-year-old young man during the War of Liberation and the history of Bangladesh unfolded right before my eyes.