Friday, March 16, 2018

Time will tell: Chandrababu Naidu says 'Namaskaram' to BJP-led NDA

Naidu may be back in national politics, but has to make sacrifice yet again

In the 1990s, N Chandrababu was said to have rejected the offer of Prime Ministership as his teenager son Nara Lokesh told him it would have been a "temporary job.' 

Naidu takes SECULAR bus yet again

Two decades later, he is back into the whirlpool of national politics of coalition.Within hours of his exit from the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, Mr Naidu was not only among headlined but he also found "friendship tele calls" and favourable tweets from Mamata Banerjee and other regional players.In fact, the All India Trinamool Congress supremo and Bengal Chief Minister was among the first to "welcome" Mr Naidu's decision. She tweeted, "All political parties in the opposition (should) work closely together against atrocities, economic calamity and political instability.'

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Red Fortress demolished in Tripura: BJP unleashes new contours

A visibly happy Prime Minister Narendra Modi told party workers at the BJP headquarters in Delhi that his government has taken Delhi to the doorstep of the people of the North-East, ending their alienation from the seat of governance.
The BJP and its allies are already in power in 19 states across India and adding Tripura and Meghalaya will put NDA in the seat of power in 21 states. In Nagaland, the BJP was in power in alliance with regional party NPF.

Giving new contours to the political map of northeast India, the Saffron party demolished the communists' raj and stormed to power in Tripura while it looked set to form coalition governments in alliance with regional parties in Nagaland and Meghalaya too. 

The BJP and its allies are already in power in 19 states across India and adding Tripura and Meghalaya will put NDA in the seat of power in 21 states. In Nagaland, the BJP was in power in alliance with regional party NPF.  Dedicating the unprecedented victory of the BJP to the untiring efforts, toil and sacrifices of the party workers over the last one year in the CPI(M)-citadel of Tripura, Mr Modi said the people had reposed their faith and trust in the Lotus party through the ballot, braving the politics of intimidation and violence. The CPI(M) could win 16 seats in Tripura where it has ruled since 1978 barring a five-year period of Congress rule from 1988 to 1993. 

But victories in northeast also means a lot for Modi-Amit Shah duo and hence it was not without good reason the BJP chief credited Prime Minister for the party victory. However, at the end of the day there are several issues those need to be looked into - on what really gave BJP the landslide victory. The party bagged an impressive two-thirds majority winning a historic verdict in its favour -- the 35 seat haul for itself and as many as eight (8) for its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Brushing aside intellectuals' verdict, Modi marching on with global payers

The visiting Jordan King, who is credited for pioneering the “Aqaba Process” that makes mass level efforts in Arab world to counter radicalisation, is also the 41st generation descendant of Prophet Muhammad. Sharing stage at a function here, Mr Modi and the King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein spoke in one voice about moderation and pluralism.

Indian intellectuals and English media especially have already written off Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They see 'Nirav Modi' as an harbinger of great catalyst for revival of Congress and feel time is more than ripe probably to make 'paragons of virtues' Rahul Gandhi the next Prime Minister of India.  

But Modi is a player with  a difference. He wants to still play even as Lutyens' intellectuals feel - its is high time status returns into Indian polity. Dynasty is hence the favourite topic these days. However, at the global plane - Modi continues to get the importance he has been getting. 

Sharing stage at a function here, Mr Modi and the King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein spoke in one voice about moderation and pluralism.".....This fight is against that particular mindset that radicalises youth force, misguide them and lead them to perpetrate torture on the innocents," Prime Minister said speaking at a function in presence of Jodan's King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, who also delivered a speech on the theme "Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation". ''Those who resort to violence and claim to fight for protection of the religion have actually harmed their own religion," Mr Modi said.

Making an inspiring speech, the King of Jordan said, "Today's global war against terror is not a fight between 
different religions. It is between all faiths and communities against extremism, hate and violence".

"Too much of what's heard or seen in the news today is about what separates people.....Around the world suspicions are being flamed by what different groups do not know about the other," he said adding such "ideologies of hate" distort the word of God to steer up conflict and "justify crime and terror". 
"Faith should draw the humanity together," he laid emphasis and pointed out that, "it is Faith that inspires the everyday experiences of people in countries like India and Jordan - where different religions and ethnic groups have together in amity throughout history".  
Prime Minister Modi lauded the role of Jordan King in his fight against radicalisation and said India will always support his efforts.

Things are happening. Somethings are moving according to plans -- in the direction Rahul Gandhi and his 'residential retainers' may not appreciate. 

Speaking in a function on the theme "Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation", Jordan King Abdullah and Mr Modi pitched for 'moderate Islam' and tried to highlight that a section of radical Islamists have been trying to hijack the Arab world and other followers of Islam and bringing them into perpetual conflict with the rest of the world.

On diplomatic front, India and Jordan on March 1 shared keenness to take the cooperation further and both sides renewed their support to the Palestinian cause.

At the end of high-level delegation level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King of Jordan Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, the two sides inked 12 pacts including on cooperation in defence, health and fertiliser sectors. 

"The talks with His Majesty @KingAbdullahII were wide-ranging and productive. Our discussions will add new vigour to India-Jordan friendship," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. 

"There is keenness on both sides to take this cooperation further and we are in the process of exploring avenues for enhancing the cooperation," T. S. Tirumurti, Secretary, Economic Relations in the Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters at a media briefing. He further said: "Both leaders renewed their support and commitment to the Palestinian cause....."His Majesty was appreciative of our Prime Minister undertaking a standalone visit to Palestine through Amman".

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Republic Day Musings: Face to Face with Modi bashing

The periodical columns in newspapers are often categorised as personal journalism. Blogs are more personal, more of a mood piece - where the personality of the writer could be a key element. 

On this backdrop, let me discuss about a fresh blog as part of my offerings as the Republic Day musings. This is the third in the series since 2016 as I try to share very personal views about contemporary setting in and around the country and its socio-political context on a day of such national importance. Last few weeks and months had revolved Narendra Modi, Gujarat polls, soft-Hindutva polity of Rahul Gandhi and a rather unwanted controversy involving highest court of the land.    So let's take a few of these - step by step. In my previous blog I have dealt with judicial crisis and hence the focus would be on other issues. With regard secularism and soft-Hindutva politics, Indian polity has undergone multi-fold changes in terms of content and also the resultant. The term ‘secularism’ has been probably first used in Europe toward the middle of the 19th century wherein an underline theme was given that public institutions should not be religious. That is they should be ‘secular’. In simpler sense – church and state apparatus ought to be different. Well, this could be a Christian sense – but it travelled into Indian politics laying emphasis that one person’s religious practice or identity had nothing to do with his her public standing vis-a-vis government apparatus. A man could be irreligious also – if Marxists intellectualism is to be understood. But in course of time – it was used to ‘garner’ minorities – and especially Muslim votes. Without going into details on which leader or which party is to be blamed; it ought to be understood in a very simple sense that soon politicians pushed languages like Urdu even in states like Kerala and West Bengal – where locals hardly spoke or understood it and it was presumed that this can appease Muslims. This was in later years – dubbed by the likes of L K Advani, a chief architect of Hindutva-politics, as ‘appeasement politics’. 

By 2014 – after Congress strength in Lok Sabha was reduced to all time low, an internal panel of Congress party headed by versatile A K Antony ‘rightly’ diagnosed that the Congress party was also being described as ‘anti-Hindu’. In a country where nearly 80 per cent are Hindus – the Congress was really pushed into the second fiddle. ‘Sickularism’ was a tag given to the Congress and thus some corrective and drastic steps were necessary.

The Gujarat elections in 2017 provided an ample opportunity and the corrective step in purely political sense made lot of sense. Being ‘secular’ and someone believing in pluralism did not mean one ought to turn anti-Hindu! Rahul Gandhi precisely did that in the run up to the elections in Gujarat. This adds a new feather in his cap. May be !

But what is more important to debate is WHY the real ‘secular polity’ – as ideally desired – has not succeeded in India so far? The general approach of administrations – irrespective of party affiliations and states – towards the problem of communal tension and disturbances - has been like ‘fire brigade’.  After the riots, police would appear on the scene and once the riots have been doused – they would return to the barracks and as if would wait for the next conflict to emerge. In between – the political class would do their business and garner votes ! 

To discuss these, we ought to examine two different questions as well. What has ‘secularism’ done to Indians? Or – What has Indians done to the secularism?
To answer these questions – we need to understand the significance of pro-Hindutva and hard or soft Hindutva politics. Some have tried to answer these questions by laying the blame on specific doctrines! True, it is always easier to blame others. Who did this to us? – is therefore a common human response. But 'soul searching' is vital and perhaps the compulsion of vote-game has started drawing the likes of Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee to play so called 'soft-Hindutva'. In both the instances, these are crucial as anti-Modi brigade have started realising that you cannot ignore Hindus for long and rule over Indians. For that matter in Tripura, even the Marxists - the original copy right holders of 'Muslim appeasement' have been talking about Ramayana, Pandavas and so on.
This is one principal impact of the Moditva phenomenon -- and hence the die hard Modi-detractors are looking for new avenues every day to slam him. 
Was judicial crisis part of that endeavour, one cannot answer this question either way. The anti-Modi brigade has not given up their agenda and they will not. But each time they try to build up a mountain out of a mole hill, things go the other way. Actually, Prime Minister Modi is found to be a smart operator and often a gamechanger for a game - where he is the referee and also the ultimate winner.

In political sense, Rahul Gandhi has led his party to corrective path when he shed the shyness of being associated with temple. There is nothing to be apologetic about Hindu identity. The Congress party – for all practical reasons – need not be shy about doing politics with 80 per cent Indians. The ‘inclusive’ politics cannot actually be crafted keeping the majority community away from it. The misadventure of terminologies like ‘saffron terror’ should be forgotten as bad dreams. 

The party has paid heavy price for using words like ‘Osamaji’ for a dreaded terrorist.  It has also gained nothing by stating that country’s the ‘minorities’ have the first right to national resources. It is not that such politics were not tried in 2002 or in subsequent polls in Gujarat. But such efforts then did not yield results. However, the elections of Gujarat 2017 paid in dividends and it clearly suggested that Congress should stick to the new roadmap.  

In 2014 and some state elections after that, Congress lost the support of ‘moderate Hindus’ and - post Gujarat - it is presumed that this section can be won over.  

However, the real diagnosis is not yet happening about the malady. Since mid December when Rahul Gandhi took over as Congress chief, everyone seems to be waiting in the wings eager to know the real Team Rahul. The delay is no longer a puzzle, it leads to frustration.

Meanwhile, the BJP's onward march continues notwithstanding Gujarat.

The Campaign Star

The coming elections in three north eastern states would many things clear. But as far as the Republic Day of 2018 remains, Modi remains ahead --- the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit was a totally a new and uncharted roadmap tread by him. How much it would bring in dividends remains to be seen though. 

The Padma Shri Award for individuals from each ASEAN member nation will find him new fan following -- another factor that could lead to stomach pain to his detractors.

The Governance is not about 'glory' of ruler, Pranab Mukherjee had propunded in his last address on the eve of Republic Day on January 25, 2017. But what's the power -politics all about - if there is no glorification of the man - who has that 'power'. 


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What ails Indian judiciary?

“The light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere”.

- Extracts from Pt Nehru’s radio broadcast after assassination of Mahatma Gandhi

Statesmanship should easily come to the judges, but not the rebellion. The
unprecedented thing happened on Jan 12, 2018. Four wise men of country’s
top court decided to take a plunge into the whirlpool of media and addressed a
press conference to take on the Chief Justice of India. 

Did we all see it coming?  

Is our judiciary – a saving grace among all institutions in world’s
largest democracy getting into murkier affairs? What’s the truth?
Well, in an intellectual hypothesis – we may say mere Sincerity is no measure
for Truth. In a little perplexed sense, no matter how sincere you are, one may be
still wrong. In the latest episode of judges’ row – who have been wrong, the
four ‘rebel’ judges or the Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra himself? Or
both sides?

Was it a good issue to come out in the media? 

Is it true some senior journalists and a prominent lawyer actually anchored the entire media extravaganza? If so
why? And if yes, what difference does it make to the actual merit of the case?
The government – put on the back foot and displaying yet another major
‘intelligence failure’ – to borrow an oft-repeated phrase - took a cautious line
and counselled that the problem of judiciary should be handled and resolved by
the highest court of the land and other wings of judiciary itself. But the damage
was done.
Was it a responsible response from the government? The Congress President
Rahul Gandhi rightly described the episode as important and serious and said
the matter ought to be looked into.
Yashwant Sinha, now a permanent trouble maker in the BJP fold, defied his
party line and implied the issues raised by four judges were important and
should not be brushed aside.


As a preliminary to any discussion on the ailments of the Indian judiciary, I
conceive it as a medium for dispensation of justice without any prejudice, slant
and unfairness. As an ardent admirer of parliamentary system of democracy – as
we have also grown with it and nurtured it in last 70 years – I presume a healthy
democratic set up and an independent judiciary also imply that there is also no
clash and more importantly no interference into the affairs of one wing from
the other. 

In other words, the executive – that is the government, the ministers
and the administration – should stay away from independent functioning of
Parliament or state legislature and the judiciary. And vice versa.
That way, when it comes to court hearing, justice must be delivered wherein
there is no bias or otherwise. This spirit remains underlined, importantly, at all
levels of courts – lower courts, High Courts and finally the Supreme Court.
Having said so, one must confess there are bound to be ‘differences’ at times
between different pillars and also sometimes within the respective pillars as
well – since democracy involves reconciliation of conflicting interests through
discussion and debate.

To analyse these issues in respect of January 12 developments also means we
need to examine on what really led to the unprecedented media outburst.
Thankfully, once the issue flared up – at subsequent stage – it did not get
murkier further as all and sundry seem to work to maintain calm.

To start with the role of Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar
Association ought to be appreciated as the regulatory bodies for lawyers
unanimously decided to form a delegation to meet the Judges and help mediate
a solution. The underlining theme was that such matters should not be made public as Judiciary is an important pillar of the Constitution and the people of India have unflinching faith in the judicial system.

There is also thus a need to examine why we have overdose of politics into
everything. Why even the developments in a court room – based on legal
procedures and laws – quite often get linked to politics? Incidentally and
perhaps unfortunately, in India, life revolves around politics and politicians.

Reflecting about media coverage, one has a legitimate right to point out that in
many other countries, distinguished scientists, economists and industrialists,
industry houses and sports-stars get greater media coverage. So much things
have cheapened in terms of what makes ‘news’ for media – that science
journalism is a vanishing art today in world’s largest democracy.

Well, the nation gets the kind of leadership it deserves. Stream cannot be
different from the source. This logic applies to media and other pillars as well. I
have hardly implied that everything is wrong in Indian judiciary or in Indian
politics today. But it is high time, we ask, what ails Indian judiciary?

True, yet again, there has been intent, cold and undeclared war between
judiciary and politicians in several countries. So if today – the judges’ row as
one sees from outside is actually linked to conflict between a political class and
a section of judiciary, things should not baffle us.In earlier times, they say, both Indian politics and the legal fraternity attracted
the best in India. In the process, they were mutually complementary. But now
there is a keen competition of different sort. At least for politics – one has often
heard – when you cannot do anything in any other field, you become a

This leads me to a possible answer to a question – what ails Indian judiciary.
Mainly there is a perennial obsession about politics and the power politics. This
indirectly links to the government of the day – at different levels. Thus both the
governments – in the states and in the centre and the ministers become principal
players indirectly -- - influencing developments related to judiciary. In other
words, Prime Minister in office or incumbent Chief Ministers become crucial in
more ways than one. Actually, nothing is more dangerous to a democracy.
Moving further, I have been reflecting on the recent debate in Lok Sabha on
judges’ salary bill. Many good orators among lawmakers irrespective of party
affiliations have suggested for judicial reforms. It is high time, the country
works on those lines.

During the debate, many members spoke on who is ‘supreme’ – the Supreme
Court or Parliament. Some insisted as members of Parliament they were
‘supreme’ as they were elected by the people. One member even suggested, “no
one in the country is more supreme than the people”.

The idea being even parliament has the right to prevail upon the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. I do not subscribe to this view, however.

But there are issues which MPs rightly suggested and these ought to be looked
into. The powers under ‘contempt’ of court law are in public debate now. In the
words of one sitting MP, “contempt of court is the biggest sword hanging on the
head of the executive”. And he said so in Lok Sabha. In terms of enhancing
transparency of court proceedings, the suggestion of live telecast of important
cases in court proceedings should be taken up with priority.
In conclusion, I would like to sum up by making a reference to historical
instances wherein countries like Spain and Portugal stopped moving ahead from
the 16 th century. When the mind ceases to thrust outward, it marks the beginning of contraction. 

Spain and Portugal were powerful civilisations in the 15 th century. But at subsequent stage, they allowed other nations to take up the vast goals and develop new ideas. These two countries have not yet recovered from that decline. In terms of good and bad too this happens.

Friday, January 12, 2018

State polls 2018 – Litmus test to 2019 battle royal for PM Modi

“The myth about Modi’s invincibility has been broken in Gujarat," said R. Lyngdoh, leader of the opposition Congress party in the Christian-dominated Meghalaya state, where elections are due in February.

A series of provincial elections due this year in India, including some in Christian strongholds, are expected to set the ball rolling for next year’s general election that will decide the fate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his pro-Hindu party. These days every political move in the nation raises the same basic question in the media: Could Modi, known for theatrically blending economic development with his zealot Hindu nationalism, win another term in 2019? 

Most surveys have found Modi to be the most popular politician in the world’s most populous democracy of 1.2 billion people, 30 percent of them illiterate. But that cannot ensure him of another term in power.
Modi's invincibility in Question

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) narrowly managed to win just 99 seats to retain power in the 182-member Gujarat house. In fact, it lost 16 sitting seats while Congress gained 16 seats from the last election to improve its number to 77.
“It showed the fault lines in BJP’s election strategy, however good they may be. And they can be humbled,” Lyngdoh said.
The Gujarat polls have changed impressions and given renewed impetus to Congress, which could be reflected in the provincial elections this year, according to political observer G V Anshuman Rao of GV Sudhakar Rao Foundation.
The Gujarat election “actually gives an impression that Congress under its new president Rahul Gandhi is showing purpose in its actions and could challenge Modi. Rahul’s arrival also means that the 2019 battle will not be one-sided,” he said.
The issues that put Modi and BJP on the defensive in Gujarat are also “relevant for all the states” that go to the polls this year, said K. T. Chuba, Congress leader in Nagaland state. The Christian-majority states of Nagaland and Meghalaya along with Tripura must get a new government by March. While Karnataka is to elect a government in May, elections must be conducted by the end of this year in four other states — Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
Gujarat elections showed that “people are angry” with the BJP and Modi because of issues like “farmers’ distress, unemployment, a sloppy tax system and ill-advised economic decisions,” said Chuba. “The same yardstick and issues will apply to the elections in other states,” particularly in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where the BJP has been winning elections since 2003, he said.
But the BJP has a better chance in the Christian-majority states of Nagaland and Meghalaya.

J. A. Lyngdoh, a BJP leader in Catholic-majority Meghalaya, said the BJP’s only promise is to provide a corruption-free government focused on people’s socioeconomic development in the state. The hilly state state’s 2.9 million people, of whom 75 percent are Christians, will accept the BJP to end the 15-year rule of Congress, Lyngdoh said.
In Baptist-majority Nagaland, the BJP already shares power in a coalition led by the state-based Nagaland People’s Front.
Christians, who make up 90 percent of Nagaland’s 1.9 million people, cannot be bothered with the pro-Hindu nationalism of the BJP, said a Christian leader who asked not to be named.
Ethnic Naga people, who form the majority in the state, look toward supporting a federal government that will support their regional government to help accelerate their development, the Christian leader said.
In Nagaland, a good number of Nagas – who are mostly Baptist Christians – are still largely with Modi – politically. In fact, Nagaland People’s Front (a state based party) is an ally of BJP and has the potential to bounce back to power yet again along with BJP. In Meghalaya, certain social complicity offers opportunities to the BJP. The poll managers in the saffron party are interacting aggressively with ‘non-Christian local tribal groups’ and try to draw political mileage of the extreme swings between modernity and antiquity.  BJP leader J A Lyngdoh says only agenda of BJP is development and a ‘corruption-free government’ in Meghalaya. 
This issue is making serious impact even in communist rule Tripura, another northeastern state where polls are due in February-March. On a trip to Tripura, BJP chief Amit Shah told party rallies that several communist leaders – known for their alleged corruption – may be put behind bars once BJP captures power in the state. CPI-Marxists are in power in Tripura since 1995 and there are numerous instances where ‘power and absolute powers’ have spoiled the comrades! 
Recently, a court order indicted the Marxist regime for faulty appointment of as many as 10,023 primary school teachers – seen as a test case of nepotism and favouritism under the communists. This is why a huge number of youths are coming out of parties like Congress and decided to join BJP in Tripura.
Corruption-free administration attracts ordinary voters, said political observer Anshuman Rao.
However, he had a warning for Congress well-wishers. “In electoral politics, the last-minute delivery — booth management — is important. It means there is no replacement for good organisation. This is lacking in Congress.”

Elsewhere too, Modi is trying to deliver on corruption front and a former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, a bitter Modi critic, has been jailed for fodder scam in 1990s. Delivering on corruption front and picking up issues like Triple Talaq of Muslim women to ban the practice seek to address the core BJP voters.

However, in Meghalaya in particular say local Christian leaders the controversy pertaining to beef ban is harming BJP. Local BJP leaders privately admit that beef ban remains a matter of concern even as in last two months over a dozen Congress legislators and former ministers have joined BJP.

The ‘desertion’ in Congress party is actually an indication that the electoral mood is in favour of ‘change’ both in Meghalaya and Tripura. In both the states – BJP seems to be in striking distance to power – either alone or in alliance with smaller regional parties like National People’s Party – which was once founded by a prominent Christian leader Late P A Sangma.

Thus, many analysts wonder perhaps with a better ‘organisational strength’ Congress could have actually come to power in Gujarat.  Among the lapses, a former police officer in Gujarat – who is against BJP – says, at one stage, Congress poll managers gave up the micro planning. They never understood the importance of vote-cutter parties and Independents. When the result came, Independents could eventually polled 4.5 percent of the anti-BJP vote. This made difference in several seats. In some constituencies again, BSP candidates and especially Muslims also eat into vote share of the Congress candidates. Who will then bell the cat?


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sheikh Mujib Memorial - An edifice of Bangabandhu's political vision, legacy

A sense of chill runs through the spine as one encounters the 'bullet marks' at House No. 10 in Dhanmondi locality of Bangladesh capital. This is the place where Sheikh Mujibar Rahman, Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, and his 18 family members including three sons and a young grandson were assassinated in a ruthless exercise by 'right-wing' military officers -- of course in cold blood. 

"This house has been a witness to the history of the making of Bangladesh, its struggle, language movement....It was the witness to hours of deliberations among Mujib's close associates. Today, sadly though - this house has become an enduring symbol of love and admiration people feel for Bangabandhu (Mujib)," says one of the staffs at the Museum. Today, this is a place where hundreds of Bangladeshis - young and old - feel they can renew their commitment to the nation building, he says.

The military dictator Major General Ziaur Rahman had then assumed power after the 1975 massacre. Bloodstains on the walls and on the peeling green plaster brings to fore the story of one of the most horrific killings of political stars and the family members in the sub-continent.
Among those killed were Mujib himself, his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, their three sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and minor Sheikh Russel; the newly married brides of Kamal and Jamal - Sulatana and Rosy and Bangabandhu's brother Sheikh Abu Naser.

So much was the 'hatred' and influence of diabolic motivation, that a number of Mujib's household staff and personal aides were also gunned down. The massacre had taken place in the early hours of August 15, 1975, when a group of Bangladesh Army personnel went to 
his residence and carried out their mission - resulting in a military coup. As one tried to interact briefly with a set of young visitors at the museum, most could not conceal their 
emotion and struggled hard to hold their tears. But the moist eyes would tell what has been going on in their hearts. 
"The master bedroom forces any visitor to halt for a while in homage to the Bangabandhu," says Abdul Habib, a civil engineering student staring above at the ceiling as if he is lost.

Mujib admirers: Waiting their turn

The bloodstains and bullet marks on the walls, stairs and floor are easily distinguishable as these have been carefully 'preserved' under glass panels. 

One can see the three vintage model telephone sets, outfits of Mujib and his family members preserved. 

On the table lies a book, playing guitar, with a gaping bullet hole through the middle and in the family dining-room - a bottle of Coke, two jars of pickle, and a Raleigh cycle that belonged to Mujib's youngest son, Russel -- lying as it was. 

In 1981 - the house was formally handed over to Sheikh Hasina - who  not without good reason is rightfully called 'Daughter of Democracy'. 

The house is now maintained as a museum by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum, a trust headed by Hasina herself.  About 70 staffers including tourist guides, maintenance staff and others work here. Some of them often Prime Minister Hasina
herself clears the names of those who would work or get associated with the living memory of her family.

"Our courageous Prime Minister often breaks down after coming here. Hasina often cries as she looks on portraits of Mujib sahab feeding pigeons or the family belongings, her mother dress.....we have seen," says one female worker.
Insiders say overall plan of the museum involved stage by stage development. There is also an annexed building - an upcoming six-storied structure housing a library and a museum office. 
The third or the entry floor focuses on Bangabandhu's life and political career, the brave revolt against injustice and of course the turbulent events during the Pakistani rule.