Hasanul Haq Inu

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Hasanul Haq Inu
হাসানুল হক ইনু
Hasanul haq inu.jpg
Inu in 2015
Bangladesh Minister of Information
Assumed office
13 September 2012
Preceded by Abul Kalam Azad
Member of Parliament from Kushtia-2 constituency
Assumed office
2008
Personal details
Born (1946-11-12) 12 November 1946 (age 71)
Bheramara Upazila, Kushtia District, Bengal Presidency, British India
Nationality Bangladeshi
Political party Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal
Alma mater Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Hasanul Haq Inu (born 12 November 1946) is a Bangladeshi politician and the current Minister of Information of Bangladesh.[1][2] He leads a faction of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and was involved in a Marxist insurgency in the 1970s.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Inu was born in Bheramara Upazila, Kushtia District to A H M Qamrul Haq, an employee of Karnaphuli Paper Mills, and Begum Hasna Hena Haq.[4] Inu graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the East Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology in 1970.[1]

Political career[edit]

Inu joined Bangladesh Chhatra League in 1968,[1] and was appointed the general secretary of its Engineering University unit in 1969.[4]

1972–1975[edit]

After the independence of Bangladesh Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the Bangladesh Awami League split following ideological differences between Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's nephew Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani, forming Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, led by Serajul Alam Khan.[5] Hasanul Haq Inu joined this faction.[1]

The party called for establishing socialism through an armed revolution. It had an armed wing, Gonobahini, which led a violent insurgency against the government of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.[3] In 1974, Hasanul Haq Inu led a group of armed men to attack the residence of then home minister Mansur Ali, which resulted in the 1974 Ramna massacre.[6] He also distributed anti-government leaflets.[6]

After the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman[edit]

After the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family in 1975, Inu along with Gonobahini's military leader Colonel Abu Taher rescued army chief Ziaur Rahman from house arrest, to facilitate a Marxist takeover of power.[7] On 7 November 1975, Inu led assault on the Indian high commission to kidnap the high Commissioner Samar Sen.[6][8] Ziaur Rahman realised that the disorder set off by the soldiers' mutiny had to be suppressed firmly if discipline was to be restored in the army. Ziaur Rahman declared martial law and cracked down on the Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal.[8] Abu Taher was sentenced to death by a military tribunal on charges of treason, and Inu was sentenced to life in prison.[5][8]

Since 2008[edit]

Inu was elected from Kushtia-2 in the Bangladesh Parliament. He is the president of a faction of the Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal, which is a member of the Awami League led coalition government in Bangladesh.[9] He was appointed minister of Information in 2012, replacing Abul Kalam Azad.[4] This appointment occurred despite protests from senior Awami League leaders.[10]

2018[edit]

As an only Bangladesh Government high ranking minister Hasanul Haq publicly protested Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Sahas remarks, describing Bangladeshis as ‘termites’. In a strong word, Inu said in a public rally “Amit Shah has made an unwanted remark by describing Bangladeshis as termites. We in Dhaka do not give any importance to his statement as it does not carry the gravity of an official statement of India". His comments were widely reported in Indian media and welcomed by Bangladesh social media users.[11][12][13]

Criticism[edit]

Inu has often been accused of making the conditions that led up to the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.[14] In 2016, Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam remarked that Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Hasanul Haq Inu had created the political atmosphere that led to the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He also admitted that making Hasanul Haq Inu was a mistake they "had to atone."[10] Other opposition leaders also hold him responsible for Sheikh Mujib's killing.[15][16]

When commenting on Inu's activities in 1972– 1975, Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said: "Inu's attitude at that time was like that of militant kingpins Laden, Zawahiri and Shaykh Abdur Rahman."[17] He also demanded his trial for his crimes before a people's court.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Hon. Minister". Ministry of Information, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  2. ^ Sattar, Maher (27 March 2016). "Bangladesh Editor Faces 79 Court Cases After an Unusual Confession". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Hasanul Haq Inu's JaSoD splits as he names Shirin general secretary". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Guest Profile". Trtiyomatra. Channel I. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b Hossain, Kazi Mobarak (13 March 2016). "Hasanul Haq Inu's JaSoD splits as he names Shirin general secretary". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Rizvi now blasts Inu at press briefing". The Daily Star. UNB. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  7. ^ Chowdhury, Afsan (8 November 2010). "What really happened in 1975?". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Ahsan, Syed Badrul (7 July 2015). "Bourgeois dreams of socialist revolution". The Daily Observer. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Inu fails to convince dissidents". The Daily Star. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Awami League will have to atone for making a JaSoD leader minister, says Syed Ashra f". bdnews24.com. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Bangladesh's Minister Hasanul Haq Inu Hits Back BJP president Amit Shah about his Foul Mouth". bdnewsnet.com. Bangladesh. 24 September 2018. Archived from the original on 4 October 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Will Strike Bangladeshi 'Termites' Off Voters' List, Says Amit Shah". NDTV.com. Archived from the original on 22 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Amit Shah's termite remark unwanted: Bangladesh Minister". Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Inu, Khairul to face trial in people's court: Rizvi". Prothom Alo. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Clarify your role in Bangabandhu killing, BNP to Inu". Prothom Alo. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  16. ^ "No law of 'illegitimate govt' will last, says Khaleda". bdnews24.com. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Inu, Khairul to be tried in people's court: BNP". The News Today. UNB. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.