The Attorney General and the High Court are in agreement that a recent novel, Deyal, being written by popular novelist and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed contains some historical inaccuracies that should not be read by the people of the country. The honorable Court does not think that some facts on a historical event mentioned in this novel exactly match the version of the history our government as well as the Court believe to be the correct version. Press reports say that the novelist agreed to change his novel as directed by the honourable Court. Millions of fans of the novelist are eagerly waiting to read the government approved, High Court certified version of the upcoming historical fiction.
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The Attorney General and the High Court are in agreement that a recent novel, Deyal, being written by popular novelist and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed contains some historical inaccuracies that should not be read by the people of the country. The honorable Court does not think that some facts on a historical event mentioned in this novel exactly match the version of the history our government as well as the Court believe to be the correct version.
Press reports say that the novelist agreed to change his novel as directed by the honourable Court. Millions of fans of the novelist are eagerly waiting to read the government approved, High Court certified version of the upcoming historical fiction.
Literary critics have no doubt that this new fiction of Humayun Ahmed will also enthrall its readers and will be a bestseller — just like all the other work by the author. If that was all there was to it, if the event mentioned above ended the story, if the implication of the state and court action ended at this point of history — then there would not be any need for an op-ed piece.
But it is very likely that the precedence the honourable High Court has just created will have reverberating effect on the future of literary freedom in this country. A dispassionate historical analysis most likely will not be as black and white as depicted by Mir Mosharraf Hossain. With growing religious intolerance and widening scope of sectarian fighting in the Muslim world, what if, in a few years an Attorney General who is deeply indoctrinated with Ahle Sunnah, Wahhabi or Salafi lineage of thought process, feels that Mir Mosharraf Hossain did not do justice to historical facts?
Half the nation as well as the leadership and activists of one of the two major political parties of Bangladesh, BNP, strongly disagree, believing Zia to be the most prominent leaders of our war of freedom. It is true that fiction writers have to remain answerable to history when they write history-based fictions. But that does not mean historical fictions are history book themselves. And historical fictions should never replace history books.
Novelists, for the sake of the storyline, may indulge in varying degree of infidelity to historical facts. The book is not available to us yet.
But in recent reviews of the manuscript published in a vernacular daily, Professors Anwar Hossain and Syed Monzurul Islam assure us that the novel, except for a few factual deviations and mischaracterization of Lt Col Faruq, will correctly put everybody in their respective places. They went on to clarify that the novel did everything to uphold the sky tall stature of Bangabandhu Mujib.
The reviewers also stressed that the novel depicts Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf and Col. Taher in very positive light and Dr. Anwar Hossain Brother and ex-political comrade of Col. Taher approved the characterization.
From the reviews published in daily Prothom Alo, we also gather that this novel puts late President Ziaur Rahman back to the place in history where he belongs. When Dr. There is a serious attempt to rewrite the history of In that revised black and white history; Col. Taher, Brig.
Khaled Mosharraf, Col. Haider, and Col. Huda — all are in one side of the conflict — they are the good guys. On the other side — the bad guy is Ziaur Rahman. Although this history cannot be farther from the truth, this is the version of history our government approved and promotes. Or is he unnecessarily putting himself in the foray by agreeing to write on a very contentious period of our history?
As we wait to read the novel, it seems this novel will pass the kosher standard set by our current government and is about to earn court certification for historical accuracy. Ultimately it will be up to the readers how they will embrace the novel. Apparently, he had three options: 1 revise the novel, 2 refuse to revise and face any repercussion thereof 3 do not publish the novel.
I am not going to read this novel knowing that it is not something originally intended by one of my favourite novelists. If the revised version is appropriate, there is definitely something wrong with the original version and vice versa.
So, the novelist has either written an inapt piece the original one or has compromised his skills by agreeing to revise. None of these attributes should be rewarded. So if this novel comes out as a bestseller, it will be a real paradox. In fact, truth always prevails in the long run — especially in terms of history. Revival of Bangabandhu demonised for long since his assassination provides us a poignant pointer to this. So I am always in favour of allowing interaction between different perspectives of historical facts.
The court has indeed little to dictate anything here. Of course, like anyone else, it owns the right to put its observation but not a verdict in this regard. Col Faruq fooled the Awami League and Rakkhi Bahini with 40 tanks, but he could not fool Gen Zia and his war experienced and faithful infantry troops. Khaled Mosharraf and Taher tried to fool Zia and paid with their lives. Gen Suharto deposed Soekarno father of the nation and kept him in a comfortable house arrest till his death.
In Pakistan there have been many military coups but I have not heard of troops killing one another while in uniform. Our history reflects our national culture, even after a bit of censorship. Rumi: Viva our judicial system. Under the present system it is absolutely impossible.
However, there is incorrect information about the Ahl-i Sunnah. People who adhere to the traditions of the Prophet are called Ahl-i Sunnah. So they are not a sect within Islam. And they respect the Sufi Gnostic, too; because Sufism is an integral part of Islam. Thank you for writing this.
It is very difficult saying anything about the High Court and about arbitrary orders. Syed Manzarul Islam is my childhood and adolescent hood buddy. I adore his literary and unbiased judgement. I have immense respect on present Honourable Judiciary system of Bangladesh. I hope Mr. Humayun Ahmed will gift us a novel full of literrary fervour and historic flavour. Because fiction writer and history writer are different.
One grows with imagination and the other has no option to do this. The history writer writes on the facts and findings. So the fiction writer should have no boundary limit for imagination. Still there is something he should consider i.
Well, Humayun Ahmad is not writing a so-called ro-man a clef representing historical event in disguise. He is using real names and real timeline. So accuracy of events is important but not necessary. And the precedence may keep the unnecessarily court busy in future. As you alluded to the concoction of Mir Musharraf Hussain. Very well written, logical and insightful article. He should, if he is honest, put the testimonial at the beginning of his novel that it is his way of paying off his debt to this government.
A good perspective been brought here by the author. The protagonist of the book is slained Colonel Taher. My only immediate observation on the book after reading it that it cannot be claimed as a Novel as the literary value was totally absent. I agree with you. I also request evryboby to comment once the novel is published.
Once again, thanks to Rumi Ahmed. Written By Rumi Ahmed 3rd Jun Rumi Ahmed 3rd Jun More from the Opinion Pages Trump uses the military to prove his manhood Holidays are over - be prepared! Robert Imam What if the novel was released in a digital form — a website? June 9th, Hossen M. June 6th, June 5th, Golam Arshad Rumi: Viva our judicial system.
Kindly search for Internet links on Sufism, if you want to know more. June 4th, Sanjida Khatun Thank you for writing this. Dilip Kumar Bhattacharjee Prof. Mohammad Zaman Well, Humayun Ahmad is not writing a so-called ro-man a clef representing historical event in disguise. Saif Khan Very well written, logical and insightful article.
Deyal - Humayun Ahmed 2013.pdf
It was the last novel of the writer and was published one year after his death. In the midst of , Ahmed started writing the book and after writing the first five chapters, these parts were published in Anyadin magazine. After a long period, while he was in treatment of cancer in United States, he again started writing the novel, but he died before completing the last part of the work. According to the high court's order, the first part of the book had to be changed and the Government was ordered to provide Humayun Ahmed with a copy of the verdict on the killing so that he might correct factual inaccuracies.
Deyal - Humayun Ahmed 2013 [full] [ dobd99 ].pdf
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