A silent seismic change has taken place in the Bangladesh army in the recent few months which has been gone past unnoticed and unanalysed. This is the first time there took place a massive new landmark event in the history of Bangladesh army since its inception during tumultuous days of the liberation war in 1971
Bangladesh army has come a long way away; initially known as Bangladesh Forces from the 21st November of 1971 during the tremulous days the Liberation war.
Only 6 infantry regiments and a handful of officers with a few thousand soldiers who all have revolted from the then Pakistan army to attend the call of the motherland to liberate her from the clutches of those heinous perpetrators.
After a bloody & a victorious campaign a new sun of an independent Bangladesh rose in the eastern horizon on the 17th December 1971. Since then a lot of water have rolled down the rivers, canals and lakes of riverine Bangladesh; world’s biggest Ganges delta.
Today, after 46 years and 14 Chiefs of Army Staff’s later a new sun rose in the midst of it all in the month of August 2018. For the first time in the history of Bangladesh army an indigenous unique thoroughbred officer from the Bangladesh military academy long commissioned stock has been appointed in the coveted post of the chief of the army staff.
A chief who has the first-hand experiences of living life of fear, hunger & destitution as a boy during those fearful days of the war of Independence. A memory of adolescence that he has been carrying all his life, who feared of becoming an orphan or loose his freedom fighter brother in those disturbing precarious days of the war. It was an enormous pressure of the fear how will he be able to shoulder the responsibilities of his mother and his siblings if any things untowardly to happen.
After the liberation war who saw the war-ravaged country with a broken economy vert dynamically lead by the Father of the Nation and how his team of the architects were persevering to turn the country around. He saw the true compassion, leadership, tenacity, love and confidence of the father of the nation which helped him build his own resolve.
Upon completion of SSC & HSC exams with flying colours achieved due to sheer hard work and resilience, Joined the new niche’ upcoming sector the textile of the country which only a person of his calibre could envisage the future at that age in the late 70s to early 80s. Looking back now it is crystal clearly evident how the textile sector has gripped the imagination of the nation by becoming the main industrial hub plus one of the top gross GDP providers of country.
But the luck has had the last laugh; due to some egoistic outburst suddenly, the career trajectory moved from textile, factories and mills to military. What a twist. A twist to climb the pinnacle, a ascend to the Himalaya’s peak Everest of the military profession. Nevertheless, that journey was not plain and simple for him like many other contemporaries who were from some privileged educational background nor he was born with a silver spoon where allegedly lot of favouritism and nepotism prevail so to speak – for him it was a hard slog. The country was passing through a transitional phase in terms political and economic reorganisation & the reconstruction, there were events took place which were beyond the control of anyone. Those were the chaotic days and phases of the country’s historiography.
Joined the epitome of institution The Bangladesh Military Academy on the 7th August 1981 on a rain-soaked evening with the largest to date intake ‘’ The 8Th Bangladesh Military Academy Regular Long Course. An epic journey of hard and strenuous 104 week of training the longest tenure of training commenced and every day was a new challenge, every hour was an observation, every night was a kind of starvation and every second was precious competition to excel amongst from the rest of the peers. The process of that training hardened him like a rock, inculcated the highest degree of military sense of duty, valour and honour. Those 641 days of training and education have encompassed the whole process of soldiering and as well as given him a proper civil graduation to weather through the desired career progression. Whilst in the last term of his BMA semester achieved the status of a company under officer; any Gentleman Cadet’s dream to attain that coveted Sam brown belt (popularly known as the cross belt) and the epaulette on the shoulder strap. Out of 87 cadets only 8 of them could reach that height of decoration in their cadet life from his intake. These 2 years of training in the BMA makes a man into an officer which honed him with the qualities of tenacity, traits of soldering and leading his men. Leading them from the front with agility, ability and camaraderie. A young man shaped into a seasoned matured leader of his troops equipped with all relevant knowledge of soldering imparted for the longest haul.
Commissioned in an artillery regiment fondly known initially as the ‘’Mujib Battery’’ raised in the shadow of the clouds of the liberation war. Unlike the rest of the previous chiefs he has been through the whole process of commanding, training, operating in jungles and learning the reality of the barrack life from day one for the next 25 odd years. A field officer in the field not soaking himself in the warmth of a fan heater during the harsh winters in the cosy palaces nor travelling in the cool breeze of the flag staff cars during the hot summers of northern Bengal. The career was predominantly embedded with the day to day affairs of direct contact with his men. A true filed commander who has been seasoned with the process like a matured mahogany. There were periods of fusional breaks from those monotonous soldiering to various instructional, educational excellence chiselled into the parabolic career curve to give the ultimate experiences of all things about soldiering. However, nothing was smooth sailing for him, the economy and doors of the career avenue of the country at that crucial juncture of 80s were very claustrophobic hence the military attracted a huge brain drain in into the armed forces which posed a huge challenge for civilian school educated entrants. Therefore, to excel it took its toll of perseverance; He had no choice but to devote his whole youth in achieving good results in almost all his trainings and courses of instructions. Sincerity, devotion, efficacy and ingenuity propelled his career graph to a different spectrum. Apart from those attributes he has been very successful of learning about the life of a normal soldier; his issues, his needs, his welfare, his failures and successes. Which only an officer of his calibre, his length of service and his prolonged period of association in the unit level duties can attain. Which speaks volume about his magnitude of knowledge.
An officer served in almost all major and minor appointments in his 35 years of services has enriched himself in all most all avenues of soldiering. This has never happened in the history of Bangladesh army; the ethos of choosing chief’s had different kinds of attributes in the past but this time it seems that, The Honourable Prime Minister has proven her acumen and sagacity in selecting a soldier’s soldier to shoulder the responsibilities of the Bangladesh Army; The most aspirational institution of excellence in the country.
Under his leadership for the first time the army will travel through the most progressive transition in its history. The chief is known for his actions than that of rhetoric’s. He will steer the armed forces one of the biggest employers of the country towards the glory. The men’s welfare will ascend to the highest and the training and discipline will surpass all previous records. He knows the pulse of the army like his own. A quiet gentleman with definitive vision and mission to offer the country with a cleaner, clearer, honest, battle hardened tough, further internationally acclaimed Bangladesh Army.
This is the best the Bangladesh Army could get. Homage and gratitude for it all goes to the Prime Minister to pick the best of the best lot & bestowing him upon with this eminent position.