Despite these casualties and the millions of refugees by the hand of man and God, it was estimated in 1972 that 75 million people remained in Bangladesh, a density of 1,300 individuals per square mile, in a country of just 55,126 square miles and comprising the 8th largest population in the world. At that time, it was also estimated that the population would double within 30 years. By 2005, there were some 144 million inhabitants of Bangladesh. At the nation's formation, the per capita income was under $80 per year. Despite fervent hopes and strides made through countless donations comprising hundreds of millions of dollars, Bangladesh remains one of the poorest nations in the world. Its people work themselves to the bone at everything from farming to bike-cab driving to milling and jute-working. Its factories are jam-packed with exhausted and thin workers. And laboring children can never be exempt in the quest to keep their families fed. Also, the Bengali economy depends largely on floods that take a certain amount of casualties so the land can be replenished and the majority may live at least a bit longer.
The National Geographic article of November 1972 calls what happened to the Bengalis a "Holocaust," addressing the mind-numbing mayhem and horror that decimated villages and left mass graves for all to see. At this time, art became filled with bloody images of murder and rape; even children were encouraged in drawing contests to chronicle these horrors. This section in the Geographic states:
"Sheik Mujib's government says that three million Bengalis died between March and December 1971. The figure is probably inflated. But certainly the terrors and atrocities committed here - in Dacca [Dhaka] and all across the gentle land of rivers and marshlands - came close to genocide."
Before its blood-soaked independence - what independence has not been blood-soaked? - Bangladesh was part of Pakistan, a nation created on two sides of India, one West and one East. The West Pakistanis would not give up East Pakistan, even though the Urdu-speaking West Pakistanis constituted only 5% of the population of Bangladesh. West Pakistan subsequently unleashed another wave of violence against a people whose pre-Muslim Hindu roots remained, exemplified by their normally pacifistic behavior. It is clear that had not these people been decimated in the 13th century under the hue and cry of "convert or die!" by members of the "Religion of Peace," they would have remained Hindu or Buddhist.
Among the victims of the "ruthless campaign [of West Pakistan] to suppress the rebellious Bengalis" were intellectuals, political leaders and Hindus, "considered agents of India." In the midst of this horror, caused by Muslims ostensibly led by Allah, the victims sank to their knees begging mercy from the same Merciful Allah, carrying amulets containing verses from the Koran. The pathetic irony of the situation should be as obvious as that of the Christian Crusades, which employed both professionals and amateurs to massacre entire towns of equally Christian people in their ill-founded quest to conquer the "Holy Land" and secure it from the "infidels."
As reported by National Geographic, the number of Bengali women raped during this most irreligious orgy of viciousness and violence was officially estimated at 200,000. Says the Geographic: "As with most government statistics having to do with war, the number of alleged victims - 200,000 - may be exaggerated." It is important to note that it is considered "good reporting" to mention the exaggeration of the numbers involved in the Bengali "Holocaust" - to use National Geographic's term - of poor people in the East, while such a doubtful remark regarding the sacrosanct Western "Holocaust" can land a person in prison in several "civilized" countries. The Bengalis apparently do not share the irrational view forced upon the West that the attempted genocide of only one particular group, to the exclusion of the rest, may be termed "Holocaust," as the Bengalis themselves possess their own "Holocaust Museum."
Through no fault of their own, and under the eyes of the Merciful Allah, tens of thousands of Bengali women - violently and viciously raped by men claiming to be devoutly religious Muslims - were subsequently considered disgraces who had dishonored their equally devout Muslim families, and were shunned or worse.
The Urdu-speaking Pakistanis in Bangladesh ("Biharis") fared little better, as they were forced out of their homes and jobs into foul refugee camps and given no assistance from the overlord West Pakistanis who incited them to fight in the first place, serving as another example of man's capacity for injustice and treachery.
In the midst of this mess, a primitive prehistoric tribe called the "Murungs" ("Mros" or "Moorangs") managed to maintain itself. Their only wish was to be "left in peace, to follow the old traditions." As concerns the Moorangs, Geographic states:
"The Murungs fish a little in the lake. They farm, too, using the ancient slash-and-burn method of agriculture, planting seeds in hillside soil enriched with the rain-soaked ash of burnt brush. Though they believe in spirits, they have no well-defined religion, maintaining that the scriptures they were meant to follow were written on banana leaves, and that the leaves were eaten by a cow."
Thus, a simple cow has prevented these decidedly docile and peace-loving people from following the way of fiery zealots who believe in set "scriptures" as the very words or Word of God, such that their beliefs drive them to slaughter, rape and pillage other living, breathing beings in the name of their religion and God. The relaxed and happy Moorangs seem to have the right idea, thanks to the cow, who showed them that life itself was more valuable than banana-leaf "God-given" scriptures.
If the rest of the world were so enlightened, peace would finally be within our grasp. Alas, it may never be the case, as "religious" derangement continues to infect the human brain and cause its fervent believers to wantonly murder living, feeling human beings in order to protect "scriptures" better left to the cows.