About Musa Sadik
Muhammad Musa is the kind of man of whom legendary tales of bravery and patriotism are told to future generations. The second son of award-winning teacher, celebrated raconteur and scholar Imam Moulavi Ahmed Ali, he was born on October 30, 1951 at Satkhira, Bangladesh.As a student at Chittagong University in 1970-71, he first showed great promise in writing and in all matters that affectedhis beloved nation and became a reporter of Daily Azadi of the port city of Chittagong and the university correspondent of the Daily Ittafaq, – then and now, the most highly respected national daily newspaper in Bangladesh.
As a student at Chittagong University in 1970-71, he first showed great promise in writing and in all matters that affected his beloved nation and became a reporter of Daily Azadi of the port city of Chittagong and the university correspondent of the Daily Ittefaq, – then and now, the most highly respected national daily newspaper in Bangladesh.
Later, in need appreciation of his journalistic background, the Government of Bangladesh-in-exile appointed him War Correspondent of the Liberation Radio of Bangladesh, popularity known as ‘Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra’. Mr. Musa moved with the allied Forces (Indian Army) and Muktibahini (freedom fighters of Bangladesh) and reported daily on their activities to the vast listening audience, which radio enjoyed in those days. His dispatches from the war fronts were both morale-boosting and inspirational for the people, then under the occupation of the Pakistan forces, and were eagerly awaited and appreciated by all.It was on March 26, 1971, he answered the patriotic call of his occupied land and suppressed nation, and the impassioned plea of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Bangalee nation. Mr. Musa joined and actively participated in the Liberation War in Sector 9 at Satkhira-Khulna at the beginning. In no time he made a name as a valiant freedom fighter in various war fields and earned the admiration of the Sector Commanders and fellow freedom fighters.Broadcasts of his two weekly features “Ranangan Ghure Elam”- On return from the war field- and “Muktanchal Ghure Elam”- from the liberated areas- became compelling listening for both young and old, the main topic of tea-room social discussions across Bangladesh- then known as East Pakistan- and a vital source of valuable information on the war for Governments worldwide.As a war Correspondent, Muhammad Musa risked his life countless times to bring the frontline news into the living rooms of homes across the nation. Before Sector Commanders devised their war strategies, it was a regular occurrence for him to be asked to slip behind enemy lines and gather vital information about enemy manoeuvrings and defence positions .In the first week of December 1971, he was captured at Chachra -Sector 8- by the Pakistan Army and was fortunate to escape death after four days of inhumane torture at the hands of the Pakistani military interrogators. The scars he bears today are a constant reminder of his past.In 1971 his articles explaining and defending the cause of the Liberation War of Bangladesh were syndicated worldwide and published in many of the world’s most respected journals.He was written a book on the history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in Bengalee titled ” Muktijuddya Hridaye Mamo”. The book was published by Bangla Academy in 1996 and followed by a number of editions.Mohammad Musa, author, broadcaster, reconteur, journalist, freedom fighter and patriot is more popularly known underhis pen name, Musa Sadik. He married to Joyce and have two sons Mahmood and Maimun and lives in Dhaka. He is a Secretary (Rtd.) of the Government of Bangladesh and Secretary-General of the BCS Freedom Fighter Officers- Employees Welfare Association of the Republic.Men like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Muhmmad Musa and milions of freedom fighters of Bangladesh have helped and contributed freedom to their nations, but perhaps equally as important, they have given hope to all suppressed nations in the world. This book essentially deals with the war of liberation of an occupied and oppressed country, yet it conveys a message of peace and hope to the trouble -ridden humanity.
Mohammad Musa is well known as a writer and researcher on the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. He took part in the War of Liberation as a valiant freedom fighter in Sector Nine of the battlefields. Later, in consideration of his educational and professional background, the Ministry of the Information and Broadcasting of the exile Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at Mujibnagar appointed him a War Correspondent and in that capacity, he served the Liberation War Radio as its Roving Correspondent. Besides this assignment, which he performed braving great risk to his life; he used to pass on secret intelligence messages to the freedom fighters in the front. During the Liberation War, many of his stories were prominently headlined in international news media. Information about the Pakistani defense maneuvering in the occupied areas, which he used to gather as a War Correspondent, greatly assisted our war commanders in devising their strategies. On many occasions, he was face-to-face with death and once he was even caught by the Pakistan Army, but he was lucky enough to come out alive. He had broadcast regularly two talks, – “Return From the War field” and the other, “From the Liberated Areas”. Since then, the pen-name, Musa Sadik, has stuck to him. He is currently holding the post of Secretary (Rtd.) to the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
During the period of Liberation War, Mr. Musa’s journalistic assignment brought him in contact with the higher echelons then running at the Mujibnagar government, Generals of the Allied Forces and also many internationally known figures. He took interviews of a number of important personalities who were involved in the War of Liberation. Many of those interviews along with some photographs have been printed by most of the mainstream dailies and magazines while some are yet to go to the press.
For the last 29 years, Mr. Musa has been working relentlessly to collect relevant documents, information and also examining and analyzing those for inclusion in his present book. He also took interviews and as curtained opinions of those persons who mattered with regard to the War of Liberation to make his book a reliable and important document of the historic War of Liberation.
In 1994, he brought out the Bengalee version of this book and that was acclaimed both at home and abroad and awarded several rewards.
War is no substitute for peace. But freedom fighters must protect the honor of their dear motherland at all costs. Since the colonial rulers unleashed a savage war and genocide on the unarmed innocent Bengalee civilians, the Freedom Fighters were left with no option but to fight for the freedom of Bangladesh. As the readers in Bangladesh and in overseas go through the book, they may be pleasantly surprised by and even take comfort in the fact that many of the freedom fighters who fought the liberation war so gallantly against such a powerful enemy sustaining grievous injuries or embracing martyrdom in the battlefields, genuinely sought peace rather than war. They nursed no ill-feeling for the peace-loving Pakistanis; rather they, even in their dying moments, felt that forgiveness was far more desirable than killing, and peace was more coveted than reprisals.
This book, Bangladesh Wins Freedom, authored by Musa Sadik will convince the readers beyond any doubt that along with Bangladesh, countries like South Africa, Palestine, Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor, while experiencing bloodshed for their liberation also realized that forgiveness and peace, not war or enmity are the best way for achieving national objectives.
I hope that this book will be well received by the readers. I heartily congratulate the author for presenting this book to the people of Bangladesh and elsewhere who cherish freedom more than their lives.
(Kemal Uddin Hossain)
Former Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Bangladesh