Cinematographer: Naeem Mohaiemen
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Summary: Eqbal Ahmed was one of the Urdu-speaking minority that lived in East Pakistan before 1971. He was interviewed in Karachi, where he moved to after the war.
But I repented
Or I still repent
Why I went to Parkistan
This way or this had or that had
Particularly one English person, British, a Britisher, who was my superindent Police in India
He told me that: if you go to Pakistan, never go to East Bengal
I said, "Why?". He said, "No, I know them, those people."
He was a very plain man. "You should never go." But I didn't do that.
Then when I resigned in India, I was called by the Inspector General of Police.
Who was a Hindu gentleman,
Interviewer: Can you speak a little louder? ( Ektu jorey boltey paarben? /একটু জোরে বলতে পারবেন ? )
I beg your pardon? ( Ji? / জি?)
Interviewer: Speak a little louder please. (Ektu jorey bolun. /একটু জোরে বলুন। )
OK, sure. (Achchha thik hai. / আচ্ছা ঠিক হ্যায়। )
So he told me, why did you resign?
Because when I resigned, he had gone to Delhi, to investigate the murder case of Mahatma Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi's case was being investigated by the Deputy IG.
Interviewer: Mahatma Gandhi had been accused of a murder?
Interviewer: Oh OK. (Achchha / আচ্ছা! )
He was murdered in India.
You don't know it?
Interviewer: This is Mahatma Gandhi has assass..killed someone?
Interviewer: Who had he killed?
OK Godse had killed him. Yes Yes. (Achchha / আচ্ছা Godse had killed him. Yes Yes. )
So when that Secretary was sitting there, he said, "Why did you resign?" I said, I can't digest here.
So I have decided to go away from here.
He said, "No, you don't go." I said, I have resigned. It had been accepted. So I have nothing to do with you now.
He said, "No, you come back. That was just paperwork."
Prasad. He was the editor of some paper there. 'Searchlight' Very straight man, straight-forward man.
But I didn't [listen]. So anyway, I came away. I came in the Police.
I made up my mind not to serve the police officer and the deputy (?). I wanted to serve the world. I hated the police.
I was asked in the interview, "Why do you want to come into the Police?"
I said I hate the Police. That's why I want to come.
And then there was an English, a British IG. He said, "You hate the Police?" "Yes Sir." "Then you want to come here?" "I want to come to reform them."
So I lived a very simple life with the pay I was getting. That was liked by everybody.
That can not be concealed. If I could do it, I would have done it also. And that is why the loved me.
Interviewer: And people did not care, whether you were a Muslim or not?
Not at all. I always did justice.
Interviewer:If you didn't have...if you didn't feel any discrimination
It was Allama Iqbal I read him very thoroughly and I appreciated his ideas, I believed in the 'two nation' theory.
That's why I decided. In the future, it would not be a good place for my children. That's why I came here.
Otherwise, my career was there. Not here.
Interviewer: And umm...
So all that leg pulling, doing favoritism, nepotism... so I didn't get the proper promotion and all those things. I retired as JC.
But everybody liked me. My superiors also were good there.
I had also contact with Sardar Nurul Amin, Dewan Baset, and so many others. Fazlul Haque's nephews and others.
But then you know in the question, I didn't go to people for this and that...I didn't believe it.
So in Bengal, I found that Pervez(?) is nothing... And when I joined there, the Inspector General of Police was Mr. Zakir Hussain.
Zakir Hussain's friend was my brother's close relation. But I didn't ask him to write letter to him. He never knew it that I relate to so and so.
At that time IG was Kabeer. Kabeer son-in-law of Azad Sabuddin. He loved me very much. He did something for me, no doubt.
Mr Anin-Ur Rahman, the Chief Justice, he liked me very much. He says that the Hindus did not fully accept the Pakistan. Did not accept the two nation theory.
It's the Hindus who created Pakistan at the end. Because the question of humanity (?) was...
Interviewer: Do you remember what you saw?
Interviewer: What did you see when you saw the speech by Nehru?
No I didn't....Farm...When he was travelling from